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History of Massachusetts

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of Massachusetts.
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First submittedMay 26, 2017
Last updatedJanuary 28, 2018
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What ship brought the Pilgrims to Massachusetts?
The Mayflower
What landmark can be found near their landing site?
Plymouth Rock
What holiday was celebrated for the first time (sort of) in 1621?
Thanksgiving
What town is famous for its witch trials of 1692 and 1693?
Salem
What product did the Sons of Liberty throw into Boston Harbor in a 1773 "party"?
Tea
What Massachusetts resident was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock
What name was shared by the second and sixth Presidents of the United States?
John Adams
What folk hero was born in Massachusetts and went on to plant
apple trees across the Midwest?
Johnny Appleseed
What city was the center of the U.S. textile industry in the 1800s?
Lowell
What novel by Herman Melville was about a Nantucket whaler?
Moby-Dick
Who spent two year roughing it in the not-so-remote area of Walden Pond?
Henry David Thoreau
What University, founded in 1636, was the first institute of higher learning in the U.S.?
Harvard
What game was invented by James Naismith in Springfield in 1891?
Basketball
What team was "cursed" for 86 years after trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees?
Red Sox
Name the Massachusetts politicians who have been a major party
nominee for President since 1980
Mitt Romney
John Kerry
Michael Dukakis
What was the last name of brothers John, Robert, and Ted?
Kennedy
What sporting event was bombed in 2013?
Boston Marathon
What 1997 film's script was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck?
Good Will Hunting
What was 1960s serial killer Albert DeSalvo better known as?
Boston Strangler
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level 76
May 26, 2017
Roughing it, with his mother doing his laundry.
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level 71
Oct 6, 2018
No kidding! I love the dawning surprise on tourists' faces when they realize that Walden Pond is a comfortable less-than-two-mile stroll from what is now, and what was also at the time, downtown Concord. His book makes it sound like he was in the remote tundra of Tibet or something.
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level 72
Oct 27, 2018
When he went to Mt. Katahdin in Maine, that was and still is remote. It wasn't even ascended until the 1800s. Walden was indeed a puddle across town.
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level 80
May 26, 2017
The Harvard question is appearing in the answers, but not in the original list of questions.
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level 75
May 26, 2017
This is the second quiz in less than a week in which this stuff happens (the other was the Stalin quiz). QM, can you check why this is happening?
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level ∞
May 26, 2017
Fixed. I guess I'll have to fire our quality assurance engineer.
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level 82
May 26, 2017
I was wondering why the % was so low. Got it cause I was just typing in stuff..
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level 84
May 26, 2017
I got 20/21 with 1:30 left to blindly guess the 21st answer. Never occurred to me to try 'Harvard' :)
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level 62
May 29, 2017
After I got Kerry and Romney, I started guessing candidates like Mondale (forgot he was from Minnesota) and Jill Stein. Finally got Dukakis after a full 30 seconds
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level 77
Jan 22, 2018
Dukakis was the first one I got. Was John Kennedy not a major party nominee for president?
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level 72
Jan 22, 2018
Question is since 1980. I was going to try Ted Kennedy, but he didn't win the nomination.
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level 71
Jun 19, 2017
Make a History of Connecticut one
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level 66
Oct 14, 2017
I am disappointed at getting only 13 on a quiz about my state. I should have gotten Lowell and Thoreau... Oh, and definitely Kennedy.
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level 44
Jan 22, 2018
Got them all (as a lifelong resident of MA I should have)! Great quiz! MA is the best state in the country
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level 65
Jan 22, 2018
He was not technically a Massachusetts politician but G.H.W. Bush was born in Mass and W was born in CT.
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level 79
Jan 22, 2018
"Who spent two yearS roughing it"
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level 76
Jan 22, 2018
Just to add a bit of trivia, Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. (I learned that in Girl Scouts in the 1960s.)
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level 65
Jan 22, 2018
2:18, from Arizona. So much history has run through New England. Pretty neat to have so much history in such a small state.
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level 67
Jan 24, 2018
Technically Babe Ruth was sold, not traded.
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level 58
Jan 27, 2018
I think getting 18/21 is pretty good considering I live in California and I have never been to Massachusetts.
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level 66
Jan 27, 2018
Why must you add acceptable answers that make it so difficult to answer the next question? Example...I was typing in Kennedy and reading the next answer at the same time. Unbeknownst to me, it accepted the answer after just typing Kenned. This left me with an empty box with the letter y already inserted. If you aren't paying attention, which most don't since this is timed, you end up trying correct answers but you never get credit for them because it's now horribly mis-spelled. In my case, it was yMarathon. I knew Marathon was right and it took me some time to figure out that I had the extra y in there because if it doesn't accept the answer, I backspace it out quickly so I can try different answer. Luckily, I tried it again (after skipping it) and it worked.
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level ∞
Jan 28, 2018
This has been fixed, thank you.
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level 80
Apr 10, 2019
"If you aren't paying attention, which most don't since this is timed...." I think your assertion is false. I would guess that most people who take a lot of quizzes here aren't typically racing for time and actually pay attention to what they type and if the answers are filling in as they type.