State Your Case
Washington’s statehood birthday is today and IN Life is blowing out the candles with an extremely nonstandardized test.
So get out a pen or pencil and take our Lookin’ Great at 108 Birthday Quiz. Many happy returns.
1. (A gimme.) Washington became a state in what year? a.) 1776. b.) 1812. c.) 1865. d.) 1889. e.) 1952. f.) 1973.
2. Washington’s state motto, “Alki,” means: a.) “Now it’s my land.” b.) “This blessed plot.” c.) “Bye and bye.” d.) “Buh-bye.” e.) “Peace, prosperity and order.” f.) “Yeah baby, yeah.” g.) “Fish.”
3. What happened in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1964, and Aug. 25, 1966?
4. Name the three national parks in Washington.
5. Which can’t legitimately claim Bing Crosby? a.) Spokane. b.) Tacoma. c.) Issaquah.
6. The state bird of Washington is the: a.) tufted titmouse. b.) condor. c.) Willow goldfinch. d.) seahawk.
7. (True or false.) A key period of singer Ray Charles’ early career was spent playing in Seattle nightclubs.
8. (True or false.) Industrialist Henry Kaiser worked in a Spokane hardware store before he made it big.
9. What does WPPSS stand for?
10. Who was the manager of the short-lived Seattle Pilots baseball team? a.) Fred Hutchinson. b.) Alvin Dark. c.) Joe Schultz. d.) Tito Puente. e.) Cap’n Cy. f.) Joe Buck.
11. In which of the following movies is there no reference to Spokane: a) “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” b) “Memphis Belle.” c) “Housekeeping.” d) “Say Anything.” e) “Ben Hur.”
12. Which is the easternmost county? a) Skamania. b) Kittitas. c) Whatcom. d) Douglas. e) Mason.
13. The main phase of the Grand Coulee Dam was completed in what year? a) 1914. b) 1942. c) 1971. d) 1984.
14. (True or false) The Elvis movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair” was set at Expo ‘74.
15. Who surveyed the coast of Washington and Puget Sound in 1792? a) Holling Vincoeur. b) Ensign Pulver. c) George Vancouver. d) George Jefferson. e) the Donner party. f) Sacajawea.
16. The band Nirvana was part of a musical movement known as: a) scabies. b) grunge. c) hip-hop. d) doo-wop. e) be-bop. f) nihilism.
17. Washington’s official nickname is: a) Evergreen State. b) Cascadia Uber Alles. c) Land of Sky Blue Waters. d) Software State. e) End of the Rainbow. f) Juan de Fuca.
18. Washington’s state dance is the: a) Jerk. b) Square dance. c) Apple Maggot Stomp. d) Pony. e) Macarena. f) Boogaloo. g) Twist.
19. Which state has more square miles - Washington or Idaho?
20. What is Washington’s tallest building?
21. The credits scenes for which TV show were filmed in Washington? a) “Bewitched.” b) “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” c) “Twin Peaks.” d) “Gunsmoke.” e) “My Mother the Car.” f) “Gidget.”
22. Where is Central Washington University located? a) Bellevue. b) Bellingham. c. Wenatchee. d) Ellensburg. e) Forks.
23. Who was known as “Scoop”?
24. Nordstrom is famous for: a) discount snow tires. b) salmon worship. c) pizza the way you want it - or it’s free. d) painting any car for $59.99. e) customer service.
25. Which is the real annual event? a) Omak Stampede. b) Noggin Days in Okanogan. c) Sedro Woolley Sheep Trials. d) Shakespeare Fest in Othello. e) Tum Tum Tulip Time.
26. (True or false) A Granny Smith apple tastes tart and tangy.
27. Which special occasion got its start in Spokane? a) Thanksgiving. b) Arbor Day. c) Fat Tuesday. d) Columbus Day. e) Father’s Day.
28. (Fill in the blank) “I’m a lumberjack, and I’m ( ).”
29. Dixie Lee Ray was: a) an exotic dancer. b) Playfair’s all-time money winner. c) governor. d) Boeing executive ousted after proposing corporate name-change to “Boing.”
30. (True or false) Before it was called Colville, the city in Stevens County was known as Pinckney City.
31. Which is not a genuine Washington place name: a) Concrete. b) Moxee City. c) Union Gap. d) Schrag. e) Stoned Shoals. f) Yelm. g) Twisp. h) Tokio. i) REI.
32. (True or false) Tom Foley, U.S. ambassador to Japan, went to Gonzaga Prep.
33. Name Spokane’s first park.
34. What is the name of the daily newspaper in Walla Walla?
35. The Seattle Supersonics won the NBA title in what year?
36. Which is nearest to the geographic center of the state? a) Chelan. b) Olympia. c) Colfax. d) Washtucna. e) Tukwila. f) Wilbur.
37. (True or false) There has never been a Miss America from Airway Heights.
38. (True or false) Washington’s coffee mania traces its roots to Jimi Hendrix’s recording of “Hey Joe.”
39. Which is Washington’s state flower? a) tumbleweed. b) Buhner’s rose. c) banana slug orchid d) coast rhododendron. e) purple pansy.
40. Who described Vogue magazine in 1950 as “a forbidding monitor enforcing the discipline of Paris”?
41. Do most Washington winemakers actually prefer that their product be labeled “grape cider”?
42. (True or false) When George Washington first saw the rugged corner of America that would one day bear his name, he said, “This, surely, is God’s country.”
Bonus: Why does this quiz have 42 questions?
1. d. 2. c. 3. Beatles concerts. 4. Olympic, North Cascades, Mount Rainier. 5. c. 6. c. 7. True. 8. True. 9. Washington Public Power Supply System. 10. c. 11. e. 12. d. 13. b. 14. False. 15. c. 16. b. 17. a. 18. b. 19. Idaho. 20. Columbia Seafirst Center (Columbia Tower) in Seattle. 21. c. 22. d. 23. U.S. Sen. Henry Jackson. 24. e. 25. a. 26. True. 27. e. 28. OK. 29. c. 30. True. 31. e. 32. True. 33. Coeur d’Alene Park. 34. UnionBulletin. 35. 1979. 36. a. 37. True. 38. False. 39. d. 40. Seattle-born writer Mary McCarthy. 41. No. 42. False. He might have said that if he’d had a chance. But he never made it this far west. Bonus: Washington is the 42nd state.
, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Staff illustration by Molly Quinn
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Rate yourself 42-35 correct: Congratulations. You’re in an Evergreen state of mind. 34-25 correct: You can stay. 24-15 correct: Remedial work indicated. 14-5 correct: Maybe it just wasn’t your day. Less than five correct: We’ll assume you are a preschooler or just moved here five minutes ago.
This sidebar appeared with the story: Rate yourself 42-35 correct: Congratulations. You’re in an Evergreen state of mind. 34-25 correct: You can stay. 24-15 correct: Remedial work indicated. 14-5 correct: Maybe it just wasn’t your day. Less than five correct: We’ll assume you are a preschooler or just moved here five minutes ago.