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Poem Analysis: The Flag Goes By (Grade 6)

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Poem Analysis: The Flag Goes By

The Flag Goes By
by Henry Holcomb Bennett

HATS off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off! 5
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly; 10
But more than the flag is passing by.

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State:
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips; 15

Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong 20
To ward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,—all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes 25
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!
1. 
Today, where might you hear a poem like "The Flag Goes By"?
  1. in a museum
  2. at the circus
  3. in a parade
  4. at a baseball game
2. 
According to the poem "The Flag Goes By," why is it important to honor the flag?
  1. It represents the President of the United States.
  2. It symbolizes everything the fight for freedom.
  3. It is a beautiful blue, crimson, and white.
  4. It flies proudly in the sky.
3. 
The author of "The Flag Goes By" repeats the phrase "Hats Off!"
This phrase
  1. reminds soldiers to remove their hats in battle
  2. instructs people how to show respect for the flag
  3. signals the end of a graduation ceremony at boot camp
  4. emphasizes the importance of showing respect for the flag
4. 
Which word best describes the mood of the poem "The Flag Goes By"?
  1. somber
  2. excited
  3. calm
  4. proud
5. 
Which lines from the poem "The Flag Goes By" is the best example of imagery?
  1. A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums/A flash of color beneath the sky:
  2. Days of plenty and years of peace; /March of a strong land’s swift increase;
  3. Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,/Fought to make and to save the State:
  4. Sign of a nation, great and strong/ To ward her people from foreign wrong
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