The San Francisco General Knowledge Quiz

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  • 1. 

    What is the nickname for the color of the Golden Gate Bridge?

    • A.

      Gold Goddess

    • B.

      International Orange

    • C.

      Sunset Red

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    B. International Orange
    Explanation
    The correct answer is International Orange. The Golden Gate Bridge is famously painted in a unique shade of orange-red called International Orange. This distinctive color was chosen to enhance the bridge's visibility in foggy weather conditions and has become an iconic symbol of the bridge itself. The nickname "International Orange" refers specifically to this color and is widely recognized and associated with the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • 2. 

    What is the name of the small village that was renamed San Francisco?

    • A.

      Yerba Buena

    • B.

      Portsmouth Square

    • C.

      Buena Vista

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    A. Yerba Buena
    Explanation
    Yerba Buena is the correct answer because it was the original name of the small village that was later renamed San Francisco. In 1847, the village was renamed to San Francisco by Captain John B. Montgomery, who claimed the area for the United States during the Mexican-American War. The name Yerba Buena translates to "good herb" in Spanish, referring to the native mint that grew abundantly in the area.

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  • 3. 

    What is the name of the popular district along SF’s northern waterfront?

    • A.

      North Beach

    • B.

      Chinatown

    • C.

      Alamo Square

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the Above
    Explanation
    The question asks for the name of the popular district along SF's northern waterfront, but none of the given options (North Beach, Chinatown, Alamo Square) match this description. Therefore, the correct answer is "None of the Above."

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  • 4. 

    Golden Gate Park is smaller than New York’s Central Park.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Golden Gate Park is smaller than New York's Central Park" is false. Golden Gate Park is actually larger than Central Park. Covering an area of 1,017 acres, Golden Gate Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world, while Central Park spans 843 acres. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 5. 

    What year did Alcatraz open as a federal prison? 

    • A.

      1955

    • B.

      1934

    • C.

      1941

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    B. 1934
    Explanation
    Alcatraz opened as a federal prison in 1934. This date is significant because it marks the beginning of the prison's role as a maximum-security facility for some of the most dangerous criminals in the United States. The prison operated for 29 years until it was closed in 1963 due to high operational costs and deteriorating facilities. During its time as a federal prison, Alcatraz gained a reputation for being virtually escape-proof, with only a few attempts made by inmates, none of which were successful.

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  • 6. 

    How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?

    • A.

      2.1 Miles

    • B.

      2.5 Miles

    • C.

      1.7 Miles

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    C. 1.7 Miles
    Explanation
    The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long. This iconic suspension bridge, located in San Francisco, California, spans the Golden Gate Strait, connecting the city to Marin County. It is considered one of the most famous landmarks in the United States and a symbol of engineering and architectural excellence.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the cable car lines still in service in San Francisco is the oldest? 

    • A.

      Powell/Hyde

    • B.

      Powell/Mason

    • C.

      California

    Correct Answer
    C. California
    Explanation
    The California cable car line is the oldest one still in service in San Francisco.

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  • 8. 

    What is the name of the famous wine region to the north of San Francisco? 

    • A.

      Bordeaux

    • B.

      Napa Valley

    • C.

      Tuscany

    • D.

      La Rioja

    Correct Answer
    B. Napa Valley
    Explanation
    Napa Valley is the correct answer because it is a famous wine region located to the north of San Francisco. Known for its picturesque vineyards and world-class wineries, Napa Valley is renowned for producing high-quality wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts and tourists, offering wine tastings, tours, and stunning views of the rolling hills covered in vineyards.

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  • 9. 

    SF City Hall dome is taller than the dome on the United States Capitol. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer is that the SF City Hall dome is indeed taller than the dome on the United States Capitol. This means that the height of the dome on SF City Hall is greater than the height of the dome on the United States Capitol.

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  • 10. 

    What year did a major earthquake destroy most of San Francisco?

    • A.

      1912

    • B.

      1921

    • C.

      1906

    • D.

      1915

    Correct Answer
    C. 1906
    Explanation
    In 1906, a major earthquake struck San Francisco and caused widespread destruction. The earthquake, known as the San Francisco earthquake or the Great San Francisco earthquake, was one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the United States. It resulted in the collapse of buildings, fires, and significant loss of life. The city was left in ruins, and it took years to rebuild and recover from the disaster.

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