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Learning About the U.S. State of Louisiana

Louisiana is a state located in the Deep South. It borders Arkansas on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Mississippi on the east and Texas to the west. It was the 18th state to join the Union. The state was named in honor of King Louis XIV. There is a strong French influence felt throughout the state and its capital Baton Rouge translated from French means “red stick”. This name came about when the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Urbervills visited the area in 1699 and observed a red cypress post. Today the state’s most well-known city New Orleans is popular for its Mardi Gras and jazz festivals.

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    Was the state named in honor of King Louis XVI?

    • Yes
    • No
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    What is its capital?

    • Ne Orleans
    • Baton Rouge
    • Lafayette
  • Question /

    Does the name of the capital mean “red stick” in French?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    What is the city of New Orleans famous for?

    • The French Quarter
    • Architectural landmarks
    • The Mardi Gras and jazz festivals
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    What is its nickname?

    • The Pelican State
    • The Jazz State
    • The Mardi Gras State
  • Question /

    What is the state song?

    • My Louisiana
    • You’re My Sunshine
    • Louisiana Home
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    What is the state flower?

    • White peony
    • Magnolia blossom
    • Apple blossom
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    What is the state bird?

    • Swan
    • Brown pelican
    • Mallard duck
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    What is the state tree?

    • Grand oak
    • Hemlock
    • Bald Cypress
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    What is the state animal?

    • Black bear
    • Otter
    • Woodchuck
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    What is the state fish?

    • White perch
    • Bass
    • Trout


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    • That’s alright, Alex. I think that the state songs and nicknames can be the most confusing. When I do the quiz I have to keep reminding myself that it’s alright if one state song seems to be the same as another states’ because the state name changes in the song title anyway.

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