California offers some of the most extreme and diverse landscapes in the United States—the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, the lowest valley in North America, the largest inverted river delta in the world, multiple active volcanoes, rugged coasts, the tallest, oldest and biggest living things in the world, a fascinating history, and so much more.
The Real Mr. Science has already posted stories about some of these things, and there will be more to come. In the meantime, you can test your knowledge with a little quiz. Yes, The Real Mr. Science is trying to get you interested in geography and geology and history. It’s fun. Take the quiz and see how you do, even if you only guess.
The surprising answers will appear further down on the main page a few days after
the questions are first posted.
Here we GO!
Question 1: Which of these pairs of California places is farther NORTH? A. The City of Monterey or Mt. Whitney B. Death Valley National Monument or Mt. Whitney C. The City of Los Angeles or the City of Ventura D. The City of Palo Alto the floor of Yosemite Valley E. The City and County of San Francisco or the City of Berkeley F. Mono Lake or the City of Oakland
Question 2: Which of these pairs of California places is farther WEST? A. The City of Fresno or the City of Santa Barbara B. Lake Tahoe or the City of Santa Barbara C. The City of Colma (San Mateo County, just South of SF) or San Simeon (Hearst Castle) D. The City of Long Beach or the floor of Yosemite Valley E. The City of San Diego or the City of San Bernardino
Question 3: Which of these pairs is larger in AREA? A. County of San Bernardino or State of Maryland B. County of Los Angeles or State of Rhode Island C. The California Central Valley or State of West Virginia D. County of Riverside or State of Vermont E. County of Imperial or State of New Hampshire
Question 4: Which of these IS an ACTIVE VOLCANO? A. Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Mountain B. Medicine Lake Caldera C. Sutter Buttes in the Northern Central valley D. Mt. Lassen E. Mt. Ritter F. Mt. Shasta G. Mono Lake H. Lava Peak I. Lake Tahoe
Question 5: If you had the money and if the tensile strength of steel or carbon fiber cables were strong enough, you could string a straight line cable between each of these mountain peaks and a nearby lower location. If you did so, which of the cables would have the steepest inclination? A. The Town of Lone Pine and Mount Whitney B. The shore of the Pacific on the Lost Coast in Humboldt County and King Peak C. The Town of Hammil in the Chalfont Valley and White Mountain Peak D. The Town of Mt. Shasta and Mount Shasta itself E. Bad Water in Death Valley and Telescope Peak in the Panamint Mountains
Question 6: Where the heck is Cucamonga? Choose one of the following: A. Near the silver mining town of Cerro Gordo. B. Near Anaheim in Orange County. C. East of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. D. Just north of Cupertino in Santa Clara County. E. About half way between Copperopolis and Coalinga
Question 7: There is a place in California where you can stand and, on a clear day, see 20,000 square miles of the Golden State. Where is that spot? A. Peak of Mount Whitney in the high, high Sierra Nevada Mountains B. Peak of Mount Shasta at the north end of the Central Valley C. Peak of Mount Lassen on the northeastern edge of the Central Valley D. Peak of Mount Diablo east of San Francisco Bay E. Top of the "Grapevine" on Interstate 5 south of Bakersfield F. Peak of Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles
Question 8: Where was gold first discovered by Europeans in what is now the State of California? A. Sutter's Mill in Coloma B. Drake's Bay on the south side of Point Reyes C. Placerita Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley D. San Feliciano in the Castaic region E. Potholes (a place name, not a hole in the highway) in Imperial County F. San Francisquito Canyon in Los Angeles County
Question 9: In 1941 significant numbers of residents of several Northern California counties sought to secede from California and form a new state together with some counties in Oregon. What California city was the proposed capital of the new state? A. Eureka B. Redding C. Yreka D. Weed E. Shasta
Question 10: Which of the following cities were NEVER the capital of California? A. San Jose B. Vallejo C. Benicia D. Sacramento E. San Francisco F. Monterey G. None of the above.
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