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Learning About the State of Rhode Island

Pachaug Trail - "Welcome to Rhode Island sign" at Beach Pond, Hope Valley, RI

Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The state also shares a small maritime border with New York. When Roger Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of Providence this state became known as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state of Rhode Island got its name from Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano who thought that the nearby Block Island resembled the island of Rhodes in Greece. It was Williams who thought that Verrazano was talking about the mainland and so it became Rhode Island even though the state is not really an island. It is interesting to note that Rhode Island’s official state mammal is the harbor seal. It has been nicknamed the Ocean State.

  • Is Rhode Island an island?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is the capital?

    • Providence
    • Brown Town
    • Newport
  • What is the state flower?

    • The carnation
    • The daisy
    • The violet
  • Who gave Rhode Island its name?

    • Giovanni Verrazano
    • Roger Williams
  • What is the state bird?

    • Rhode Island Red (a hen)
    • Red robin
    • Thrush
  • What is the state mammal?

    • Dolphin
    • Shark
    • Harbor seal
  • What is the state song?

    • Rhode Island’s It For Me
    • My Home Rhode Island
  • What is Rhode Island’s nickname?

    • The Ocean State
    • Little State

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