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Take the general knowledge quiz about Kentucky. Kentucky is known as one of the poorest states in America, but this does not mean it is not one of the best states when it comes to derbies and fried chicken. Feel free to check out this quiz if you are looking to learn more about the history of this state and what makes it so different from others.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     What kind of contest was waged by Colonels Thomas Dye Owings and Richard H. Menefee to determine after which of them the town now known as Owingsville would be named? A. A horse race to the Licking River and back B. A grand homebuilding race C. A duel with sabers and tomahawks

    • A.

      Horse race to the Licking River and back

    • B.

      Grand homebuilding race

    • C.

      Duel with sabers and tomahawks

    Correct Answer
    B. Grand homebuilding race
    Explanation
    B. Owings was faster, building a $60,000 home in 1811 (nearly $900,000 in today’s money).

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  • 2. 

    Covington native Dorothy Spencer was a four-time Academy Award nominee for films that included Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1946) and Earthquake (1974). In which category was she nominated?

    • A.

      Film Editing

    • B.

      Cinematography

    • C.

      Best Supporting Actress

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Film Editing
    Explanation
    A. Spencer was the film editor on more than 70 films.

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  • 3. 

    Dixie Heights High School graduate Ron Ziegler was, at 29, the youngest White House press secretary, serving which U.S. president?  

    • A.

      Gerald Ford

    • B.

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • C.

      Richard M. Nixon

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. Richard M. Nixon
    Explanation
    C. Ziegler later apologized to The Washington Post for being dismissive of its of Nixon’s wrongdoings.

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  • 4. 

    In 1799, a warrant was issued for the arrest of pioneer Daniel Boone, at roughly the same time as what other notable events?

    • A.

      His court martial for his actions during the American Revolution

    • B.

      The naming of Boone County in his honor

    • C.

      His flight westward to escape debt collectors and enemies

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. The naming of Boone County in his honor
    Explanation
    B. Boone County was named in honor of Daniel.

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  • 5. 

    Kentuckian “Crooked Nose” McCall, also known as “Broken Nose Jack,” shot which Wild West legend in the back in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876?

    • A.

      Doc Holiday

    • B.

      Wyatt Earp

    • C.

      Wild Bill Hickok

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. Wild Bill Hickok
    Explanation
    C. James Butler Hickok was killed while playing a game of poker, holding two pairs, aces and eights, which became known as the dead man’s hand.

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  • 6. 

    Sarah Knox “Knoxie” Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor, was the first wife of which other noted Kentuckian?

    • A.

      George Rodgers Clark

    • B.

      Jefferson Davis

    • C.

      Joshua Speed

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Jefferson Davis
    Explanation
    B. Knoxie married the future president of the Confederacy in 1835 and died three months later of malaria.

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  • 7. 

    Milk is the official state beverage in 21 of the 28 states that have decreed such a thing, including Kentucky. Which brand was named the state’s official soft drink in 2013?

    • A.

      Skee

    • B.

      Big Red

    • C.

      Ale-8-One

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Skee
    Explanation
    C. Ale-8-One

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  • 8. 

    Kentucky is one of eight states with an official firearm, so declared in 2013. Pennsylvania followed suit, selecting the same weapon in 2014, which is:

    • A.

      The Thompson machine gun 

    • B.

      The long rifle

    • C.

      The flintlock musket

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. The long rifle
    Explanation
    B. The major difference between the Kentucky and Pennsylvania long rifle is the caliber (Kentucky is a .36 caliber and Pennsylvania is .40).

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  • 9. 

    Laura Clay, a daughter of Cassius Marcellus Clay, was the first woman nominated for president at the convention of a major political party during the Democratic National Convention of 1920. She also was the first to receive a vote when which Kentucky delegate voted for her?

    • A.

      Edwin P. Morrow

    • B.

      Augustus Owsley Stanley

    • C.

      J.C.W. Beckham

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Augustus Owsley Stanley
    Explanation
    B. Stanley was the chairman of the Kentucky delegation to the 1920 Convention;

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  • 10. 

    U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is the dean of the Kentucky Congressional delegation, having served more than 37 years. He is still three years from being the Commonwealth’s longest-serving representative in Washington. Who served the longest?

    • A.

      Henry Clay

    • B.

      Alben W. Barkley

    • C.

      William Natcher

    • D.

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. William Natcher
    Explanation
    C. U.S. Rep. Natcher of Bowling Green served from 1953 until his death in 1994.

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