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Questions about National Anthems


Quiz I

  1. What's the national anthem of France?
  2. What has been the official national anthem of the United States since 1931?




  3. Created by the Scottish-born composer Peter Dodds McCormick and first performed in 1878, what is the national anthem of Australia?
  4. What is the national anthem of Canada?
  5. The title of which country's national anthem means "Old Land of My Fathers"?
  6. "Jana Gana Mana" which translates to "Hail the ruler of all minds" is the national anthem of which country?
  7. Which country's national anthem, written by an anonymous author in the ninth century, has the oldest lyrics among all the world's national anthems?
  8. "The Soldier's Song" is the national anthem of which country?
  9. Which country's national anthem, "Maamme", was first written in Swedish?
  10. The British national anthem "God Save the Queen" was first performed under a different title in 1745, what was this title?
  11. Name the famous Austrian who composed the German National Anthem, "Song of the Germans"?
  12. Which small European country's national anthem is played to the same tune as "God Save the Queen"?
  13. Which large European country has a wordless anthem?
  14. In Scotland's "Flower of Scotland" which king's army is sent homeward to think again?
  15. The "March of the Volunteers" is the national anthem of which country?
  16. Which country's national anthem is unique in that five of the country's eleven official languages are used in the same anthem?
  17. Which European country is the only nation without a National Anthem of its own?
  18. The anthem of the European Union is an instrumental version called what?
  19. Rabindranath Tagore is the only known person to have written the national anthems for two different countries, India is one, can you name the other?
  20. The music of the "Pontifical Anthem" is the anthem of which independent city-state?

Answers:

  1. La Marseillaise
  2. The Star-Spangled Banner
  3. Advance Australia Fair
  4. O Canada
  5. Wales
  6. India
  7. Japan's





  8. Ireland
  9. Finland's
  10. God Save the King
  11. Franz Joseph Haydn
  12. Liechtenstein
  13. Spain (a competition to write words for it was held in 2007, but they proved so unpopular they were withdrawn)
  14. Edward I's
  15. The People's Republic of China
  16. South Africa
  17. Cyprus
  18. Ode to Joy
  19. Bangladesh
  20. Vatican City