Test your knowledge of the fifty nifty United States

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Test your knowledge of the fifty nifty United States
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Whether it's "California Love" or "Sweet Home Alabama," there's a lot to sing about the United States. There's also a lot to remember! Each state has its own distinct history, culture, and personality. From the first state in 1787 to the last in 1959, test your knowledge on the fifty nifty United States.

What we now know as the United States is not what it once was. The official states got their start in 1776 at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. What started out as the original 13 colonies would come to grow into the third largest country in the world. The very first ratification of the Constitution led to Delaware being known as "The First State." While many states are recognized for their nicknames, there are tons of other facts that go into each one.

Many states are known for their major landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Golden Gate Bridge. States like Kansas are remembered as the backdrop for famous films while Utah is the home of a concentrated religious population. All these facts play a role in shaping the view of each state. From your chocolate dreams in Pennsylvania to the Tennessee delicacy, is your United States knowledge enough to lead you through this quiz? Let's find out!

What's the capital of Alaska?
Anchorage
Juneau
Sitka
Springtown
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Wrong Answer

Juneau is the capital of Alaska, but not the most famous city. Most people associate Alaska with Anchorage, and we all know Sitka from the movie "The Proposal."

What's the state game bird of South Carolina?
Cornish game hen
River duck
Wild turkey
Pheasant
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Wrong Answer

Wild turkey is the official game bird. And after successfully hunting one, the hunter will drink a bottle of Wild Turkey to celebrate.

When did Connecticut receive its statehood?
1st
25th
Last
5th
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Wrong Answer

Connecticut was the 5th to receive statehood. Today Connecticut is the wealthiest state in the union, but that still doesn't make it #1, which Delaware has forever claimed.

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Which of these is a real city in Indiana?
Rip Van Winkle, IN
Easter Bunny, IN
Santa Claus, IN
Cinderella, IN
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Wrong Answer

There's an actual town called Santa Claus, Indiana, and each year people send notes there to Santa. Who ever thought that Indiana was responsible for determining​ whether we're naughty or nice?

Rhode Island boasts of what?
The oldest U.S. carousel
The oldest petrified tree
The first waterslide
The world's worst seafood
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Wrong Answer

The country's oldest carousel can be found in Rhode Island, and it's still in operation today. The horses are suspended by chains.

What is the capital of South Dakota?
Rubens
Sioux Falls
Rapids City
Pierre
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Wrong Answer

It may seem odd, and rather too French, but the capital of South Dakota is Pierre. Sioux Falls happens to be the largest city, though.

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What's the state vegetable of North Carolina?
Corn
Sweet Potato
Carrot
Asparagus
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Wrong Answer

Sweet potato is the state vegetable of North Carolina, and this is good news for those who need a stiff dose of Vitamin A. Also good for those who like sweet potato pie.

Which is true about North Dakota?
It's the last state to join the union
The state pastry is the blueberry scone
It's the home of Oprah's famous ranch
It contains the geographical center of North America
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Wrong Answer

There's a specific point in Pierce County, North Dakota that is considered the geographic center of North America. If you're an elitist, you can go there and say you're at the center of the universe.

What famous fighter is from Kentucky?
Mike Tyson
Muhammad Ali
The Hulk
Colonel Sanders
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Wrong Answer

Is Kentucky to blame for Ali being able to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee? There was surely something in the water that made him grow into one of the most famous fighters in history.

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What's the state sport of New Hampshire?
Fishing
Lacrosse
Ice skating
Skiing
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Wrong Answer

Skiing is the state sport of New Hampshire -- but how can they all afford it? I mean, $150 for a lift ticket? Come on.

What is the name of the United States' first national park, located in Wyoming?
Zion
Yosemite
Yellowstone
Everglades
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Wrong Answer

Ninety-six percent of Yellowstone is in Wyoming, with the remainder located in Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park was the first of its kind in the world, and its beauty and majesty draw countless people to Wyoming each year. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the park into existence in 1872.

What's the state flower of Massachusetts?
Harvard peony
Stinky blossom
Mayflower
Pansy
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Wrong Answer

The Mayflower is the official bloom of Massachusetts. And you thought it was just a boat! HA!

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Maine is considered to be the setting for what children's book?
Peter Pan
Good Night Moon
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Charlotte's Web
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Wrong Answer

It is said that Maine is the setting for E.B. White's masterpiece, Charlotte's Web. If that's true, you'd think there would be more lobster in that book.

What delicacy is produced in Tennessee?
Twinkies
MoonPie
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Pop Tarts
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Wrong Answer

MoonPies were invented and manufactured in Tennessee. With graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, the MoonPie is the portable S'More.

In what region of the country is Ohio?
Rust Belt region
Mountain region
Tropical region
Bread belt region
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Wrong Answer

Ohio is in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. It's also in the Rust Belt.

