Can You Pass This Incredibly Difficult U.S. State Quiz?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

The United States of America is a country that not only has a rich, long history, but also a bright future. It consists of 50 states, some of which are in this quiz. Can you identify them by their outlines? 

Over the hundreds of years of the country's development, lots of things have happened. Whether it was the wars, the protests, the leaders, the growth or the breakthroughs, the land of the free and the home of the brave has made its mark in the world and continues to do so. 

But do you remember what some of those events were? Do you know why certain statues and monuments were erected? Do you know whose heads make up Mount Rushmore? Do you know which state is the Beaver State? Can you correctly identify New York from its shape? Do you know where the Jevel Cave National Monument is? And can you identify the Thomas Jefferson Memorial from a picture? 

If you think you know enough about the U.S. of A to pass our quiz about its states, staues and monuments, take this quiz! Let's see if you can sing the national anthem proudly, or if you should duck your head in shame. 

Liberty Enlightening the World, also known as the Statue of Liberty, is a monument that France gave to America in 1886. It represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom and the independence the United States and France gained from their colonizers.

This U.S. state is a volcanic island situated in the Central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii comprises of eight main islands and three active volcanoes, including Kilauea- which has been erupting since 1983.

The Lincoln Memorial is a marble monument in Washington DC, erected in honor of Abraham Lincoln- 16th President of the United States of America. He played a pivotal role in the Civil War and U.S. history until his assassination in 1865.

With a population of more than 12 million people, the Midwestern state of Illinois is the sixth most populated state in the United States. Its citizens are also keen on agriculture; they were the second-largest producers of corn in the U.S. in 2016 and are currently the largest producers of pumpkins.

Standing at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch of St.Louis, Missouri, is the tallest arch in the world. This arch was built to commemorate the expansion to the West and to memorialize the purchase of Louisiana in 1803 by the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson.

The word Montana, which means "mountain" in Spanish, is the perfect description for the state of Montana in the northwest of the United States. It has 64 mountain ranges, some of which extend as far as Wyoming and Canada.

The majestic faces of four noble U.S. presidents, namely- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln- are sculpted into the face of Mount Rushmore. The 14-year project is regarded as a symbol of power and freedom.

Idaho is a state that's famous for its potatoes- producing over 26 billion each year. Apart from the agricultural aspect, it is also home to 72 different gems, including the star garnet which is only found in Idaho and India.

The Washington Monument is a marble obelisk of 550 feet situated in The National Mall in Washington, D.C. This 1888 structure was established in commemoration of the first President of the United States, George Washington, who also served in the Continental Army as commander-in-chief.

The Southern state of Mississippi is named after the Mississippi River that is found along its border. In 2017, it was reported that 20.8 percent of its residents live in poverty, making it one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation.

During the War of 1812, the British Navy attacked Baltimore Harbor but was defeated by American troops at Fort McHenry. This inspired Francis Scott Key's poem and the national anthem of the United States the Star Spangled Banner.

North Dakota is the 19th largest state in the United States with an area of just over 70,000 square miles. Wheat is one of its major exports, as well as sunflower seeds. In December 2017, the state's unemployment rate stood at only 2 percent, no doubt due to its booming economy.

The surprise attack by Japanese forces on Pearl Harbour in December 1941 claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people. The battleship USS Arizona was the site of many of the casualties and a memorial was built in honor the victims.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, measuring only 3,139 square kilometers (1,212 square miles). In spite of this, it is densely populated and is the home to more than 1 million people.

Wisconsin, known as America's Dairyland, has a population of more than 5.7 million people. In addition to being one of America's leading milk and cheese producers, it also produces paper and cranberries.

Measuring more than 570,000 square miles, Alaska is currently the largest state in the United States. This means that it is more than 400 times larger than Rhode Island and much larger than California, Montana, and Texas.

The battle of the Little Bighorn happened on June 25-26 in 1876 in Montana. This monument recognizes the fight the American Indians won against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowed African-American men to vote. The state of Kansas played a pivotal role in American history when it became the first state to sign this amendment.

