A Quiz From Who Owns The World

49 Questions
World Quizzes & Trivia

Take a quiz based on fact from WHO OWNS THE WORLD: The Surprising Truth about Every Piece of Land on the Planet by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon, and discover how much you actually know about U. S. Geography and economy, we welcome you to travel with us!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In 1819, this state became the 22nd state of the Union.  Four Native American tribes lived in the state:  the Choctaw, the Creed, the Chickasawa, and the Cherokee. Where are you?
    • A. 

      New Mexico

    • B. 

      Alabama

    • C. 

      Arizona

    • D. 

      Louisiana

  • 2. 
    The US government bought this state from Russia in 1867 for 2 cents per acre.  This is the least crowded state with 670 acres per person.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Alaska

    • B. 

      Hawaii

    • C. 

      Minnesota

    • D. 

      North Dakota

  • 3. 
    It became the 48th state in the union in 1912.  Over 4.5 million people visit each year to see this natural landmark.  Over 8 million acres of land is occupied by Native American reservations.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Hawaii

    • B. 

      Alaska

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Arizona

  • 4. 
    This state is home to the world’s richest woman.  She is the daughter-in-law of the founder of Walmart. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Ohio

    • B. 

      Arkansas

    • C. 

      Oklahoma

    • D. 

      Nebraska

  • 5. 
    This is the second-largest state in the country with over 70,000 farms.  Yet it is also the home of Silicon Valley.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Florida

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Alaska

  • 6. 
    It is known as the Centennial State because it became a member of the Union in 1876, 100 years after the Declaration of Independence.  It is mainly an agricultural state with cattle as the major industry.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      Texas

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Colorado

  • 7. 
    This state played a major role in the Revolutionary War as the major supplier of weapons.  It is home to the country’s oldest newspaper, the Hartford Courant.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      New Hampshire

    • B. 

      Connecticut

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Rhode Island

  • 8. 
    This state was originally called New Sweden by colonists.  It was the first state that voted to join the Union.  It has some of the more liberal registration laws so many companies are incorporated here.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Montana

    • B. 

      Vermont

    • C. 

      Maine

    • D. 

      Delaware

  • 9. 
    This state was discovered by Ponce de Leon and is famous, in part, for its federally protected wetlands.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Florida

    • B. 

      Tennessee

    • C. 

      Georgia

    • D. 

      Mississippi

  • 10. 
    This is known as the Peach State. It is home to the largest individual landowner in the US.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Florida

    • B. 

      Georgia

    • C. 

      Nebraska

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 11. 
    This is the 50th state in the Union.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      New Mexico

    • B. 

      Arizona

    • C. 

      Alaska

    • D. 

      Hawaii

  • 12. 
    Large-scale cattle ranching is the major industry in this state.  The largest landowners are the Boise Cascade Ranch with 200,000 acres. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Idaho

    • B. 

      Minnesota

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 13. 
    This state takes its name from a Native American word.  Known as The Prairie State, it is the center for the coal industry.  The state bird is the cardinal.  Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Illinois

    • C. 

      Kentucky

    • D. 

      Maine

  • 14. 
    Known as the Crossroads of the USA, this state is the home of American motor racing.  Where are you?  
    • A. 

      West Virginia

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      Indiana

    • D. 

      Kentucky

  • 15. 
    This state is known as the Hawkeye State and the Corn State, due to its vast farmlands.  Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born here. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Iowa

    • B. 

      Kansas

    • C. 

      Oklahoma

    • D. 

      Missouri

  • 16. 
    This state was namee after its Native American inhabitants, the Konza or “people of the south wind.”  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Mississippi

    • B. 

      Alabama

    • C. 

      Nevada

    • D. 

      Kansas

  • 17. 
    Known as the Bluegrass state, it is the heartland of American horse breeding.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Indiana

    • B. 

      Virginia

    • C. 

      Kentucky

    • D. 

      Oregon

  • 18. 
    Originally a French colony, this state was named after a French King.  The US was willing to pay $2 an acre but the French sold it for the bargain price of just under 3 cents per acre. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Alaska

    • B. 

      Louisiana

    • C. 

      Hawaii

    • D. 

      Alabama

  • 19. 
    The city of Portland is an important seaport in this state but its capital city is Augusta.  Where are you?  
    • A. 

      Maine

    • B. 

      Massachusetts

    • C. 

      New Hamsphire

    • D. 

      Rhode Island

  • 20. 
    This state is the home of Harvard University.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Connecticut

    • B. 

      New Jersey

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

    • D. 

      New Hamsphire

  • 21. 
    General Motors owns about 150,000 acres in this state, and the Ford Motor Company owns about 100,000 acres.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Indiana

    • B. 

      Ohio

    • C. 

      Wisconsin

    • D. 

      Michigan

  • 22. 
    Named for a Native American word meaning “sky-tinted water,” this state has more than 12,000 lakes.  Known as the North Star State, most of the nation’s iron ore, used to make steel, comes from this state.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      South Dakota

    • B. 

      Minnesota

    • C. 

      Wisconsin

    • D. 

      Washington

  • 23. 
    This Southern state was originally owned by Spain but it was important for the US to acquire it to assure easy river passage to the Midwest.  The magnolia is the official state flower.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Mississippi

    • C. 

      Alabama

    • D. 

      Georgia

  • 24. 
    This state is known as the Show-Me State and is the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      North Carolina

    • B. 

