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Star-Spangled Banner Quiz

Guess the lyrics to the first verse of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Last updated: August 28, 2018
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Oh,
say
can
you
see
by
the
dawn's
early
light
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What
so
proudly
we
hailed
at
the
twilight's
last
gleaming
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Whose
broad
stripes
and
bright
stars
through
the
perilous
fight
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O'er
the
ramparts
we
watched
were
so
gallantly
streaming
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And
the
rockets'
red
glare
the
bombs
bursting
in
air
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Gave
proof
through
the
night
that
our
flag
was
still
there
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Oh,
say
does
that
star-
spangled
banner
yet
wave
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O'er
the
land
of
the
free
and
the
home
of
the
brave
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level 59
Jun 26, 2010
finished with 2:02 left :] Super easy if you're American.
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level 67
Jul 3, 2013
Not so easy if you're British - only got 5 :(
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level 4
Feb 21, 2014
Australian and i got all but one....but yo knowing the british anthem...haha...is better anyways... XD
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level 75
Jul 1, 2016
Only 5 would be tough. You could just guess random words and get more than that.
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level 61
Dec 7, 2018
Oh say can you see?
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level 56
May 18, 2019
That's what I did on the "Oh Canada" quiz...just guessed random words.
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level 34
Dec 16, 2013
I finished with more time than when I started!
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level 37
Dec 7, 2018
I said or instead of O'er
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level 32
May 18, 2019
Super easy I you're British too, considering you stole the tune off us. Lovely song all the same
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level 51
Feb 13, 2011
Finished with 2:33 left :]
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level 44
Mar 19, 2011
i thought it was red air not red glare that's why i got lower
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level 62
Nov 5, 2018
Rocket's red air? Some things are confusing in the song but that just makes no sense.
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level 22
Mar 24, 2011
I'm american and got 5....hahaha. Well, yeah..that's my pride for watching our country burn. I know O Canada!!
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level 62
Nov 5, 2018
You ignorant emo...
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level 62
Nov 5, 2018
Not that emoness is necessarily bad.
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level 67
May 8, 2011
Finished with 2:30 left, and I'm not even American! (Okay, fine I'm Canadian, close enough)
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level 37
Aug 7, 2011
i couldn't remember the word "broad"... :(
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level 39
Sep 2, 2011
2:10 ;]
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level 10
Sep 23, 2011
1/16. I'm British.
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level 68
Sep 24, 2018
Our version of the bow down and worship some person born into an obscene life of opulence tune you guys sing is way better too.
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level 66
Dec 7, 2018
Hot tip: always try the words in the title. That would've gotten you four right there.
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level 44
Oct 6, 2011
6/16 - by a Non American.
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level 44
Oct 26, 2011
I'm an Aussie and got 4/16, but I did get perilous, the least gotten, so I'm happy with myself. Although I didn't get star-spangled, so maybe I shouldn't be so happy...
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level 20
Oct 29, 2011
finished with 2:11 left
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level 43
Nov 22, 2011
As an American, I think our national anthem stinks. God Bless America would be a far better choice, or Battle Cry of Freedom even. Not only is the Star Spangled Banner (only the first verse of which is considered the national anthem it seems) it was written by Francis Scott Key about one of our most forgotten wars: the War of 1812...one that was a stalemate for us at BEST. God Bless America is not about war and death at all, BUT if war must be the choice, why not one from the Revolution, or from the Civil War? I also think 'O Canada', and the former USSR anthem have always been great tunes.
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level 75
Mar 24, 2013
It was written about the siege at Baltimore harbor which the Americans successfully weathered. Not as bad as many other national anthems out there.
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level 78
Jul 3, 2014
It is very hard to sing though. I love going to hockey games when a Canadian team is visiting. O Canada is much more fun to sing.
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level 84
Dec 12, 2018
And that's why you'll see at a Canadian game, very few Canadians aren't singing along. :)
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level 28
Jan 27, 2015
I do like our National Anthem, but I think I like "America the Beautiful" more.
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level 75
May 18, 2019
I think the Star-Spangled Banner is much better. It gets unfairly maligned by people who don't even understand what it's about. America the Beautiful is kind of generic, and also overly religious, plus nobody actually knows any of it beyond the first verse.
The Star-Spangled Banner relates to a real event in history, and is about resilience and fortitude in the face of tyranny during an attack on the country.
