The United States itself has had several capitals. There was a time when New York City was the national seat. Even that fairly obvious piece of history is not well known. In addition, some state capitals have changed over the years. The capital of Oklahoma was once Guthrie, for example.
State capitals are not always the most important city in a state. Where would New York State be without New York City, which has never been its capital? A state's personality can be tied up in its capital. Perhaps more importantly, the distance between a state capital and the major population centers can mean that state politics are overlooked, and corruption is allowed to flourish.
You may know your own state capital, assuming you live in the United States, but how well traveled are you? Assuming you visited a state, did you even know what its capital was, or where that city is located? When you open the newspaper and read about news from around the country, do the names of cities mean much to you? Could you say where the governor of New Jersey works, or where the State Senate of California gathers? How well do you really know the state capitals of the United States? Take this quiz and find out.