With Alaska cruises becoming more and more popular, we thought it might be fun to test your knowledge of the great north state. Originally published in 1998, all are "multiple choice" questions, and sometimes more than one choice will be correct. So, pop on your thinking cap, and here we go:
1. The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway is famous for:
(a) its original 19 foot mahogany bar
2. Dolly Varden is:
(a) a freshwater char having yellow spots on its sides
3A. How much did Russia receive from the U.S. for the sale of Alaska in 1867?
(a) $7.2 billion
3B. Did Russia charge sales tax?
3C. Are the Russians sorry that they sold Alaska?
4. What city in Alaska is named after the U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from the Russians?
5. The name "Alaska" comes from the Aleut word "alyeska" which means:
(a) great land
6. What year saw the start of the goldrush to the Klondike?
7. Where is the Klondike?
(a) British Columbia, Canada
8. Ketchikan has an average rainfall of:
(a) 62 inches
9. Creek Street in Ketchikan was known as a district where "both men and salmon came upstream to spawn". That area was:
(a) a creek
10. What is the present name of New Archangel, the capital of Alaska in 1808 when Russia owned Alaska?
11. Where did the Russians first establish a settlement in Alaska?
12. What city is the only U.S. state capital not accessible by road?
13. What Alaska city has the largest area (an incredible 4710 square miles) of any city in the U.S.?
14. When Alaska became a state, it was the:
15. "Iditarod" is:
(a) a motor vehicle question
16. Sydney, Australia, and Anchorage, Alaska, share what common piece of history relating to the English explorer, Captain Cook?
(a) he was the first European to discover the future site of both places
17. The highest mountain in the U.S., Mt. McKinley at 20,320 feet, can be seen on a clear day from what city which is 150 miles away:
18. The 1964 Alaska earthquake caused parts of Seward to drop:
(a) 6 feet
19. What is dog mushing?
(a) sled-dog racing
20. What is sourdough?
(a) not a bread
21. Cheechako is:
(a) a newcomer to Alaska
22. When does Haines have its 4th of July celebrations?
(a) all day
23. Sitka is famous for its Russian heritage, especially these architecture devices:
(a) onion-shaped domes
How do you think you did with the 25 required answers? Here are the ratings as published by the SeaLetter Alaska Quiz Review Board:
16 - 25 Genius, or else you live or have lived in Alaska.
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