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50 States Quiz
by Kate Kershner
America is a big ol' place. How much do you actually know about the states that constitute the U.S.?

Which state was called Seward's Folly in the press when it was purchased for two cents an acre in 1867?

  • Louisiana
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

Which state's native monarchy was toppled by agriculture firms and a new republic installed with Dole Fruit Company executive as president?

  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • California

Which state was thought to contain the legendary Fountain of Youth, which was searched for by Juan Ponce de León in 1513?

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Florida

Which state served as the end of the Trail of Tears, a federal Native American removal program that forced thousands of Cherokees to move from their ancestral lands?

  • Arizona
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma

What state was the site of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, where John Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution in a public school?

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Mississippi

Which state was home of the Green Mountain Boys, a group of guerilla soldiers in the Revolutionary War?

  • Vermont
  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia

Which state boasts the national parks Grand Teton and Yellowstone?

  • California
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

What future state did the Mormons settle in 1847 with the aim of establishing Zion, God's kingdom, on Earth?

  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Utah

What state was the first to elect a governor of Chinese-American descent?

  • Rhode Island
  • Washington
  • South Carolina

Which state is home to NASA's George C. Marshall Flight Center?

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Texas

Which two states feud over the claim to being the birthplace of powered flight?

  • Connecticut and New York
  • North Carolina and Ohio
  • Connecticut and Iowa

Where was the first English child born in America?

  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia

What state's flower is the peach blossom?

  • Delaware
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

What state's motto is NOT in English?

  • Montana
  • Florida
  • Texas

Which state's state dance is NOT the square dance?

  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota

What state features the largest conical burial mound in the United States?

  • North Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Nevada

What state consumes the most beer per drinking age adult?

  • Texas
  • California
  • North Dakota

What state does NOT claim to have been the birth place of the Reuben sandwich?

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Nebraska

In what state was the first chocolate chip cookie invented and sold?

  • Ohio
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

In what state was the first baseball game played?

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey

In what state is self-service gasoline NOT prohibited?

  • New Jersey
  • Oregon
  • Utah

Although she famously spent her childhood living in far flung places around the United States, where was Laura Ingalls Wilder born?

  • Wisconsin
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota

What state was NOT the site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II?

  • Wyoming
  • Arkansas
  • Nevada

What was the first state to issue same-sex marriage licenses, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry?

  • New York
  • Washington
  • Massachusetts

In what state was slavery still legal after the Emancipation Proclamation?

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Delaware

What state was formed after it voted to secede from a Confederate state?

  • North Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • Rhode Island

What northern state was originally part of Massachusetts?

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

What state paid $30,000 to New York to break away and form its own state?

  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

What state recognizes Drummer soil as the official state soil?

  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • New Mexico

Which state has had six presidents living there at the time of their elections?

  • Illinois
  • Virginia
  • Ohio