Michigan Historical Geography Quiz #3

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  • 1. 

    Which location in Michigan was named after a British General who fought against the US in several War of 1812 battles?

    • A. 

      Beaver Island

    • B. 

      Drummond Island

    • C. 

      Harsens Island

    • D. 

      Neebish Island

    • E. 

      Walpole Island

    Correct Answer
    B. Drummond Island
    Explanation
    Drummond Island in Michigan was named after a British General who fought against the US in several War of 1812 battles.

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  • 2. 

    150 years ago, which of these counties produced the most liquor according to the state census

    • A. 

      Kalamazoo

    • B. 

      Wayne

    • C. 

      Oakland

    • D. 

      Houghton

    • E. 

      Jackson

    Correct Answer
    A. Kalamazoo
    Explanation
    Kalamazoo is the correct answer because according to the state census conducted 150 years ago, it was the county that produced the most liquor.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these cities was at one point was one of the 100 largest cities in the US

    • A. 

      Port Huron

    • B. 

      Jackson

    • C. 

      Kalamazoo

    • D. 

      Bay City

    Correct Answer
    D. Bay City
    Explanation
    Bay City was the 95th largest city in 1880

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  • 4. 

    Which of these communities is now part of Wyandotte

    • A. 

      Cherry Hill

    • B. 

      Ford City

    • C. 

      Bell Branch

    • D. 

      Eloise

    Correct Answer
    B. Ford City
    Explanation
    Ford City is now part of Wyandotte.

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  • 5. 

    The Dow family is most associated with Michigan city

    • A. 

      Saginaw

    • B. 

      Grand Rapids

    • C. 

      Flint

    • D. 

      Midland

    Correct Answer
    D. Midland
    Explanation
    The Dow family is most associated with Midland because Midland is the location of the headquarters for the Dow Chemical Company, which was founded by Herbert H. Dow in 1897. The Dow family has had a significant impact on the city of Midland, both through their philanthropy and the growth of the Dow Chemical Company, making Midland the most closely associated city with the Dow family in Michigan.

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  • 6. 

    35 years ago, what was the busiest expressway stretch in Michigan

    • A. 

      M-39 south of I-96

    • B. 

      I-75 between 9 Mile and I 696

    • C. 

      I-94 betwen M-10 and I-75

    • D. 

      M-10 north of I-94

    Correct Answer
    A. M-39 south of I-96
    Explanation
    I-75 in Oakland County was busiest in every list afterward

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  • 7. 

    Which geographic feature in NW Ohio impeded early settlement to Michigan

    • A. 

      The Huron River

    • B. 

      Toledo Morraine

    • C. 

      The Black Swamp

    • D. 

      Lake Maumee

    Correct Answer
    C. The Black Swamp
    Explanation
    The Black Swamp in NW Ohio impeded early settlement to Michigan because it was a dense and impassable wetland. The swamp was filled with thick vegetation, standing water, and mucky soil, making it extremely difficult for settlers to traverse and establish permanent settlements. The inhospitable conditions of the Black Swamp deterred many early pioneers from venturing further into Michigan, as they were unable to effectively navigate through the swamp and establish viable communities.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these railroads did not serve Detroit?

    • A. 

      GR&I

    • B. 

      Grand Trunk

    • C. 

      Wabash

    • D. 

      DT&I

    • E. 

      Pere Marquette

    Correct Answer
    A. GR&I
    Explanation
    The GR&I railroad did not serve Detroit.

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  • 9. 

    Which of these was not an iron mining district?

    • A. 

      The Menominee Range

    • B. 

      The Marquette Range

    • C. 

      The Gogebic Range

    • D. 

      The Ontonagon Range

    Correct Answer
    D. The Ontonagon Range
    Explanation
    The Ontonagon Range was not an iron mining district. The Menominee Range, the Marquette Range, and the Gogebic Range were all known for their iron mining activities. However, the Ontonagon Range did not have significant iron mining operations.

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  • 10. 

    Iosco County is currently a leading producer of gypsum in Michigan. Which other area of Michigan has historically been the main gypsum producer?

    • A. 

      Saginaw

    • B. 

      Grand Rapids

    • C. 

      Marquette

    • D. 

