Quiz: 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!

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

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How does Delaware compare in size to the other states?

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.

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What famous movie is set in Kansas?

"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.

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What's the most delicious destination in Pennsylvania?

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.

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Who is the famous novelist that comes from Alabama?

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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What's the capital of Montana?

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

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Iowa is the nation's top producer of which two crops?

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

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What's the capital of Alaska?

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."

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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's the state fruit of New Jersey?

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

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What's the state bird of Arizona?

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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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.

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

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What Mississippi state flower is also the state tree?

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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What's the state flower of Arkansas?

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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California's famous attraction, Disneyland, was built on a field of what?

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.

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What is the meaning of the word "Colorado"?

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.

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When did Connecticut receive its statehood?

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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What's the state bird of Florida?

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.

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What pretty symbol is on Hawaiian license plates?​

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 famous Golden Age of Hollywood actress is from Idaho?

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.

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What is the state flower of Illinois?

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.

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Which of these is a real city in Indiana?

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?

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What famous fighter is from Kentucky?

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 bird of Louisiana?

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.

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Maine is considered to be the setting for what children's book?

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.

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's the state flower of Massachusetts?

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

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What was the failed tourist destination of Michigan?

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

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What famous rock star is from Minnesota?

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.

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Missouri is the home of what food invention​?

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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What's the state gem of Nebraska?

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

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What is the one destination in Nevada that is NOT appropriate for spring breakers?

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.

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What's the state sport of New Hampshire?

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

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What is the state tie of New Mexico?

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.

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What's the state bird of New York?

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.

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What's the state vegetable of North Carolina?

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.

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.

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In what region of the country is Ohio?

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

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?

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

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What's the state game bird of South Carolina?

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

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What is the capital of South Dakota?

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 delicacy is produced in Tennessee?

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

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

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Washington is the world's largest producer of which organic produce?

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

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West Virginia specializes in what kid's toy?

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.

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Wisconsin boasts the country's largest waterpark, named what?

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 is the name of the United States' first national park, located in Wyoming?

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.

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