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Massachusetts Trivia

written by: denmother
Try your luck at this collection of historical, geographical, cultural, and sports trivia from the Bay State.

Question 1:

Among all 50 states, what unique designation does Massachusetts share with Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia?
They are the only states defined in their constitutions as commonwealths.
They are the only states to have elected women to the U.S. Senate.
They are the only states to have at least four native-born citizens who became Presidents of the United States.
They were the first four of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

Question 2:

At which Massachusetts facility was the birth control pill first developed?
Bay State Medical Center (Springfield)
Astra Pharmaceuticals (Westborough)
Harvard Medical School (Boston)
Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology (Shrewsbury)

Question 3:

Edward W. Brooke was Massachusetts' first black U.S. Senator, and the first popularly elected black Senator in the country. To which political party did he belong?

Question 4:

Which "beat generation" writer, whose works include "On the Road" and "Big Sur", hailed from Lowell, Massachusetts?
Jack Kerouac
Allen Ginsberg
Neal Cassady
William S. Burroughs

Question 5:

Which of the following U. S. presidents was born in Massachusetts?
Franklin Pierce
William Howard Taft
J. Calvin Coolidge
George H.W. Bush

Question 6:

Robert H. Goddard, a scientist born in Worcester, Massachusetts, is known as the father of what?
modern rocketry
Worcester Regional Airport
the birth control pill
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Question 7:

Which one of the following Massachusetts cities and towns is not located in the county of the same name?

Question 8:

Which of the following famous advocates of women suffrage was NOT born in Massachusetts?
Susan B. Anthony
Carrie Chapman Catt
Lucy Stone
Lucretia Mott

Question 9:

What is the highest peak in Massachusetts?
Mount Williams
Mount Fitch
Saddle Back Mountain
Mount Greylock

Question 10:

Who was the first female Governor of Massachusetts?
Edith Nourse Rogers
Louise Day Hicks
Jane Swift
Margaret Heckler

Question 11:

View the provided image.
The Boston bridge pictured here is named jointly for civil rights activist Leonard Zakim and for the patriots who fought a famous June 1775 Revolutionary battle. The battle, fought at Breed's Hill, is considered the first serious defeat suffered by British forces. What is the name of the battle?
The Battle of Breed's Hill
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The Siege of Boston
The Battle of Lexington Green

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Question 12:

Which town is located at the southwestern corner of Massachusetts?
Mount Washington

Question 13:

What is the name of the highest court in Massachusetts?
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Commonwealth Court of Appeals
Massachusetts Supreme Court
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth

Question 14:

Which one of the following distinctions does the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) hold?
most expensive subway fare in the United States
deepest subway station in use in the world
oldest subway tunnel still in use in the United States
longest subway system in the world

Question 15:

The so-called "afflicted children", whose actions gave rise to the infamous Salem Witch Trials lived in which modern-day Massachusetts town?

Question 16:

Which other state was originally a part of Massachusetts?
New Hampshire
Rhode Island

Question 17:

This river, the longest in New England, runs north-south through western Massachusetts.
Merrimack River
Blackstone River
Charles River
Connecticut River

Question 18:

What was the name of the New England Patriots from 1960 through 1970, when the team was part of the American Football League?
New England Minutemen
Foxboro Patriots
Boston Patriots
Massachusetts Patriots

Question 19:

The Seven Sisters were a group of seven women's colleges in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Which of these Massachusetts women's colleges was not one of the Seven Sisters?
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
Smith College (Northampton, MA)
Regis College (Weston, MA)
Radcliffe College (Cambridge, MA)

Question 20:

Which of the following songs is not one of the official state songs of Massachusetts?
"Massachusetts" by the Bee Gees
"All Hail to Massachusetts" by Arthur J. Marsh
"Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts" by Lenny Gomulka
"Massachusetts" by Arlo Guthrie


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