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The Grand Canyon State, Arizona – A Quiz

1. The University of Phoenix Stadium is host to what football bowl game?

2. The Native Americans who first led Spanish explorers to the Grand Canyon belonged to what tribe?

3, What beautiful spot has served as the most popular background scenery in western movies?

4. Lake Havasu City has what enormous structure, brought over from London?

5. What large, extinct creatures could you see in animated form in the Mesa Southwest Museum?

6. What weather phenomenon waters the green fields of cotton, melons, and lettuce near Phoenix?

7. Known as the Jewel of the Desert, the Biltmore Hotel is in what major city?

8. The beautiful sandstone fort in Pipe Spring National Monument was built by what religious group?

9. What animals can you ride into the Grand Canyon?

10. Why does the town of Bisbee not have mail delivered to people’s homes?


1. The Fiesta Bowl
2. Hopi
3. Monument Valley
4. London Bridge
5. Dinosaurs
6. None. The farming is all done by irrigation
7. Phoenix
8. The Mormons
9. Mules
10. The town’s streets are too steep even for mail carriers.


The Last Frontier, Alaska – A Quiz

1. What boom began at Bonanza Creek in 1897?

2. The Diomede Islands off Alaska are divided between the U.S. and what nation?

3. The state song, “Alaska, My Alaska,” uses the tune from what familiar Christmas song?

4. The name of the state sport might remind you of cornmeal. What is the sport?

5. Capt. Vitus Bering, visiting Alaska in 1740, claimed it for what nation?

6. What well-loved cowboy comic died in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935?

7. What playful sea animal was almost wiped out by Russian fur traders in the 1700s?

8. Purchased for the U.S. in 1867 by Secretary of State William Seward, Alaska was called Seward’s Folly. What nation was it purchased from?

9. You can visit the Last Chance Mining Museum in what capital of the Last Frontier?

10. Practically no trees grow in this 1,100-mile-long island chair, but there are grasses and flowers. What islands?


1. The Klondike Gold Rush
2. Russia
3. “O Christmas Tree,” also known as “O Tannenbaum”
4. “Mushing” – dogsled racing
5. Russia
6. Will Rogers
7. The sea otter
8. Russia
9. Juneau
10. The Aleutians


Painters, Sculptors and Other Artsy Types

!. What painter known for Christina’s World and the Helga paintings died in 2009?

2. Thomas Kinkade, who has been dubbed “America’s most-collected living artist,” is known as the “Painter of” what?

3. James Whistler’s 1872 painting Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 is better known my what name?

4. What great painter of Americana gained fame for his Saturday Evening Post covers?

5. What noted painter had to go to England to get his Birds of America published?

6. America’s largest art museum, with more that 3 million objects, is what Manhattan landmark?

7. Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic shows a farm couple, with the man holding a pitchfork. What relation are the man and woman?

8. The “Gibson girl” made famous by artist Charles Dana Gibson, was what woman?

9. California’s most famous cemetery has several large reproductions of famous religious paintings. What is the cemetery?

10. What redheaded comic is also famous for his paintings of clowns?

11. Florida’s Ringling Museum of Art was financed with money from what type of entertainment?

12. What president’s much visited statue in D.C. was sculpted by Daniel Chester French?

13. If you wanted to see the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in America, where would you go?

14. Fulton, Missouri, has a thirty-two-foot sculpture titled Breakthrough. What Cold War relic does it commemorate?

15. If you wanted to see a lot of paintings of dogs, what midwestern city would you visit?

16. What noted Missouri artist’s home can be visited in Kansas City?

17. Sculptor Korzack Ziolkowski began work on the world’s largest statue, a memorial to Sioux chief Crazy Horse. In what state?

18. What great artist is known for his more than one hundred portraits of George Washington?

19. Many limners from the colonial era are known only be the names of the families who paid them. What were they?

20. The Wars of America, a forty-two-figure bronze sculpture in Newark, New Jersey, was sculpted by Gutzon Borglun. What huge outdoor sculpture is he more famous for?

21. What great French sculptor’s works are featured in a Philadelphia museum? (Hint: thinker)

22. What famous woman started painting because her fingers had become too stiff for embroidering?


1. Andrew Wyeth
2. Light
3. “Whistler’s Mother”
4. Norman Rockwell
5. John James Audubon
6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7. Father and daughter, according to the artist
8. Gibson’ wife
9. Forest Lawn, in Glendale
10. Red Skelton, who died in 1997
11. The circus
12. Lincoln’s, inside the Lincoln Memorial
13. The National Gallery of Art in D.C.
14. The Berlin Wall, which still existed when the sculpture was done
15. St. Louis; it’s Museum of the Dog is a center for dog-related art
16. Thomas Hart Benton
17. South Dakota; the statue was carved from the granite of Thunderhead Mountain.
18. Gilbert Stuart
19. Portrait painters
20. Mount Rushmore, the four presidents
21. Rodin, famous for The Thinker
22. Grandma Moses

Made in America – A Quiz

The original American Inventors

1. The inventor of this classic weapon of the American West got his first big order from the U.S. War Department. What did he invent?

