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Do You Know Your South Dakota History?

The state of South Dakota is known for its natural beauty and friendly people, but it also has a rich history as old as the west itself. Do you know your South Dakota history? Take this quiz and find out!
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Which is traditionally not a nickname of South Dakota?
Mount Rushmore State
Coyote State
Golden State

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What is South Dakota's most famous landmark?
Mount Rushmore
Death Valley
Arches National Park

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South Dakota is named after what?
The native tribes that called the land home.
The Dakota river.
The famed explorer who first founded the land.

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The faces of four US Presidents at Mount Rushmore were carved into the mountainside by what sculptor?
Michael S. Rush
Andy Warhol
Gutzon Borglum.

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What year did South Dakota officially become a state?
1889
1805
1901

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The first human inhabitants in what is today South Dakota were Paleo Indians who disappeared from the area when?
10,000 BC
5,000 BC
1,000 BC

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The Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was the last major armed conflict between the United States and who?
Lakota Sioux Nation
Paleo Indians
Spanish explorers

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During the 1930s, a lack of rainfall, unusually high temperatures and poor cultivation techniques caused the what?
The Great Depression
The Dust Bowl
The Rose Bowl

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In the dust bowl, what was blown away by the wind?
The grass
The trees
The top soil

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What is the South Dakota State motto?
One nation under god.
Under god, the people rule.
From here to eternity.

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What are the five biggest ancestry groups in the state?
German, Irish, Native American, English, and Spanish.
Irish, Swedish, German, Spanish, and English.
German , Norwegian, Irish, Native American, and English.

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How many large Indian reservations are located in South Dakota today?
10
7
2

C+, South Dakota Simple

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While you may find South Dakota to be intriguing and beautiful, you're not well versed on the history of this state just yet! Worry not, it's not easy to know the facts about a state you don't call home. In taking this quiz, you proved yourself to be a true patriot with an interest in learning. What could be better than that!

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You're totally South Dakota savvy! It's obvious that you're keen on this amazing state and the rich history that has persisted for years. From the early Indian reservations to the hills of Mount Rushmore, no one knows this state quite as well as you.

A+, South Dakota Sensational

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You're South Dakota sensational! It's obvious that you're a total history buff who takes your state trivia pretty seriously. While many Americans know a bit about South Dakota, you know as much as someone who calls this state home. From Badlands to Rushmore and everything in between, you're wise to the history and culture of this great state.
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1
Which is traditionally not a nickname of South Dakota?
Mount Rushmore State
Coyote State
Golden State
2
What is South Dakota's most famous landmark?
Mount Rushmore
Death Valley
Arches National Park
3
South Dakota is named after what?
The native tribes that called the land home.
The Dakota river.
The famed explorer who first founded the land.
4
The faces of four US Presidents at Mount Rushmore were carved into the mountainside by what sculptor?
Michael S. Rush
Andy Warhol
Gutzon Borglum.
5
What year did South Dakota officially become a state?
1889
1805
1901
6
The first human inhabitants in what is today South Dakota were Paleo Indians who disappeared from the area when?
10,000 BC
5,000 BC
1,000 BC
7
The Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was the last major armed conflict between the United States and who?
Lakota Sioux Nation
Paleo Indians
Spanish explorers
8
During the 1930s, a lack of rainfall, unusually high temperatures and poor cultivation techniques caused the what?
The Great Depression
The Dust Bowl
The Rose Bowl
9
In the dust bowl, what was blown away by the wind?
The grass
The trees
The top soil
10
What is the South Dakota State motto?
One nation under god.
Under god, the people rule.
From here to eternity.
11
What are the five biggest ancestry groups in the state?
German, Irish, Native American, English, and Spanish.
Irish, Swedish, German, Spanish, and English.
German , Norwegian, Irish, Native American, and English.
12
How many large Indian reservations are located in South Dakota today?
10
7
2

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