The flag of 1777 was used until 1795. In that year, the Congress passed an act ordering that a new flag have 15 stripes, alternate red and white, and 15 stars on a blue field. In 1818, the Congress directed that the flag have 13 stripes and that a new star be added for each new state of the Union.

Based on the passage, what does “alternate” mean?

rotate

Explanation

While the terms “substitute,” “exchange,” and “swap” are synonyms for “alternate,” in the context of the passage pertaining to the flag, “alternate” most closely means rotating red and white.

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