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A Seattle Trivia Quiz

Updated on November 9, 2015

Seattle Washington

Seattle Skyline
Seattle Skyline | Source

How much do you know about Seattle Washington?

As a lifelong resident, I put together this little trivia quiz to see how much you really know about Seattle, WA. If you have never visited Seattle, or maybe even if you have, you might find some of the answers surprising!

The answers to all of the questions can be found in the sections below the quiz. For the most fun and to maximize the challenge, take the quiz first and then read some surprising facts about Seattle that even some residents don't know. There are also some tips about about some of the most popular Seattle attractions and other interesting places to go and things to see.

Don't forget to report your score (anonymously of course!) in the poll near the end.

Good luck!


How Much Do You Know About Seattle?


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Seattle Rain

Rain on the Window in Seattle
Rain on the Window in Seattle | Source

#1 Seattle Weather

Does it really rain all of the time?

Seattle has what is called a temperate marine climate. The location near the Pacific coast and between two mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, makes the winters mild and the summers cool. The temperatures are ideal for enjoying outdoor activities year-round and many homes (including mine) have no air conditioning.

The Olympic Mountains and the 100 mile distance from the Pacific Ocean keep the level of rainfall much lower than places on the coast, but the clouds stack up against the Cascades to the east which creates a lot of overcast, gray days with intermittent drizzle. It surprises many people to learn that the average rainfall is only about 36 inches per year.

See the current weather in Seattle from the live Space Needle webcam.

The Tallest Building - It's the Space Needle, right?

The Seattle Skyline
The Seattle Skyline | Source

#2 The Tallest Building in Seattle

Looks can be deceiving. Although it appears to be in many photos, the Space Needle is NOT Seattle's tallest building. The Space Needle is located at the Seattle Center which is over a mile away from the "downtown" business distict where all of the other tall buildings are located. The Space Needle appears to be the tallest building in photos because the best places to take photos of the Seattle skyline with the the Space Needle are from vantage points that put the Space Needle in the foreground making it appear taller than all of the other buildings.

The Space Needle is actually the 6th tallest building:

1. Columbia Center - 937 feet

2. 1201 Third Ave. (formerly the Washington Mutual Tower) - 772 feet

3. Two Union Square - 740 feet

4. Seattle Municipal Tower - 722 feet

5. Safeco Plaza (1001 4th avenue)- 630 feet

6. Space Needle - 605 feet

#3 Seattle Professional Sports Teams

Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders and Storm

Seattle is home to several major league sports teams including the Seattle Mariners (MLB), Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and Seattle Storm (WNBA).


The Seattle Supersonics are no more!

Unfortunately, the Seattle Sonics (NBA) Team was sold and moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma Thunder.

#4 The Fremont Troll

Seattle has a lot of public art, but my favorite is probably the Fremont Troll. The Troll was the winning design in a contest to create a public art object for the neglected space under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. The contest was sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council in 1990. The troll was sculpted and built later that year by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is 18 feet tall high, weighs two tons (1814 kg), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete. He holds a real volkswagen beetle in his left hand. You can find the troll lurking under the Highway 99 bridge at North 34th Street and Troll Avenue North.


The Fremont Troll in Seattle

Seattle's Fremont Troll
Seattle's Fremont Troll | Source

# 5 Where would you find a Mummy on Display in Seattle?

You would think that if you wanted to see a mummy, the most logical place to find one would be in one of the numerous fine museums in Seattle. Oddly enough, none are on permanent display in any Seattle museum, but two can be found on display in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, a unique little shop on pier 54 on the waterfront.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Pier 54 Seattle
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Pier 54 Seattle | Source

# 6 The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Seattle

The Pike Place Market is the most popular tourist attraction in Seattle, but it is also loved and frequented by local people. It opened in 1907 and has been designated as a National Historic District. It is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers markets in the USA.

The Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, Seattle
Pike Place Market, Seattle | Source

Seattle City Pass

Although many things to see and do in Seattle are free, there are some places that have an admission charge. If you are planning to visit Seattle, consider purchasing a Seattle CityPASS to save a considerable amount of money on the cost of your visit to the most popular attractions.

