Natural Wonder: Niagara Falls Quiz
by Staff
All that majesty, power and water didn't stop Oscar Wilde from quipping about Niagara Falls being the second disappointment in the married life of many American brides who spend their honeymoon there. Test your knowledge of the famous natural site.

How many waterfalls is Niagara Falls made up of?

  • one
  • two
  • three

When did Niagara Falls begin to form?

  • at the end of the Jurassic Period, during the Mesozoic Era
  • at the end of the Carboniferous Period, during the Paleozoic Era
  • at the end of the last ice age, during the Cenozoic Era

What direction does the Niagara River flow?

  • north
  • south
  • east
  • west

What countries share the falls?

  • U.S. and Canada
  • U.S. and Mexico
  • U.S. and Russia

How many of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River?

  • one of five
  • four of five
  • all five

Why is the water in the Niagara River so green?

  • algae
  • clay
  • dissolved minerals

How far does the brink of the falls move every year?

  • 1 foot (30 centimeters)
  • 3 feet
  • 170 feet

The word "Niagara" comes from the word "onguiaahra," which means what?

  • waterfall
  • a thundering noise
  • the pleasant river between the hills

Has Niagara Falls ever stopped flowing?

  • yes
  • no

What is the name of the island between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls?

  • Neebish Island
  • Green Island
  • Goat Island

Who was the first European to witness the falls?

  • Father Louis Hennepin
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Rene Brehan de Galinee

Who was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?

  • Karel Soucek
  • Bobby Leach
  • Annie Edson Taylor

How many people took the plunge over Horseshoe Falls between 1901 and 1995?

  • five
  • 15
  • 25

How deep is the river below?

  • 71 feet deep (22 meters)
  • 710 feet deep
  • 170 feet deep

In addition to a barrel, people have gone over the falls using what other device?

  • rubber ball
  • kayak
  • jet ski
  • all of these

How fast are the rapids above the falls?

  • 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour)
  • 52 miles per hour
  • 68 miles per hour

Has Niagara Falls ever frozen?

  • yes
  • no

True or false: Seven-year-old Roger Woodward fell over the falls and survived.

  • true
  • false

What's the best angle to enter the water if you fall?

  • head first
  • feet first
  • on your side

Who said, "I'm very glad I saw it, because from now on if I am asked whether I have ever seen Niagara Falls, I can say 'yes' and be telling the truth for once."

  • John Steinbeck
  • Walt Whitman
  • Mark Twain

Who starred in the 1953 film "Niagara" about a young honeymooner with a roving eye?

  • Grace Kelly
  • Lana Turner
  • Marilyn Monroe

What is the name of the boat that ferries sightseeing visitors near Horseshoe Falls?

  • Albatross XI
  • Maid of the Mist
  • Spirit of Niagara

Which American landscape painter is known for his work "Niagara"?

  • Albert Bierstadt
  • Frederic Edwin Church
  • Thomas Cole

True or false: The Niagara Reservation State Park was the first official state park in the U.S.

  • true
  • false

What was Jean Francois Gravelet, the first tightrope walker to cross the Niagara Gorge, professionally known as?

  • the American Blondin
  • the Great Blondin
  • Signor Farini

What is the 90 degree turn in the Niagara River known as?

  • the Whirlpool
  • the Vortex
  • the Churn

True or false: Niagara Falls was the site of the world's first large-scale hydroelectric generating station.

  • true
  • false

Who was the inventor and engineer who proved his new alternating current (AC) induction motor could send power from Niagara Falls to Buffalo, New York?

  • Thomas Edison
  • Nikola Tesla
  • George Westinghouse

True or false: Electricity from power plants in Niagara Falls was the first ever hydroelectric power to be sold as a commodity.

  • true
  • falls

How much power do the falls produce today?

  • 4.9 million kilowatts of electricity
  • 94 million kilowatts of electricity
  • 9.4 million kilowatts of electricity