Test your knowledge of the fifty nifty United States

Test your knowledge of the fifty nifty United States
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About This Quiz

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
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."
Sitka
Springtown

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What's the state game bird of South Carolina?
Cornish game hen
River duck
Wild turkey
Wild turkey is the official game bird. And after successfully hunting one, the hunter will drink a bottle of Wild Turkey to celebrate.
Pheasant

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When did Connecticut receive its statehood?
1st
25th
Last
5th
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
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?
Cinderella, IN

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Rhode Island boasts of what?
The oldest U.S. carousel
The country's oldest carousel can be found in Rhode Island, and it's still in operation today. The horses are suspended by chains.
The oldest petrified tree
The first waterslide
The world's worst seafood

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What is the capital of South Dakota?
Rubens
Sioux Falls
Rapids City
Pierre
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
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.
Carrot
Asparagus

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

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What's the state sport of New Hampshire?
Fishing
Lacrosse
Ice skating
Skiing
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 name of the United States' first national park, located in Wyoming?
Zion
Yosemite
Yellowstone
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.
Everglades

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What's the state flower of Massachusetts?
Harvard peony
Stinky blossom
Mayflower
The Mayflower is the official bloom of Massachusetts. And you thought it was just a boat! HA!
Pansy

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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
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.

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What delicacy is produced in Tennessee?
Twinkies
MoonPie
MoonPies were invented and manufactured in Tennessee. With graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, the MoonPie is the portable S'More.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Pop Tarts

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In what region of the country is Ohio?
Rust Belt region
Ohio is in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. It's also in the Rust Belt.
Mountain region
Tropical region
Bread belt region

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

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

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

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What was the failed tourist destination of Michigan?
A second Disneyland
Water World
Largest indoor swimming pool
Cereal City
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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California's famous attraction, Disneyland, was built on a field of what?
Corn
Orange groves
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.
Strawberries
Indian territory

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

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

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What is the state tie of New Mexico?
Bowtie
Cravat
Turquoise choker
Bolo tie
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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Missouri is the home of what food invention​?
Sliced bread
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.
String cheese
Caesar salad
Peanut butter and jelly

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

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Who is the state of Virginia named after?
Virgin Mary
Virgilia from Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Joan of Arc
Queen Elizabeth I
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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What innovation began in Maryland?
The first telephone
The invention of the grilled cheese sandwich
The first American passenger railroad
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.
The first McDonald's

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

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What's the state bird of New York?
Liberty bird
Apple lark
Penguin
Eastern bluebird
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 flower of Arkansas?
Lily
Red rose
Apple blossom
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.
Fried chicken bud

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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
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's the state fruit of New Jersey?
Blueberry
Blueberry is the state fruit of New Jersey. This was a smart choice, because blueberries are rich in antioxidants.
The Boss fruit
Pineapple
Banana

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

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

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What's the capital of Montana?
Bertha
Helena
Helena is the capital of Montana. One wonders what it must feel like to be named Helena, while living in Helena. Food for thought....
Hermia
Bozeman

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

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Iowa is the nation's top producer of which two crops?
Cotton and peaches.
Corn and soybeans.
Iowa is the top producer of corn and soybeans in the country. What a niche!
Apples and corn.
Potatoes and soybeans.

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What is the one destination in Nevada that is NOT appropriate for spring breakers?
The BunnyRanch
Lake Tahoe
Vegas
The beaches
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 pretty symbol is on Hawaiian license plates?​
A hibiscus
A wave
A rainbow
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.
A coconut

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

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What's the state gem of Nebraska?
Opal
Rose Quartz
Blue Agate
The gem is said to have calming properties. Is that why everyone in Nebraska seems so laid back?
Onyx

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Who is the famous novelist that comes from Alabama?
Harper Lee
Harper Lee, the famous author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," was from Alabama. She is one of the most prized authors from the state.
Patricia Highsmith
Alice Munro
Zadie Smith

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

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

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

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

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What famous movie is set in Kansas?
The Searchers
Sweet Bird of Youth
Braveheart
The Wizard of Oz
"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 state bird of Arizona?
Cardinal
Desert heron
Hawk
Cactus wren
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
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.
World of Floating Sushi

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What religion is associated with Utah?
Scientology
Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
Prince Philip Movement
Mormonism
Brigham Young led the Mormons to Utah to escape persecution. Today, most have drifted away from polygamy.

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