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1. Those ancient mounds one notices in the eastern part of the state--who built them?
2. Which of the following once lived wild in what is now South Dakota?
3. A map by William De L'Isle drawn in 1701 shows trails and rivers that indicate Europeans from this nation were traveling through South Dakota and the surrounding area. What nation was it?
4. The French negotiated away the area of South Dakota in the Treaty of Fountainebleaue (1762). Then they negotiated it back again in the Treaty of San Ildefonso (1800). The area included the Dakotas all the way down to Louisiana, and caused the blend of architectural styles in New Orleans. What was the other country that owned the area for a while?
5. South Dakota became part of the United States when what President purchased it in 1803, mostly sight unseen, along with lots more territory?
6. Fort Pierre was established in the 1830s near modern-day Pierre, South Dakota along with over 100 other trading posts to accept the area's main commodity. Even John Jacob Astor got involved. What was making people so much money?
7. What U.S. Army officer discovered gold in 1874 in the Black Hills of present-day South Dakota? At the time, he was more famous for his flamboyant hair, uniform and leadership style.
8. Both North and South Dakota got permission for statehood under the Enabling Act of 1889. How did President Benjamin Harrison decide which state's document to sign first, to keep the two competitive states happy?
9. The night of June 9-10, 1972, disaster struck Rapid City, South Dakota. Over 3,000 people were injured and 238 died in a tragic night. Some areas were declared unlivable and residents still aren't allowed to repair or rebuild in them. What happened?
10. Settlers came for the attractive land in South Dakota, and one woman chronicled her family's life doing that, with books like "The Long Winter," "Little Town on the Prairie," and "These Happy Golden Years." Who was the author?
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