If We Give You a Capital, Can You Give Us the Right State?

By: Gavin Thagard
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
1 cheyenne wy Cheyenne once attracted major Wild West figures like Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok to which state?
Oklahoma
North Dakota
Wyoming
Wyoming was the first state to elect a female governor when Nellie Tayloe Ross gained the governorship in 1925 after the death of her husband, William Bradford Ross. She was the 14th governor of the state and remains the only female governor from Wyoming.
Utah

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2 boston ma One of the most important cities during the American Revolution, with events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party taking place, of which state is Boston the capital?
Massachusetts
Before becoming the sixth state of the United States of America, Massachusetts was one of the 13 British colonies located in North America. The colony was officially chartered by the English crown in 1692, though the territory was much larger when it was originally chartered.
Maine
North Carolina
Connecticut

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3 montgomery al Most people would guess it would be Birmingham, but Montgomery is actually the capital of what state?
Georgia
Alabama
Alabama is well known for its Marshall Space Flight Center, though it's not located in Montgomery but in Huntsville. It's at that flight center that workers constructed the Saturn V rocket that carried the first humans to the moon.
Mississippi
Arkansas

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4 baton rouge la Do you know in which state Baton Rouge, which has the tallest state capital building, serves as the capital?
Tennessee
Ohio
Florida
Louisiana
Louisiana was a French territory before it was purchased by the United States in 1803 in the Louisiana Purchase, though it also included territory that stretched all the way to Canada. The French agreed to sell the land on a bargain deal to fund their war in Europe.

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5 dover de Dover became the first capital of an official U.S. state when which state joined the Union?
Michigan
Delaware
Delaware received its first national monument in 2013 on the orders of President Barack Obama. The monument included 1,100 acres of preserved land as well as Dover Green, the location where officials from Delaware ratified the Constitution.
Virginia
New Jersey

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6 juneau ak By far the largest capital in terms of land area, can you match Juneau to its capital?
Texas
California
New Mexico
Alaska
The Alaskan state flag was designed in 1927 by a 13-year-old boy who answered a request for residents to submit their ideas. The flag includes the Big Dipper and the North Star, which are easily seen in the Alaskan skyline.

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7 madison wi This city was named after the fourth president of the United States. Are you familiar with the state that calls Madison its capital?
Wisconsin
"The Onion," a satirical news outlet, was started by two students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. At the beginning, it was a small campus newspaper but has since developed into one of the largest media companies in the world.
Utah
Oregon
North Carolina

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8 carson city nv Travel to which state if you want to visit its capital in Carson City?
Arizona
Washington
Nevada
Carson City might be the capital of Nevada, but the state is much better known for Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the United States. Vegas attracts thousands of visitors each year, who come not only for the gambling but also for major events, like boxing and concerts.
West Virginia

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9 richmond va Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, but after the war ended, it continued as the capital of what state?
Georgia
South Carolina
Kentucky
Virginia
If you want your child to have a decent chance of becoming president, move to Virginia, where eight U.S. presidents have been born. Of course, that did include four of the first five presidents, including George Washington, but the odds are still better than in most other states.

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10 phoenix az Where does Phoenix serve as both the capital and the largest city in the state?
Arizona
Arizona has quite a few environmental landmarks you can visit, but none are as well known as the Grand Canyon. Running a mile deep at points, this canyon was carved out by the Colorado River long before the European explorers arrived.
Colorado
Utah
Oregon

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11 charleston wv The Kanawha and Elk Rivers add to the beauty of Charleston, which is the capital of what state?
North Carolina
West Virginia
West Virginia was primarily created as a result of slavery, as there was a divide between the wealthy landowners in the east and the more common workers in the west. When Virginia decided to secede from the Union in 1861, delegates from the other side of the state voted to form a new state.
Montana
Kansas

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12 springfield il Identify the state where Springfield, which isn't even the state's largest city, is the capital.
Arkansas
Idaho
Illinois
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born in Tampico, Illinois, in 1911. President Abraham Lincoln also lived in Illinois for a time and was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Michigan

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13 sacramento ca Riders for the Pony Express ended up in which state when they reached Sacramento, the final stop on their route?
Utah
New Mexico
Oregon
California
Once overrun with grizzly bears, California called itself "The Grizzly Bear State" until residents wiped out the bear population. The previous nickname was dropped, and the state started calling itself "The Golden State."

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14 honolulu hi The final state to join the Union, are you able to determine where Honolulu is the capital?
Colorado
Hawaii
When taking a trip to Hawaii, it's important to know about their traditions, which are quite unique compared to other states. For example, if someone offers you a lei, it's rude to not accept it from them.
Florida
Washington

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15 little rock ar Before serving as president, Bill Clinton lived in Little Rock as the governor of what state?
South Carolina
New York
Maryland
Arkansas
Arkansas has the only active diamond mine in the United States. It's called Crater of Diamonds State Park. Visitors to the park, which is the primary use for the mine, are allowed to dig for their own diamonds.

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16 olympia wa Can you match Olympia, located on the Budd Inlet, to its state?
New Jersey
Montana
Washington
Named after George Washington, a founding father and the first U.S. president, the state of Washington is the only state named after a president. However, it received this name when the territory was created in 1853, which was before it became a state.
Florida

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17 atlanta ga A major cultural center in the South, do you know where Atlanta serves as the capital?
Tennesse
Mississippi
Texas
Georgia
Georgia was the location of Union General William T. Sherman's famous March to the Sea, where he led Union soldiers from Atlanta to Savannah. The purpose of the march was to demoralize the South into surrender while crippling the infrastructure of one of the most important Confederate states.

