South Carolina History

South Carolina has a lot of fascinating history and geography. I am a transplant, but have raised my children here for 24 years and have learned much, which I now impart to my third graders.

Are you a Palmetto citizen? How much do you know about your state? Are you now far away and longing to see "those white sandy beaches and Carolina peaches?" Try your luck and see how much you truly know about the Palmetto State's history.

Created by: Bev Hildreth
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1. Which country did NOT explore what is now South Carolina?
France
Spain
England
Germany
2. Which of the following is NOT a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina?
Thomas Sumter
Francis Marion
Abraham Buford
Banastre Tarleton
3. What town lost by one vote to Columbia when the capital was moved from Charleston?
Orangeburg
Camden
Sumter
Stateburg
Greenville
4. What military academy was to be located in South Carolina, but lost by one vote to a northern state?
West Point
The Air Force Academy
Annapolis
VMI
5. Where did Lord Cornwallis camp his British troops for a year during the Revolutionary War?
Sumter
Columbia
Charleston
Spartanburg
Camden
6. What woman perfected the growing of indigo, used to dye cloth?
Eliza Lucas Pinckney
Scarlett O'Hara
Nathalie Sumter
Theodosia Burr
7. What crop was NOT grown in South Carolina?
indigo
cotton
rice
sugar cane
8. Which Native American tribe did NOT live in South Carolina?
Shoshone
Catawba
Yemassee
Wateree
Cherokee
9. Which of these is NOT a river in South Carolina?
Pee Dee
Broad
Saluda
Ashley
Cooper
James
10. Which pirate did NOT frequent the coast of South Carolina?
Blackbeard
Bluebeard
Anne Bonny
Stede Bonnet
11. Which location did plantation owners visit to get away from the summer heat?
Pawley's Island
Ninety-Six
Charleston
Orangeburg
12. What natural disaster has South Carolina NOT experienced?
hurricane
tornado
earthquake
volcano
13. Which of the following is NOT a state symbol?
loggerhead turtle
yellow jasmine
yellow swallowtail butterfly
striped bass
red carnation
14. Which of the following is NOT a region of South Carolina?
Foothills
Sandhills
Blue Ridge
Coastal Plains
Coastal Zone
Piedmont
15. What musical entertainer is NOT from South Carolina?
James Brown
Bill Pinckney
Hootie and the Blowfish
Josh Turner
Alan Jackson
16. Which city was virtually destroyed by Sherman during the Civil War?
Charleston
Sumter
Beaufort
Greenville
Columbia
17. Which does NOT apply to South Carolina?
First shots of the Civil War fired
Most Revolutionary War battles
Most Revolutionary War fatalities
First to secede
Site of British surrender to Washington
18. Which was NOT an Air Force base in South Carolina?
Charleston
Shaw
Myrtle Beach
Donaldson
McEntire
19. Which was NOT a governor of South Carolina?
Carroll Campbell
Mark Sanford
Ernest Hollings
John Lawrence Manning
Strom Thurmond
Nick Theodore
20. What South Carolina architect designed many famous buildings in Washington, DC?
Robert Mills
Frank Lloyd Wright
Joseph Kershaw
Daniel Horry
21. Which university is NOT in South Carolina?
Clemson
Wofford
Erskine
USC
Coastal Carolina
Queens
22. Which large lake is NOT man-made
Murray
Moultrie
Marion
Wateree
Hartwell
none of these
23. Which Interstate does not enter South Carolina?
I-85
I-20
I-95
I-26
I-77
I-40
24. Which is NOT a state park?
Santee
Huntington Beach
Woods Bay
Poinsett
Myrtle Beach
Kings Mountain
25. Which poisonous snake is NOT found in South Carolina?
sidewinder
cottonmouth
rattlesnake
copperhead

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