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The California Quiz

Updated on August 23, 2017
California State Capitol Building
California State Capitol Building | Source

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What do you know about the state of California?

Think you know even the basics about this giant state? Take this quiz and see whether you really know your stuff!

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The California Quiz


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California Settlers

California Settlers were Gold Seekers

Settlers came to California for many reasons; Amerindians came looking for food and more land to live on, Russian immigrants came for fur, Spanish missionaries came looking for people to convert, and I'm sure there were probably people coming to California for land, freedom, silver, and puppies, but the majority of the early California settlers came in during the Gold Rush.

The discovery of gold (elementally represented by the symbol Au) in California set off a mass migration that hadn't been seen before or since.

The World Rushed In

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience
The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience

Learn about the California Gold Rush through the diaries and letters of people who were actually there. This incredible book is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook from Amazon.

 

Gold Miner Statue

Gold Miner Statue in Auburn, California
Gold Miner Statue in Auburn, California | Source

Great California Book for Kids

The California Gold Rush (True Books)
The California Gold Rush (True Books)

This book will get your kids reading and learning about a fascinating time in California's history.

 

California's Shoreline

California's Shoreline

California is primarily located along what water way?

  • Western Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Gulf of Mexico

California is not located along the Western Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico, but instead its western edge runs along the Pacific Ocean.

California's Location

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A markerCalifornia -
Sacramento, CA, USA
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B markerPacific Ocean -
Hawaii, USA
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California's National Parks

California is Home to 8 National Parks

Which of the following is NOT a National Park in California?

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park

California is an incredible place. You can visit snow and the beach in the same day travel from the desert to the mountains, there are forests and fields. California is home to a huge variety of landscapes and some pretty incredible ones at that.

Redwood National Park is located in the far north-west section of California. It features looming Redwood trees in a fog-shrouded forest.

Lassen National Park is in the north-eastern section of California and features a sleeping volcano. Mount Lassen erupted in the early 1900s and is still active enough to have boiling mud pots.

Sequoia National Park is in central California and is run together with Kings Canyon National Park. It is home to the giant Sequoia trees that can be big enough to drive through.

Kings Canyon National Park is in central California and is run together with Sequoia National Park. It composed of glacier-scraped granite mountains and valleys.

Yosemite National Park is in eastern-central California, and is a glaciated valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Dramatic waterfalls cascading from sheer cliffs and the grand El Capitan and Half-Dome await visitors.

Death Valley National Park is in southeastern California and is home to some of the most extreme geography in the world. The lowest point in the contiguous US, what was once considered the hottest place in the world, sand dunes, old volcanoes, hot springs, and spring wildflowers combine to make a incredible places it could takes weeks to truly appreciate.

Joshua Tree National Park is located in the southeastern section of California and features very unique trees. The park is named for these trees that are like silent sentinels, standing tall in the desert. Their spiky foliage look nothing like a normal tree and they are only found in this area.

Channel Islands National Park is located close to Los Angeles on the western edge of California. It is composed of several islands and to get to them you must take a boat or ferry.

California National Parks - There are 8 National Parks within California

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Redwood National Park is located in the far north-west section of California. Lassen National Park is in the north-eastern section of California and features a sleeping volcano.Sequoia National Park is in central California and is run together with Kings Canyon National Park.Kings Canyon National Park is in central California and is run together with Sequoia National Park.Yosemite National Park is in eastern-central California, and is a glaciated valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.Death Valley National Park is in southeastern California and is home to some of the most extreme geography in the world.Joshua Tree National Park is located in the southeastern section of California and features very unique trees.Channel Islands National Park is located close to Los Angeles on the western edge of California.
Redwood National Park is located in the far north-west section of California.
Redwood National Park is located in the far north-west section of California. | Source
Lassen National Park is in the north-eastern section of California and features a sleeping volcano.
Lassen National Park is in the north-eastern section of California and features a sleeping volcano. | Source
Sequoia National Park is in central California and is run together with Kings Canyon National Park.
Sequoia National Park is in central California and is run together with Kings Canyon National Park. | Source
Kings Canyon National Park is in central California and is run together with Sequoia National Park.
Kings Canyon National Park is in central California and is run together with Sequoia National Park. | Source
Yosemite National Park is in eastern-central California, and is a glaciated valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Yosemite National Park is in eastern-central California, and is a glaciated valley in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. | Source
Death Valley National Park is in southeastern California and is home to some of the most extreme geography in the world.
Death Valley National Park is in southeastern California and is home to some of the most extreme geography in the world. | Source
Joshua Tree National Park is located in the southeastern section of California and features very unique trees.
Joshua Tree National Park is located in the southeastern section of California and features very unique trees. | Source
Channel Islands National Park is located close to Los Angeles on the western edge of California.
Channel Islands National Park is located close to Los Angeles on the western edge of California. | Source

California's State Flower

A Golden Flower for the Golden State

What is California's Official State Flower?

  • California Poppy
  • California Daisy
  • California Freesia
  • California Dimplewort
  • Golden Daisy

California's state flower is the California Poppy. It is a very orange wildflower that blooms all across the hills of the central valley in the spring.

California's State Flower - The California Poppy

California Poppies along the Pacific Coastline
California Poppies along the Pacific Coastline | Source

California's State Capitol

The Capitol of California

California's state capitol is what city?