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level 43
Nov 22, 2011
That above was supposed to read: "The Star Spangled Banner was written....the "Not only..." and "It was," were supposed to be edited out...sorry about that.
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level 50
Jan 25, 2012
the real test would be the second and third verses. To the anthem haters, you need to review the bombing of Fort McHenry and the story behind that. It's our anthem so that we remember those people who held up the staff with their dead bodies. Yes it was a stalemate, but that is the point. We stood up to the best in the world at the time, again, and we didn't fall.
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level 20
Aug 19, 2014
you just took those words right out of my mouth....
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level 66
Dec 7, 2018
How about the FOURTH verse? For some reason I'll never fully understand, my high school made us recite that (not sing, recite) that every morning after the Pledge, so I've still got that one down.
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level 51
Feb 7, 2012
done with 2:04 good but not great
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level 24
Mar 21, 2012
Finished with 2:14 left :]
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level 20
Mar 22, 2012
feel like a good american, got 16/16
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level 13
Apr 23, 2012
finished with 2:13 left and I'm not even from America lol
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level 17
May 27, 2012
is it sad that i only had 59 seconds left :(... i couldnt spell perilous (or watever it is) D:
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level 3
May 26, 2016
SAME
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level 22
Jun 13, 2012
Derp, I've been saying the national anthem wrong this entire time. "broad stripes" not "brought stripes"
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level 61
May 24, 2016
I always thought it was "rockets red flare" this entire time. You're not alone.
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level 15
Jul 10, 2012
I'm a New Zealander and I got 100% on this quiz. I have friends from my stay in America that would not get any. :( It's sad but then again I know Kiwi's who don't know the NZ national anthem, or they only know it in English and not Maori.
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level 66
Jul 1, 2016
E Ihowฤ atua, o ngaฬ„ iwi maฬ„tou raฬ„, ฤta whakarongona, me aroha noa. Kia hua ko te pai, kia tau tล atawhai; manaakitia mai Aotearoa.
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level 29
Jul 26, 2012
1/16 although I don't think I'd do particularly well for God Save the Queen either...
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level 6
Oct 17, 2012
SWAGG I know my country's national anthem!
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level 44
Dec 15, 2012
I kept trying "still wave" instead of "yet wave." Yes, I'm embarrassed.
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level 28
Mar 27, 2015
Don't be! I also tried "still" before getting the right word.
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level 17
Mar 9, 2013
Ha, if you're American... well, that was fun!
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level 8
Mar 23, 2013
100% with 2:17 left
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level 13
May 5, 2013
easy!!!
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level 20
May 8, 2013
I have the same birthday as the poet who penned the lyrics, Francis Scott Key :)
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level 36
May 30, 2013
Nailed it 2/16! British though...
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level 54
Jul 1, 2016
You have every reason to block this song from your memory, then. :-P
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level 25
Jul 3, 2013
The only reason I didn't finish earlier is because I was singing the song as I typed the answers.......I'm American (my elementary school played this song every day of every school year-I'm not likely to forget it) so I got a perfect.
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level 14
Jul 3, 2013
proof that I am American !!! Yippie !!
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level 60
Jul 6, 2013
Damn, I've been watching way too many Youtube videos of this. Got it all. It's way better than the German anthem anyway. XD
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level 34
Jan 31, 2014
Don't lie, you sang the song in your head as you filled out the answers.
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level 64
Sep 11, 2016
No, I sang it out loud.
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level 51
Jan 26, 2017
I won't lie (Jetpunk user) KidTheCat, I *copy* *paste* sang the song in your head as you filled out the answers. *submit comment*
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level 10
Feb 5, 2014
Oh yeah I finished with 1:10 left beat that! yeah I know its sad
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level 34
Mar 5, 2014
Finished with 2:19!
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level 19
Mar 22, 2014
With 1:39 to spare. 'Murica!
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level 46
Apr 15, 2014
All i got was "See" It's a stupid song anyway.
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level 43
Aug 13, 2014
I'm with lfulmer35. The song isn't the stupid thing here.
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level 28
Mar 27, 2015
I'm Canadian and I think it's a great anthem! Actually, I love all the U.S. patriotic songs. This Land Is Your Land; God Bless America; My Country Tis of Thee (although the melody is stolen--uh, borrowed LOL--from the British national anthem)--they're all great to sing.
