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Quiz about Mississippi History 101
Quiz about Mississippi History 101

Mississippi History 101 Trivia Quiz


Put to the test what you know or learn something new about a state that gets little attention--Mississippi!

A multiple-choice quiz by alaspooryoric. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
293,127
Updated
Sep 25 22
# Qns
15
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Avg Score
9 / 15
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Question 1 of 15
1. The first permanent European settlement within the present-day boundaries of Mississippi was what French colony? Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. How did the territory of present-day Mississippi leave French control and come under British control? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. In 1798, the U.S. Congress created the Mississippi Territory with William Claiborne as the governor. What was the capital of the new Mississippi Territory? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. What was the name of the famous trail traveled by settlers and traders drawn by cotton and cheap land that extended from Nashville, Tennessee, to the lower Mississippi River? Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. During what year did Mississippi become a state? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. What Confederate general surrendered Vicksburg to Ulysses Grant during the Civil War? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. In 1962, what governor of Mississippi tried - and failed - to block the admission of James H. Meredith, an African American, to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. In 1967, who became the first African American to serve in the Mississippi legislature since the Reconstruction era? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. In 1969, what catastrophe occurred in Mississippi? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. In what Mississippi city was Coca-Cola first bottled away back in 1894? Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. What Nobel Prize-winning author was born in New Albany, Mississippi? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. What creative entertainer of both children and adults was instrumental to the success of children's programing on PBS and grew up in Leland, Mississippi, where he played with frogs in nearby creeks?

Answer: (First and last name or Surname only)
Question 13 of 15
13. Which world famous, iconic singer and musician hailed from Tupelo, Mississippi?

Answer: (1 word or two)
Question 14 of 15
14. Which of these Tennessee Williams plays was never produced also as a film? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. Who was elected the first Republican Governor of Mississippi since the Reconstruction era Governor Adelbert Ames, whose term ended in 1876? Hint



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1. The first permanent European settlement within the present-day boundaries of Mississippi was what French colony?

Answer: Biloxi

Biloxi Bay was established in 1699 by Pierre le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville, and the colony came under the jurisdiction of the French Mississippi Company in 1718.
2. How did the territory of present-day Mississippi leave French control and come under British control?

Answer: It was ceded by the French in The Treaty of Paris at the end of the French and Indian War.

The Mississippi territory was part of Louisiana until the French surrendered it to the British in the Treaty of Paris of 1763. Britain received Canada and most of the French territory east of the Mississippi River at this time.
3. In 1798, the U.S. Congress created the Mississippi Territory with William Claiborne as the governor. What was the capital of the new Mississippi Territory?

Answer: Natchez

English colonists had made Natchez, a Mississippi River port, a thriving community through tobacco and indigo production, so it was a common sense choice for the Territory's capital. Interestingly, Natchez was captured by Spanish troops in 1779 and remained under Spanish control until the Pinckney Treaty of 1795.
4. What was the name of the famous trail traveled by settlers and traders drawn by cotton and cheap land that extended from Nashville, Tennessee, to the lower Mississippi River?

Answer: The Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace extended from Natchez to Nashville and was instrumental to the growth of Mississippi's population. The trail has become a paved highway and exists as a National Park with several historically significant sites along the way. Many legends exist of ghost sightings, the spirits of travelers murdered by highwaymen lying in ambush.
5. During what year did Mississippi become a state?

Answer: 1817

When Mississippi achieved statehood, it did so without the eastern half of its original territory. This territory became the Alabama Territory. Thus, the state would lose some important cities like Mobile and Birmingham.
6. What Confederate general surrendered Vicksburg to Ulysses Grant during the Civil War?

Answer: John Pemberton

Lieutenant General John Clifford Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg to Union forces on July 4, 1863. This Confederate loss coupled with its loss at Gettysburg was a tremendous blow to the South's morale. Not until the 1980's would the city of Vicksburg celebrate Independence Day.

Interestingly, Pemberton was born and buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Another interesting fact: the President of the Confederacy--Jefferson Davis--was a native Mississippian.
7. In 1962, what governor of Mississippi tried - and failed - to block the admission of James H. Meredith, an African American, to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law?

