California Multiple Choice

Can you answers these multiple choice questions about California?
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1. What is the capital of California?
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Sacramento
San Diego
2. What is the approximate population of California?
10 million
80 million
20 million
40 million
3. Which of these companies is not based in Silicon Valley?
Apple
Facebook
Amazon
Google
Amazon is based in Seattle
4. Where was gold discovered in 1848, leading to the California Gold Rush?
San Luis Obispo
San Francisco
Lee's Ferry
Sutter's Mill
5. Who was the only U.S. President that was born in California?
Ronald Reagan
Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda. Ronald Reagan moved to California as an adult.
6. Which of these national parks is not located in California?
Joshua Tree
Zion
Death Valley
Redwood
Zion is located in Utah
7. Which of these cities is not in Los Angeles county?
Santa Monica
Compton
Burbank
Monterey
8. If you sailed directly west from San Francisco, which country would you land in?
India
Philippines
Japan
Russia
9. How many other U.S. states does California border?
3
2
4
1
Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon
10. About what percentage of California residents are Hispanic, according to 2017 census estimates?
20
5
40
10
11. What animal is depicted on California's flag?
Mountain lion
Grizzly bear
California condor
Bald eagle
Sad note: California grizzly bears went extinct in the 1920s
12. In what year was 80% of the city of San Francisco destroyed by an earthquake?
1906
1989
1921
1938
13. What county is on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge?
Humboldt County
Orange County
Marin County
Cook County
14. Which of these cities is not on the Pacific coast?
Malibu
Eureka
Fresno
Santa Barbara
15. Which of these people has not served as California governor?
Ronald Reagan
Jerry Brown
Robert La Follette
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Robert La Follette was governor of Wisconsin
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Level 83
Jan 20, 2019
Sail WEST from San Francisco? (If you sail east, hit the United States.)
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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2019
Fixed
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Level 82
Jan 20, 2019
Maybe Alcatrazz seceded.
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Level 73
Jan 20, 2019
Just out of interest, how would one sail directly east from San Francisco?
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Level 89
Jan 20, 2019
Across San Francisco Bay to Oakland.
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Level 81
Jan 20, 2019
Typo: Santa Barbara.

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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2019
Fixed
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Level 56
Feb 25, 2019
Wow I am very good at guessin jeeeeeeeeeeez
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2019
So I didn't think long enough about the gold rush question and I didn't think there were quite that many Hispanic people in California. Those were the two I missed. Having visited the town where Reagan was born in Illinois probably helped with that one.
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Level 30
Feb 25, 2019
For what country would you hit I was like “ummmmmmm China?” Because I really thought it was China. Went with The Philippines. Ouch. Seriously though, why is India an option when it wouldn’t even be possible to not hit Thailand or Malaysia or maybe even Indonesia?
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2019
Well Columbus tried to get to India sailing west from Portugal. Some people aren't very good at geography.
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Level 79
Feb 26, 2019
A teacher once told me that when creating a multiple choice test she always had one completely outrageous answer that anyone should be able to eliminate unless they just didn't care, one that would be easily eliminated if one even partially studied, and two answers that seemed as though they could both be correct but only a student who truly knew the material would choose the better answer. Maybe India is QM's outrageous answer.
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Level 69
Aug 30, 2020
It turns out that the earth is round. So if you sailed directly west from San Francisco, and never turned, you would end up way south of Japan. Similarly, if you want to fly to Japan, you have to fly to the northwest. I guess the correct way to phrase the question would be, "What country is due west of San Francisco?"