Identify These 40 States from an Outline in 6 Minutes

By: Heather Cahill

Identify These 40 States from an Outline in 6 Minutes
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About This Quiz

You might think that the outlines of countries are easy to identify, but let's size it down a bit. You'll have to identify all of the states on this quiz! From the coastal states to the states that border Canada, Mexico and everything in between, there's a lot to remember. Break out your United States map - you'll need it to get through this quiz!

Did you know that some state lines run along major landmarks, such as the Mississippi River? Oh, and don't forget about the Four Corners states! If you know facts like these, you'll have some big clues into what state could be the right answer.

Maybe you know that Alaska is quite large and secluded. You might remember North Dakota as being pretty rectangular. Isn't Missouri a combination of shapes? Don't forget the cool composition of West Virginia! Whether you're from sunny California or spacious Oklahoma, you'll need to think back to geography class to ace this quiz!

Maybe you haven't visited every state, but you've definitely learned about them! There's only one way to find out if you're an American geography expert. So, take the quiz if you think you have what it takes to name the state from only its outline!

maryland Can you name this coastal state?
Maryland
Maryland has a lot of history, as it was one of the original thirteen colonies. In the mid-1800s, the Naval Academy was created in the state and is still around today. This is one incredibly historic state!
New York
Arizona
Arkansas

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Pennsylvania This is a state with many firsts. What is its name?
Utah
California
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a state of many firsts. You could take a seat at the world's first baseball stadium and read the first daily newspaper ever issued! Just watch out for a foul ball.
New Jersey

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Illinois Can you name this Midwestern state?
Illinois
The largest city in Illinois is Chicago, but that isn't the capital. The capital city of the state is actually Springfield. Have you ever seen the dragon that lives in Illinois? It is called the Kaskaskia dragon, and it really breathes fire!
Tennessee
New Mexico
Oklahoma

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Vermont What small state is shown above?
West Virginia
Alaska
Vermont
Vermont's largest export is marble, which is sold across the country. Do you remember the movie "Pollyanna"? The happy little girl from the novel and movie lived in Vermont, along with her aunt!
Maine

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Delaware Which tiny state is shown above?
Pennsylvania
Connecticut
Nevada
Delaware
One of the smallest states in the country is Delaware, which is commonly called the "Diamond State." Bob Marley even lived in the state at one point in his life.

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Louisiana What is the name of this large Southern state?
Louisiana
Did you know that Louisiana is named after King Louis XIV, who was a king in France? French settlers occupied the area in the late 1600s, which led to the French culture that you can still find in the state today.
Massachusetts
Illinois
Idaho

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Minnesota Can you name the state with many water sources, shown here?
Minnesota
Minnesota is often referred to as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" because of the many water sources in the state. If you're looking for the enormous Mall of America, you'll find it in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Washington
Florida
Kentucky

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Do you know which coastal state this is? Do you know which coastal state this is?
Minnesota
North Carolina
Colorado
California
California's state animal is the bear, which became official in the mid-1900s. The state was once involved in a conflict known as the Bear Flag Revolt. That's not all, as it was also home to mountain man Grizzly Adams and his grizzly, Benjamin Franklin!

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Arizona What desert state is shown here?
Arizona
Arizona was one of the last states to be admitted to the union in the early 1900s. The state even has its own fish, the Arizona Trout, which is exclusively found there.
Alabama
Maryland
Delaware

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Which maritime state is shown here? Which maritime state is shown here?
Wisconsin
Indiana
Connecticut
Connecticut is often called the "Nutmeg State." If you've eaten PEZ, you might be interested to know that the tasty candy is made in Connecticut. The state even has its own museum dedicated to the brand.
Nebraska

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Kentucky Can you name the landlocked state shown?
North Dakota
Missouri
Kentucky
The soil in Kentucky is very rich, perfect for a species of grass that looks blue when it goes to seed - which gives the state its nickname, the "Bluegrass State." Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1809?
Mississippi

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Michigan Which state along the Canadian border is shown here?
Michigan
Michigan is known for its booming automobile manufacturing industry. But did you know that there is a floating post office in the state? It uses the postal code 48222.
Ohio
Kansas
Hawaii

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Tennessee copy This state has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. Do you know what state it is?
Montana
New Hampshire
Wyoming
Tennessee
If you're a Tennessean, you're definitely from Tennessee! The state is all about country music, with the Grand Ole Opry and Bristol, where country music was born.

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Hawaii What lonely state is this?
Washington
South Dakota
Hawaii
Eight main islands make up this state, but do you know how they were formed? Underwater volcanoes erupted long ago that formed the island state that we know today. There are still a few volcanoes that are active in the state.
Oregon

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Florida Can you name this state?
Arkansas
Iowa
Rhode Island
Florida
Florida is home to the oldest European settlement on the continent. If you ever visit St. Augustine, you'll find yourself looking at some historic sites that date back to the 1500s.

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Do you know which large state is shown here? Do you know which large state is shown here?
Alaska
Michigan
Texas
Texas is home to some of the largest cities in the entire country. The state itself is even one of the largest! The city of Waco has brought the world everything from what was once the world's longest suspension bridge in the nation to Dr Pepper.
Maine

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Utah Can you name this geometric state?
Indiana
Montana
Georgia
Utah
The state has some fun city names, like Hurricane, Eagle Mountain and Salt Lake City. The name for people who live there are called Utahn, and that's the correct spelling, although Utahan is also acceptable!

