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?
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?
What event destroyed much of the city in 1722?
Which country attacked New Orleans in 1815?
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?
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?
What crop was important to the very first settlers of New Orleans?
How many teachers were there when the city's public school system began in 1841?
In what year did the United States purchase the city, along with much of the land around it?
Who were the "Kaintucks," a group that became well-known in New Orleans in the late 1700s?
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?
In which year did Hurricane Betsy devastate parts of New Orleans?
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?
How many canal breaches occurred in the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005?
Which crop was vitally important to New Orleans in the 1800s?
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?
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