History of Rhode Island Trivia Questions & Answers

1.What is the official name of Rhode Island? [State of R---- I----- and P--------- P----------]

2.Rhode Island was the FIRST state to do what?

3.Rhode Island was the LAST state to do what?

4.Which institution was founded in 1764 as the "College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations"?

5.Roger Williams, a theologian fleeing religious persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, established a settlement on land gifted by the paramount chief of the Narragansett natives. Who was that chief?

6.In 1841 and 1842, an armed insurrection occurred over attempts to change the state constitution to expand voting rights. Who was the leader of this rebellion?

7.In 2009, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to allow the people to decide an issue of particular importance. At the November 2010 elections, a referendum was held, and 78% of the people voted to do what?

8.Rhode Islanders profited from the colonial slave trade by participating in the "triangle trade", primarily by receiving molasses from the West Indies and using it to produce what?

9.During the Civil War, Rhode Island was the first state to do what?

10.Rhode Island never ratified which amendment to the US Constitution?

11.In 2003, a fire broke out at "The Station", a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. It was the 4th deadliest nightclub fire in US History, killing 100 people and injuring over 200 more. What band was headlining at the club that night?

12.Rhode Island is the only state to continue to celebrate what, as a state holiday on the 2nd Monday in August? [V------ O--- J---- Day ]

13.The official state drink of Rhode Island is sold in school cafeterias throughout the state, despite containing some caffeine. What is it?

14.The first US ship to sink a German surface warship in World War II was named for this Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence?

15.During the turn of the 20th century, many of the wealthiest families in the US summered in what Rhode Island town, building "cottages", many of which were designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt?

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