Colorado is home to rich wildlife and dozens of trees. The Colorado state animal, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, can be found there as well as mountain goats, bison, and the lark bunting- the state bird.

Nestled in the Bear Lodge Mountains, is the 867-foot-tall butte known as the Devil's Tower. It is said that this iconic rock formation was given its name by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge during one of his travels and it remains a popular tourist destination to this day.

Wyoming is another state that was part of the movement that allowed minorities to vote. In 1869, it became the first state to grant female suffrage, which is a woman's right to vote in national elections.

On May 2nd, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge created this beautiful monument. This grand national park preserves more than 52,000 acres of volcanic structures in The Snake River Plain of Idaho.

Virginia has many popular theme parks, including Bush Gardens that, since 1990, has been voted as the world's most beautiful theme park. In fact, they are so lucrative that schools are not allowed to open before Labor Day- either due to the weather or the fact that it is the peak time for tourists at theme parks.

This personification of Jesus Christ was created in 1966 by renowned sculptor, Emmet Sullivan. The statue stands over 67 feet tall in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and attracts more than 500,000 visitors yearly.

Also known as The Natural State, Arkansas was given this name due to its picturesque beauty and natural resources. Crater of Diamonds State Park, the United States' sole active diamond mine, is found in Arkansas.

This memorial in Washington, D.C. honors President Thomas Jefferson. The building commemorates the work of this great icon, who served as the first Secretary of State and one of the main writers of the Declaration of Independence.

Known as The Silver State, Nevada is home to Las Vegas, one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world.

Cloud Gate is also known as 'the bean,' due to its similar shape. However, it is actually a 110-ton sculpture that represents the clouds and skyline of Chicago, where it is situated.

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and sunny skies, which is probably why it is nicknamed the Sunshine State. Disney World is also located in Florida and attracts millions of tourists every year.

Kentucky is famous for the Kentucky Derby horse race that has been held every year since 1875 in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. The race is known as ‘The Run for the Roses," and the winning horse is cloaked with a blanket of roses.

In memoriam of Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, a monument was erected by Lawrence Halprin in 1997. The 7.5-acre structure has sculptural pieces of Roosevelt and his wife as well as four rooms to represent his four terms in office.

Many lakes are found in Oregon, including the clear blue waters of Crater Lake- the deepest lake in the United States at 594 meters. It was formed when the Mount Mazama volcano erupted and collapsed more than 7,000 years ago, eventually forming the lake and two islands.

We must be grateful to the great State of Alabama for the Christmas holiday we all know and love. In 1836, Alabama became the first state to recognize Christmas as a legal holiday. The rest of the U.S. didn't follow until 1870.

Massachusetts is not just a state with a history of rebellion, it also paved the way for education. Harvard University was founded by The Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1663, making it the first establishment to offer higher education.

Wyoming isn't the only state with amazing parks- Tennessee has a few too! The Great Smoking Mountains in Tennessee saw 11 million visitors in 2017, making it one of the most popular parks. It spans over 500 acres and has more than 200 types of birds.

If you love high-speed internet, Delaware is the place to go. Apparently, this small state has great internet service, ranking it higher than New Jersey and Rhode Island for broadband service.

Milwaukee's Summerfest in Wisconsin is the largest music festival in the nation. It first began in the mid-1970s and features 11 days, more than 800 bands, more than 1,000 performers and more than 831 million people in attendance.

The 12-foot bronze statue of the man himself, Abraham Lincoln, can be found in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, used the life mask of Lincoln as a guide.

The Roswell UFO Museum in New Mexico is a site of mystery and wonder. It is at the center of a UFO phenomenon, where it is alleged that a flying saucer crashed at a ranch near Roswell in 1947. However, some officials have debunked the UFO theory.

In 1937, a small business owner, Sylvan Goldman, invented the very first shopping cart for customers to use at any of his grocery stores. What started off as a folding basket eventually evolved into the shopping carts we use today.

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