The Seattle CityPASS contains tickets to 5 of the most popular attractions in Seattle and is valid for 9 days. The booklet includes admission to the following:

1) Space Needle - two visits

2) Seattle Aquarium

3) Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour

4) Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass

5) EMP/SciFi Museum or Woodland Park Zoo

# 7 Seattle in the Movies

The setting or location for numerous movies

Seattle's rich and colorful history and beautiful scenery have been the setting of many movies over the years. A short list of films of some of my favorite movies that were filmed at least partly in Seattle include Sleepless in Seattle, It Happened at the World's Fair, Tugboat Annie, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Cinderella Liberty, Harry and the Hendersons.

Sleepless in Seattle Movie Trailer

#8 The Montlake Cut

The Montlake Cut is part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal that was dug between Lake Washington and Lake Union to make it possible for boats to move between the two lakes. Another canal was created between Lake Union and Salmon Bay. Salmon Bay was originally part of Puget Sound. Since Puget Sound is approximately 22 feet lower than the lakes, the Hiram Chittenden (aka Ballard) Locks was built to accommodate marine traffic between the lakes and the sound.

The Lake Washington Ship Canal

Montlake Cut - Seattle, WA
Montlake Cut - Seattle, WA | Source

How Many People in Seattle?

People at the Seattle Center
People at the Seattle Center | Source

#9 Seattle Population

The official population of Seattle from the most recent US Census in 2010 was 608,660.


Seattle fun even if there is no sun!

Seattle Seafair Pirates
Seattle Seafair Pirates | Source

#10 Festivals in Seattle

Seattle crawls out of its winter cocoon starting on Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Northwest Folklife Festival that celebrates the ethnic diversity of it's residents with music, folk dancing demonstrations, and foods from around the world. The fun continues throughout the summer, with the annual Bite of Seattle and the Seafair Celebration with street fairs, barbecues and parades in many communities.

The Seafair celebration reaches its climax the first weekend in August with the annual hydroplane races on Lake Washington. which often includes an aerial performance by the Blue Angels. The summer festival season ends with the annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival held over Labor Day weekend.

The celebrations and festivals continue through the end of the year with the Christmas Ship Festival. The parade of ships with lights and holiday decorations has been a tradition in the city for over 60 years. Several large commercial sightseeing vessels lead the flotilla and include choirs singing Christmas carols on the deck. Anyone with a boat is welcome to decorate and join in. The boats travel along the various waterways for several weeks bringing a colorful holiday tradition to people in gathering around bonfires in parks along the shore.


Scenes from a Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade

So How Much Did You Know About Seattle?

How Many Questions Did You Answer Correctly?

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Great quiz. I have to confess to only 5 out of 10... my excuse is that I'm from the UK and have no knowledge of Seattle other than what I've seen in the movies! Blessed :-)

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @myraggededge: Thank you!

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      Webcodes LM 7 years ago

      Wonderful Seattle lens! I think maybe Starbucks deserves a mention. 5*.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @Webcodes LM: Thanks for the suggestion!

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      SparkleNZ 7 years ago

      Great lens on seattle! I know very little about the city but intend to visit one day to visit a dear friend who lives there and also to explore old haunts of Betty Macdonald (Egg And I fame). One day! :-)

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      I've always wanted to visit Seattle... maybe someday.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Guess I don't know enough about Seattle - (yet) another entry on the 'places to visit' list.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I live close to Seattle, and have two friends there and visit quite often. I should have done better, but learned several new things about your great city!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I got 100% but would have flunked had I not read the lens below the quiz. What a great way to get people to read the entire lens! I was kicking myself for not having seen the troll under the bridge in Seattle when I was there, only to discover that it wasn't there yet during the time we lived in the area in 1988.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Well, at least I was honest -- I only got 3 correct, but then I looked for the info after taking the test and figure the quiz is actually a pretty good way to make some of those "facts" stick better. Thanks for the info. Nice lens!

