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Can You Pass This State Quiz?
By: Tasha Moore
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About This Quiz
It's never a bad time to take a state quiz! The United States of America is such a young country to have such a rich history. Take this U.S. geography test to see just how far these states have come in such a short time. You'll find that not much has changed, while much certainly has changed.
You may have noticed that people in different states adhere to their own brand of Americanism, but have you ever thought about how the animals and their habitats have changed in the U.S.? There are rivers in the U.S. now that weren't there hundreds of years ago. Fires and lightening storms considerably shaped state landscapes like Nevada before the early settlers arrived.
In this test, you'll also learn some of what many ethnologists have always known regarding the first Americans, that they crossed the Bering Strait from Asia thousands of years ago. Ironically, a large portion of Alaskan Aleut males native to a region near the Bering Strait has been displaced in more recent times, starting as early as the second World War. You'll discover reasons why, as well as other hugely interesting state facts soon enough. You won't be sorry you took the time, so take this quiz!
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Albany is the capital city of which east coast state?
The land in the Finger Lakes region of New York state was formed by glacial deposits that eroded fewer than 20,000 years ago. The Finger Lakes are a set of tapered glacial lakes located in the state's west-central region near the city of Syracuse.
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Henrietta Maria was the wife of King Charles I of England and this state was named after her. Can you guess the name of the U.S. state?
Maryland citizen Charles Carroll was born in Annapolis, Maryland on September 19, 1737. Carroll was the longest surviving and wealthiest signer of the American Declaration of Independence. He died in his sleep on November 14, 1832, in Baltimore, Maryland.
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There are a U.S. state and a Eurasian country that share the same name. Can you identify the name?
When the U.S. state was first founded in 1732, it included areas of Mississippi and Alabama. British General James Edward Oglethorpe founded the former colony, which was the youngest of the 13 American colonies.
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Of all New England-area U.S. states, which is the one with the largest land area?
The state of Maine is renowned for its rich lobster and maritime history. Lobster catches in the state have been recorded since 1947. The Maine lobster industry catches between 100 and 120 million pounds of lobster yearly.
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Do you know which was the 28th state admitted to the Union?
Texas is the largest state of the contiguous mainland states. The state spans approximately 1,000 miles from north to south and stretches roughly the same distance from east to west. Only the U.S. state of Alaska is larger by land area.
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It is surrounded by Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Do you recognize the enclosed state?
On 1803 at Place d'Armes in the city of Versailles, France, the French colony of Louisiana was transferred to the United States. The French prefect of the province, Pierre Clement, ceremoniously handed the keys of the colony to American governor William C. C. Claiborne.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey of 1931, in which state lies the geographical center of North America?
According to the 1931 U.S. Geographical Survey, the town of Rugby, North Dakota is the geographical center of the American border state. Rugby is located in North Dakota's north-central region and is approximately 150 miles northeast of Bismarck, the state's capital city.
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Do you notice the state among the options that's best known for its potato crop?
Idaho's first potato grower was a Presbyterian missionary, Henry Harmon Spalding. Spalding established a mission in the state in 1836 to teach religion and potato cultivation to the Nez Perce Indians.
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There is a commonwealth listed with these options. Do you recognize it?
A commonwealth is a political term that means "for the good of the public." Political framers have used the term to describe an organization or state formed by law. Three other U.S. states, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico, carry the name designation.
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The U.S. state with the driest climate is ________?
Nevada's predominant vegetation was formed by lightning and fires set by indigenous people of the land before early settlers seized the dry region. Today, most of Nevada is mountainous, and the rest of its landscape consists of desserts and grasslands.
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It's dubbed the "Mountain State." Can you choose its formal U.S. state name?
Coal mining in West Virginia started in the late 19th century. At its inception, West Virginia's mining production was more attractive to industrialists than similar operations of other states in the southern region because its labor force was union-free.
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The state whose name means "land of vast plains" is ________?
During the early 20th century, the presence of single female homesteaders in Wyoming sharply increased. In general, homesteading culture in the western United States for many early settlers signified self-renewal and independence through land ownership.