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level 75
Jul 1, 2016
Thanks, parsons8. "O Canada" and "The Maple Leaf" are great, too.
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level 75
Jul 1, 2016
The original poem was very heartfelt and emotional. During the War of 1812 the British had already burned our capital, and many feared our young country was in danger of losing our independence only a few years after winning it. Francis Scott Key was being held on a ship while the British were firing on Ft. McHenry near Baltimore. He watched and listened to the bombs and rockets bombarding the fort all night and couldn't imagine that the fort could withstand all the shelling. When the sun rose and he saw that the US flag was still flying over the fort rather than the British one, he was moved to write the poem, "In Defence of Ft. M'Henry". It became a symbol of perseverance and hope for our new nation. (I do find it ironic that Key wrote the poem while thinking of the tune of an old but popular British drinking song, "The Anacreontic Song" and that became the melody when the poem was set to music.)
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level 66
Jul 11, 2016
Just saw a rendition of this story on "Drunk History" last week! (A show in which people get drunk and tell historical stories. It is infinitely amusing, and surprisingly informative.)
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level 15
Oct 21, 2016
He used the "rocket's red glare and the bombs bursting in air" to see that the flag was still standing over Ft. McHenry. That was because the British had his friend captive and made a deal that if by morning the American flag hadn't fallen they would give him back. I'm pretty sure that's part of the story correct me if I'm wrong
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level 70
Jun 25, 2017
Someone's salty
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level 18
Nov 2, 2017
If you live in America and all you got was see, that's kind of sad. I did the whole thing 100% correctly and had 2 minutes left.
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level 36
Nov 29, 2017
Don't disrespect my country
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level 28
May 8, 2014
every American should know the words to this song like the back of their hand. I can't believe how many joke about not knowing it. People died so you could have the freedom of living here. Don't they teach this in schools anymore?
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level 71
Jul 3, 2014
why does one need to know a song that was adopted less than 100 years ago? who says that knowing a song makes on an american and not knowing doesn't? there are plenty of people who do know the song but arent good americans
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level 59
Jul 1, 2016
Knowing the lyrics to a song is much less important than living by values that honor what people died for. Being a good American does not mean eating apple pie, loving baseball, and knowing the words to this song. People need to stop insisting that it does. I'd rather 3,000,000 Americans that don't know the words but treat people with respect than 3,000,000 who can sing every note but treat people badly.
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level 15
Oct 21, 2016
In public schools it is "optional" to stand for the anthem and the pledge, at least in California. Private schools still sing it thankfully.
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level 56
Jul 22, 2017
Thanks California, for every wrong thing.
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level 53
Mar 4, 2019
It's optional in every state. As it should be.
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level 47
Feb 13, 2018
No, they don't teach it at school. I agree with you, every american should know this by heart
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level 36
May 21, 2014
Done within 2:00.
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level 64
Jul 3, 2014
100%. 'Merica!
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level 36
Jul 3, 2014
"...and the home of the brave!" *Marching band starts playing* *High school football team rushes onto the field*
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level 48
Jul 3, 2014
Its a little bit sad that even many Americans hate their own country, too many people only think of the negatives in the USA.
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level 71
Jul 3, 2014
well they are entitled to do that...people correlate usa with freedom...well...they have the freedom to hate, no?
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level 36
Dec 15, 2015
Hating politicians who abuse patriotism in the quest for power and m oney is not the same as hating the country. Nor is hating the things they do. Hating what your country has become in the eyes of the world is not the same as hating the country either. We all wonder why Germans did not stand up to Hitler, but then refuse to stand up to Bush/Cheney as they marched into a country that did not attack us, and gave speeches threatening others who did not behave as they wanted them to. Sometimes the most patriotism is shown by those demanding the best from their country instead of ignoring the worst. Of course those who abuse our power are going to namecall and pretend those who are critical "hate" the country--it's the only thing they have. Wake up. Don't repeat such bs. Americans don't love the country less just because they demand it to be its best--any more than a parent hates a child when they demand it live up to its potential.
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level 59
Jul 1, 2016
Many Americans do not hate their own country. Where are you getting that from? It is a core American value to challenge our government. So yeah, we hate Congress. A lot. But your government is not your country.
