Alaska is a land of unimaginable vastness. Home to limitless lakes, mammoth-sized moose, and gargantuan glaciers, size definitely matters in America’s largest state. And the trivia surrounding this frigid frontier? It’s as infinite as the snowflakes that blanket the Alaskan backcountry.
Think you know a thing or two about The Land of the Midnight Sun? Put your knowledge to test in this fun, challenging quiz!
1) Which of the following is Alaska’s official state sport?
A. Wolf Grappling
B. Dog Mushing
C. Bison Wrangling
2) True or False: In World War II, the Japanese invaded Alaska.
3) In the annual Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage, contestants compete in which sport?
A. Tug of Beard
B. Caribou Wrestling
C. Outhouse Racing
4) When it comes to being a “Land of Lakes” Alaska has Minnesota beat. How many lakes does the state have?
A. Fifty Thousand
B. Three million
C. 2.67 Billion
5) In Fairbanks Alaska, it was once illegal to do what?
A. Feed alcohol to a moose
B. Sing love songs to a polar bear
C. Be pen pals with a walrus
6) Around the world, nights get longer and shorter throughout the year. How long is the longest night in Alaska’s northernmost town of Barrow?
A. 72 hours
B. Two weeks
C. 67 days
7) For many travelers, the Northern lights are a bucket list sight. On average, how many days a year are they visible in Fairbanks, Alaska?
A. 243 days
B. 314 days
C. 365 days
8) Alaska has MASSIVE amounts of coastline. Compared to the rest of the US, it has:
A. More coastline than the entire Gulf Coast
B. More coastline than the East and West Coasts combined
C. More coastline than the rest of the United States
9) True or false: Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp was once a marshal in Wrangell, Alaska.
10) Glaciers aren’t just North Pole phenomenon. Alaska is jam packed with glaciers galore. How many?
And the answers are…
Question 1: B — Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972.
Question 2: True — Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces bombed and invaded the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The occupation lasted nearly a year.
Question 3: C — Teams outfit the bottoms of their custom-built outhouses with skis and race each other down a two-lane track.
Question 4: B — Alaska has about 3,197 officially named natural lakes and over 3,000,000 unnamed natural lakes. Alaska’s largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is roughly the size of Connecticut
Question 5: A — After it downs a few shots of tequila, you don’t want to tangle with this largest member of the deer family. Alaskan moose are the world’s largest, with antlers spanning six feet across. And when they get buzzed? Watch out!
Question 6: C — Even though residents of Barrow won’t see the sun for 67 days in winter, they enjoy the midnight sun all summer – over 80 days of uninterrupted daylight!
Question 7: A — The Northern Lights can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks/North Pole Alaska. The lights occur when charged particles from the sun penetrate the earth’s magnetic shield and strike the earth’s upper atmosphere.
Question 8: C — Alaska has an extensive coastline, longer than that of all the other US states combined. Some estimate it to be more than 49,000 miles long, and most of it is remote and uninhabited.
Question 9: True — After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Earp eventually made his way to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. He only served as marshal for 10 days, but eventually made the equivalent of $2.4 million modern US dollars as a saloon operator and gambler.
Question 10: C — Alaska has about 100,000 glaciers, covering 5% of the state. They empty over 50,000 billion gallons of water into streams and rivers every summer. That’s half of all the water that flows into the world’s oceans!
How did you do?
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