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Quiz: Historical New Orleans

Updated on June 20, 2014

Are you ready for a historic New Orleans quiz?

New Orleans is the town of jazz, Cajun food, Mardi Gras, French Quarter, historic plantations, old buildings, specific traditions, and an incredible blend of nations.

This town never sleeps. You will find, even now, jazz players on Preservation Hall or improvising on the streets of the French Quarter. You will also hear blues, Scots-Irish fiddlers' tunes, old Louisiana Creole dance tunes, and spirituals.

Starting before the Civil War, blacks earned a great reputation for their artistry as musicians, poets, and workmanship in fields of iron grillework and carpentry. New Orleans is a unique place in a country where the black contribution to local culture is clearly rich and distinct.

You may have visited the wonder of this fascinating town. If so, take and enjoy the quiz I have created for you.

Typical Cast Iron


In the picture, you see a portion of La Branche building at 700 Royal Street, French Quarter, with its grandiose cast-iron balconies.

You find cast-iron in galleries and terraces all over the French Quarter, where the French and Spanish colonial refinement are the most evident.

More details in next picture

Joyous Time On Mardi Gras

Mardi gras
Mardi gras

During Mardi Gras the city explodes with colorful festivities in a Carnival celebration.

For two weeks, you would enjoy parades, masquerade balls, and king cake parties.

The celebration of Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by the early French settlers. The first record of the holiday celebrated on March 3, 1699, in Louisiana, was at the mouth of the Mississippi River in what is now lower Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

The starting date of festivities in New Orleans is unknown. The first written document was from 1743 which said that the custom of Carnival balls was already established. Processions and wearing of masks in the streets on Mardi Gras took place.

In 1875, Louisiana declared Mardi Gras a legal state holiday. Some cancellation occured, especially during the American Civil War and World War I and II, but the city has always celebrated Carnival.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are

  • purple (justice)
  • green (faith), and
  • gold (power)

Cajun And Creole Food

French Market
French Market

For far over 100 years, the natives purchased the ingredients for Cajun and Creole recipes on French Market, a delightful place along the Mississippi River, and rested after shopping on the park... (see the big picture)

I consider the cuisine of New Orleans the most exciting and intriguing in the country:

  • The Cajun dishes basically reflect a fairly hot country style of cooking
  • The Creole recipes for sauces are spicier. They include: crawfish etoufee and shrimp etoufee, jambolaya, raw oysters, and trout covered in meuniere sauce.
If you are not interested in the variety of food, French Market offers special crafts for you.

Video - Louis Armstrong

"When the Saints go Marchin in..."

Video - Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie

The coolest trumpets ever... they feel the music... and make us feel as well...

Video - Ella Fitzgerald

"The Man I love "

Did you take the quiz? Did you learn something fun? Let my know...

Did you enjoy the quiz? - How did you do?

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: This was a gift to me from Michey...that may be why! Sweet of her! :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great quiz on New Orleans. I don't know how I missed this one.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: I haven't either...this lens was a "gift" lens from my Squidoo friend, Michey...she has traveled many places and has some lovely photographs. These certainly make me want to visit there, too. The lens was so very sweet of her!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I've never been to New Orleans. I would like to visit one day.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @capriliz lm: Thank you so glad you enjoyed!!

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      You have wonderful photos of New Orleans! Loved the photos on this lens. Hereâs a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      @anonymous: So glad you enjoyed!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I got 7 right, just missed those dates! Great quiz and wonderful pictures.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I got more right on the quiz than I thought I would. The images are great. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      @Momtothezoo: I am glad you take the quiz... to be good at it... is not a surprise for me. I love New Orleans... John and I vacationed with great pleasure on NO, he bought 2 cook books for me... hopping... actually I used them 2-3 times...

      Happy Holidays!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      Michey! The lens is beautiful...the quiz was fun and I was surprised that I got as many right as I did. Thank you so much! The singers mentioned are some of my favorites. The song, When The Saints Go Marching In, is one of the first things Carlyn learned to play on the piano and played it so much that her brother was pulling his hair out...but it was hilarious and a great memory!