The Ultimate Abandoned Cities Quiz
by Staff
There's no doubt that the world's deserted cities have seen better days, but what caused these mass evacuations? Whether you're walking through the rustic ghost towns of the American frontier or the cities torn apart by environmental and industrial mishap, abandoned cities are fascinating views into the past. How much do you know about the world's most famously forgotten places?

Which of the following abandoned settlements experienced an extraordinary drought despite its proximity to the ocean?

  • Hashima Island, Japan
  • Herculaneum, Italy
  • Roanoke Island, N.C.

In 1986, residents and workers at Prypiat, Ukraine, were evacuated from the city because of which event?

  • a natural gas leak
  • an explosion at a nearby nuclear power station
  • a flash flood

Which well-known ghost town in Arizona got its namesake from the wife of Julius Andrews, the town's mining camp store owner?

  • Ruby
  • Taylor
  • Fredonia

What modern city was recorded as the most densely populated on Earth before it was abandoned in 1974?

  • Centralia, Pa.
  • Prypiat, Ukraine
  • Hashima Island, Japan

Which desolate mining town in Chile was declared a World Heritage site in 2005?

  • Humberstone
  • Santa Laura
  • Both Humberstone and Santa Laura

The city of Pompeii was buried beneath layers of pumice and ash in A.D. 79 by an eruption from which volcano?

  • Mount Vesuvius
  • Mount Stromboli
  • Mount Vulture

Roger Avary, screenwriter for the horror film "Silent Hill," was influenced by which of the following abandoned cities?

  • Centralia, Pa.
  • Hill City, Minn.
  • Prypiat, Ukraine

What strange structures were left behind in Sanzhi, Taiwan?

  • merry-go-rounds
  • portable outhouses
  • UFO houses

Which abandoned hamlet now lies in a national park north of New York City?

  • Doodletown, N.Y.
  • Haverstraw, N.Y.
  • Clarkstown, N.Y.

If you were to venture to Elkhorn, Mont., in the 1870s to strike it rich, which of the following metals would be the easiest to mine?

  • aluminum
  • gold
  • silver

Which of the following is NOT an abandoned city?

  • Jamestown, Va.
  • Oradour-sur-Glane, France
  • Savannah, Ga.

Before becoming a part of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Hawaii, a portion of the island Molokai served as a colony for whom?

  • people with leprosy, or Hansen's disease
  • European religious dissenters
  • government officials who needed a vacation

Which of the following cities does NOT have part of its territory submerged underwater?

  • Port Royal, Jamaica
  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • Herculaneum

With vacation spots named after the legendary lost city of Atlantis, which resort company owns property in the Bahamas and Dubai?

  • Kerzner International Resorts
  • Sandals Resorts
  • The Walt Disney Company

Discovery Channel explored how to survive and rebuild after catastrophic situations in which TV show?

  • Man vs. Wild
  • The Colony
  • Pitchmen

Which popular gold rush town became desolate in the wake of new mining projects to the east, World War I and the Great Depression?

  • Dahlonega, Ga.
  • Bodie, Calif.
  • Idaho Springs, Colo.

The Kowloon Walled City was a derelict city in which country?

  • Japan
  • Germany
  • China

Times Beach, Mo., was evacuated after the EPA found which contaminant in its soil?

  • dioxin
  • arsenic
  • mercury

Which abandoned city in Turkey is known for its 2,000 empty stone houses?

  • Istanbul
  • Kayaköy
  • Troy

Which mineral fiber associated with mesothelioma and other lung-related illnesses spurred the permanent evacuation of Wittenoom, Australia?

  • fiberglass
  • asbestos
  • wollastonite