Quiz: You May Be a True Texan If You Know 29/35 of These Things!: HowStuffWorks
You May Be a True Texan If You Know 29/35 of These Things!
By: Robin Tyler
6 Min Quiz
About This Quiz
So, you think you know everything there is to know about Texas, do you? Well, let's see how far your knowledge extends.
Texas is undoubtedly an interesting state and one with a varied past. Since the Spanish first discovered it in the mid-1500's, Texas has been ruled by more powers than any other US state. Do you know how many? Well, you better be sure, because no doubt there is a question in this quiz about that.
In Texas, things are certainly bigger and better. Even the state itself. It's huge! It is also home to one of the most valuable products in the world today, a product that wars are fought over. Yet Texas has it in abundance. It is also the home of two US presidents, and sadly, one of the greatest US presidents was assassinated in Texas in 1963. That day, the whole world cried with the United States.
So let's see where else we can test you on your Texas knowledge. No less than 35 questions await you, some easy, others a little harder and some, well, they might have you pulling your hair out.
Put on your cowboy boots, tilt your cowboy and saddle up, because we are riding out to Quiz Town.
Can you name the frontiersman who helped fight for Texas independence?
'The King of the Wild Frontier' as he was known, Davy Crockett died fighting Mexican forces in Texas. Crockett was not only a frontiersman, but he also served in political positions as well including as a Tennessee member of the US House of Representatives.
Name the sport is loved by all Texans!
American football is an institution in Texas with the Dallas Cowboys a much followed team. Even college games bring massive crowds and are sometimes played in professional stadiums.
Texas, like many states in the US, has a nickname. What is it?
The Lone Star state nickname comes from the fact that Texas was once a republic, struggling to gain freedom from Mexico. The star is found not only on the state seal but the flag as well.
In what famous battle did Davy Crockett and a host of others die?
Davy Crockett died fighting the troops of Mexican general Santa Anna at the Alamo mission in 1836. Legend has it that he was found dead in a room in the mission, surrounded by 15 corpses.
Texas is known for a liquid that is sought after the world over. What is it?
In 2014, Texas was producing 3.17 million barrels of oil... per day! That's incredible. It also makes Texas the leading source of oil in the United States.
Which Texan city is considered the 'live music capital of the world?'
Austin is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to live music. In fact, 2016 figures show that music was responsible for an income of around $1.8 billion for the city.
Who of these is NOT a famous Texan?
Barack Obama is not a Texan. He was actually born in Hawaii. The others, however, are certainly famous sons of Texas and it would be hard to pick the most famous. Who would you choose?
Houston is most famous for?
Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center while NASA has their famed mission control that oversees all space missions. Every single space mission undertaken by NASA is controlled from the space center.
Name the Texas law agency that was founded in 1835.
Although they were founded officially on October 17, 1835, the Texas Rangers roots go right back to 1823. They have state-wide jurisdiction.
An American president was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Who was he?
John F. Kennedy was shot while travelling in an open-top vehicle through Dealey Plaza. He was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald using a high-powered rifle.
Can you name the Tropical storm that caused over $600 million worth of damages to Alvin and surrounds in 1979?
Claudette caused over 45 inches of rain to fall, 43 of those come in 24-hour period which remains a U.S. record today. That's over 1,100 mm of rain! Claudette caused around $400 million in damages, mostly as a result of rain as wind speeds recorded during the storm were not that high.
Everything is bigger and better in Texas. What is the official food of the state?
Yes, it is chili. The hotter the better. Even the little kids can eat the hottest chili and not feel the side effects. They breed them tough down in Texas.
Can you name the capital of Texas?
Before Austin, a number of other towns had spent some time as the capital of the state. Austin was instituted as the capital in 1839.
What equestrian sport is a favorite of Texans?
Texans do love a good rodeo. Be it bull riding, steer roping, saddle bronc riding or bareback riding, all rodeo is popular in the Lone Star State.
Any idea as to the name of the largest river in Texas?
The Rio Grande is over 3,000 kilometers long and starts in Colorado before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. It acts as a natural border between Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
What is the name of the first multi-sport stadium in the world unveiled in Houston?