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18 omaha ne Lincoln followed Omaha as the capital of which U.S. state?
Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska, was named Lancaster before the decision was made to move the capital from Omaha to Lincoln. Part of the reason the city was renamed was to halt the move from Omaha since many Nebraskans sided with the Confederacy and wouldn't want the capital in a city named after Abraham Lincoln.
Iowa
Oklahoma
Kentucky

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19 austin tx Once known as Waterloo, where is Austin currently the capital?
Missouri
New Mexico
Texas
Prior to its annexation into the United States, Texas was its own country known as the Republic of Texas. Mexico disputed the claim of independence and started a war with the United States immediately after the annexation, though Mexico ultimately lost the war.
South Dakota

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20 raleigh nc If you go to Raleigh, you'll be in what state's capital?
Vermont
North Carolina
Two universities, Duke and North Carolina, both located in North Carolina, have a bitter rivalry, especially on the basketball court. A big reason for their rivalry is the proximity of the two schools, as they are located 10 miles apart from one another.
Mississippi
Kentucky

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21 columbus oh Select the state of which Columbus has been the capital since 1816?
New Mexico
Michigan
Ohio
LeBron James might be the most famous celebrity from the state of Ohio. James, a basketball icon, played much of his professional career in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he led to an NBA championship in 2016.
Maryland

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22 jackson ms Would you consider yourself enough of a geography buff to match Jackson to its capital?
South Carolina
Mississippi
Mississippi has been one of the most important music centers in the United States and helped launch the blues genre. Many popular blues musicians, like B.B. King and Lead Belly, came from the state.
Montana
New Hampshire

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23 denver co Nicknamed the "Mile High City" because of its elevation, pick the state where Denver serves as the capital?
Utah
New Mexico
Maryland
Colorado
Usually, when a state is chosen to host the Olympics, they take up the offer immediately. However, that wasn't the case for Colorado in 1976, as the state turned down the Winter Olympics due to concerns of cost and pollution.

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24 nashville tn There's a thriving music industry in Nashville, the capital of which state?
Tennessee
During the War of 1812, soldiers from Tennessee flooded in to volunteer for the war, earning the nickname "the volunteers from Tennessee." To honor these soldiers, Tennessee started calling itself "The Volunteer State."
Kentucky
Oklahoma
Utah

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25 salem or Home to many famous wineries, are you familiar with the state that calls Salem its capital?
Oregon
Oregon is the location of the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake. Running about 2,000 feet deep, the lake was formed when a volcano collapsed thousands of years ago.
New Jersey
Minnesota
Indiana

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26 tallahassee fl Tallahassee was named the capital of what state since it was centered between two other important cities?
Maine
Florida
It would probably be easy to look at Florida and only recognize the peninsula that stretches down the East Coast of the United States. However, there's actually a series of islands, known as the Florida Keys, that represent the southernmost part of the United States in the East.
North Dakota
Vermont

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27 salt lake ut The Winter Olympic Games came to which state when they were held in Salt Lake City in 2002?
North Dakota
Michigan
Oklahoma
Utah
Utah is home to a network of trees known as the Trembling Giant because they are all connected together as one organism through a single root system. Some estimates say the organism is over 1 million years old.

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28 albany ny How well do you know the state that claims Albany as its capital?
New Jersey
Kansas
New York
The state of New York is also the location of New York City, one of the biggest economic and cultural centers in the world. The city is also a major draw for immigrants, and today, nearly 40 percent of its residents were born in another country. However, the state's capital is further north, in Albany.
Connecticut

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29 montpelier vt The smallest capital in terms of population, Montpelier is the capital of what state?
North Dakota
Vermont
Vermont was a country before it became the 14th U.S. state in 1791. Known as the Vermont Republic, the country operated independently for 14 years before it agreed to join the United States.
South Carolina
Missouri

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30 harrisburg pa Identify the state where Harrisburg has been the capital since 1812?
Pennsylvania
The United States doesn't just go around granting honorary citizenship to people, but William Penn, who founded the Pennsylvania Colony, received the honor in 1984, over two centuries after the colony was founded. His wife, Hannah Penn, also received the honor for her part in running the colony.
Minnesota
Kentucky
Iowa

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31 lansing mi One of this state's largest universities calls Lansing home. Which state is it?
Minnesota
Kansas
Oklahoma
Michigan
Michigan is uniquely placed to where it borders four of the five Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. These lakes give Michigan the longest freshwater shoreline in the country.

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32 frankfort kn Do you know where Frankfort, the only capital lost by the Union during the Civil War, is located?
Missouri
Rhode Island
Kentucky
Kentucky truly was a border state during the Civil War in many ways. Families from Kentucky were obviously split between the Union and the Confederacy, but so too were the leaders from both sides, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, who were both born in the state.
Maine

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33 boise id Known for its outdoor beauty, can you match Boise to its capital?
South Carolina
Montana
Connecticut
Idaho
Idaho is recognized as "The Gem State" because of the vast number of natural resources throughout the state, which are primarily minerals and gems. One of the most famous gems found in the state is the star garnet, which is extremely rare around most of the world.

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34 santa fe nm Santa Fe is located in an area occupied by humans for thousands of years before it became the capital of which state?
Rhode Island
New Mexico
The very first atomic bomb to ever be detonated was launched in the deserts of New Mexico on June 16, 1945. Only a few weeks later, a bomb made with the same design was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
Oklahoma
North Dakota

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35 annapolis md One of the oldest cities in the United States, to which state does Annapolis serve as the capital?
Maryland
Maryland, which has noble roots, made jousting the first official sport of the state in 1962. The sport has a strong following in Maryland, and the state has even set up the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association.
South Carolina
Missouri
New Jersey

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