Are you as smart as a 4th grader?

            Next month Indiana will launch a full-year celebration of its bicentennial.  Perhaps the most informed about this state's 200th birthday will be 10-year-old children.  It is in the 4th grade that students study Indiana's past.  Hoosier history is fresh in their minds.

            How about you?  How well would you do on a test about the state where you live?.  Give yourself the following quiz:  There are 19 questions (since Indiana was the 19th state to enter the Union.)

            1.  In what year did Indiana gain statehood?

            2.  What is the meaning of the word "Indiana"?

            3.  What day in December is Indiana's "birthday"?

            4.  What are the three branches of government?

            5.  Which city served as the first capital of the Indiana Territory? 

            6.  Who served as the first Territorial Governor?

            7.  When statehood was granted, which city became the capital?

            8.  Who was the first Indiana governor after statehood?

            9.  Who was U. S. President when Indiana was granted statehood?

            10.  Legend says that Indiana's first constitution was written in the shade of a tree which

                    became a local landmark.  What name was given to the tree?

            11.  Why was the state capital moved to a new city in 1825?`

            12.  How many counties are in Indiana?

            13.  What animal is seen on the official state seal of Indiana?

            14.  What is the official bird of Indiana?

            15.  What is the official flower of Indiana?

            16.  What is the official tree of Indiana?

            17.  What is the official state song?

            18.  What is considered the state pie of Indiana?

            19.  How many stars are on the Indiana state flag?


ANSWERS:  1.  1816     2.  Land of Indians     3.  December 11

4.  Executive, legislative, judicial    5.  Vincennes     6.  William Henry Harrison

7.  Corydon     8.  Jonathan Jennings     9.  James Madison     10.  Constitutional Elm

11.  To have a more central location     12.  92     13.  Bison     14.  Cardinal     15.  Peony

16.  Tulip poplar     17.  On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away     18.  Sugar cream pie

19.  19 stars


HOW DID YOU DO?  16- 19 correct:  You are a true Hoosier.  Have a slice of sugar cream pie.

12-15 correct:  Better brush up on state history for the bicentennial.

Less than 12 correct:  Invite a 4th grader to lunch and be sure to take notes.