Answer: Ross R. Barnett

This desegregation issue led to a conflict between Mississippi and the U.S. government. Two individuals were killed in a riot, and federal troops had to be sent. The federal Department of Justice was forced to take legal action against Barnett and other state officials.

Many more acts of violence followed: churches and homes were burned and bombed, an official of the NAACP Medgar Evers was shot and killed in 1963, and three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964.
8. In 1967, who became the first African American to serve in the Mississippi legislature since the Reconstruction era?

Answer: Robert G. Clark

Clark has served nine consecutive terms, and is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Melanie Neilson's "Even Mississippi" records this man's campaign for his first election; it is an excellent book and through Neilson's candid narrative of her own struggles as a white female growing up in Mississippi gives hope that racism can be eradicated.
9. In 1969, what catastrophe occurred in Mississippi?

Answer: Hurricane Camille

While Hurricane Andrew (1992) destroyed more property and Hurricane Katrina (2005) caused more fatalities, Hurricane Camille remains the strongest storm ever recorded to have hit the United States mainland. Camille was a category 5 storm with winds measured up to 190 mph, with over 220 mph gusts; the storm surge was over 25 feet. Sections of the Mississippi coast were obliterated and simply vanished.
10. In what Mississippi city was Coca-Cola first bottled away back in 1894?

Answer: Vicksburg

Nowhere in the world had Coca-Cola been bottled until Joseph Biedenharn tried it in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A museum exists on Washington Street today where one can learn Coke's history and see the original equipment used for this first bottling experiment.
11. What Nobel Prize-winning author was born in New Albany, Mississippi?

Answer: William Faulkner

The author of such novels as "As I Lay Dying," "The Sound and the Fury," "Absalom, Absalom!" "Go Down, Moses," "A Fable," and "Light in August" lived in Oxford, Mississippi, most of his life. In fact, the antebellum home he restored--Rowan Oak--is available for touring. Faulkner was at one time invited by the President of the United States to dinner at the White House; Faulkner refused claiming: "That's too far to go to eat dinner with a complete stranger." (By the way, all the other writers listed as potential answers were born in Mississippi as well.)
12. What creative entertainer of both children and adults was instrumental to the success of children's programing on PBS and grew up in Leland, Mississippi, where he played with frogs in nearby creeks?

Answer: Jim Henson

Jim Henson was born in King's Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi, but grew up in Leland, just outside of Greenville. He initially was interested in being a cartoonist, but after answering an ad in a local paper that read "Puppeteer Wanted for Children's Television Program," his life went in another direction. Soon the Muppets would be born! The frogs he played with in nearby creeks as a child were his inspiration for Kermit, a name inspired by one of Henson's childhood friends.
13. Which world famous, iconic singer and musician hailed from Tupelo, Mississippi?

Answer: Elvis Presley

The King of Rock 'n' Roll was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. The two-room house he lived in as a small child is still available for touring. His twin brother Jessie was stillborn, leaving Elvis Aron Presley to grow up an only child. His middle name is spelled with one "r" because of an error on his birth certificate; he decided to leave it spelled as it was.
14. Which of these Tennessee Williams plays was never produced also as a film?

Answer: Garden District

Thomas Lanier Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, and later his family moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. The film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama in his lifetime for "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Other plays include "The Glass Menagerie," "Rose Tattoo," "Sweet Bird of Youth," and "Orpheus Descending." Williams died in 1983, having choked to death on a pill bottle top that he was using to pour medication into his mouth.
15. Who was elected the first Republican Governor of Mississippi since the Reconstruction era Governor Adelbert Ames, whose term ended in 1876?

Answer: Daniel Kirkwood "Kirk" Fordice, Jr.

Kirk Fordice, born in Memphis, Tennessee, served two terms as governor of Mississippi from 1992 to 2000. When he was elected governor, Mississippi had been "deprived" of Republican leadership for 116 years. Interestingly, at the end of his second term, Mississippi voters filled the vacancy with a Democrat, Ronnie Musgrove. Of course, Musgrove, after serving one four-year term, was ousted by Republican Haley Barbour. Fordice was a diehard conservative and a very controversial one at that.

He wore a tie with a Confederate flag on it while voicing his opposition to funding for minority owned firms.

He also threatened a local news reporter on live television with "I'm gonna kick your @$$!"
Source: Author alaspooryoric

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