The Ultimate Most Endangered Lighthouses Quiz

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The Ultimate Most Endangered Lighthouses Quiz
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About This Quiz

Lighthouses can be beautiful, romantic and prone to collapse. Learn about 10 lighthouses that are in danger of being lost forever. Take this quiz to learn more about the 10 most endangered lighthouses.
When was the first lighthouse erected?
285 B.C.
The first lighthouse was erected by the ancient Egyptians around 285 B.C. This lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and no longer stands today.
100 B.C.
75 B.C.

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Where was the first U.S. lighthouse erected?
Boston Harbor
The first U.S. lighthouse was erected in Boston Harbor in 1716 and was destroyed 60 years later by the British army.
Anastasia Island
Port Orange

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Why have lighthouses become obsolete?
sold for real estate
replaced with modern methods of communication
Thanks to modern methods of communication, lighthouses are no longer needed to warn ships approaching shore.
prone to misuse

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During the Civil War, why was the Cape Romaine Lighthouse put out?
bombed out
make the waters difficult to navigate
The lighthouse was put out to make the waters difficult to navigate for Yankee sailors.
make the waters easy to navigate

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What is the condition of the oldest lighthouse on Raccoon Key Island?
terrible shape
fairly good shape
For such an old structure, it is in fairly good shape. The lighthouse was erected in 1858.
excellent shape

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What destroyed the Nottawasaga lighthouse on the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron?
erosion
lightening
It was destroyed by lightning. The lighthouse was built in 1858 without a lightning rod.
termites

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How much money would it take to fully restore the Nottawasaga lighthouse?
$45,000
$450,000
$4,500,000
Experts say $4.5 million is needed for the job.

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How have some lighthouses been moved?
helicopter
lifted and rolled away
both answers
Some lighthouses have been picked up and moved by helicopter, and others lifted and rolled away to their new location.

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Why is the Orfordness lighthouse in Suffolk, England at risk?
erosion
The sea has been eroding the base on which the lighthouse stands, and it must be moved before it is lost to the sea forever.
lightening
poor construction

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What has weakened the Capraia Lighthouse?
earthquakes
Frequent earthquakes have weakened the lighthouse.
erosion
lightening

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When was the Capraia Lighthouse abandoned?
1868
1980
The lighthouse was abandoned in 1980, and since the island it sits on is uninhabited, no one may notice if and when it collapses.
2005

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What material is the Cap Lopez Lighthouse in Gabon constructed of?
cast-iron
The light house is made from cast-iron, and some claim Gustave Eiffel, known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, built it.
wood
brick

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What is threatening to topple the Troubridge Island Lighthouse?
earthquake
fire
erosion
The lighthouse has survived an earthquake and a fire, but erosion by the sea may destroy it.

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What is being used to hold the sea back from the Troubridge Island Lighthouse?
sandbags
Sandbags are being used to reinforce the foundation, but it is only a matter of time till the sea has its way.
wooden supports
concrete barriers

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Why is the Garapan Lighthouse safe from erosion?
sits on a hill
The lighthouse sits on a hill.
built from masonry
both answers

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How can you reach Isla Pinguino?
boat
helicopter
both answers
By boat or helicopter are the only ways to reach Isla Pinguino.

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What lives on Isla Pinguino?
penguins
A large colony of penguins lives on the island.
sea lions
seals

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What happens to the Galinhos Lighthouse at high tide?
standing in water
At high tide, the lighthouse can be found standing in water.
tourists leave
beach closes

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What is the Kiipsaar Lighthouse known for?
leaning
The lighthouse is leaning, and very odd looking.
beautiful construction
crazy colors

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What may have caused the Kiipsaar Lighthouse to straighten up in 2008?
sand being washed away
Leaning, and then later straightening, is further evidence of sand being washed away from under the lighthouse base.
reinforcement
calmer waters

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You Got:
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