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What's the state bird of Florida?
Mockingbird
Hummingbird
Swan
Flying chipmunk
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Wrong Answer

The mockingbird is the state bird of Florida, not to be confused with the Mocking-jay from the Hunger Games. Mockingbirds like to talk back, much like Floridians do.

What is the meaning of the word "Colorado"?
Centennial
Mountain
Colored red
Beautiful
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Wrong Answer

In Spanish, "Colorado" means "colored red." The Colorado River was named for its red silt, carried from the mountains above, and the state took the same name.

Wisconsin boasts the country's largest waterpark, named what?
Noah's Ark
Wisconsin Dells
Watertown
Wausau
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Wrong Answer

Noah's Ark is the largest waterpark in the U.S., as of 2017. Don't miss the Black Anaconda or the Scorpion's Tail -- yikes!

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What was the failed tourist destination of Michigan?
A second Disneyland
Water World
Largest indoor swimming pool
Cereal City
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Wrong Answer

Kellogg's created Cereal City as a tourist destination for breakfast lovers. However, within a few years, the attraction closed due to dwindling visitors.

California's famous attraction, Disneyland, was built on a field of what?
Corn
Orange groves
Strawberries
Indian territory
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Wrong Answer

Disneyland, near Orange County, was built on a large field of orange groves. Today, the orange groves of Orange County are nearly non-existent​, but Disneyland does pay homage to them in California Adventure park.

Which of these statements is true about the size of Texas?
It's the third largest state
It's bigger than South America
It's bigger than Germany and Britain combined
It's larger than Alaska
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Wrong Answer

Imagine, combining Germany and Britain! That would create some conflict. But in truth, Texas is the second biggest state after Alaska.

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What's the most famous cultural destination in Oregon?
The Pacific Northwest Orchestra
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Portland Museum of Astronomy
The Bend Marijuana Festival
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Wrong Answer

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been going strong for over 80 years. It's the perfect cultural destination if you like men in tights. Who doesn't?

What is the state tie of New Mexico?
Bowtie
Cravat
Turquoise choker
Bolo tie
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Wrong Answer

The bolo tie is the official tie of New Mexico. It's native American-inspired and super cool. It's unknown whether any other state has an official tie.

Missouri is the home of what food invention​?
Sliced bread
String cheese
Caesar salad
Peanut butter and jelly
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Wrong Answer

Missouri claims to be the home of sliced bread, because that's where the slicing machine was invented. In all due deference to Missouri, we're pretty sure that bread had been sliced before the invention. Don't mean to steal​ their thunder.

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Washington is the world's largest producer of which organic produce?
Cherries
Eggplant
Apples
Squash
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Wrong Answer

Washington is the world's largest producer of organic apples. It's also the state where Starbucks was born. Apples+Coffee=Peppy Person.

Who is the state of Virginia named after?
Virgin Mary
Virgilia from Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Joan of Arc
Queen Elizabeth I
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Wrong Answer

That's right. Virginia is named after the famous "virgin" queen. Although, the British monarch was legendary for her dalliances with men.

What innovation began in Maryland?
The first telephone
The invention of the grilled cheese sandwich
The first American passenger railroad
The first McDonald's
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Wrong Answer

Indeed, Amtrak owes a lot to Maryland. The first American passenger railroad started there, and shortly thereafter, everyone got a car and gave up on trains.

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What famous rock star is from Minnesota?
Bob Marley
Freddie Mercury
Bob Dylan
Elvis
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Wrong Answer

Maybe Bob Dylan was such a genius because he stayed in his room all throughout the dreadful Minnesota winters as a boy, writing music. The same could be said of the beloved Prince, another Minnesota native.

What's the state bird of New York?
Liberty bird
Apple lark
Penguin
Eastern bluebird
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Wrong Answer

The humble eastern bluebird is the state bird of New York. Those who live in the state will attest to the fact that the state bird is never spotted, anywhere.

What's the state flower of Arkansas?
Lily
Red rose
Apple blossom
Fried chicken bud
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Wrong Answer

Even though we wish it was the fried chicken bud, the apple blossom is the official flower. It's a pretty white and pink flower, and the dainty ladies of the south love it.

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What is the state meal of Oklahoma?
Fish and chips
Burger and fries
Breaded shrimp and greens
Chicken-fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, bbq pork, sausage and gravy, grits, corn on the cob, black-eye peas, biscuits, strawberries, pecan pie
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Wrong Answer

That's right. This is the state meal of Oklahoma, and after you eat it, your doctor will tell you to move to California.

What's the state fruit of New Jersey?
Blueberry
The Boss fruit
Pineapple
Banana
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Wrong Answer

Blueberry is the state fruit of New Jersey. This was a smart choice, because blueberries are rich in antioxidants.

