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American Flag Study Guide

Flag Design Over Time

1. In May of 1776, ______________ claims to have sewn the first American flag.

2. On June 14, 1777, the first ______________ was passed.

3. The first official American flag was created in ________ and was made up of _____ stripes,

_____ stars placed in a field colored ________.

4. Act of January 13, 1794 changed flag to have _____ stripes and _____ stars after May 1795.

5. Act of April 4, 1818 changed flag to have _____ stripes and one ________ for each state, to

be added on ________________ following the admission of each new state.

6. On June 24, 1912, President _________ established the flag’s proportions and arrangement

of the stars in _____ horizontal rows of _____ each and the star to point upward.

7. On January 3, 1959 President ______________ changed to have the stars arranged in _____

rows of ____ stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.

8. On August 21, 1959 President ______________ changed to have the stars arranged in ____

rows staggered horizontally and ____ rows staggered vertically.

9. Today’s flag has ____ horizontal stripes, ___ red and ___ white, which represent the original

13 colonies. The stars represent the 50 states of the Union.


Symbolism

10. The color red on the American flag symbolizes ______________ and _____________.

11. The color white on the American flag symbolizes _________ and ____________.

12. The color blue on the American flag symbolizes ____________, __________________,

and ___________________.

Flag Etiquette

1. The section of law that deals with the American flag is referred to as the _______________.

2. The flag should be __________ at all times, either by sunlight or artificial source.

3. The flag should be flown in ________ weather, unless the flag is designed otherwise.

4. The flag should never be _________ to any person or thing. It is flown upside down ONLY

as a ______________ signal.

5. The flag should not be used for _________________.

6. The flag should never be used for __________________.

7. The flag should not be used as part of a _______________.

8. The flag should never have anything ___________ on it or _______________ to it.

9. The flag should never be used for ___________ or _______________ anything.


10. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the __________ or any other object.

11. When put into storage, the flag should be ceremoniously ______________.

12. The flag should be ___________ and ____________ when necessary.

13. When a flag is worn out, it should be destroyed by ___________ in a dignified manner.

Overview Question

By looking back at the video and all of these rules about how the American flag should be
treated and displayed, why do YOU think these rules are important? In other words, why should
American citizens follow these rules?