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Plymouth Rock - It broke in two during an attempt to move it to the town square.What hunk of Massachusetts granite (actually, Dedham granodiorite) is sometimes called "the most disappointing landmark in America"?

       a. Red Rocks
       b. Plymouth Rock
       c. Blarney Stone
       d. Devils Tower

Washington - Over 50 species of trees can be found petrified at the park.Home to thousands of logs petrified in lava flows, Ginkgo Petrified Forest can be found in what U.S. state?

       a. West Virginia
       b. Washington
       c. Texas
       d. Pennsylvania

Las Vegas - It was named in the 1820s for a local oasis. Despite being in the middle of a desert, what city gets its name from the Spanish word for "the meadows"?

       a. Santa Fe
       b. El Paso
       c. Las Vegas
       d. Albuquerque

California - The Amazons were found in Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo's book Las Sergas de Esplandian.What US state supposedly got its name from the Spanish words for "hot sex", but was actually named for the island where Amazons lived?

       a. Nevada
       b. California
       c. Colorado
       d. Alabama

San Francisco - Nob Hill has always been associated with the wealthy. Three of what hilly city's neighborhoods include Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill?

       a. Boston
       b. San Francisco
       c. Nashville
       d. Seattle

Competitive gift giving - Naturally enough, a suspicious Canadian government banned the practice in 1885.Many Indian nations in the Pacific Northwest celebrate the potlatch. What is a good way of describing the potlatch tradition?

       a. Dancing to encourage rain
       b. Competitive gift giving
       c. Trading ancestral stories
       d. Scalping an enemy

Washington - It's the county Seattle is in. And it is served by radio station KING.In 1986, King County changed its name, sort of. Instead of being named for slave-owning vice-president William Rufus de Vane King, it was renamed for civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Where is this county?

       a. Washington
       b. Georgia
       c. California
       d. Alabama

Benjamin Franklin - It is right across the street from the Philadelphia Mint.In Philadelphia, people toss pennies, both saved and earned, at whose grave marker at Fifth and Arch Streets?

       a. Benjamin Franklin
       b. James Fenimore Cooper
       c. Mark Twain
       d. George Washington

Grand Canyon - On a bad day, the view in the canyon is obscured by smog from LA, 300 miles away.What American landmark did the Indians call the House of Stone and Light?

       a. Grand Canyon
       b. Old Faithful
       c. Carlsbad Caverns
       d. Petrified Forest

Detroit - It was created by Robert Graham.In what city, at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson, can you find a 24-ft, 8,000-lb bronze sculpture of Joe Louis's outstretched arm and fist?

       a. Detroit
       b. Louisville
       c. Chicago
       d. Memphis

134 'F - The Current world record high temperature of 136 'F was recorded at Azizia, Libya in 1922.Death Valley, located in California, once reached the second-highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. What temperature did it reach?

       a. 134 'F
       b. 112 'F
       c. 100 'F
       d. 124 'F

Yellowstone - Known for hot springs and geysers, Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.As of 2012, United States has 58 protected areas known as national parks. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the first national park into law by in 1872. Which one?

       a. Yellowstone
       b. Yosemite
       c. Sequoia
       d. Badlands

Alabama - Cathedral Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972.Cathedral Caverns, a 2.08-mile cave, is home to Goliath, a 45-foot long stalagmite. In what state are they located?

       a. Alabama
       b. Florida
       c. Montana
       d. Utah

Chihuahuan Desert - The desert has an area of 140,001 square miles.Located in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, what is the largest desert in North America?

       a. Sonoran Desert
       b. Chihuahuan Desert
       c. Great Basin Desert
       d. Mojave Desert

Point Barrow, Alaska - Point Barrow was named by English explorer Frederick William Beechey in 1826.What is the northernmost point in all U.S. territory?

       a. Point Barrow, Alaska
       b. Fairbanks, Alaska
       c. Barrow, Alaska
       d. Sumas, Washington

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