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Interesting lens! I learned a lot here, thanks for sharing!

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I got 90% because I didn't read question #6 carefully. Drat! I want to see the troll next time I visit Seattle. I never knew he was there. Fun and informative lens.

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      Charlystoybox 6 years ago

      Great Lense on Seattle! I know three things about the city..it rains a lot..it has the awesome space needle and the movie Sleeepless in Seattle...thanks to you I know much more!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I enjoyed that. Amazed to get Five right, not bad for a Brit.

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      TheLeftFitz 6 years ago

      I've been there twice & only got 5 correct! Guess I need to make a few more trips up there :)

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      Seattle is an unforgettable city for travelers. Thanks for the quiz; there is much to learn.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Looks like a great place to visit

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      I didn't know much about Seattle, except that it was the city setting for the sitcom Frasier. (Great show, I own the DVDs) Your lens makes me want to visit the city and take a trip up the Space Needle. I'm getting the willies just thinking about it.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Never have been to seattle but it is one of the places I have always wanted to visit. Great lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I now know 50% more about Seattle than I did just a few minutes ago, thanks to you! Very nicely done, this isn't just another quiz, its love!

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      AnnsHomeDecor 6 years ago

      I have never been to Seattle. Looks like a very nice place to visit.

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      CoolFoto 6 years ago

      Great quiz! I have visited Seattle 3x and only got 2 answers right! Blessed by neighborhood Travel Angel and added to www.squidoo.com/angel-of-travel .

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I know very little apparently!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Fun quiz...blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Seven out of ten ain't bad, but, hey, I'm a resident of Washington state, not a tourist (lol).=D Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been to Seattle and it is a beautiful city surrounded with ocean and lake. The Space needle is a must see, it made me dizzy seeing the city from such a height, everything looked so tiny.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      I like this lens! Honestly, I was totally uninformed about Seattleâ¦. After the 0% correct answers of the quiz, I am ashamed about my knowledge⦠ï

      I am currently trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens https://hubpages.com/travel/delphi-museum .

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      6/10 feels pretty good since I've only visited two times and that was 10+ years ago -- but I loved it!

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Really enjoyable lens. Despite my love of watching "Frasier" on tv, I only got 3 questions right. I felt cheated by the Sonics moving!

      If I ever visit Seattle, Pike Place Market sounds good.

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      pimbels lm 5 years ago

      3/10 I have never been to Seattle. Maybe someday, who knows. I liked the quiz very much, thank you.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I did very well, thanks to your article and one famous person from Seattle who also popularised this interesting city: Frasier Crane. As an NBA fan I also believe the franchise was officially called Seattle SuperSonics (name Sonics was commonly used). All the best from another beautiful city: Ljubljana, Slovenia:)

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow... I blew it on the test. I'll have to go up there and study a bit. ;-)

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      dnmarket 5 years ago

      I have been here and just forgot some of the facts.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i live here and still struggled... i guess you never do the tourist things when you actually live in a place

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I left in '85, much has changed. Thanks for the great quiz.

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      Awww man, I just god hosed on your mummies question -- but technically, I'm right, since the King Tut exhibit I completely missed at the MN science museum is coming to the Pacific Science Center, part of why my fiancé and I decided to make Seattle our honeymoon destination! (Of course, I straight up failed a lot of the rest of the quiz -- guess I have some research to do before the big event!)

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I knew almost nothing, but you taught us a lot! :)

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      I got an 80 percent...I only missed the tallest building question because I didn't know the official name of the BoA tower. Now I do!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I missed the tallest building in Seattle. No excuses for me. I should have known that one too!

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      Kathryn Beach 5 years ago

      Tallest building, amount of rainfall, population...all wrong...shame on me! but a fun quiz, thanks! And a super pic of Ichiro <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes and I really learned a lot by taking this quiz! Thanks!

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      Roberto Eldrum 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Seattle one day, especially when I saw it in Twilight Eclipse. Thank you for this overview of Seattle. I won't miss Ye Olde Curiosity shop when I visit Seattle.