      Kansas

    • C. 

      Missouri

    • D. 

      Ohio

  • 25. 
    This state is roughly the same size as Japan.  However, it has just under 1 million people while Japan has over 127 million people!  It’s known as the Treasure State due to the gold and silver found there.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      Washington

    • C. 

      North Dakota

    • D. 

      Montana

  • 26. 
    This state uses more of its land to produce crops and livestock than any other state.  Ted Turner, the country’s largest private landowner, owns four ranches here with herds of over 23,000 bison.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Montana

    • B. 

      Colorado

    • C. 

      Nebraska

    • D. 

      Vermont

  • 27. 
    It became the 36th state while Abraham Lincoln was president and was considered valuable due to the gold and silver it produced.  It’s now world famous as a vacation destination.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Nevada

    • B. 

      Utah

    • C. 

      Montana

    • D. 

      New Mexico

  • 28. 
    One of the original thirteen states, its motto is “Live Free or Die,” spoken by John Stark, a Revolutionary War hero and native son.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      Virginia

    • C. 

      New Hampshire

    • D. 

      Maryland

  • 29. 
    This is the most crowded state in the nation with just .7 acres per person. Thomas Edison was born here.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      New Jersey

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      New York

  • 30. 
    This state has some of the oldest and most important ruins and prehistoric remains in the country.  It became the 47th state in 1912.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      New Mexico

    • B. 

      Virginia

    • C. 

      Illinois

    • D. 

      Massachusetts

  • 31. 
    This state has 31,000 farms.  George Washington was inaugurated here.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Vermont

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Virginia

    • D. 

      Maryland

  • 32. 
    Raleigh is the capital of this state.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Georgia

    • B. 

      Tennessee

    • C. 

      North Carolina

    • D. 

      Kentucky

  • 33. 
    Theodore Roosevelt raised the first volunteer cavalry here, called the Rough Riders.   It was admitted to statehood on the same day as one of its neighboring states, which share a similar name.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Alabama

    • B. 

      North Dakota

    • C. 

      Mississippi

    • D. 

      Pennsylvania

  • 34. 
    This state’s name comes from an Iroquois Native American word meaning “good river.”  Seven US presidents were born here:  Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren Harding.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Ohio

    • B. 

      Michigan

    • C. 

      Wisconsin

    • D. 

      Missouri

  • 35. 
    Many Cherokees died as they were forced to walk from Georgia to this state in 1938, and President Andrew Jackson gave them 7 million acres of land in this state for their new home. Where are you?  Their capital city bears the same name as this state.
    • A. 

      Missouri

    • B. 

      Kansas

    • C. 

      Louisiana

    • D. 

      Oklahoma

  • 36. 
    The capital of this state is Salem and it became the 33rd state in 1859. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      Montana

    • C. 

      Oregon

    • D. 

      Washington

  • 37. 
    This is the 2nd state and is named after its founder who escaped England to avoid persecution as a Quaker.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Pennsylvania

    • B. 

      Missouri

    • C. 

      Vermont

    • D. 

      Washington

  • 38. 
    The smallest state was the first to declare independence from England.  It started as a colony of Christians who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Connecticut

    • B. 

      Massachusetts

    • C. 

      Rhode Island

    • D. 

      New Hamsphire

  • 39. 
    This was one of the first states to declare independence from England prior to the Revolutionary War and also one of the first to secede from the Union prior to the Civil War.  More than half the state is covered by forests and lumber is a major industry.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      North Carolina

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      Virginia

    • D. 

      South Carolina

  • 40. 
    Mount Rushmore is located here. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      South Dakota

    • C. 

      North Dakota

    • D. 

      Montana

  • 41. 
    Known as the Volunteer State, it was once home to thousands of Cherokees before they were forced out by President Martin Van Buren.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Wyoming

    • B. 

      Tennessee

    • C. 

      Colorado

    • D. 

      Arkansas

  • 42. 
    Originally owned by Mexico, this state has Stephen Austin to thank for its independence.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      New Mexico

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Arizona

  • 43. 
    This state is the home of the Mormon faith, which has extensive landholdings here.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Montana

    • B. 

      Wyoming

    • C. 

      Utah

    • D. 

      Colorado

  • 44. 
    This small state has the smallest state capital, Montpelier. Where are you? 
    • A. 

      Rhode Island

    • B. 

      Vermont

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      Hawaii

  • 45. 
    The most US presidents were born in this state—eight, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Maryland

    • B. 

      Massachusetts

    • C. 

      New Jersey

    • D. 

      Virginia

  • 46. 
    This state is home to the world’s richest man. Where are you?
    • A. 

      Washington

    • B. 

      Nebraska

    • C. 

      California

    • D. 

      Maryland

  • 47. 
    This state is named after England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Charleston is its capital city.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      North Carolina

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      West Virginia

    • D. 

      Pennsylvania

  • 48. 
    This state belonged first to the French and was later ceded to the British under the 1763 Treaty of Paris.  In 1783, it became part of a large US territory north and west of the Ohio River.  It became the 30th state in 1848.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Wisconsin

    • B. 

      Louisiana

    • C. 

      Georgia

    • D. 

      Texas

  • 49. 
    This state was formerly part of the Dakotas and Idaho and home to Buffalo Bill Cody in the 1880s.  It is known for the natural geysers at Yellowstone National Park.  Where are you?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      Montana

    • C. 

      Colorado

    • D. 

      Wyoming