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New Orleans History Quiz
by Staff
The 'Big Easy' has a reputation for weirdness and wildness. How much do you know about the history of New Orleans?

In what decade did European explorers first visit the mouth of the Mississippi River?

  • 1650s
  • 1540s
  • 1680s

Once they discovered the area, how long did it take the French to establish their first colony?

  • nearly five years
  • nearly 10 years
  • nearly 20 years

When was the city of New Orleans founded?

  • 1766
  • 1752
  • 1718

What event destroyed much of the city in 1722?

  • hurricane
  • fire
  • riots

Which country attacked New Orleans in 1815?

  • Spain
  • Britain
  • France

During the Battle of New Orleans, how many American soldiers confronted the British force of 15,000?

  • about 500
  • about 5,000
  • about 20,000

In the early 1760s, New Orleans was turned over to the control of which country?

  • France
  • Spain
  • U.S.

Why did the French cede control of New Orleans to the Spanish?

  • Most of the settlers were Spanish, anyway.
  • to pay a debt
  • Spain threatened to attack France.

In 1979, why was the National Guard called into the city during Mardi Gras?

  • to combat corruption
  • to take control of law enforcement
  • to quell riots

What was the population of New Orleans in 2000?

  • about 670,000
  • about 480,000
  • about 1 million

New Orleans was named after what or whom?

  • a French general
  • a French river
  • a French regent

When was the first Mardi Gras parade celebrated?

  • 1795
  • 1857
  • 1912

What crop was important to the very first settlers of New Orleans?

  • sugar cane
  • tobacco
  • corn

How many teachers were there when the city's public school system began in 1841?

  • 4
  • 24
  • 14

In what year did the United States purchase the city, along with much of the land around it?

  • 1803
  • 1829
  • 1852

Who were the "Kaintucks," a group that became well-known in New Orleans in the late 1700s?

  • hunters
  • boatment
  • fishermen

Why were French leaders indifferent to giving up New Orleans to Spain in 1763?

  • The city was nothing but a swamp.
  • The port wasn't profitable.
  • They were war-weary.

How much did the U.S. pay France for the Louisiana Purchase?

  • $1 million
  • $15 million
  • $28 million

Beginning in 1992, what did the city council require of the Mardi Gras "krewes," the bands of revelers that participate in festivities?

  • must be racially integrated
  • must not discriminate by sexual orientation
  • must include both men and women

The Cajun ethnic group is made up of which peoples?

  • Scotch-Irish
  • Spanish-Americans
  • French-Canadians

In which year did Hurricane Betsy devastate parts of New Orleans?

  • 1981
  • 1965
  • 1949

Who was Ernest N. Morial?

  • an abolitionist
  • a mayor
  • a general who grew up in the area

In what year did the local government take control of local dock facilities?

  • 1896
  • 1841
  • 1799

How many canal breaches occurred in the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

  • 23
  • 62
  • 112

Which crop was vitally important to New Orleans in the 1800s?

  • cotton
  • tobacco
  • rice

Whites accounted for what percentage of the city's population in 1960?

  • about 66%
  • about 40%
  • about 15%

How many people died in the 1853 yellow fever epidemic?

  • 800
  • 8,000
  • 80

How much of the city was flooded by Hurricane Katrina?

  • about 30%
  • about 50%
  • about 80%

Why is New Orleans known as the "birthplace of jazz"?

  • Louis Armstrong was born there.
  • It was first place jazz music was played.
  • Jelly Roll Morton, who invented jazz, came from New Orleans.

What was "Storyville?"

  • a red-light district
  • a Navy base
  • a huge repository of children's books