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level 75
Jul 2, 2016
Many Americans do actually hate their country. I know several. Mostly Chomsky acolytes. Though there are some far right nuts who do, as well. I don't find the concept in itself sad, as no country really deserves to be loved or hated. Patriotism, and indeed nationalism, are ideas that ought to be retired from human consciousness. So to me the fact that they hate the US isn't as sad as the fact that, most of the time, the reason they hate the USA is that they believe some other country is better. All things of course being relative, it's very rare that I meet anyone who hates the USA for valid reasons.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2014
It's appalling that there's only one word that had 100%. I didn't think it would be that low... I guess more Americans are taking this quiz than I thought.
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level 17
Jul 3, 2014
I'm Canadian and I got all of it right...
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level 70
Jun 25, 2017
That's good. Unfortunately I would not be able to return the favor to you, our northern friends, and rehearse (all of) O' Canada.
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level 67
Jul 7, 2014
Not the Enrico Palazzo version, I see...
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level 57
Jul 30, 2014
I had to sing it to remember it. Is that sad??
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level 43
Aug 13, 2014
100% with 2:41 to spare; pretty proud right now.
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level 15
Sep 17, 2014
Beat it with 1:26 left!
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level 43
Oct 13, 2014
always thought broad was brought, but got it with 3 seconds left
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level 15
Dec 24, 2014
Finised with 2:00 left, #USNAVY #HOOYAH
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level 21
Jan 9, 2015
I am a war fanatic. Speaking of the Civil War, I've been to an actual battlefield. It is the one in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. My family owns an M1 Garand used in Vietnam. I own a pellet gun which is an impersonation of a Winchester 77
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level 59
Jul 1, 2016
This was written during the War of 1812, not the Civil War.
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level 51
Jan 27, 2015
Being from Denmark it is weird that I could do this in my sleep. And the same goes for the national anthems of Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Brazil. And Denmark obviously.
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level 75
Jul 1, 2016
Go to a lot of sporting events?
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level 65
Jan 27, 2015
I didn't even know America had an national anthem. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
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level 15
Feb 18, 2015
Knew all of it, but can't spell perilous right.
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level 21
Feb 20, 2015
Im Canadian, not in high school yet and I still got it PERFECT
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level 54
Feb 23, 2015
I gotta say, it's annoying that it took me so long to figure out I had to type the words that were back-to-back as one entry. I typed "broad" for "broad stripes" and then sat there. I hit enter, and it said it was not correct. My confusion was great. It was greater when it wouldn't accept "red." Once I figured out I was supposed to type two words, I was fine, but that is still kind of a bug...
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level 55
Apr 12, 2015
Yeah, that annoyed me, too.
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level 15
Mar 25, 2015
100% and I'm English :)
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level 12
Apr 2, 2015
im blasian (black and asian) finished 100% with 2:00
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level 45
May 31, 2015
It always sounded like "gave through through the night"
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level 73
Sep 10, 2015
'Merica!
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level 36
Dec 15, 2015
NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR THOSE OF US WHO WERE NOT BORN WITH A KEYPAD AT OUR FINGERTIPS.
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level 75
Jun 13, 2018
Most of the words in this song are 4 letters long or less. Pick up the pace.
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level 34
Dec 16, 2015
It shocks me how many Americans don't know the lyrics to the national anthem. Missing one word is fine, but not knowing a whole line just seems crazy to me. You hear it so much growing up, it would be like not knowing the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle. Granted there are some big words in there, come on.
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level 60
Jan 27, 2016
There are non-American People on this site you know. From the comments you can tell that a few non-Americans are trying this. I didn't know the whole thing but got 53% and that's okay. I don't watch sports and got the answers I knew from watching Youtube videos of famous people singing it. Would you get 53% of a foreign anthem?
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level 75
Jan 29, 2019
I wouldn't, but I would like to try if people want to post versions of their own anthems. (I think I've seen similar versions for Canada and Australia.) I could get a few words from the anthems of Canada, UK, and maybe Germany and Australia, but probably not other countries except common words.
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level 43
Jun 9, 2016
I certainly hope that all US citizens aced this test. Probably those who missed some were from other countries, which is totally understandable.
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level 58
Jun 9, 2016
Watch Watched Hail Hailed
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level 39
Jun 25, 2016
I got 100% but feel kinda bad cause I had to fill it in out of order because I couldn't remember the second line...
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level 66
Jul 1, 2016
It is "rockets' red glare", not "rocket's red glare". Plural possessive rockets, please.
