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5 Kansas History quizzes and 55 Kansas History trivia questions.
  Kansas History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Kansas History is my favorite subject, and it was in school too. Here we go, hope you enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Indy_B, Sep 18 11
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  All About Kansas    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'm not in Kansas anymore. In fact, I've never been there. But here is a small sample of the state's history.
Average, 10 Qns, jfullback, Mar 29 11
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  Kansas Quiz #3    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
My third quiz on Kansas. This one is more about the history of Kansas.
Average, 15 Qns, ACreepyGuy, Sep 12 14
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Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Quiz about Kansas
Tough, 10 Qns, ACreepyGuy, Mar 10 12
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  Kansas - Mixed Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will test your knowledge of the first 100 years of Kansas as a state.
Difficult, 10 Qns, LTCJ, Jan 11 17
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trivia question Quick Question
Sadly in 2000, the state of Kansas only offered one minor league baseball team. What was the name of that team?

From Quiz "All About Kansas"

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Kansas History Trivia Questions

1. In the early 20th century a mining boom started in Kansas with lead mines. The area centered around the geological area known as the ________?

From Quiz
Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Ozark Plateau

The area was known for many labor problems as eastern miners attempted to unionize mine workers. The main city in the southeast Kansas town is Pittsburg.

2. Where was the first territorial capital of Kansas?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Fort Riley

This was the capital for only four days in 1855. Andrew Reeder ,the governor at this time, picked this location, away from the pro-slavery influence of Missouri, where the legislature would choose a capital, create a constitution, and decide if Kansas would be a free or slave state.

3. What is the largest city in the state of Kansas?

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: Wichita

Wichita is the largest, followed by Overland Park and Kansas City.

4. To protect miners going to the Colorado gold fields, an army fort was established on Big Creek, half way between the Saline and Smoky Hill rivers.

From Quiz Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Ft Hays

The fort was first established as Ft Fletcher but was washed away in a flood. The fort was moved 18 miles upstream and named Ft Hays to honor Alexander Hays, a union general killed in the Wilderness campaign. It served as home to the 7th US Cavalry and other units and was the main supply fort for the Indian campaigns.

5. How did John Brown kill the pro-slavery settlers during the Pottawatomie Massacre?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: hacking them with swords

John Brown hacked five pro-slavery men to death with swords during the night of May 24 and the morning of May 25, 1856 in retaliation for the sacking of Lawerence by pro-slavery settlers.

6. What river makes up the north-east border of Kansas?

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: Missouri River

The Missouri River also makes up some of the border between Nebraska and Iowa. The Kansas River flows through the north-eastern part of Kansas and meets the Missouri River north of downtown Kansas City. The Marais Des Cygnes River runs through east central Kansas. Lastly, the Ohio River does not even run through Kansas.

7. What is the official Kansas state tree?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Cottonwood

The cottonwood became the official state tree in 1937. Cottonwoods are deciduous trees.

8. Who first proposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Stephen A. Douglas

The Kansas-Nebraska Act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, opening the lands up to settlers, and repealed the Missouri Compromise by allowing the settlers of the territories to determine by popular sovereignty whether the territories wanted slavery.

9. What is the official Kansas state animal?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Buffalo

The American Buffalo became the official state animal of Kansas in 1955. Another name for the buffalo is bison.

10. Near what Kansas town did the Marais des Cygnes Massacre take place?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Trading Post

On May 19, 1858, pro-slavery men killed five free-state men and wounded five others. The massacre, which followed earlier disputes on both sides of the fight, became a major event in the "Bleeding Kansas" era.

11. What document gave Kansas its statehood?

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: Wyandotte constitution

The Topeka, Lecompton, and Levenworth constitutions were not passed by Congress.

12. What is the official Kansas state song?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Home on the Range

"Home on the Range" became the official state song of Kansas in 1947. Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote it as a poem called "My Western Home".

13. After the Civil War migrating former slaves founded Black farming communities in western Kansas. The most famous one was __________?

From Quiz Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Nicodemus

W R Hill recruited former slaves to start their own town in Graham county. The county seat was named Hill City after him. An annual reunion brings hundreds of descendants back to Nicodemus. In the neighboring town of Bogue, the city population was 143 (2010 census) but only 3% minority.

14. Which famous Kansan was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Amelia Earhart

Amelia attempted to fly around the world, but disappeared en route to Howland Island on July 2, 1937. She was born July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, and was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's licence.

