If You Know These 35 Texas Things, You're Probably a True Texan!


By: Becky

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About This Quiz

The state of Texas has a unique and storied history. But only a true Texan will know all there is to know about the culture and history of this great state. If you think you are Texan enough, take this quiz to find out how much you really know about the Lone Star state.

Because Texas borders Mexico, the state is home to a blend of American and Spanish influences. Texans love Tex-Mex food, many speak Spanish, and the rodeo has old Spanish roots. This blend of cultures makes Texas one of the more unique states in the Union. But, Texans already know that they are unique, and most take pride in that sense of uniqueness. From the food to the history of the state, this quiz presents 35 thinks that you can know only if you are a true Texan. So, if you know all about the Alamo, what major league sports teams call the state of Texas home, and what two U.S. presidents hail from the Lone Star State, this quiz will be right up your alley. (BTW, the two presidents are George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, both of whom still call the staste home... hey, you should have known that.)

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What is the nickname for the state of Texas?

We thought you might want an easy one to start out with. Texas is known as the Lone Star State.


Texas was once part of what country?

Texas was once part of Mexico. It was annexed by the United States in 1845.


Which of the following is Texas NOT known for?

Texas is not known for diamonds, unless the oil barons and cattle ranchers are wearing them. Texas has a booming oil and ranch economy.


Which European nation was the first to claim Texas?

Spain was the first to claim Texas. However, many European countries have, over the years, claimed the state before its independence.


What is the capital city of Texas?

Austin is the capital city of Texas. You don't need to be a Texan to know this.


The word "Texas" comes from a Native American word for what?

The word "Texas" comes from a Native American word for frienship. The Native American word is "taysha."


What is the largest city in Texas?

Houston is the largest city in Texas. Miami and Orlando are both in Florida.


The numerous nations that have claimed Texas resulted in what saying?

The phrase "six flags over Texas" refers to the number of nations whose flags have flown over the state. These nations are Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.


NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in what Texas city?

NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in Houston, Texas. Cleveland and Cincinnati are both in Ohio.


What is the postal abbreviation for Texas?

The postal abbreviation for Texas is TX. All postal abbreviations have two letters.


What is the state motto of Texas?

The state motto of Texas is friendship. The state song is "Texas, Our Texas."


Texas is part of what geographical region?

Texas is a southcentral state, but we typically think of it as southwestern. The region is typically dry and arid.


What side was Texas on during the Civil War?

Texas fought for the Confederates. The state seceded from the Union in 1861.


What group of Native Americans gave Texas its name?

The Caddo tribe gave Texas its name. The name "Texas" comes from a Caddo word for "friends."


Only one U.S. state is larger than Texas? What is that state?

Alaska is the only U.S. state that is bigger than Texas. Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles.


What natural landmarks mark three of Texas' four borders?

Three of Texas' borders are defined by rivers. The Texas Panhandle defines the state's border with Oklahoma.


Does Texas have a professional hockey team?

Texas does have a pro hockey team. The Stars call Dallas home.


What state borders Texas to the north?

Oklahoma borders Texas to the north. Mexico is to the south of Texas.


Which river borders Texas and Mexico?

The Rio Grande river forms the border between Texas and Mexico. The Spanish called it the Rio Bravo.


What is the Texas state flower?

The bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. Bluebonnets are wildflowers.


What hurricane struck Texas in 2017?

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017. The hurricane resulted in nearly $2 billion in damage to the state.


Texas is part of what coastal region?

Texas is part of the Gulf coast. The Gulf is located in the southeastern part of the state.


What U.S. president was assassinated in Texas in 1963?

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime.


What two U.S. presidents are from Texas?

George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush are from Texas. Both still live there.


What NFL team is NOT located in Texas?

The Browns are headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cowboys and the Texans are both located in Texas.


What Texas pastime incorporates elements of ranching?

The rodeo incorporates elements of ranching and cattle herding. Houston hosts the largest rodeo in the world every year.


What Major League Baseball team is NOT located in Texas?

The Astros and the Rangers are located in Texas. The Marlins call Florida home.


How many pro basketball teams call Texas home?

There are three pro basketball teams in Texas. The three teams are the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Mavericks.


Texas has an official small state mammal. What is it?

The small state animal of Texas is the armadillo. Armadillo is a Spanish word that means "little armored one."


Which Supreme Court justice hails from Texas?

Sandra Day O'Connor hails from Texas. O'Connor was born in El Paso.


What large mammal is Texas known for?

The Longhorn is the official large mammal of Texas. A longhorn is type of cattle.


What crime is still cause for hanging in Texas?

In Texas, cattle theft is still listed as an offense that could get you hanged. They are not likely to actually do that, though.


Who died defending the Alamo?

Davy Crockett died defending the Alamo. Crockett was known as the "King of the Wild Frontier."


What type of fish do Texans enjoy most?

Texans enjoy catfish. They like it so much that they eat nearly half of all of the catfish farmed in the U.S.


What famous Texan was actually born in Virginia?

Sam Houston was once the governor of Texas. Houston was actually born in Virginia.


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