  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • Bridgeport

Sacramento is a large city in the northern part of the central valley. It is just under 100 miles from San Francisco and 400 miles from Los Angeles. There are several large rivers in the vicinity, constant new housing being built, and a great historic area that contains actual buildings from the gold rush. The area is home to a great many tomato farms and rice fields.

California's State Capital - Sacramento and Some Other Major Cities in California

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A markerThe State Capitol -
Sacramento, California
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B markerLos Angeles, California -
Los Angeles, California
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C markerRedding, California -
Redding, California
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D markerSan Diego, California -
San Diego, California
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E markerSan Francisco, California -
San Francisco, California
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A Dangerous Place - California's Unsettling Fate

A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate
A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate

Written by Marc Reisner, the author of Cadillac Desert, A Dangerous Place is about where California came from and where it is heading.

 

California's Tallest Point

Highest Point in the Contiguous US

What is the tallest mountain in California, and also the highest point in the contiguous US?

  • Mount Laramie
  • Mount McKinley
  • Mount Shasta
  • Mount Lassen
  • Mount Whitney

Mt. Whitney is 14,505 feet above sea level and thus is the tallest mountain in California as well as the highest point in the contiguous US. It is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, close to Death Valley. It is a popular mountain to climb and part of the Pacific Crest Trail. It is visible from Highway 395 in Lone Pine, California, and appears shorter than Lone Pine Peak due to the fact that it is set back in the mountains a bit further. Look for a row of sharp peaks that resemble a crown.

California's Tallest Mountain - Mt Whitney

Mt Whitney
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California's Lowest Point

Deep in the Desert

What is the lowest point in California and the contiguous United States?

  • Point Place
  • Owens Valley
  • Lassen Valley
  • Badwater Basin
  • Kings Canyon

The lowest point in the U.S. is in California's Death Valley. It is called Badwater Basin and it is 282 feet below sea level.

California's Lowest Point - Badwater Basin

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Highest and Lowest Points

Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in California and the highest point in the contiguous United States. It is only a very short distance away from the lowest point in the contiguous United States, in Badwater Basin inside Death Valley.

Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level, while Mt. Whitney is 14,505 feet above sea level. This dramatic difference in elevation is due to the extraordinary and unique geology of California.

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A markerMt Whitney -
Mt. Whitney, Inyo National Forest, California, USA
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B markerBadwater Basin -
Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA 92328, USA
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Learn More About California Geology

Assembling California
Assembling California

California is a geologist's dream and nightmare at once. It is composed of complicated landforms altered again and again by nature until nearly unrecognizable. Learn more what made California the way it is in this book every geologist or earth-loving person should own.

 

California's Statehood

California Statehood

In what year did California become a state in the United States?

  • 1848
  • 1850
  • 1960
  • 1881
  • 1882

California became a state in 1850 after the Compromise of 1850 was passed. Due to friction between the northern and southern states, and them being unable to agree on whether they should have slavery in California or not, they didn't admit California when it was first proposed that it be admitted.

California's Flag and State Animal

California's Flag and State Animal

California's flag features what animal, which is also California's state animal?

  • The California Quail
  • The Greater Sea Lion
  • The Mongoose
  • The Grizzly Bear
  • The Golden Trout

Grizzly Bears are now extinct in California after settlers put a bounty on them, but the California flag and the state seal still show their image.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear in Alaska since we no longer have them in California
Grizzly Bear in Alaska since we no longer have them in California | Source

California State Flag

California State Flag
California State Flag | Source

California's State Motto

Gold Discovery

What is California's State Motto?

  • In Gold we Trust
  • Eureka
  • Finally, I've Found It
  • Looking for a Golden Tomorrow
  • Golden Hassocks

The Great Seal of the State of California features California's state motto, Eureka, which is a Greek word that means "I Found It" and is used in reference to the gold that caused California's population to grow in leaps and bounds.

California State Motto - Eureka!

California State Motto
California State Motto | Source

Find More Weird California

Weird California: You Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Weird California: You Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

California has been populated by dreamers from the beginning of its occupation and dreamers make this the most amazing and interesting world to live in.

 

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    • LoriBeninger profile image

      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I'm a native, so I felt I was cheating! It was fun, though -- I like being "right."

    • aliwings profile image

      aliwings 4 years ago

      4 out of 10 not so good.

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      Baddew Fibes 4 years ago

      Oops, 4 out of 10!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I got 100%, but I'm a native Californian and also taught California history. I'd better get them all right.

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      7 rights. Not bad :)

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I did alright. Not to bad for a dyed in the wool New Yorker who has made a few pilgrimages to The Land of the Free and the Home of the Dead (Grateful). I really enjoyed your Quiz. Kudos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Let's just say I learned a lot about California just now!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I got 8 right...not too bad for an Aussie. Helped that I recently visited the state!

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      dpethealth lm 5 years ago

      Nice quiz. Help me to learn what I already should know.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did OK.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I aced it, but probably because I just made my own California quiz lens. I'll lensroll to yours.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I had to guess at the date, but was really surprised by the motto, since we've wanted to move back to CA and live in Eureka. Now you've got me missing CA and the oceans. I live in KS right now.