Ready to embark on a whirlwind tour of the Sunflower State without leaving your seat? From wheat that’s pretty neat to facts that can’t be beat, this Kansas quiz is your ticket to a fun-tastic journey through the heartland. Put on your thinking cap-itol, gear up for a Kansas City shuffle of questions, and let’s roll faster than a twister through the plains. It’s quiz time, and we’re not in Kansas anymore… or are we?
1. By what nickname is Kansas also known?
2. In what year did Kansas become a state?
3. What is the state flower of Kansas?
4. Who wrote the iconic novel “In Cold Blood,” which was based on a real-life crime in Kansas?
5. Which town in Kansas claims to be the birthplace of Amelia Earhart?
6. What is the highest point in Kansas?
7. The geodetic center of North America is located in which Kansas county?
8. Which city in Kansas is known as the “Air Capital of the World”?
9. In what Kansas city can you find the World’s Largest Ball of Twine?
10. Which famous fast-food pizza chain was founded in Wichita, Kansas?
11. What river is the largest river in Kansas?
12. Which Kansas city is known as the “Little Apple”?
13. How many counties does Kansas have?
14. Kansas is the leading producer of which grain in the U.S.?
15. What is the state animal of Kansas?
16. Which insect is considered the state insect of Kansas?
17. Who was the first woman mayor in the United States, elected in Kansas?
18. Which famous aviator, known for his solo flight across the Atlantic, took off in his fixed-wing plane from Salina, Kansas?
19. “Home on the Range” is the state song of which state?
20. What is the name of the university located in Lawrence, Kansas?
21. In what city is the Kansas State University located?
22. What unique nickname is given to the residents of Kansas?
23. Which underground salt museum, the only one of its kind in North America, is located in Kansas?
24. How many time zones does Kansas cover?
25. Name the famous jazz musician who was born in Kansas City in 1920.
26. Which deadly movement in Kansas lasted from 1854 to 1861?
27. What large prehistoric creature’s remains were found in western Kansas?
28. Which Marvel and “Hotel Rwanda” actor was born in Kansas?
29. The world’s first patented helicopter was co-invented by which Kansan?
30. Which fort in Kansas was a key post in the westward expansion and the Santa Fe Trail?
31. What is the state reptile of Kansas?
32. Which Kansas city holds an annual “International Pancake Day” race?
33. What is the name of the famous rock formation in Gove County that served as a landmark for pioneers?
34. Which famous African-American poet, who wrote “I, Too,” was raised in Lawrence, Kansas?
35. The world’s first female professional tattoo artist began her career in which Kansas city?
36. The state motto of Kansas is?
37. Which renowned silent film star, known for his comedic genius, spent his early childhood in Kansas?
38. Who was the famous abolitionist who led several anti-slavery raids in Kansas?
39. Kansas was the first state to adopt which constitutional amendment?
40. Name the “Tightrope” singer who hails from Kansas City.
41. The state tree of Kansas is?
42. Kansas is one o f the largest producers of what gas in the U.S?
43. What is the state bird of Kansas?
44. Which Kansas town was once known as the “Wickedest Little City in the West” during its frontier days?
45. What unique underground home was built by a pioneer in the 1880s in Ellsworth County?
46. In which Kansas city is the Museum of World Treasures located?
47. Which trail, famous for trade in the 1800s, began in Missouri and ended in Santa Fe, New Mexico, passing through Kansas?
48. Which famous sci-fi writer, known for “Fahrenheit 451,” was born in Waukegan but grew up in Los Angeles and frequently mentioned Kansas in his works?
49. Which iconic children’s book by Frank Baum was set in Kansas?
50. Which renowned boxer, known as the “Garden City Cyclone,” hailed from Garden City, Kansas?
51. In which Kansas town can you find the geographical center of the contiguous United States?
52. Which African American newspaper, one of the oldest in the U.S., was founded in Kansas City?
53. What famous U.S. military leader, who played a crucial role in WWII, grew up in Abilene, Kansas?
54. What is the name of the windiest city in the state of Kansas?
55. Which Kansas attraction is known as the “Grand Canyon of the Prairies”?
56. What Kansas town was the setting for the iconic TV show “Gunsmoke”?
57. Which famous actress known for “The Wizard of Oz” was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, but played a character from Kansas?
58. Which town in Kansas has the nickname “Cowboy Capital of the World”?
59. Kansas is bordered by how many states?
60. Which museum in Hutchinson is dedicated to the history of space exploration?
61. Which large saltwater lake, unusual for its location, is found in Kansas?
62. Which Kansas town was originally established as a military post to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail?
