Quiz about UNESCO in the United States
Quiz about UNESCO in the United States

UNESCO in the United States Trivia Quiz


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has created a list of World Heritage Sites that have special cultural or physical significance. A handful are located in the United States. But where in the U.S.?

A multiple-choice quiz by Spaudrey. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Spaudrey
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5 mins
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Multiple Choice
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346,762
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Olympic National Park made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1981, long after Franklin Roosevelt made it a National Park in 1938. Penetrated by the Hoh and Quilette Rivers, it still features communities of American Indian descent that have been there for centuries. In what state can you find Olympic National Park? Hint

Kansas
Montana
Washington
Utah

2. The Statue of Liberty was first erected in 1886, and made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1984. Logistics have caused the location to belong to one state, and the surrounding harbor to belong to another. Which state does Liberty Island and Ellis Island belong to? Hint

Washington D.C.
Virginia
Massachusetts
New York

3. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the U.S. are tied by the Pueblo American Indian tribe. Both sites, Chaco Culture and Pueblo de Taos, are particularly restricted in some areas to tourists, as the sites both have over a thousand years of history behind them. With the conditions both are susceptible to erosion. In what state can you find these two historical sites? Hint

Texas
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Arizona

4. Monticello was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. It is the home of the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Also making the list is the adjacent university that Jefferson founded in 1819. In what state can you find this historical union of sites? Hint

Rhode Island
Connecticut
Pennsylvania
Virginia

5. Mesa Verde, which means "Green Table" in Spanish, is an ancient Anasazi Indian cliff site of over 600 cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 other archeological sites. In 1978 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. In what state can you locate Mesa Verde? Hint

Colorado
Arizona
New Mexico
Utah

6. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has historical origins going back as far as the year 600 AD. The 80 existing mounds are what is left from the Mississippian culture of American Indians that lived all across the Eastern half of the United States. Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, where in the U.S. can you find this cultural hotspot? Hint

Missouri
Illinois
Iowa
Arkansas

7. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was put on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1983. Home to glorious hiking trails and over 3,000 different species of plants, the entire surrounding area thrives on tourism from nature lovers around the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles two states, which states are they? Hint

Montana and Idaho
Mississippi and Alabama
North Carolina and Tennessee
Ohio and Indiana

8. The third largest national park and the second largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States, Everglades National Park may have been inhabited by humans as far back as 20,000 BC. Home to many endangered species, what state claims the Everglades? Hint

Maine
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida

9. Making the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1981, Mammoth Cave National Park owns its name, as it is the largest cave system in the world today. Formed in limestone strata and sandstone, it has over 380 miles of cave structure, and new routes are found yearly. Where is this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the United States? Hint

Oklahoma
Vermont
South Dakota
Kentucky

10. This national park became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980. It spreads across the region from the California coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It is covered with a forest of trees which have existed for 160 million years. Although the trees used to be found in many moist, temperate, areas throughout the world, they are now found only in the west regions of this coast. What is the name of the UNESCO-registered park? Hint

Redwood National Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Acadia National Park
Yosemite National Park


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Olympic National Park made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1981, long after Franklin Roosevelt made it a National Park in 1938. Penetrated by the Hoh and Quilette Rivers, it still features communities of American Indian descent that have been there for centuries. In what state can you find Olympic National Park?

Answer: Washington

Washington's Olympic National Park was spared the destruction caused by the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980, as it sat west of the eruption site and the jet stream took most of the ash content east. The park sits in the far western part of Washington, with some of it being bordered by the Pacific Ocean. Few roads lead to the center of the park, so hikers flock to the park to completely void themselves of human interference.
2. The Statue of Liberty was first erected in 1886, and made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1984. Logistics have caused the location to belong to one state, and the surrounding harbor to belong to another. Which state does Liberty Island and Ellis Island belong to?

Answer: New York

Liberty and the islands it sits on belong to New York City, however the site is an exclave, meaning it is an area that sits entirely inside another state's jurisdiction, in this case New Jersey. The surrounding harbor is New Jersey Harbor. The famous "Give me your tired" words come from the poem "The New Colossus", written by Emma Lazarus.
3. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the U.S. are tied by the Pueblo American Indian tribe. Both sites, Chaco Culture and Pueblo de Taos, are particularly restricted in some areas to tourists, as the sites both have over a thousand years of history behind them. With the conditions both are susceptible to erosion. In what state can you find these two historical sites?