What Mississippi state flower is also the state tree?
Higan Cherry
Venus Dogwood
Magnolia
Budding willow
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Wrong Answer

Magnolia is both the state flower and state tree of Mississippi. Therefore, when you pass a magnolia tree with magnolia blossoms on it, you have to bow twice. Just kidding.

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How does Delaware compare in size to the other states?
The second largest
The second smallest
Average
Similar to Colorado
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Wrong Answer

Delaware is the second smallest state, and it was the first state. Rhode Island is the smallest, but they're adamant​ that size doesn't matter.

What's the capital of Montana?
Bertha
Helena
Hermia
Bozeman
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Wrong Answer

Helena is the capital of Montana. One wonders what it must feel like to be named Helena, while living in Helena. Food for thought....

What makes Vermont cheddar so unique?
It's higher in fat
It melts faster
It's white in color
It tastes like Swiss
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Wrong Answer

Only Vermont cheddar is white, and all other cheddar is dyed yellow! Props to Vermont for not trying to dress up their cheese into something it's not.

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Iowa is the nation's top producer of which two crops?
Cotton and peaches.
Corn and soybeans.
Apples and corn.
Potatoes and soybeans.
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Wrong Answer

Iowa is the top producer of corn and soybeans in the country. What a niche!

What is the one destination in Nevada that is NOT appropriate for spring breakers?
The BunnyRanch
Lake Tahoe
Vegas
The beaches
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Wrong Answer

There are no beaches in Nevada. Duh. But the other options are perfect when you're looking to let your hair down and shame your family name.

What pretty symbol is on Hawaiian license plates?​
A hibiscus
A wave
A rainbow
A coconut
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Wrong Answer

Rainbows are on Hawaiian license plates, making them officially the prettiest license plates in the U.S. Whenever you see a car from Hawaii in any other state. you wonder how the heck the car got there.

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What's the state bird of Louisiana?
Brown pelican
Bluebird
Pigeon
Swooping southern phoenix
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Wrong Answer

The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful state is associated with a dirty bird. For what it's worth, the state flag features a white pelican.

What's the state gem of Nebraska?
Opal
Rose Quartz
Blue Agate
Onyx
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Wrong Answer

The gem is said to have calming properties. Is that why everyone in Nebraska seems so laid back?

Who is the famous novelist that comes from Alabama?
Harper Lee
Patricia Highsmith
Alice Munro
Zadie Smith
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Wrong Answer

Harper Lee, the famous author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," was from Alabama. She is one of the most prized authors from the state.

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West Virginia specializes in what kid's toy?
Teddy bears
Marbles
Wind-up toys
Wooden clowns
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Wrong Answer

There is a factory in West Virginia that produces one million marbles a day. Marble King is where West Virginians go when they have lost their marbles.

What is the state flower of Illinois?
Pussy willow
Freedom flower
Violet
Hydrangea
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Wrong Answer

The violet is the state flower of Illinois, and one has to wonder with all those corn and soy fields where they manage to find space to grow violets at all.

The state of Georgia was named after what famous person?
George Hamilton
George II of England
King Geōrgios Stephanapolis of Greece
Georgia Francois of France
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Wrong Answer

Georgia was named after George II of England. It seems strange to name the state after a British monarch that never did us any favors.

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What famous Golden Age of Hollywood actress is from Idaho?
Lana Turner
Audrey Hepburn
Joan Crawford
Susan Sarandon
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Wrong Answer

Lana Turner, the buxom blonde of Hollywood movies, comes from Idaho. Who would have thought a potato-fed girl would grow into Lana Turner? Anything is possible.

What famous movie is set in Kansas?
The Searchers
Sweet Bird of Youth
Braveheart
The Wizard of Oz
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Wrong Answer

"We're not in Kansas anymore," Dorothy said in "The Wizard of Oz." We'll never forget Judy Garland in her little farmhouse, getting caught up in a twister. Kansas is not actually black and white.

What's the state bird of Arizona?
Cardinal
Desert heron
Hawk
Cactus wren
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Wrong Answer

The cactus wren is a tiny, un-colorful bird, but beloved in Arizona. The body of the little guy is the color of the sandy desert.

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What's the most delicious destination in Pennsylvania?
The Cheese Lagoon
The world's largest croissant
Hershey World
World of Floating Sushi
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Wrong Answer

Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a wonderful place for families, with rides, tours and free chocolate tasting. If chocolate isn't your thing, then eat the Twizzlers.

What religion is associated with Utah?
Scientology
Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
Prince Philip Movement
Mormonism
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Wrong Answer

Brigham Young led the Mormons to Utah to escape persecution. Today, most have drifted away from polygamy.

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