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      7/10. Thanks for the fun quiz

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Clearly, I have not spent enough time in Seattle! I only got four of the ten questions right on your quiz. But it was fun to see what I knew and didn't know. The troll is totally new to me. I've been fortunate to visit the city more times than not when the weather was sunny and warm, and I have some fond memories there.

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      Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

      I missed one - thought the space needle was the tallest. We did the Scavenger Dash in Seattle. Wonderful city, wonderful lens!

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Honeymooned here. Fun lens!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Cool Lens and Quiz.

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      Timsmansmall 4 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Seattle

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I didn't know as much as I thought and I've lived near there and used to work there for over 20 years now. :)

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      5/10

      Think Seattle is very nice city

      Hope to visit one day

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      this quiz makes me want to visit Seattle

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      Dana Marie 4 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      5/10 :) Hope to visit some day

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      BalkanMarko 4 years ago

      Thank you for this introducing to Seattle.

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      swatisingh lm 4 years ago

      great............

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      This is one city on my list that i'd love to visit. Thank you for this lens!

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      If you have kept quiz module at the bottom, I would have scored 10/10, now I scored only 3/10

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Good lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Great thanks! Very well done! I aced the quiz :)

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens, well done.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      I love Seattle and have visited there many times. Pike Market is always on the agenda and sometimes the ferry to Vancouver. A fun city, Thanks for a great lens

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      saludsalud 4 years ago

      nice lense

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Hi Vicki, Great lens. I've never been to Seattle but have friends who live there. Will send them off your lens link to see how much they know about Seattle!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Seattle. Now I love it even more for our next visit. Thanks for a great lens.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I only got 2 right. Can't believe it. Excellent quiz.

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I grew up in Seattle, and will never forget going to the Ye Old Curiosity Shope, seeing the mummby and those little pieces of rice with the Lords Prayer inscribed on them! Haha..what fun. I don't miss the rain, tho!

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      ian-patrick-716 4 years ago

      only 4 sorry seattle

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I lived in Washington for a while

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      We were in Seattle once when the younger half of Goldenrulecomics was a toddler. we'd like to visit again someday!

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      cgeertsc 3 years ago

      Don't know much about seattle

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      You have a beautiful city...too bad I know (or, rather, knew) so little about it! Thank you for this.

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      Torrs13 3 years ago

      I lived in Seattle for a summer and I remember that the rain was misty a lot of the time rather than a complete downpour. The weather was a bit too chilly for me, but the trees and land were definitely a beautiful sight to see.

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      Andrew4M 3 years ago

      I liked the quiz.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I'd never heard of the troll, very funny. Good quiz.

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      Very interesting and informative lens on the sleepy city.

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      I took the quiz and didn't do so well, But I'm an expert on Seattle trivia now thanks to you! Glad to know the fremont troll is just a statue. I was very curious to find out what is was when that trivia question came up!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Just my kind of town if they classify it as the "sleepy city"!

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      SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      I learned a lot - the troll was interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Fun lens and learned a few more things about your fine city!

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      Charlotte Realtor 3 years ago

      One of my favorite cities I've visited in the US - just a gorgeous city! Before visiting, I had the idea that you surely got an inch of rain-a-day! It was perfectly lovely the entire time we were there. Great quiz!

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      JohnCumbow 3 years ago

      I moved to Seattle from Detroit in 1975. I now live about 50 miles north of the city, but I still love to visit Seattle as often as I can.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I enjoyed reading about Seattle. I got half right, fun quiz.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 years ago

      I love Seattle!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Well as I have never been there this quiz was great as a learning experiment. It's certainly a beautiful place and, by the way, I got 90% LOL. Well done and very enjoyable.

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Great learning from the quiz.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Got 8 out of 10 without reading ahead; never been to Seattle, made a couple lucky guesses and the rest were from Jeopardy!

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      Didn't do great in the quiz but it was a fun way to learn about Seattle.

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      Naheed Ahsan 2 years ago

      i need to learn some more,

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