63. Which actress known for her roles in Cheers and Veronica’s Closet was born in Kansas?
64. Which university, located in Pittsburg, Kansas, was originally founded as a manual training normal school?
65. What major Civil War battle took place near the border of Kansas in October 1864?
66. Which Kansas city was founded by a group of German Mennonites who introduced hard winter wheat to the region?
67. In which Kansas city can you find the Boot Hill Museum, which replicates the original town of the 1870s?
68. Which astronaut, known as the first man to fly in space twice, hailed from Ashland, Kansas?
69. Which zoo, located in Wichita, is the largest in Kansas?
70. What major cattle trail, originating in Texas, passed through Oklahoma and ended in Abilene, Kansas?
71. What is the name of the major aquifer that lies beneath a significant portion of Kansas?
72. Which famous Kansas native is known for his plays “Picnic” and “Come Back, Little Sheba”?
73. Which automobile manufacturing company had a significant assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas?
74. What weather phenomenon, depicted in a famous film, transported Dorothy to the land of Oz?
75. Which national historic site in Kansas commemorates the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision?
76. Which former U.S. Senator from Kansas was the Republican nominee for President in 1996?
77. Which Kansas town is known as the “Barbed Wire Capital of the World”?
78. In which Kansas city is the Evel Knievel Museum located?
79. What is the largest lake in Kansas by surface area?
80. Which species of North American prairie grass, native to Kansas, can grow up to 8 feet tall?
81. What is the name of the prehistoric inland sea that once covered parts of Kansas?
82. Which beloved fictional character from L. Frank Baum’s novel lived on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry?
83. In which Kansas town can you find the Garden of Eden, a unique folk art exhibit?
84. Which U.S. highway, known as the “Main Street of America,” runs through Kansas?
85. In which Kansas city can you find the Big Well, the world’s largest hand-dug well?
86. Which Kansan aviator disappeared during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937?
87. In which Kansas town is the annual Walnut Valley Festival, an acoustic music festival, held?
88. Name the “Modern Family” actor who hails from Kansas City.
89. The Kansas Speedway, known for hosting NASCAR events, is located in which city?
90. What iconic aircraft, essential during World War II, was primarily produced in Wichita, Kansas?
91. Which native tribe in Kansas shares its name with a river, county, and city?
92. Name the front man of the rock band Kansas, which formed in the 1970s.
93. Which actor who played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show hailed from Kansas?
94. In which Kansas town would you find the annual Svensk Hyllningsfest, celebrating Swedish heritage?
95. Which rock band formed in Kansas is known for their hit “Dust in the Wind”?
96. What role did Kansas-born actress Hattie McDaniel play in Gone with the Wind?
97. What is the primary ingredient in a traditional Kansas City-style barbecue sauce?
98. Which trail, established in the mid-1800s, was used for westward migration and commerce, passing through Kansas towards California?
99. The Kansas State Capitol Building, with its distinctive copper dome, is located in which city?
100. Name the “Ted Lasso” star who grew up in Kansas.
101. What are the main colors of the flag of Kansas?
102. In what region of Kansas would you find the natural formation known as “Castle Rock”?
103. Which Native American tribe, meaning “People of the South Wind”, originally inhabited parts of Kansas?
104. What nickname was given to Kansas due to its position at the heart of America’s agriculture?
105. Which Topeka-born actress starred in “American Beauty” and “Being Julia”?
106. What long-distance footrace, beginning in Missouri and ending in Colorado, runs across the state of Kansas?
107. Which educational institution in Baldwin City is the oldest university in the state of Kansas?
108. Which unique festival held in Wichita celebrates the wheat harvest?
109. Which renowned science fiction writer, known for “The Martian Chronicles,” wrote a story titled “I See You Never” about a Mexican tenant being deported, where Kansas is mentioned as a midpoint in his journey?
110. The Comanche National Grassland, stretching across parts of Colorado and Kansas, is primarily home to which animal species?
111. Which Kansas city hosts an annual “Nex-Tech Wireless Grand Parade” featuring antique cars, tractors, and floats?
112. What historic theater, built in the 1920s, is located in Wichita and still hosts live performances and films?
113. Which annual event in Hutchinson celebrates all things related to the state’s agricultural staple, wheat?
114. In the world of sports, the city of Lawrence is home to which university’s basketball team, often found in the NCAA tournament?
115. What is the name of the Native American ball game, similar to lacrosse, traditionally played by tribes in Kansas?
116. Which Kansas river, a tributary of the Missouri River, is approximately 170 miles long?
117. Which legendary lawman, known for his service in Dodge City, participated in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
118. What was the nickname of the Kansas-born African American jazz musician known for his exceptional skill with the saxophone?
119. Which national historic trail, used by pioneers during the westward expansion, passed through parts of Kansas?
120. What underground railroad site in Topeka served as a major hub for helping escaped slaves reach freedom?
121. Finally, which innovation, essential for modern aviation, was first tested at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio, but was invented by two Kansans?
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