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level โˆž
Jul 2, 2016
Fixed
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level 75
Jan 29, 2019
How do you know there was more than one rocket? :)
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level 48
Jul 2, 2016
Bizarrely, I have never heard the actual words to the song. I managed 25 out of 45 just by guessing random words.
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level 34
Jul 6, 2016
As a Canadian, I think this means I watch too much sports...
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level 37
Jul 27, 2016
I got 4 - star, spangled, banner and the. Not sure a British teen really does very well at this quiz...
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level 37
Jul 27, 2016
Unless you watch sporting events, that is
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level 26
Aug 28, 2016
Luckily they didn't quiz us on the other three verses... or the original Anacreontic Society lyrics.
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level 39
Sep 16, 2016
USA! USA! USA!
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level 13
Oct 5, 2016
Legit sang the song while doing this xD
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level 38
Dec 15, 2016
I don't understand the partial scores for answers that I got outright. I only missed one (broad) and that's probably because I misspelled it.
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level 75
Jun 13, 2018
You can't get an answer partially right. What are you talking about? Does it say in the stats you got that answer right 50% of the time? You probably took the quiz before and forgot.
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level 24
Dec 15, 2016
I swear I can never seem to remember how to spell perilous when I take this quiz!
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level 49
Jan 4, 2017
As a European I know the story behind the poem and Francis Scott Key but I can only remember parts of the song and the rest gets mixed up with Oh Canada. :D
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level 67
Feb 10, 2017
Another quiz where I would love to see the split in scores between American takers and non American, or even non North American's, just to see what the drop off is like.
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level 52
Mar 6, 2017
Last word's wrong. Should be CHIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEFS!!!
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level 3
Apr 14, 2017
Finished with 2:30 left and got 100%
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level 45
Jul 2, 2017
49/62 and from the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
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level 24
Sep 3, 2017
great quiz got an a
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level 38
Dec 17, 2017
I have many issues with this country,but the "Star Spangled Banner" never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Has anyone stopped to visualize what the anthem was depicting? Awesome tribute to our soldiers (of all eras)!
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level 33
Jan 16, 2018
I'm from Canada and got a 98%...if it wasn't for the "O'er" i would have had 100%. I tried again and again to get that...knew what i wanted to put, but couldn't get the spelling....lol
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level 51
Feb 6, 2018
Good luck getting through this quiz without singing the song in your head...
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level 10
Feb 13, 2018
I got this in 30 seconds. I am the most American here. You all are below me. Feel bad
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level 38
Apr 27, 2018
LOL. Doug, your name says it all.
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level 56
Apr 20, 2018
Got all the lyrics with 30 secs left and I'm neither American nor a native English speaker. So this is by far my greatest life accomplishment :(
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level 66
May 11, 2018
Got every single word and I'm not even American.^^ Still I've heard the anthem often enough to know the words and every time I hear it I'm tempted to sing along...
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level 20
May 15, 2018
super lit quiz
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level 16
Jun 6, 2018
I'm Danish. I have NEVER been to the American continent. And I got 100%.
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level 68
Jun 17, 2018
I'm American and I eat you for breakfast.
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level 38
Jun 13, 2018
38/62. I memorized the whole song but I still forgot some..
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level 68
Jun 17, 2018
Just run the Jimi Hendrix version through your mind. He'll guide you through it.
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level 8
Jun 20, 2018
36/62 i need more practice
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level 8
Jun 22, 2018
I only got most of these because my friend in my class is american, and she was teaching me and my the anthem, and we were teaching her o canada in french.
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level 68
Jun 28, 2018
I stopped when the very first word is misspelled so I was left with Osaycanyouseebythedawnsearlylight on the answer box because it never cleared when I filled in the first word correctly. "Oh" is not the early 19th Century poetic spelling.
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level 23
Jul 18, 2018
I am French and nailed it ...
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level 21
Aug 28, 2018
The word "does" got to me.
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level 69
Aug 31, 2018
Got the beginning and the end thanks to Tinseltown productions, did much better with O Canada, but scored 100% in the Spanish national hymn! Boo-yah!
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level 34
Dec 7, 2018
Play Ball
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level 27
Jan 22, 2019
I only know the first and last line, close enouh for someone who's not American :P
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level 53
Jan 26, 2019
Too America-centric
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level 53
Mar 4, 2019
Why do people know other words but not "watched"...
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