Michigan History Quiz

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Gerald Ford

    • B. 

      John F Kennedy

    • C. 

      Woodrow Wilson

    • D. 

      William McKinley

  • 2. 
    The Republican Party was founded in the state of Michigan. Which city was it founded in?
    • A. 

      Detroit

    • B. 

      Lansing

    • C. 

      Jackson

    • D. 

      Ann Arbor

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Monroe

    • B. 

      Detroit

    • C. 

      Traverse City

    • D. 

      Port Huron

  • 4. 
    We know Michigan State University's mascot today is the Spartans. What was their former mascot?
    • A. 

      Wildcats

    • B. 

      Warriors

    • C. 

      Wolverines

    • D. 

      Aggies

  • 5. 
    Today we recognize Cadillac as both a Michigan city and a car. Where did this Michigan name originate?
    • A. 

      David Dunbar Cadillac - Scottish born inventor, founder of the Cadillac company

    • B. 

      Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac - French explorer and army officer

    • C. 

      Louis Phélypeaux Cadillac - French Canadian fur trader

    • D. 

      Henry Leland Cadillac - Inventor and nephew of GM Co-Founder Charles Stewart Mott

  • 6. 
    Michigan has more lighthouses than any other US state. How many lighthouses are in Michigan?
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      150

    • D. 

      200

  • 7. 
    Michigan became the 26th state to enter the United States of America on January 26 of what year?
    • A. 

      1820

    • B. 

      1799

    • C. 

      1856

    • D. 

      1837

  • 8. 
    In 1847 the state capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing. Which of the following was not a reason why Lansing was picked as the location for the Michigan state capital city?
    • A. 

      Lansing residents agreed to fund the development of a new state capitol building

    • B. 

      The need to develop western portions of the state

    • C. 

      Easier defense from British troops stationed in Windsor

  • 9. 
    Michigan is home to the first European settlement in the Midwest. 
    • A. 

      Sault Ste. Marie

    • B. 

      Detroit

    • C. 

      Port Huron

    • D. 

      Marquette

  • 10. 
    The National Cherry Festival is hosted every July in which Michigan city?
    • A. 

      Charlotte

    • B. 

      Kalamazoo

    • C. 

      Saugatuck

    • D. 

      Traverse City

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Petoskey stone

    • B. 

      Rose rock

    • C. 

      Cumberlandite rock

    • D. 

      Bauxite stone

  • 12. 
    Kalamazoo became famous with the 1942 hit "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" by...
    • A. 

      Buddy Rich

    • B. 

      Glenn Miller

    • C. 

      Frank Sinatra

    • D. 

      Louis Armstrong

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Catholepistemiad

    • B. 

      Michigan Tech

    • C. 

      Woodward College

    • D. 

      The Michigan State University

  • 14. 
    As of 2010 what is the population of Michigan?
    • A. 

      6.2 million

    • B. 

      9.9 million

    • C. 

      11.7 million

    • D. 

      16.0 million

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Cardinal

    • B. 

      Blue Jay

    • C. 

      Nuthatch

    • D. 

      Robin

  • 16. 
    If Michigan were to become an independent country, it would have a GDP similar to:
    • A. 

      Belgium

    • B. 

      Israel

    • C. 

      Turkey

    • D. 

      South Africa

  • 17. 
    Bell's Brewery makes an ale and Ernest Hemingway wrote a short story commemorating this natural Michigan wonder.
    • A. 

      Quinannan Falls

    • B. 

      Two Hearted River

    • C. 

      Sleeping Bear Dunes

    • D. 

      Mount Arvon

  • 18. 
    The great fire of Michigan took place in 1871 in what region of Michigan?
    • A. 

      Port Huron

    • B. 

      Holland

    • C. 

      Manistee

    • D. 

      All of the Above

  • 19. 
    Michigan ranks #1 in what category?
    • A. 

      Asparagus production

    • B. 

      Miles of biking trails

    • C. 

      Televisions per household

    • D. 

      Boat registrations

  • 20. 
    Michigan is based on the Cherokee word "meicigama" which translates to
    • A. 

      White Pines

    • B. 

      Great Water

    • C. 

      Sleeping Bear

    • D. 

      Talk to the hand