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The Ultimate Structures that Define America Quiz
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France has the Eiffel Tower, India has the Taj Mahal and Italy has the Leaning Tower of Pisa. What structures come to mind when you think of America? There are many famous skyscrapers, monuments, bridges and other structures that attract thousands of tourists each year and represent the character of the American people. Take this quiz to learn more about structures that define America.
What was the difference in height between the two tallest towers of the World Trade Center?
The Twin Towers were the two tallest towers of the World Trade Center complex. Tower One was 1,368 feet (417 meters) tall and Tower Two was 1,362 feet tall, making a 6-foot (1.8-meter) difference in height between the towers. The towers were destroyed in a September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people.
What is the address of the White House?
The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It encompasses around 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of land and construction was first completed in 1800.
Which is the tallest building in the United States?
Completed in 2014, One World Trade Center rises to 1776 feet, a reference to the year The Declaration of Independence was signed.
The Statue of Liberty was given to the people America as a gesture from the people of which country?
The Statue of Liberty was a friendly gesture from the people of France, symbolizing freedom and democracy. She was given to the people of America on October 28, 1886.
Which famous person gave a milestone speech at the Lincoln Memorial?
Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.
Who was the first president to live in the White House?
Although President George Washington chose the site for the presidential residence and planned the design of the house, President John Adams and his family were the first residents.
How old was the woman who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.?
The winning sketch for the design of the memorial was submitted by 21-year-old Maya Lin. The memorial incorporates the names of more than 59,000 soldiers killed or missing in action.
How tall is the Washington Monument?
The Washington Monument is 555 feet (169 meters) high. The monument was dedicated in honor of George Washington, a revolutionary war hero and the first president of the United States.
Why is there a difference in the color of the marble used to make the Washington Monument?
Building was interrupted due to the Civil War and a lack of funding. Nearly 40 years after construction began, work resumed on the monument; but the mark of time remains visible in the marble shading.
What color is the Golden Gate Bridge?
The bridge was painted "International Orange" so that ships and cars can see it in the persistent fog.
How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?
The Golden Gate bridge is 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) long and 90 feet (27 meters) wide. Despite being told that such a bridge could not be built, Joseph B. Strauss persisted and construction began in 1933. The bridge took about four and a half years to build and was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened in 1964.
How long does it take to get up to the Skydeck of Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) using the express elevator?
The Skydeck observatory is located on the 103rd floor of the tower and it takes 45 seconds to reach it by express elevator. On a clear day you can see Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin from the Skydeck.
What does the St. Louis Arch represent?
The arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen based on Thomas Jefferson's vision of freedom and democracy spreading from "sea to shining sea." The arch stands on the bank of the Mississippi River and marks St. Louis's position as "Gateway to the West."
How deep below ground are the foundations of the St Louis Arch set?
The foundations are set 60 feet (18 meters) into the ground. This allows the arch to withstand earthquakes and high winds.
What type of bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge?
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel wire suspension bridge when it was finished in 1870. John A. Roebling was the engineer who was hired to design "the greatest bridge in existence." His son, Washington, saw the bridge through to completion after John died before construction began.
How much did it cost to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the day it was opened?
It cost just one penny to cross the bridge on opening day. Unfortunately, the price was quickly raised and already the following day the toll was three cents.
In what year was the Empire State Building opened?
The Empire State Building was opened in 1931 and was the tallest building at the time.
How long did it take to build the Empire State Building?
It took just under 14 months to build the world's first tallest building, with more than 3,000 workers building at a pace of 4.5 stories per week.
How many columns does the Lincoln Memorial have as part of its Greek Doric temple look?
The Lincoln Memorial was built in 1922 to honor President Abraham Lincoln. It has 36 columns, which represent the 36 states that were in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death.
How many rooms are there in the White House now?
Over the years the White House has undergone many changes. Currently, there are 132 rooms, including 35 bathrooms and 16 family and guest rooms.
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