Whether you are a natural born citizen or come from another country to make America great, you can show your pride in America by identifying all the items in this ultimate U.S. quiz. Travel the country and you will see so many tributes to our history and the men and women who lost their lives protecting our freedom. From Mount Rushmore to the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial, our land is abundant with symbols of our will and determination. In fact, every state has its own symbol of pride that is flown at its capital and government buildings. Are you one in 10 who will be able to identify these items seen in the land of the free? Find out now by taking the quiz.
The vision of our founding fathers helped transform 13 colonies into one of the most powerful nations. You’ll be quizzed on some of those great leaders of yesteryear as well as recent leaders. You will also be quizzed about your geography knowledge and as to whether you recognize the outlines of some of our noble 50 states. Up for challenge? Then you’re a true American! Take the quiz by clicking the button below.
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, took more than 50 years to build and open to the public. The train station was a proposed location for the memorial.
More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States. Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.
George Washington was actually born on February 11, 1731, but when the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar, his birthday moved eleven days. Because his birthday fell before the old date for New Year’s Day, but after the new date for New Year’s Day, his birth year was changed to 1732. Also, the pictures you see of him are of his real hair, not a wig.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, is on land that was created by landfill, dredged from the Potomac River. It was once the site of Washington's most popular beaches. It was originally a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt.
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (Meck Dec to Charlotteans) was one of the first announcements of rebellion to British rule, and its date appears on the flag (May 20, 1775). The other date, April 12, 1776, commemorates the Halifax Resolves, which was another statement of independence.
The name Punta Gorda, which translates to "fat point" in Spanish, was given to a Florida city because part of Punta Gorda cuts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is unique, as it is the point where the Peace River connects with the ocean.
The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, is comprised of granite, bronze, and water. Each wall contains many famous quotes from various historic figures. The wall of stars on the memorial totals 4,048.
Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu. His first name, Barack, means "blessed" in Swahili and was also his Kenyan father's name. His childhood nickname was Barry. He married Michelle Robinson, also a Harvard Law School graduate, who supervised him while he was working as a summer associate at a Chicago law firm. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. He loves playing Scrabble.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted the 1983 Special Olympics Summer International Games at LSU. Since 1835, the New Orleans & Carrolliton Line is the oldest street railway line that is still in operation. Louisiana is the only state that still uses the Napoleonic Code in its state law.
Abraham Lincoln was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground. He supported women's right to vote in 1836 - he was a suffragette before it became fashionable. He was a big animal lover, but he wouldn’t hunt or fish. He hated being called Abe. Apparently, he preferred being called by his last name.
The Wright Brothers National Monument, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. Wilbur and Orville Wright chose the location based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area's steady winds.
There are still 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 that have been preserved. They are stored by the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts
Ronald Reagan really enjoyed jelly beans. According to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, his favorite flavor was licorice. Reagan started eating jelly beans in 1967, when he was trying to quit a pipe-smoking habit. Ronald Reagan started out in life as a Democrat and supported the New Deal efforts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Reagan officially became a Republican in 1962.
Well, at least there's no coat of arms on this simple banner. It's loosely based on the Confederate flag, and the design is referred to as a St. Andrew's cross.
The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a cinder cone, located north of Flagstaff in Arizona. Sunset Crater is the youngest in a string of volcanoes in the San Francisco volcanic field that is related to the nearby San Francisco Peaks.
Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States. JCPenney stores were started in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Wyoming leads the country in coal production. In the year 1994, they were producing 3 million tons per week.
The highest wind speed recorded at ground level was at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes that have been recorded. The first potato ever planted in the U.S. was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
Yep, those Vermonters sure are proud of their forests, aren't they? Pine needles support the state coat of arms in the middle, and a lone pine tree is the most identifiable feature of the seal itself!
Harry S. Truman was a war hero. He enlisted in the National Guard and was an artillery commander during World War I. Truman worked at several jobs, including running a sewing supply shop, farming, and clerking at a bank, until he became a county judge in Missouri. When Truman’s political ally, Pendergrast, was convicted of tax evasion in 1939, few people thought Truman stood a chance of getting re-elected in Missouri.
Scranton, Iowa, has the oldest water tower still in service. Crystal Lake has the world's largest bullhead fish. Sabula is Iowa's only town on an island. Iowa is the only state with east and west borders that are 100% formed by water - the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
Florida's flag is very close to Alabama's in design, both bearing the red cross echoing a Confederate past. This one, however, has the state seal at the union of the cross lines. Florida's seal is a very busy thing, with lots of greenery and natural imagery worked in.
The Caesar Rodney Statue in Delaware is dedicated to Caesar Rodney, who was a delegate from Delaware and served in the First and Second Continental Congress. Rodney also served as a militia commander in the American Revolutionary War.
Pennsylvania is the first state to list their website URL on their license plate. In 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, could brag about the first home with a computer. Philadelphia was also home to the first Zoological garden in July of 1874.
Of the first five American presidents, Adams was the only non-slaveholder. His predecessor, George Washington, owned over 300 slaves at the time of his death. The two rivals, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both kicked the bucket on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams did not attend Jefferson's inauguration.