      Alpena

    Correct Answer
    B. Grand Rapids
    Explanation
    Grand Rapids has historically been the main gypsum producer in Michigan. This means that in the past, Grand Rapids was known for its significant production of gypsum.

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  • 11. 

    At its maximum geographic size, how far west did Michigan once extend?

    • A. 

      Central North Dakota

    • B. 

      The Mississippi River

    • C. 

      Omaha

    • D. 

      The Red River area

    Correct Answer
    A. Central North Dakota
    Explanation
    This was from 1834-37 when Michigan was a territory

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  • 12. 

    Which Michigan city is reportedly named after the wives of John Allen and Elisha Rumsey?

    • A. 

      Leslie

    • B. 

      Adrian

    • C. 

      Ann Arbor

    • D. 

      Imlay City

    • E. 

      Livonia

    Correct Answer
    C. Ann Arbor
    Explanation
    Ann Arbor is reportedly named after the wives of John Allen and Elisha Rumsey. This explanation suggests that the city was named in honor of their wives, although it does not provide any specific details about the wives or the reason for naming the city after them.

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  • 13. 

    Canton Township is named after a city / region in which country?

    • A. 

      Germany

    • B. 

      England

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Ireland

    • E. 

      China

    Correct Answer
    E. China
    Explanation
    Canton Township is named after a city/region in China. Canton is an old name for the city of Guangzhou, which is located in the Guangdong Province of southern China. The township was likely named after this city due to historical connections or cultural significance.

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  • 14. 

    Wyoming Michigan is named after a county in which state?

    • A. 

      West Virginia

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Ohio

    • D. 

      Pennsylvania

    Correct Answer
    B. New York
    Explanation
    Wyoming, Michigan is named after Wyoming County in New York. This is because many early settlers of Wyoming, Michigan came from Wyoming County, New York, and they named the new settlement after their former home.

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  • 15. 

    Fort St Joseph was located by which modern Michigan city?

    • A. 

      St Joseph

    • B. 

      Port Huron

    • C. 

      Grand Haven

    • D. 

      Saginaw

    • E. 

      Niles

    Correct Answer
    E. Niles
    Explanation
    was open from 1697 through 1781

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  • 16. 

    Which of these counties was not named by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft?

    • A. 

      Allegan

    • B. 

      Kalkaska

    • C. 

      Leelanau

    • D. 

      Saginaw

    • E. 

      Alpena

    • F. 

      Lenawee

    Correct Answer
    D. Saginaw
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Saginaw because Saginaw was not named by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist who named several counties in Michigan during the 19th century. However, Saginaw County was not one of the counties named by him.

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  • 17. 

    Which city has been Michigan's largest producer of limestone for the past 100+ years?

    • A. 

      Rogers City

    • B. 

      Marquette

    • C. 

      Monroe

    • D. 

      Bay City

    Correct Answer
    A. Rogers City
    Explanation
    Rogers City has been Michigan's largest producer of limestone for the past 100+ years. This suggests that the city has a significant amount of limestone resources and a thriving limestone industry. It is likely that Rogers City has the necessary infrastructure, geological conditions, and expertise to extract and process limestone efficiently, making it the top producer in the state.

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  • 18. 

    Which SW Michigan city was reportedly named because of a batch of excellent biscuits

    • A. 

      Schoolcraft

    • B. 

      Cassopolis

    • C. 

      Buchanan

    • D. 

      Sturgis

    Correct Answer
    D. Sturgis
    Explanation
    Sturgis was reportedly named after Mrs. John Sturgis who delivered a pan of biscuits to a surveying party that included Lewis Cass

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  • 19. 

    The Edmund Fitzgerald was constructed in which city?

    • A. 

      Port Huron

    • B. 

      Bay City

    • C. 

      Escanaba

    • D. 

      Traverse City

    • E. 

      River Rouge

    Correct Answer
    E. River Rouge
    Explanation
    The Great Lakes Engineering Works was located in River Rouge and Ecorse - though the Fitzgerald was reportedly built in a River Rouge portion

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  • 20. 

    Which of these counties produced the most lumber 150 years ago?

    • A. 

      Wayne

    • B. 

      Saginaw

    • C. 

      Muskegon

    • D. 

      St Clair

    • E. 

      Manistee

    Correct Answer
    C. Muskegon
    Explanation
    all counties were in the top 5

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