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One of the following states has a seal with the phrase "Animis opibusque parati," which means "Prepared in mind and resources." Can you recognize the correct choice?
The Yamasee War of 1715 and 1716 that occurred in South Carolina's southeastern region ended Indian control of the territory. The war, fought primarily between the Yamasee Indians and British colonists, was sparked by land disputes and Indian grievances dealing with the fur trade.
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Zanesville and Chillicothe were once capital cities in which U.S. state?
Chillicothe was Ohio's first state capital starting in 1803. After 1810, Ohio's government moved to Zanesville but returned to Chillicothe. Columbus, Ohio, the state's current capital city, became state capital in 1816.
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John Wentworth was appointed the colonial governor of which state between 1767 and 1775?
As governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth was instrumental in strengthening education, building roads and helping new settlers in the region. Later, Wentworth made similar advances in Nova Scotia where he served as Lieutenant Governor.
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Can you select the state whose western border rims Utah's eastern border almost precisely?
The first inhabitants in Colorado arrived 17,000 years ago. These people are believed to have been hunters and gatherers who traveled from Asia to North America 25,000 years ago. Native Americans clung to Colorado's southwestern and eastern plains until Spanish explorers arrived in the 1600s.
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It's the only U.S. state that has two collateral rivers outlining its borders. Try to guess which one it is?
The Missouri River contours Iowa's western border, and the Mississippi River borders the state's eastern border. In the summer of 1804, explorers Lewis and Clark traveled thousands of miles along the Missouri River. Near Sioux City, Iowa is where their company lost Sgt. Charles Floyd to peritonitis.
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Are you confident that you know the first of the original 13 states to ratify the United States Constitution?
The State Assembly met in Delaware until 1777, and the Declaration of Independence was read in the New Castle Court House. Delaware governor Caesar Rodney broke the deadlock to declare the state's independence from Great Britain in 1776.
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The cardinal is the state bird of ________?
Kentucky was originally part of Virginia; in 1776, the modern Kentucky state was Kentucky County, Virginia. Kentucky ranks 37th of the U.S. states in land area; the state spans 39,732 square miles.
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The State Library in the city of Harrisburg is one of this state's largest research libraries. Can you choose the correct option?
Harrisburg is Pennsylvania's capital city and home of the State Library of Pennsylvania, which was known as Pennsylvania State Library until 1971. The library was established at the Harrisburg location in 1931, and its volumes number over 1 million.
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Can you select the northeastern state that has a long history of hurricanes?
The Great Hurricane of 1938 in Connecticut caused the Connecticut River in the city of Hartford to expand four times its normal size. The hurricane left 90 people dead and caused $100 million in damage. It was considered the worst storm in 100 years at that time.
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The state with the lowest population density is ________?
Last Chance Gulch is the name of the major street that runs through Montana's capital city of Helena. The capital city was once named Last Chance Gulch and was the site of a massive gold rush in July of 1864.
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Of the choices, can you correctly name the region that was admitted to the Union as the 50th state on August 21, 1959?
Hawaii is the most racially diverse state. To solve its labor shortage problems, the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association brought over the state's first black people from the U.S. South. Asians of Japanese, Chinese and Filipino heritage have also contributed to the state's 20 percent multiracial mix.
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Try to quickly choose the "Corn Belt" state?
Some geographers believe that the main core of the U.S. Corn Belt is comprised of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Others may argue that wheat has also been the principal grain of Indiana's significant agricultural economy.
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Vicksburg, Biloxi and Tupelo are several cities in ________?
Mississippi has struggled to recoup from the racial strife that plagues its mid-20th-century past. In an effort to put a positive spin on a sordid past, in 2013 the state erected two state history and civil rights museums, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History.
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Is it challenging for you to identify the territory that has more neighboring states than most other U.S. states?
With the exception of Tennessee, Missouri has the most neighboring states. Its proximity to the South helped trigger dissension among pro-slavery citizens before the Civil War, though the state remained in the Union during the war.
