State Quiz - California

Can you guess these facts about the U.S. state of California?
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Last updated: August 30, 2020
First submittedSeptember 5, 2019
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Capital city
Sacramento
Most populous city
Los Angeles
Year of the California gold rush
1849
Animal depicted on California's flag
Bear
Where Apple, Google, and Facebook
have their headquarters
Silicon Valley
California's most-visited National Park
Yosemite
Lowest and hottest place in the U.S.
Death Valley
Tallest mountain in the U.S.
outside of Alaska
Mt. Whitney
Desert in southeast California
Mojave Desert
Zip code of Beverly Hills
90210
World's largest species of tree
Giant Sequoia
Hint
Answer
State nickname
The Golden State
Large lake on the Nevada border
Lake Tahoe
Actors who became governor
Ronald Reagan
Arnold
Schwarzenegger
Countries that formerly owned
California
Spain
Mexico
What Napa Valley is famous for
Wine
Fault line that runs along most of
California's coast
San Andreas
If you were to sail due west from
California, which country would
you be most likely to land in?
Japan
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Level 73
Sep 5, 2019
Should be sailing due "west"
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2019
Whoops, fixed.
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Level 84
Sep 5, 2019
Darn.. it wouldn't take "sequoyah", which is how I've seen it spelled on occasion.
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Level 68
Nov 18, 2019
Just remember all 5 vowels w/4 of them in a row.
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Level 78
Jan 8, 2020
Sequoyah was a famous Cherokee who created a written syllabary for the tribe.
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Level 74
Sep 5, 2019
Also accept "vineyards" for Napa?
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2019
Okay
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2019
How about "viticulture"? ;)
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Level 83
Oct 25, 2019
if you come up with viticulture before wine, you need to stop the viticulture a while and pour yourself a glass.
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Level 79
Sep 5, 2019
Is there a reason I should know the zip code for Beverly Hills? Is it in a song or something?
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Level 84
Sep 5, 2019
An angsty teen television show from the 90s.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2020
A travis scott song
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Level 60
Jan 7, 2020
You knew!
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Level 90
Sep 5, 2019
90211 and 90212 are also Beverly Hills zip codes for regular postal service, and 90209 and 90213 zip codes for B.H. PO Boxes.
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Level 81
Sep 7, 2019
Only missed Mt Whitney and should have gotten that one, too. Easier than most of these state quizzes.
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Level 57
Dec 28, 2019
Yes, you should have. Shame!
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Level 81
Jan 7, 2020
this time I got it but I tried Space Mountain and Magic Mountain first.
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Level 70
Sep 9, 2019
The Sonoran Desert should also be an acceptable answer as it is the most southeastern desert in the state.
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Level 68
Sep 14, 2019
Schwarzenegger is almost as hard to spell as Benjamin Bumblethatch.
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Level 85
Sep 20, 2019
I thought it was Benadryl Lumberjack.
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Level 68
Feb 4, 2021
It's Eggs Cucumber.
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2020
Jetpunk accepts "Ahnold", which is much easier to spell.
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Level 57
Nov 5, 2019
Thanks for accepting ahnold for california governor, i know how to spell Schwarzenegger, but typing his last name is time consuming and I'm not going to live forever.
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Level 78
Jan 8, 2020
Wish I'd known that. It took me six tries before I finally made an accepted spelling.
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Level 42
Dec 4, 2019
why isn't "redwood" accepted? i thought they were also sequoias
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Level 57
Dec 28, 2019
No, they are different trees. Both are very tall. The wood is red. Sequoias are inland like those in the Sierra Nevadas or Yosemite, while the redwoods are coastal

Sequoias are poor lumber trees, but redwoods are excellent for felling and building things.

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Level 72
Jan 7, 2020
Giant sequoias actually are a species of redwood. But they are different and much larger than the coastal redwoods that are usually associated with the word.
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Level 58
Jan 7, 2020
Put 1850 for the gold rush and Andrew for the fault. So close, and yet so far :-(
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Level 70
Jan 7, 2020
"In a cavern, in a canyon, excavaaaating for a mine,

Lived a miner, 49er, and his daughter, Clementine."

The song wouldn't work if the year was 50! Also I think there's some kind of major sports team named after it?

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Level 57
Jan 16, 2021
never knew those were references to the goldrush!
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Level 80
Jan 8, 2020
Accepts "Ahnold" for CA governor question! LOL!!!! Awesome!!!
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2021
I tried "Arnie" before accepting I had to type Schwarzenegger... Why "Ahnold"?
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2021
It's an impression of him saying his own name in his Austrian accent.
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Level 57
Jan 14, 2020
I had absolutely no idea California had mountains let alone the largest in the contiguous US!
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Level 57
Feb 3, 2021
*big mountains, I knew they had mountains just not really tall ones.
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Level 47
Mar 29, 2020
I might be being nitpicky but for countries that controlled California, I believe California itself was a independent republic prior to being annexed by the US. Albeit pretty briefly.
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Level ∞
Aug 30, 2020
It wasn't. The so-called "Bear Republic" was a group of a couple hundred people that controlled less than 5% of the area of California for a period of less than a month.
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Level 64
Jan 16, 2021
Russia also controlled parts of California for a while.
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Level 55
Jan 17, 2021
All the way down to Fort Ross. Also there is the Russian River, so named for that country.
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2021
The tallest mountain in the world is the inactive volcano in Hawaii- Mauna Kea, which is a bit taller than Everest. Can you change the hint on that question to the highest?
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
Yay! After this we should do my subdivision quizzes! (Let a guy hope, okay?)
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
Maybe if I made them better...
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Level 65
Jan 16, 2021
Then individual people's houses quizzes...
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
People quizzes?
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
Ok, I just want the full world subdivisions quizzes to happen!
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Level 49
Jan 16, 2021
Another new thing to do all the quizzes for, finally in real time! Also, the state I can get every single answer right, no doubt about it.

Edit: Had no idea the whole badge is available, time to get started. Should be much easier than countries, as an American myself.

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Level 72
Jan 16, 2021
I want to kicque myſelf for forgetting Ronald Reagan.
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2021
Tried Saint Andrew, Saint Andreas, Andreas, Andrew, St. Andrew. St. Andreas...Dangit.
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Level 84
Jan 16, 2021
On the west coast we have a lot of Spanish language heritage. Very few Saint places, a whole lotta San and Santa places.
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2021
yeah, I guess I got lost in translation. Even after traveling that very west coast a few years ago :)
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Level 60
Jan 16, 2021
why would i know the zip code of a small town?>
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Level 58
Jan 16, 2021
Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular teen TV show (read: soap opera) in the 90s.
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Level 52
Jan 16, 2021
133 had earned the badge
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Level 66
Jan 16, 2021
Question: Why is the image for the new "State Trivia" badge just Texas? Those Texans already act like they own America, now JetPunk wants to confirm it???
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
Texas rulez?
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Level 28
Jan 16, 2021
It’s too much early for ask what’s is the new series? LOL!
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Level 50
Jan 16, 2021
World subdivision quizzes!!!!
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Level 70
Jan 17, 2021
Got 18/20 (which I guess is good). Though I'm probably not gonna get this good on any other state quiz.
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Level 61
Jan 19, 2021
Easy peasy. Of course, it helps being a life-long resident of CA of 30 years lol.