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Do You Know Your Michigan History?

You might know a little bit about the industrious history of Michigan, but how far does your knowledge really go? Are you ready to find out? Take these 12 quiz questions and put your knowledge of Michigan to the test!
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When Michigan became a state, which city was chosen as its capital?
Detroit
Lansing
Ann Arbor

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Where does the name Michigan come from?
An American Indian word meaning "large lake"
A French word meaning "land of lakes"
A German word meaning "waterway"

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Besides the United States, what are the three other countries whose flags have flown over Michigan?
Germany, Spain, Sweden
France, Spain, England
Spain, England, Denmark

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Who was Michigan's first governor?
Stevens T. Mason
John J. Lansing
Michael R. Arbor

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Before becoming the Michigan Territory in 1805, they were part of a territory named after which present-day state?
Indiana
Illinois
Louisiana

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What is Michigan's state motto?
"God Enriches"
"The People Rule"
"If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

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What does the shield on the state flag say in Latin?
I defend
I conquer
Look about you

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What is Michigan's state bird?
Blue jay
Robin
Cardinal

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Which one and only former US president is from Michigan?
Gerald Ford
Woodrow Wilson
William McKinley

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The Republican Party was founded in the state of Michigan. Which city was it founded in?
Detroit
Lansing
Jackson

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What Michigan city was formerly known as Frenchtown?
Monroe
Detroit
Traverse City

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We know Michigan State University's mascot today is the Spartans. What was their former mascot?
The Warriors
The Wildcats
The Yardbirds

C+, Michigan History Bust

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Okay, so you don’t know the history of Michigan very well just yet. What matters most is that you gave this quiz your all and possibly learned a thing or two along the way. When it comes to quiz mastery, trying is half the battle.

B+, Michigan History Average

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This quiz revealed that you know the basics when it comes to Michigan history, but you’re not exactly a full blown expert just yet! You probably know as much or even a bit more than a native Michigander. This was an impressive display and you should be proud of your performance!

A+, Michigan History Expert

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Based on the results of this quiz, you’re a total expert when it comes to Michigan state history! From the earliest days to the industrial revolution, you know Michigan like only a native or past resident can. Could you be any more impressive? We think not! You’re as splendid and majestic as the lake that calls this state home!
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1
When Michigan became a state, which city was chosen as its capital?
Detroit
Lansing
Ann Arbor
2
Where does the name Michigan come from?
An American Indian word meaning "large lake"
A French word meaning "land of lakes"
A German word meaning "waterway"
3
Besides the United States, what are the three other countries whose flags have flown over Michigan?
Germany, Spain, Sweden
France, Spain, England
Spain, England, Denmark
4
Who was Michigan's first governor?
Stevens T. Mason
John J. Lansing
Michael R. Arbor
5
Before becoming the Michigan Territory in 1805, they were part of a territory named after which present-day state?
Indiana
Illinois
Louisiana
6
What is Michigan's state motto?
"God Enriches"
"The People Rule"
"If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."
7
What does the shield on the state flag say in Latin?
I defend
I conquer
Look about you
8
What is Michigan's state bird?
Blue jay
Robin
Cardinal
9
Which one and only former US president is from Michigan?
Gerald Ford
Woodrow Wilson
William McKinley
10
The Republican Party was founded in the state of Michigan. Which city was it founded in?
Detroit
Lansing
Jackson
11
What Michigan city was formerly known as Frenchtown?
Monroe
Detroit
Traverse City
12
We know Michigan State University's mascot today is the Spartans. What was their former mascot?
The Warriors
The Wildcats
The Yardbirds

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