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Can you identify the state that is on the largest peninsula in the Americas?
The Aleut people inhabit the Alaskan peninsula and Russia's Kamchatka Krai. Ethnologists have called attention to a genealogical shift among the Aleuts. An influx of foreign fishermen and hunters prior to and during World War II have considerably displaced Aleutian males out of the region.
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Which state's name is derived from a Chippewa term that means "large lake"?
Michigan is recognized as having led the American Industrial Revolution. In particular Detroit, Michigan laid the foundation for American automobile manufacturing and the nation's modern railway system.
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The "Cornhusker State" is ________?
In the early 19th century, Nebraska City, Nebraska was one of the fastest-growing areas of America. The Homestead Act, the railroad and the California Gold Rush attracted American migrants and foreign immigrants who sought wealth and land ownership.
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How easy is it for you to notice the state that maintains its Studies Institute at 401 President Clinton Avenue?
The Arkansas Studies Institute opened in 2009 and is located in Little Rock. The institute cost $21.5 million, which Little Rock voters approved to be paid for with bonds backed by property taxes. The facility and neighboring educational centers house artifacts, family records and other material.
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What U.S. state among the options is located in the north-central region?
Few culinary kinds of cheese are native to the United States. The state of Wisconsin boasts the creation of Colby cheese, which is also called "soft cheddar cheese," which was first produced by the city of Colby, Wisconsin in the year 1874.
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It is the only U.S. state that borders the state of Georgia to the west. Try to identify which one it is?
The Southern Museum of Flight opened in 1983 and is located in Birmingham, Alabama. The 75,000-square-foot museum displays one of the largest collections of aviation history memorabilia in the southeast U.S. and includes actual aircraft with engines.
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Of the choices, do you recognize the most sparsely populated state?
Vermont is a state characterized by the unique choices it's made compared to most of the nation. The state used to be an independent republic; it was a region of choice for dissenters who escaped British colonialism; and during the War of 1812, the state's governor ordered troops to return home.
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The state that has a narrow north-south span of only 120 miles is ________?
In the post-bellum era, Tennessee relied heavily on convict leasing to offer cheap labor to new magnates who competed for markets while dealing with costly rates of freight. The South maintained a large prison population, as prison rates sharply increased in the area after the Civil War.
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Is it a challenge for you to spot the only state that borders Kansas directly to the south?
As a result of Andrew Jackson's mid-19th-century Indian migration policies, the role of the missionary in Oklahoma changed drastically. Specifically, Presbyterian missionaries became educators of both religion and language. Many of them also took on political roles on behalf of the natives.
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You cannot go any further northwest, south of the Canadian border, than this state. Can you identify it?
Washington state shares vibrant trade relationships with nearby Canadian provinces and other countries of Pacific Rim lands. The state also fosters twin towns internationally, including Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
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Which southwestern state harbors a silver mining district?
Arizona's silver mining district is located approximately 30 miles northward of Yuma, Arizona. The mining district is infamously dangerous and yields a large number of valuable minerals, such as tabular lead molybdate crystals.
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"Little Finland" exists in the Midwestern U.S. state of ________?
Frederick, South Dakota has been called "South Dakota's Little Finland," and is located in the state's northeast corner, roughly 150 miles southwest of Fargo. Frederick is a small community of people, many of whom settled in the region from Finland in the 1880s at the prompting of a railroad clerk.
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This state's lengthy official moniker includes the phrase "Providence Plantations." Guess which one it is?
Rhode Island's formal name is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." The state's intriguing history includes the triumphs of the 14th Regiment Heavy Artillery, a band of black soldiers that were sent to serve in Louisiana and Texas from 1862 to 1865 during the American Civil War.
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Do you know the southeastern state that suffered 12 hurricanes over a span of 25 years at the end of the 19th century?
In years past, some of North Carolina's coastal towns have been obliterated by destructive hurricanes. The first severe hurricane of the 20th century, which was a category 3 storm, descended upon the North Carolina coast on November 13, 1904. Cape Fear and Fort Caswell bore substantial damage.
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