How Well Do You Know The Lyrics To The U.S. National Anthem?

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How Well Do You Know The Lyrics To The U.S. National Anthem? - Quiz

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is then U. S. National anthem. The lyrics come from a poem written in 1814 by a lawyer and amateur poet. Take this quiz to see how well you know the lyrics to this memorable national anthem!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    "Oh, say, can you see by the dawn's early _____________. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming..."

    • A.

      Light

    • B.

      Blight

    • C.

      Might

    • D.

      Bright

    Correct Answer
    A. Light
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Light" because the phrase "by the dawn's early light" is a line from the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The line is asking if you can see something in the early morning light, suggesting that light is the missing word.

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  • 2. 

    "Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the ______________ fight, o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?"

    • A.

      Dangerous

    • B.

      Treacherous

    • C.

      Perilous

    • D.

      Adverse

    Correct Answer
    C. Perilous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Perilous." The question is asking about the description of the fight during which the broad stripes and bright stars were gallantly streaming. The word "perilous" means full of danger or risk, which suggests that the fight being referred to was a dangerous and risky situation.

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  • 3. 

    "And the rocket's red glare, the bombs _____________ in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."

    • A.

      Bursting

    • B.

      Cracking

    • C.

      Charging

    • D.

      Plunging

    Correct Answer
    A. Bursting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Bursting" because it fits the context of the line from the American national anthem. The line describes the rockets and bombs bursting in the air, which symbolizes the fighting and resilience of the American people during a battle. The word "bursting" accurately captures the explosive and powerful nature of rockets and bombs.

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  • 4. 

    "On the shore, dimly seen through the ____________ of the deep, where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes..."

    • A.

      Fog

    • B.

      Darkness

    • C.

      Sea

    • D.

      Mists

    Correct Answer
    D. Mists
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mists" because the phrase "dimly seen through the mists of the deep" suggests a hazy or foggy atmosphere. The speaker is describing a scene on the shore where the enemy's army is silently resting, and the use of the word "mists" implies that their presence is obscured or partially hidden.

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  • 5. 

    "What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, as it fitfully blows, half _______________, half discloses?"

    • A.

      Disguises

    • B.

      Conceals

    • C.

      Opens

    • D.

      Veils

    Correct Answer
    B. Conceals
    Explanation
    The given question is a line from a poem or a riddle. It describes something that the breeze does over a towering steep. The missing word should be a verb that describes the action of the breeze. Among the options, "Conceals" is the most fitting word as it suggests that the breeze hides or keeps something from view. This aligns with the idea of the breeze partially revealing or disclosing something while also keeping it hidden.

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  • 6. 

    "Now it catches the _____________ of the morning's first beam, in fully glory reflected now shines in the stream."

    • A.

      Gleam

    • B.

      Blink

    • C.

      Stream

    • D.

      Light

    Correct Answer
    A. Gleam
    Explanation
    The word "gleam" fits logically in the sentence because it conveys the idea of something catching the morning's first beam and reflecting it in a glorious way. The other options, such as "blink," "stream," and "light," do not convey the same meaning or imagery as "gleam" does in this context.

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  • 7. 

    "And where is that ____________ who so vauntingly swore, that the havoc of war and the battle's confusion..."

    • A.

      Line

    • B.

      Band

    • C.

      Saint

    • D.

      Man

    Correct Answer
    B. Band
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Band". In this line, the speaker is referring to a group of people who made a boastful declaration about the chaos and destruction of war. The word "band" can refer to a group of musicians or a group of people united by a common purpose. Therefore, it is the most suitable word to fill in the blank in this context.

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  • 8. 

    "No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of _____________ or the gloom of the grave."

    • A.

      Death

    • B.

      Might

    • C.

      Flight

    • D.

      Him

    Correct Answer
    C. Flight
    Explanation
    This line is from the national anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner." It refers to the fact that neither the hired soldier (hireling) nor the enslaved individual (slave) can find safety or escape from the fear of flight or the darkness of death. The word "flight" here represents the idea of running away or seeking refuge, implying that no one can escape from the consequences of their actions or from the harsh realities of life.

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  • 9. 

    "Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall _____________ between their loved home and the war's desolation!"

    • A.

      Stay

    • B.

      Be

    • C.

      Lie

    • D.

      Stand

    Correct Answer
    D. Stand
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Stand". This is evident from the phrase "when freemen shall stand between their loved home and the war's desolation". The word "stand" in this context implies that freemen will take a firm and unwavering stance to protect their homes and oppose the destruction caused by war.

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  • 10. 

    "Praise the Power that hath made and _____________ us a nation!"

    • A.

      Preserved

    • B.

      Saved

    • C.

      Earned

    • D.

      Rewarded

    Correct Answer
    A. Preserved
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Preserved." In this context, the phrase "Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!" suggests that the speaker is expressing gratitude and admiration for the higher power that has safeguarded and protected their nation. The word "preserved" indicates that the nation has been kept intact and free from harm or destruction, highlighting the importance of acknowledging and appreciating this preservation.

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