In God We Trust - Today Quiz (July 11th, 2009)

On this date in 1955, legislation made the appearance of "In God We Trust" mandatory on all paper money and coins of the United States. The saying was made the official national motto of the United States after the passage of an Act of Congress in 1956.

The quiz is five questions related to the official national motto "In God We Trust". One possible origin of "In God We Trust" is the final stanza of The Star-Spangled Banner. Written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key (and later the national anthem), the song contains an early reference to a variation of the phrase: "...And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust'."

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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum was approved for use on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782 and was the de facto motto until 1956 when legislation established the current motto. What is the translation?

And so passes the way of the world
One Nation Under God
Out of many, one
All For One and One For All
In God We Trust

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In God We Must

The motto "In God We Trust" was added to U.S. coins during the Civil War because:

Increased religious sentiment
Stabilize the currency during difficult times
Follow of nations lead to gain favor
One Nation Under God
All For One and One For All


He's a Rough Rider

One president thought that it's use "comes dangerously close to sacrilege... it seems to me eminently unwise to cheapen such a motto by use on coins". What POTUS said this in 1907?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
William McKinley
William Howard Taft
Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson


I Like Ike!

During the Cold War, the words "In God We Trust" were required on all currency. "In these days when imperialistic and materialistic Communism seeks to attack and destroy freedom, it is proper" to "remind all of us of this self-evident truth" that "as long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail." Who was the President who signed it into law?

John Kennedy
Dwight Eisenhower
Harry Truman
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Lyndon Johnson

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One Nation Indivisible

Another controversy arose recently when requiring students in school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance was questioned and ruled that the Florida state law requiring students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Issue was made with the inclusion of "Under God" in the Pledge. Most people don't know that "Under God" was added 62 years after it was written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist. In what year was "Under God" added to the Pledge of Allegiance?




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