15 Trivia Questions to Test How Well You Really Know the 50 States

By: Georgia | Last updated: May 24, 2024

We’re taking a deeper dive to truly test your knowledge about the diverse states of the USA. This quiz is not just about recalling names. It’s an opportunity to uncover fascinating facts and discover the unexpected wonders scattered across the United States.

Whether you ace this quiz or learn something new, we hope it inspires your curiosity and excites you for future explorations. Best of luck!

1. How many states begin with the letter M?

  • A) 8
  • B) 5
  • C) 7
  • D) 9
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Answer:

A) 8

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2. Which of the 50 states is the biggest (by land mass)?

  • A) New York
  • B) Alaska
  • C) Texas
  • D) Ohio
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B) Alaska

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3. Which is the only state beginning with the letter D?

  • A) Delaware
  • B) Denver
  • C) Detroit
  • D) Des Moines
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Answer:

A) Delaware

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4. Which is the only state with a different design on the front and back of its flag?

  • A) New Jersey
  • B) Tennessee
  • C) Oregon
  • D) Arizona
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Answer:

C) Oregon

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5. Helena is the capital of which state?

  • A) Montana
  • B) Missouri
  • C) New Mexico
  • D) New Hampshire
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Answer:

A) Montana

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6. Which state was first to join the original 13 states?

  • A) Arizona
  • B) Maine
  • C) Utah
  • D) Vermont
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Answer:

D) Vermont

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7. Which was the first state to abolish capital punishment?

  • A) Florida
  • B) New Hampshire
  • C) Ohio
  • D) Michigan
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Answer:

D) Michigan

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8. Of the USA’s 50 states, how many are islands?

  • A) Three
  • B) Five
  • C) One
  • D) None
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Answer:

C) One

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9. "The people rule" is the motto of which state?

  • A) Arkansas
  • B) Missouri
  • C) South Carolina
  • D) New York
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Answer:

A) Arkansas

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10.Which of the 50 states is the largest – by population?

  • A) Florida
  • B) California
  • C) Texas
  • D) New York
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B) California

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11. In which US state would you find the famous attraction Mount Rushmore?

  • A) Washington
  • B) North Dakota
  • C) South Dakota
  • D) West Virginia
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Answer:

C) South Dakota

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12. Which state’s official bird is the Mountain Bluebird?

  • A) Colorado
  • B) Idaho
  • C) Nebraska
  • D) Wyoming
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Answer:

B) Idaho

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13. One state has a non-rectangular flag. Which state is it?

  • A) Wisconsin
  • B) Georgia
  • C) Iowa
  • D) Ohio
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D) Ohio

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14. Salt Lake City is the capital of which US state?

  • A) Colorado
  • B) Michigan
  • C) Utah
  • D) Arizona
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Answer:

C) Utah

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15. Is Washington, D.C., technically one of the 50 states?

  • A) Yes
  • B) No, it’s a city located in Washington state
  • C) No, it’s in Virginia
  • D) No, it’s in the District of Columbia, a stateless district
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Answer:

D) No, it’s in the District of Columbia, a stateless district

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