The Ultimate Shotgun House Quiz
by Staff
Large and diverse, the United States is home to numerous distinctive architectural styles. Many have grown out of specific cultural, economic or social needs. The shotgun house is a unique style, whose history is interesting and significant in American culture.

Which city is most associated with the shotgun house design?

  • New Orleans
  • Memphis
  • Charleston

Where do most shotgun houses have their windows?

  • only in front and back
  • only along the sides
  • in the roof, as well as on the sides

Which immigrants to New Orleans brought the shotgun house style with them?

  • Haitians
  • Canadians
  • West Africans

When did the shotgun house enjoy its greatest popularity as an American architectural style?

  • in the early to mid 1800s
  • in the mid 1800s to early 1900s
  • in the 1920s and 1930s

The struggles of which people were eventually associated with shotgun houses?

  • African-Americans
  • Cajuns
  • Native Americans

What architectural feature in the American version creates a problem with the traditional explanation for the name "shotgun house?"

  • The doors are off center.
  • The doors are not lined up.
  • The is one solid wall in the middle with no door.

What makes some people think the origin of shotgun houses is in West Africa?

  • Its name is similar to a Yoruba language word for a similar house.
  • Many of the specific features in American shotgun houses are named for cities in Africa.
  • Shotgun houses were particularly popular among African-Americans and Haitian immigrants.

What is a "double shotgun" house?

  • two such houses joined side by side
  • a double-length shotgun house
  • a shotgun house with a door on either side of each dividing wall

What popular architectural feature has been attributed to the shotgun house?

  • the front porch
  • roof moldings
  • half-bathrooms

When shotgun house kits first appeared on the market in the early 20th century, how much did they sell for?

  • 100
  • 1000
  • 10000