How well do you know all 50 states?

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America is a melting pot with many interesting people and places. Test your knowledge and see if you can remember your old geography lessons by taking this quiz!

Which state was called Seward's Folly in the press when it was purchased for two cents an acre in 1867?

Alaska was called Seward's Folly after the Secretary of State signed an agreement to purchase the territory for two cents an acre from Russia in 1867 (a total of about $7.2 million). This was prior to the discovery of gold and oil in the region.

Which state's native monarchy was toppled by agriculture firms and a new republic installed with Dole Fruit Company executive as president?

Hawaii was overtaken by fruit companies in the 1880s. A new republic put Sanford B. Dole as president before the land was annexed by the United States in 1898.

Which state was thought to contain the legendary Fountain of Youth, which was searched for by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513?

Florida is the site of the mythical Fountain of Youth.

Which state served as the end of the Trail of Tears, a federal Native American removal program that forced thousands of Cherokees to move from their ancestral lands?

Oklahoma was the ultimate destination for the Trail of Tears.

What state was the site of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, where John Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution in a public school?

Tennessee was the site of the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925.

Which state was home of the Green Mountain Boys, a group of guerilla soldiers in the Revolutionary War?

Vermont was home to the Green Mountain Boys.

Which state boasts the national parks Grand Teton and Yellowstone?

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are both located in Wyoming.

What future state did the Mormons settle in 1847 with the aim of establishing Zion, God's kingdom, on Earth?

Utah was settled by members of the Mormon faith in 1847.

What state was the first to elect a governor of Chinese-American descent?

Washington was the first state to elect a Chinese-American governor, Gary Locke, who was elected in 1996.

Which state is home to NASA's George C. Marshall Flight Center?

The George C. Marshall Flight Center calls Alabama home.

Which two states feud over the claim to being the birthplace of powered flight?

While Connecticut joined the fray in 2013 with a claim of flight predating the Wright Brothers, the long-standing rift is between Ohio (the brothers' birthplace) and North Carolina (where they made their first powered flight).

Where was the first English child born in America?

While she was christened Virginia just to confuse us, the first English child was born in Roanoke, North Carolina, in 1587.

What state's flower is the peach blossom?

Forget Georgia and South Carolina ... Delaware used to be a huge producer of peaches until a 19th century blight destroyed the industry there.

What state's motto is NOT in English?

Although it's far from the Mexican border, Montana's state motto is Spanish: "Oro y Plata," or "Gold and Silver."

Which state's state dance is NOT the square dance?

Minnesota has failed to make the square dance the state dance despite two proposal, making it the only state without an official way to boogie.

What state features the largest conical burial mound in the United States?

The Grave Creek Mound -- built from 250-150 BC by the native Adena people -- is outside Moundsville, West Virginia.

What state consumes the most beer per drinking age adult?

North Dakota is a thirsty state: Each adult drank 43.6 gallons of beer in 2013, according to a study from Beer Marketer's Insight.

What state does NOT claim to have been the birth place of the Reuben sandwich?

While we certainly associate the Reuben with New York -- and many claim it originated from a deli there -- Nebraskans argue their native son invented the sandwich in the 1930s.

In what state was the first chocolate chip cookie invented and sold?

Ruth Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts sprinkled some chocolate chips into cookie dough at her Toll House Restaurant in 1938 and snack time has never been the same.

In what state was the first baseball game played?

While the New York Knickerbockers were the first baseball "team," they travelled to Hoboken in 1845 to play the first game.

In what state is self-service gasoline NOT prohibited?

Don't reach for the gas handle in New Jersey or Oregon; both states have laws prohibiting pumping your own gas.

Although she famously spent her childhood living in far flung places around the United States, where was Laura Ingalls Wilder born?

Laura Ingalls Wilder's little house was in the big Wisconsin woods.

What state was NOT the site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II?

120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were interred in 10 camps throughout the United States for up to four years.

What was the first state to issue same-sex marriage licenses, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry?

In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules that gay and lesbians have equal marriage rights.

In what state was slavery still legal after the Emancipation Proclamation?

While the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves that had seceded from the Union, Maryland -- a border state -- didn't abolish slavery until 1864.

What state was formed after it voted to secede from a Confederate state?

In 1863, West Virginia was formally accepted as a Union state after breaking off from Virginia.

What northern state was originally part of Massachusetts?

Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until it seceded from the commonwealth in 1820.

What state paid $30,000 to New York to break away and form its own state?

New York wanted to keep Vermont to itself, but agreed to let the northerners become independent -- for a (not so small) fee.

What state recognizes Drummer soil as the official state soil?

Bet you didn't know that every state has an official soil, and Illinois' is Drummer.

Which state has had six presidents living there at the time of their elections?

It's a tricky question: While Virginia claims the most presidents by birthplace, six presidents were calling Ohio home when they were voted into office.

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