15. What confederate guerrilla attacked Lawerence, Kansas, in August 1863?

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: William Quantrill

Quantrill was a captin in the Confederate army from 1861 till 1865. Besides raiding Lawerence he also comanded guerrilla forces at the Battle of Wilson's Creek and Battle of Lexington in 1861.

16. What part of Kansas is included in the Glaciated Region?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Northeast corner

The northeastern part of Kansas is in the glaciated region. The glaciated region was once covered in a thick sheet of ice.

17. During a whistle stop tour, presidential campaign candidate William Jennings Bryan referred to a native stone church as the "Cathedral of the Plains" The church is located in the town of ____________?

From Quiz Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Victoria

The Catholic church was created by local stonemasons who had emigrated from Germany and was home to local monastery.

18. Where is the Dwight David Eisenhower presidential library?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Abilene, Kansas

Though Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas he chose his boyhood home in Abilene, Kansas as the site for his presidential library.

19. What was the name of the major civil war battle that took place near Mound City, Kansas on October 25, 1864

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: Battle of Mine Creek

Mine Creek was the only major Civil War battle in Kansas. It was fought near Mound City, Kansas in Linn County on October 25, 1864.

20. What Indian tribe is Kansas named for?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Kansa & Kaw & Kanza & Kansas & Caw

The Kansa Indians lived in the northeastern corner of Kansas, near the Kansas River.

21. George Grant was a Scotsman gentleman that founded a town in Ellis county named for Queen Victoria. One of his many accomplishments was to introduce British cattle into the United States. What was the breed introduced by George Grant?

From Quiz Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Aberdeen Angus

The other prominent British settlement was called Runnymede and had a local polo club. Half of Victoria was Scottish and English settlers and the other half were Volga Germans in the township of Herzog. Today the town has a population of just over 1,200.

22. What Spanish explorer produced the first written record of Kansas?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Francisco de Coronado

Francisco Vasquez de Cornado was born in Salamanca, Spain. In 1541, he came to America and produced the first written record of Kansas. He was then later accused of harming the Indians. He soon became an official in the government of Mexico City, but died in 1552.

23. This battlefield is the site of the only major skirmish in Kansas during the Civil War

From Quiz All About Kansas

Answer: Mine Creek

The battle was lost by the retreating Confederate general, Sterling Price.

24. Kansas has sent very strong women to Congress. The first represented Hays, Kansas in Congress in 1935-36. Who was she?

From Quiz Kansas - Mixed Facts

Answer: Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy

Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy was targeted by Kansas Governor Alf Landon and narrowly lost the reelection because of her support of the New Deal. Kathleen Sebelius was a two-time govenor of Kansas, The daughter of the Ohio governor they are the first Father Daughter governors. She joined the administration of President Obama to roll out the Affordable Care Act. Nancy Landon Kassebaum won election to the U.S. Senate and serving there for nearly two decades. She is the daughter of former Governor Alf Landon. Joan Finney was the first female to serve as Governor of Kansas.

25. How many National Park sites are in Kansas?

From Quiz Kansas

Answer: 10

The ten national parks sites listed are Brown vs Board Of Education National Historic Site, California National Historic Trail, Fort Larned National Historic Site, Fort Scott National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Nicodemus National Historic Site, Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Santa Fe National Historic Trail, and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

26. What river flows on the northeastern corner of Kansas, that makes it look like a piece is missing?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: Missouri River

The Missouri River runs along the northeastern part of Kansas. It makes it look as if a chunk or bite is taken out.

27. Kansas became a state in what year?

From Quiz All About Kansas

Answer: 1861

James Buchanan signed the bill that brought Kansas into the Union.

28. Where were the origial Kansas "jayhawkers" created?

From Quiz Kansas Quiz #3

Answer: Mound City

The Kansas Jayhawkers were a group of anti-slavery guerrillas who fought pro-slavery guerrilla, especially in the areas close to Missouri. "Jayhawker" is nowadays often used for all born and bred Kansans. The origin of the term "jayhawker" is thought to have been used to describe a group of American patriots associated with famous New York lawyer John Jay during the American Revolution.

29. What year did Kansas become a state of the US?

From Quiz Kansas History

Answer: 1861

Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1861. The population in Kansas was rapidly rising, so it soon became the 34th state of the United States of America.

30. The capital of Kansas is?

From Quiz All About Kansas

Answer: Topeka

The four largest cities in Kansas are Wichita, Kansas City, Overland Park, and Topeka, according to the state's web site.

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