Answer: New Mexico

With these two sites and Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico leads the pack in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States with three locations inside its borders. Taos Pueblo was named to the list in 1992, and Chaco Culture was inducted in 1987. Carlsbad made the list in 1995.
4. Monticello was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. It is the home of the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Also making the list is the adjacent university that Jefferson founded in 1819. In what state can you find this historical union of sites?

Answer: Virginia

The only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the U.S. that features a school, Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are still both operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. They have helmed operations there since 1923.
5. Mesa Verde, which means "Green Table" in Spanish, is an ancient Anasazi Indian cliff site of over 600 cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 other archeological sites. In 1978 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. In what state can you locate Mesa Verde?

Answer: Colorado

Mesa Verde is in the far southwest corner of Colorado, very near to the town Cortez. The ancient Pueblan civilization who founded it lasted from about 350 AD to 1300 AD. Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill making it a national park. The signs of routine occupation began in the 500s on the plateau. From the 750s on, the cliff dwellings were built, including the multi-storied constructions such as the Cliff House. Between the 1100 and 1300ss the Anasazi civilization reached its peak.

It then mysteriously disappeared.

There are many theories on why, and where they went, but nothing has been proven.
6. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has historical origins going back as far as the year 600 AD. The 80 existing mounds are what is left from the Mississippian culture of American Indians that lived all across the Eastern half of the United States. Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, where in the U.S. can you find this cultural hotspot?

Answer: Illinois

Appearing just east of the Mississippi River near East St. Louis, Illinois, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site covers six square miles. Named after a tribe of Illiniwek American Indians, the Cahokia Mounds are shrouded in mystery, as the cultures that lived there left no written record beyond symbols on pottery and such.

Therefore little is known beyond theories brought on by historians. Standing on the mound gives a very clear view of the St. Louis, Missouri skyline.
7. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was put on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1983. Home to glorious hiking trails and over 3,000 different species of plants, the entire surrounding area thrives on tourism from nature lovers around the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles two states, which states are they?

Answer: North Carolina and Tennessee

There is something for everyone from fishermen to hikers, with over 800 miles of hiking trails. The area was originally part of the Cherokee homeland, but with the Indian Removal Act they were relocated to Oklahoma. The government did not have enough money to establish a park, and didn't own enough land in that lovely area, so John D. Rockefeller, the US government and various citizens of both Tennessee and North Carolina funded the land for the park, piece by piece.

The people living there at that time, the homesteaders, miners and loggers, were evicted. Cade's Coven with its well-preserved homesteads, is a popular destination, having been home to a number of settlers prior to their eviction.
8. The third largest national park and the second largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States, Everglades National Park may have been inhabited by humans as far back as 20,000 BC. Home to many endangered species, what state claims the Everglades?

Answer: Florida

The Florida Everglades were inhabited by the Tequesta and Calusa tribes long before Columbus ever came over across the pond. Draining of the area began in the 1880s to allow more habitation to form. Today it is home to the endangered Florida Panther and the American crocodile. Restoration plans by the U.S. government began in the late 20th century.

The Everglades made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1979.
9. Making the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1981, Mammoth Cave National Park owns its name, as it is the largest cave system in the world today. Formed in limestone strata and sandstone, it has over 380 miles of cave structure, and new routes are found yearly. Where is this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the United States?

Answer: Kentucky

Kentucky's Mammoth-Flint Ridge Cave System was primarily formed by the Green River. "Mammoth" refers to the size, and not the animal, as no fossils of mammoth have ever been found. Numerous species of bats inhabit the caves extensive trails. With so many extensions to tour, the tourism is spread out over a huge area, with several independent touring organizations giving tours to thousands every year. Mammoth dwarfs the second largest cave system in the United States, achieving twice the size as South Dakota's Jewel Cave system.
10. This national park became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980. It spreads across the region from the California coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It is covered with a forest of trees which have existed for 160 million years. Although the trees used to be found in many moist, temperate, areas throughout the world, they are now found only in the west regions of this coast. What is the name of the UNESCO-registered park?

Answer: Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park located about 350 miles north of San Francisco has not only the magnificent Coast Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens) forest which contains some of the tallest and oldest trees on earth that take up to 400 years to mature, but also has marvelous land and sea life such as the endangered California Brown Penguin, sea lions and the bald eagle. The park comprises a part of the California Coastal Ranges Biosphere Reserve.
Source: Author Spaudrey

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