Arizona History Trivia 2: Can You Pass?

Test your knowledge of Arizona history with this quick quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. This set of trivia is a little trickier than most on Arizona Oddities, so let us know how you fare! Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. Good luck!

  1. Arizona State MapWhat was the first Indian reservation in Arizona?
  2. Which U.S.  Senator from Arizona was called the “showhorse” because of his great speech-making ability?
  3. What Indian tribe name means “The Peaceful People”?
  4. Name the tunnel used by German POWs for their daring “great escape” at Papago Park in Phoenix.
  5. What silver-tongued orator and presidential candidate spoke in Phoenix on statehood day in 1912?
  6. Who headed the largest Spanish exploration through Arizona in 1540?
  7. Arizona was a part of what country before it was a part of the U.S.?
  8. Name the former Arizona governor known as “The Path­ finder.”Name the United States’ largest World War II heavy-bomber training base.
  9. Name the House minority leader who retired in 1982 after 30 years in the U.S. Congress.
  10. What were the Tohono O’odham Indians formerly called?
  11. What was Arizona’s most famous silver boom town?
  12. What famous Apache Chief had a stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains?
  13. Who was Arizona’s first woman member of Congress?
  14. What was the primary purpose for which the Salt River Project was established?
  15. Who was Arizona’s first Mexican-American governor?
  16. What were Salado and Patayan?
  17. What Phoenix area school was first known as the “Nor­mal School?”
  18. Who starred at the St. Louis World’s Fair, rode in Teddy Roosevelt’s inaugural parade, and died at Fort Sill, Okla­homa in 1909?
  19. Who was Arizona’s Mormon “Buckskin Missionary” in the 1890s?
  20. Who made the nominating speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964?



Answers below…


  1. Gila Reservation (Pima Indians)
  2. Henry Fountain Ashurst (1912-1941)
  3. Hopi
  4. Faustball Tunnel (1944)
  5. William Jennings Bryan
  6. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
  7. Mexico
  8. John C. Fremont (1878-1882)
  9.  John J. Rhodes
  10. Papago
  11. Tombstone
  12. Cochise (Cochise Strong­hold)
  13. Isabella S. Greenway (1933-1937)
  14. To finance construction of Roosevelt Dam (1911)
  15. Raul Castro (1975-1977)
  16. Prehistoric Indian tribes
  17. Arizona State University
  18. Geronimo
  19. Jacob Hamblin
  20. Ronald Reagan

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