Great Land of Alaska

Hard Trivia Quiz

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  1. When and where was the largest gold nugget found in Alaska?
    1890, in Fairbanks
    1901, in Nome
    1904, in Ketchikan
    1932, in Haines
  2. How did the city of Cordova get its start?
    Establishment of a fishing fleet
    Development of copper mining
    Discovery of gold in Rude River
    Discovery of large amounts of fur-bearing sea mammals
  3. Where was the first ski club in Alaska?
    Fairbanks, in the late 1920's
    Girdwood, in the mid 1930's
    Nome, in the early 1920's
    Sitka, in the mid 1950's
  4. Where has most of the silver recovered in Alaska been mined from?
    Independence Mine in the Talkeetna Mountains
    Kennecott Mine in the Wrangell Mountains
    Iron Mask Mine in the Kenai Mountains
    Crow Creek Mine in the Chugach Mountains
  5. A city founded in 1870 was named 'Mumtrelagamiut' which meant 'people of many fish houses'. What is this town's modern name?
    Anchorage
    Bethel
    Fairbanks
    McGrath
  6. What industry was Noel Wien associated with?
    Aviation
    Fishing
    Mining
    Timber
  7. What 1934 disaster devastated Nome?
    A rapid spring thaw caused severe flooding
    The unstable ground was shaken by a 7.4 earthquake
    Fire destroyed the downtown area
    Mt. Osborn erupted, covering the town with ash
  8. What Alaskan native group was also known as the linguistic cousin of the Apaches and Navajos of the American southwest?
    Aleuts
    Athabascans
    Inupiaq
    Yup'ik
  9. What southeast town is named from the native word meaning 'home of the north wind'?
    Juneau
    Metlakatla
    Skagway
    Sitka
  10. Rainbow trout are called 'trout', but what kind of fish are they really?
    Char
    Cisco
    Salmon
    Trick question, it really is a trout
  11. Lake trout are called 'trout', but what kind of fish are they really?
    Char
    Cisco
    Salmon
    Trick question, it really is a trout
  12. Geologically, what is glacier ice classified as?
    Ice
    Rock
    Lake
    River
  13. In the 1930's, a 2.5¢ bounty was paid for a fish due to its carnivorous nature. What type of fish was this?
    Salmon Shark
    Great White Shark
    Northern Pike
    Dolly Varden
  14. True or False: Denali / McKinley is taller than Mt. Everest.
    True
    False
  15. What sea mammal is known as the 'old man of the sea'?
    Sea Lion
    Sea Otter
    Fur Seal
    Polar Bear
  16. Approximately how much of Alaska is covered by permafrost?
    25%
    33%
    50%
    75%
  17. What two major frozen rivers does the Iditarod Sled Dog Race cross? (Select 2)
    Chena River
    Kenai River
    Kuskokwim River
    Teklanika River
    Toklat River
    Yukon River
  18. What Alaskan city is known as the 'Salmon Capitol of the World'?
    Anchorage
    Kenai
    Ketchikan
    Kodiak
  19. What town boasts the finest pieces of bronze art in the Pacific?
    Ketchikan
    Petersburg
    Kenai
    Sitka
  20. Which popular Alaskan sportfish can reach the highest velocity?
    King Salmon
    Rainbow Trout
    Red Salmon
    Silver Salmon
  21. Who was the Russain ruler who ordered Vitus Bering to find the passage from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean?
    Ivan the Terrible
    Peter the Great
    Prince George Lvov
    Czar Alexander II
  22. Which Alaskan city has the same latitude as Oslo, Norway and the same longitude as Honolulu, Hawai'i?
    Anchorage
    Bethel
    Ketchikan
    Cicely
  23. Approximately how many species of birds are in Alaska?
    275
    350
    400
    525
  24. What two ice fields in the southeast form most of the glaciers? (Select 2)
    Stikine Ice Field
    Juneau Ice Field
    Harding Ice Field
    Bagley Ice Field
  25. What well-known musher was the movie 'Spirit of the Wind' about?
    George Atla
    Martin Buser
    Jeff King
    Rick Swenson

HARD TRIVIA QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. When and where was the largest gold nugget found in Alaska?
    1901, in Nome
  2. How did the city of Cordova get its start?
    Development of copper mining
  3. Where was the first ski club in Alaska?
    Nome, in the early 1920's
  4. Where has most of the silver recovered in Alaska been mined from?
    Kennecott Mine in the Wrangell Mountains
  5. A city founded in 1870 was named 'Mumtrelagamut' which meant 'people of many fish houses'. What is this town's modern name?
    Bethel
  6. What industry was Noel Wien associated with?
    Aviation
  7. What 1934 disaster devastated Nome?
    Fire destroyed the downtown area
  8. What Alaskan native group was also known as the linguistic cousin of the Apaches and Navajos of the American southwest?
    Athabascans
  9. What southeast town is named from the native word meaning 'home of the north wind'?
    Skagway
  10. Rainbow trout are called 'trout', but what kind of fish are they really?
    Salmon
  11. Lake trout are called 'trout', but what kind of fish are they really?
    Char
  12. Geologically, what is glacier ice classified as?
    Rock
  13. In the 1930's, a 2.5¢ bounty was paid for a fish due to its carnivorous nature. What type of fish was this?
    Dolly Varden
  14. True or False: Denali / McKinley is taller than Mt. Everest.
    True, if you measure from base to peak
  15. What sea mammal is known as the 'old man of the sea'?
    Sea Otter
  16. Approximately how much of Alaska is covered by permafrost?
    33%
  17. What two major frozen rivers does the Iditarod Sled Dog Race cross? (Select 2)
    Kuskokwim River and Yukon River
  18. What Alaskan city is known as the 'Salmon Capitol of the World'?
    Ketchikan
  19. What town boasts the finest pieces of bronze art in the Pacific?
    Petersburg
  20. Which popular Alaskan sportfish can reach the highest velocity?
    Rainbow Trout
  21. Who was the Russain ruler who ordered Vitus Bering to find the passage from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean?
    Peter the Great
  22. Which Alaskan city has the same latitude as Oslo, Norway and the same longitude as Honolulu, Hawai'i?
    Anchorage
  23. Approximately how many species of birds are in Alaska?
    400
  24. What two ice fields in the southeast form most of the glaciers? (Select 2)
    Stikine Ice Field and Juneau Ice Field
  25. What well-known musher was the movie 'Spirit of the Wind' about?
    George Atla

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