2. What founding father invented, among other things, bifocals, an iron furnace stove, and an odometer to measure the length of mail routes?

3. Philo T. Farnsworth and Vladimir Zworykin are the two men most often credited with inventing what “tube”ular device?

4. Before it became the generic term for women’s stockings, nylon was first used commercially in toothbrush bristles. What company developed it in 1938?

5. In the 1950s, admiral and engineer Hyman O. Rickover was the first to use this vessel, which the United States now has many of.

6. Mary Anderson of Alabama wanted to improve drivers’ vision during stormy weather, so she invented and patented what?

7. Willis Haviland Carrier invented this chilly “Apparatus for Treating Air” in 1902. What do we call it today?

8. Which came first – dry cleaning or blue jeans?

9. Walter Hunt perfected this handy item in 1849 and sold it for $400. People who plan for emergencies – like a broken shoulder strap at a prom – carry one. What is it?

10. The Home Insurance Building in Chicago, built in 1884-85 by Major William Le Baron Jenney, was the first modern what?

11. In 1960, using a manmade ruby, physicist Theodore H. Maiman created the first working one of these items. What did he invent?


1. Samuel Colt developed the Colt revolver, or “six-shooter”
2. Benjamin Franklin
3. The television
4. DuPont
5. Nuclear submarine
6. Windshield Wipers
7. Air conditioner
8. Dry cleaning. It was invented (accidentally) in 1855. Blue jeans were patented in 1873.
9. The safety pin
10. Skyscraper; the building was 10 stories tall.
11. The laser

Chocolate-Covered Quiz

!. The scientific name for the cacao (cocoa) tree is Theobroma cacao. That’s fitting because Theobroma is Latin for what?

2. About 1500 BC, in the rain forests of Central America, which clever folks started making drinks from cacao beans?

3. What conquistador loaded up his ships with New World cacao beans and sailed home to turn the Spanish into chocaholics?

4. Chocolate syrup is the fake blood flowing through the famous shower scene in what Hitchcock film?

5. Whose mother taught his that “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”?

6. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that are known to protect the health of what bodily organ?

7. Chocolate also contains the alkaloid theobromine, which makes the treat poisonous for what important family member?

8. Wanting to whip up something special for patrons of her Massachusetts restaurant, Ruth Wakefield cut a semisweet chocolate bar into her cookie dough and invented what in the 1930s? (Bonus: Name the restaurant.)

9. What is the only U.S. state that grows cacao trees to make chocolate?

10. At 24 pounds per person annually, which country’s citizens chow down the most chocolate?


1. Food of the gods
2. The Olmecs
3. Hernán Cortés
4. Psycho
5. Forest Gump
6. The heart
7. The dog
8. Chocolate-chip cookies; the restaurant was the Toll House Inn.
9. Hawaii
10. Switzerland

Starry, Starry Quiz

1. What constellation of stars is named for a winged horse?

2. What’s the brightest star in the night sky?

3. Who painted The Starry Night?

4. What planet is the Evening Star when it’s in the west and the Morning Star when it’s in the east?

5. What candy bar is named after the galaxy that holds our solar system?

6. Within the constellation Orion, you can see a red giant that’s one of the largest stars known. What is its name?

7. In what science-fiction film saga is the Death Star capable of destroying a plant with a single shot?

8. Who said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”?

9. Falling stars or shooting stars are actually meteoroids burning up where?

10. The Earth’s sun is a middle-aged star and has about how many years left until it reaches old age and dies?

11. What color are the most frequent and inconspicuous stars in the universe?

12. In the animated Disney movie Pinocchio, what character sings “When You Wish Upon a Star”?

13. The first moon landing occurred in what year: 1959, 1969, or 1979?


1. Pegasus
2. Sirius, or Dog Star
3. Vincent Van Gogh
4. Venus
5. Milky Way
6. Betelgeuse
7. Star Wars
8. Oscar Wilde
9. In the Earth’s atmosphere
10. 5 billion
11. Red
12. Jiminy Cricket
13. 1969

Cultural Knowledge Quiz

Cultural Knowledge Quiz

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the new world, this city staged a massive world’s fair in 1893.
Although it remains this author’s only well-known work, Catch-22 (1961) holds a place among the greatest war novels of all time. 2
Born in 1802, this nurse and social reformer led numerous campaigns seeking humane treatment for the mentally ill in the 1840s and 1850s. 3
This dance, inspired by rock and roll music, became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s. 4
The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 5
This 15th President of the United States was the last president born in the 18th century. 6
Widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the 1958 NFL Championship Game was played between these two teams on Dec. 28, 1958. 7
The Orrery by Joseph Wright of Derby, is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark; an example of an artistic technical term known as this. 8
Published in April of 1974, this philosophical novel by Robert M. Pirsig, is subtitled An Inquiry into Values. 9

Famous for filming the Kennedy assassination, he’s the man seen here.
1. Chicago
2. Joseph Heller
3. Dorothea Dix
4. The Twist
5. Claude Monet
6. James Buchanan
7. Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17 (It was the first ever NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime)
8. Chiaroscuro
9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
10. Abraham Zapruder