The Astrodome has hosted basketball, baseball, motorsport, tennis, boxing, WWE and various concerts. The Astrodome was also a place of safety during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 although the storm was so severe, part of the roof started caving in.
The Galveston Hurricane, the worst natural disaster in US history struck the state of Texas in 1900. How many people did it kill and injure?
Yes, over 6,000 people died in the Galveston Hurricane. Most were from a storm surge which swamped the area around Galveston. Over 3,000 houses were destroyed and 30,000 people left homeless.
Can you name the official state animal of Texas?
Although Texans seem to have a love/hate relationship with the burrowing armadillo, it is their state animal. Armadillos are distant cousins to sloths and the only mammal to have a protective outer shell. Armor, if you will.
Which of these is an actual law that still stands in Texas?
There are some weird laws in other states in the United States, but the fact that all of these are still valid in Texas certainly takes the cake for strangest laws ever! Still, not sure who would have sold their eye for such a law to even exist.
Is Texas larger than any country in Europe?
Yes, it is true. Texas is massive, certainly bigger than any European country.
In terms of US states, Texas is the only one to have fallen under six different flags. What are they?
The time frame for all of these above ruling Texas is as follows: Spain (1519-1685 and 1690-1821), France (1685 to 1690), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), Confederate States (1861-1865), and the United States (1865-present day).
True or false. Texas has its own power grid, separate from the rest of the US state.
Incredibly, it does. Texas relies on the power it generates itself. Always bigger and better, hey!
Name the only other state in America bigger than Texas.
The fact that Alaska is the only state to beat Texas in terms of size shows you how big Texas really is as we all know that Alaska is massive! Overall, Texas is 268,581 square miles in size! It is 773 miles wide at its widest point and 790 miles long at its longest point.
Can you name the 825,000 hectare ranch found in Texas?
Established in 1853, King ranch is bigger than Rhode Island and believed to be the home of ranching. The ranch was founded by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis. In 1961, it was named a national historic landmark of the United States.
Do you know the state song of Texas?
'Texas, our Texas' composed by William J. Marsh was written in 1924. Interestingly, Marsh was originally from Liverpool, England. It was selected as the state song in 1929.
The Texan city with the most people living in it is?
In 2016, over 2.3 million people lived in Houston. This is a million more than Dallas (1.3 million) and much higher than Austin (over 900,000).
The word Texas comes from the Hasinai people. What does it mean?
The Hasinai people lived in the Texas region when the Spanish arrived in the 1500's. They numbered over 250,000 but Western diseases to which they had no immunity, wiped them out over time.
Who is said to be the founder of Texas?
A soldier and politician, Sam Houston led troops at the Battle of San Jacinto. Victory here paved the way for Texan independence.
Which famous criminals are buried in Dallas, Texas?
After they were killed in a shootout with police, the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde are buried in Dallas. Both were born in Texas.
What famous soda pop was invented in Texas?
The brainchild of Charles Alderton, Dr. Pepper was first invented in 1885 in Waco. Interestingly, Alderton was a pharmacist, and the drink was at first called "Waco." Much like Coca-Cola, it has a secret recipe.
Texas is certainly home to extreme weather, especially tornadoes. How many does it have a year, on average?
Unbelievably, Texas has a tornado around 132 times each year or once every three days. That's a little scary don't you think? It doesn't seem to worry Texans, however.
What is the nickname for the city of Houston?
Thanks to the fact that NASA's mission control is based at the Johnson Space Centre found near the city, Houston is known as 'Space City.' And the city has been immortalized in all good space stories. Think of "Houston" the first words said from the surface of the moon or "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here" from the Apollo 13 mission.
A town in Texas is named after a planet. Can you guess which one?
Yes, Earth, Texas. Population 1,109. It is found in Lamb County, West Texas and was established in 1924, but originally called Fairlawn. That changed the following year.
The city of Austin was called what before it became the capital of Texas?
Yes, Austin was founded as Waterloo on the banks of the Colorado river. People settled in the area from 1837 and in 1839, the name changed to Austin and the city became the capital of Texas.
Do you know Texas' state motto?
The state motto of Texas is friendship. Many people think it is 'Don't Mess With Texas' but that was the motto of a very successful anti-litter advertising campaign in the 1980s.
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