The New York flag is very old-school, with figures of Liberty and Justice. In the center is an image of a sloop on the Hudson River. No word on whether it was called the John B.
Montana has the largest migrating elk herd in the United States. Just north of Missoula, the largest population of common loons in the western U.S is nesting. In 1888, Helena, Montana, had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a large ocean of lava in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, President Clinton greatly expanded the monument area.
Jefferson loved science, technology, and innovation. One of his favorite devices was a rotating bookstand that could hold five books at once. Also, he loved books. In 1814, the original Library of Congress was attacked by British troops and all the books were burned. Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement. In 1815, the Library of Congress was restocked — with Jefferson’s 6,487 books.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana preserves the site of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. It's also a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force.
On Valentine’s Day in 1884, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother passed away from typhoid fever. One floor above in the same house, his first wife, Alice, died less than 12 hours later from Bright’s disease and complications from giving birth to the couple’s first child just two days before. After his appointment in 1895, Roosevelt attempted to reform one of America’s most corrupt police departments.
In 1902, while on a hunting trip in Sharkey County, Mississippi, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been captured. This move by Teddy Roosevelt created the world-famous teddy bear. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.
Warren G. Harding's parents, George Tryon and Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson, were both doctors. They originally lived on a farm but decided to go into medical practice as a means of providing their family with a better life. Harding's wife found out that he was involved in a number of extramarital affairs. One was with a close friend of Florence, Carrie Fulton Phillips. Their affair was proved by a number of love letters.
The Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia took 18 years to build, from 1829-1847. Around 25,000,000 bricks were used to construct Fort Pulaski. Fort Pulaski's moat averages seven to eight feet deep. After 1862, Fort Pulaski was used as a military and political prison.
A lot of states have Native American history, but none show it on their flags more prominently than Oklahoma. The Osage buffalo-skin shield is crossed by a peace pipe and an olive branch, and seven eagle feathers hang below.
Nebraska used to be called "The Great American Desert." Nebraska's state motto is, "Equality before the law." Their state insect is the bumblebee. The Lied Jungle, located in Omaha, is the world's largest indoor rain forest. Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich and Spam.
James Buchanan was the only president who was a lifelong bachelor. In 1819, 28-year-old Buchanan, then an attorney who had already served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was engaged to Ann Coleman. Buchanan’s busy schedule kept the two apart for long stretches of time, and rumors swirled that Buchanan was seeing another woman. Needless to say, they never married, and Buchanan never took a wife.
Alabama is responsible for introducing Mardi Gras to the western world. People in Alabama built the first rocket that took humans to the moon. A skeleton of a prehistoric man was found in Russell Cave, Alabama.
The state flags of the original 13 colonies have often served multiple purposes. This flag, for example, was the naval ensign of the Massachusetts Navy during the Revolutionary War and long after, presumably until someone realized that Massachusetts didn't really need a navy.
Devils Tower was the first National Monument in the United States, declared in 1906 by President Teddy Roosevelt. More than 150 rock climbing routes have been established on Devils Tower. Devils Tower is more than four football fields tall.
The Copper Basin is so different from its surroundings it can be seen by astronauts in space. This drastic landscape was caused by 19th-century mining practices. There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than any other county in the United States.
The Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish. Oak Alley is named for its canopied path - a double row of southern oak trees about 800 feet long - that was planted in the early 18th century
George Bush made history by declining to use his executive veto power, at least during his first term. Nine days after the September 11th attacks, Bush addressed a joint session of Congress, declaring to the world, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Bush ran in a 1993 marathon and averaged about 8.5 minutes per mile. Bush is the first president to have completed the 26.2-mile race.
Fossilized remains of life from 50 million years ago, arranged in unusual ways, is Lemmon's mark of distinction at the world's largest petrified wood park. Clark is the Potato Capital of South Dakota. Clark is also home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.
There's been a lot of tinkering with the Wisconsin flag over the years, most recently in 1979, when the state name and year were added. Fun fact: An older version of the flag was flown over Antarctica in 1941 by explorer Carl Eklund, a native of the state.
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the size of 78 football fields -- 9.5 million square feet. Minneapolis has the oldest continuously running theater, Old Log Theater, and the largest dinner theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, in the country.
The Fort Matanzas National Monument in Florida was designated a United States National Monument on October 15, 1924. The monument consists of a 1740 Spanish fort called Fort Matanzas, as well as about 100 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands.
Both of Andrew Jackson’s parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, were born in Ireland’s Country Antrim (in present-day Northern Ireland), and in 1765 they set sail with their two sons, Hugh and Robert, from the port town of Carrickfergus for America. Both North Carolina and South Carolina claim to be his birthplace. Most strikingly, Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel.
One-fourth of New Mexico is covered in forest. The state has seven National Forests, including America's biggest, which is 3.3 million acres and is called the Gila National Forest. The leaves of the Yucca, New Mexico's state flower, can be used to make rope, baskets, and sandals.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial was authorized by the U.S. Congress on October 28, 1986. The eventual design selected was by the firm Cooper-Lecky Architects. The walls of the triangle are made of more than 100 tons of highly polished Academy Black granite from California.
The United States Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1845. The King Williams School, which opened in 1696, was the first school in the United States.