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Arkansas What is the name of the state pictured here?
New York
Alaska
Iowa
Arkansas
Arkansas is filled with all kinds of nature and home to many parks. Many musicians, including the legendary Johnny Cash, were born in the state.

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Massachusetts Can you name the state shown above?
Pennsylvania
Minnesota
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Massachusetts has come a long way since the first settlers from England arrived in the 1600s. The state advanced quickly, with the first subway system being implemented in the late 1800s. Of course, it was much different than the subway stations we know today!

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North Carolina Which state is shown here?
Tennessee
Illinois
Maryland
North Carolina
North Carolina is known for its beautiful landscapes and nature. It's also known as being the place where the famous pirate, Blackbeard, met his demise in the early 1700s.

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Maine Which isolated state is this?
Oregon
Texas
Georgia
Maine
Maine is one of the smallest states in the country, but it's a big producer. If you've used a toothpick recently, it is very likely that it was made in Maine!

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Colorado copy Can you name the state shown here?
Hawaii
Massachusetts
Colorado
Colorado, the "Centennial State," is known for its beauty and mountainous landscape. Did you know that the state turned down the chance to host the Olympics in 1976?
Nevada

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Virginia Can you name the government-centric state show here?
Texas
Alabama
Delaware
Virginia
Virginia is home to the Pentagon, and it is also the birthplace of many presidents. To add to the state's history, it got its name from Elizabeth I, who was commonly known as the "Virgin Queen."

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What is the name of this agricultural state? What is the name of this agricultural state?
Utah
Wyoming
Oklahoma
In World War II, most conflict took place overseas. But on one occasion, a bombing took place in mainland America and its target was Boise City, Oklahoma. The bombing of the city was accidental, conducted by a group in training who mistook it for their intended target in Dalhart, Texas.
New Hampshire

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Montana Which Northern state is shown here?
Rhode Island
Montana
Montana, the 41st state to join the country, is home to many things. One of those is the largest elk herd in the country, as well as many other types of wildlife, some of which are shared with Canada.
South Carolina
New Jersey

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Wyoming Can you name the state shown here?
West Virginia
Nebraska
Kansas
Wyoming
The state gets its name, the "Equality State" for many reasons. It was very progressive in the realms of women's rights, giving them the right to vote in the mid-1800s. Did you know that there are only two escalators in the state?

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Wyoming Do you know which state is pictured here?
Wyoming
Wyoming is a state in the western United States, in the mountain region.
Iowa
Ohio
Wisconsin

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Nevada Do you know which state this is?
Nevada
Nevada is known for it's vibrant entertainment hub, Las Vegas. But did you know that there is gold in Nevada? Gold mining is one of the largest industries in the state, even though Alaska may be more commonly associated with the practice.
California
Kentucky
Arizona

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Oregon Can you name the Western state shown here?
Oregon
Oregon is among the largest states in the nation. It also has a very unique terrain, and it is home to one of the deepest lakes in the country, Crater Lake. However, it wasn't created by a real crater, but rather a volcanic collapse known as a caldera!
Vermont
Colorado
Florida

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Iowa Can you name this central state?
New Mexico
Arkansas
Iowa
If you love art, it's likely that you've seen the painting "American Gothic." But did you know that the house in the painting was inspired by one that Grant Wood encountered while in Iowa?
Oklahoma

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Which state is this? Which state is this?
Washington
Washington is the birthplace of Starbucks, which is now a large, international franchise. Many board games were also invented in the state, including the popular "Pictionary." Could you draw the state from memory?
Louisiana
North Carolina
Oregon

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Alabama Can you name this historic state?
North Dakota
Idaho
Washington
Alabama
Although Alabama's capital city is Montgomery, it is not actually the largest in the state! The city of Birmingham beats out the capital in terms of population, with over one million people in the metropolitan area.

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Wisconsin Which state is shown here?
New York
Mississippi
Wisconsin
Wisconsin was home to the famous magician Harry Houdini, who lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a kid. Although he said that he was born in the state, he was actually from Budapest.
Missouri

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Idaho Can you name this state?
Idaho
Idaho is known as the "Gem State." Did you know that you can see four different states from Idaho? Just head up to Heaven's Gate Lookout, a high point in the state.
Alaska
Tennessee
Pennsylvania

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Georgia Which Eastern state is shown here?
Georgia
Georgia, one of the original thirteen colonies, also has a city named Rome. Don't get it confused with the Italian city of the same name!
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Texas

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Ohio Which state is pictured here?
New Mexico
Missouri
Massachusetts
Ohio
Ohio is home to some influential people, including Neil Armstrong and Jesse Owens. If you're from Ohio, the name used for you would be "Ohioan."

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Rhode Island What minuscule state is shown here?
Connecticut
Maine
Rhode Island
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country. There's a huge bug that lives in the state! It's found at the New England Pest Control, but don't forget to look up, because it's on the roof.
Kentucky

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New hampshire What Eastern state is this?
New Hampshire
New Hampshire is bordered by Canada to the north. New Hampshire was the first of the thirteen colonies to declare independence from England.
North Carolina
South Carolina
Ohio

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New jersey What state is this?
Wyoming
Mississippi
New Jersey
New Jersey is home to many things, such as the largest water tower in the world, as well as the longest boardwalk. Although it has some of the biggest structures, it's one of the smallest states in the country.
Arizona

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New York Can you name the Northern state shown here?
Georgia
Oklahoma
New Mexico
New York
New York is home to the Big Apple, a major travel destination and entertainment hub. Speaking of entertainment, the state was also the site of the iconic Woodstock Festival that took place in 1969.

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