Sealed With a Quiz: Can You Identify These State Seals?

1. This state's seal kept it simple and only features our first president - for obvious reasons.

  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

2. Counterintuitively, which of these state's seals does NOT feature a depiction of the Missouri River?

  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Missouri

3. Which alliterative Roman deity appears on Virginia's state seal?

  • Juno
  • Virtus
  • Minerva

4. This state's seal features a pelican, which is also, as of 2013, the mascot of its NBA team.

  • Louisiana, home of the New Orleans Pelicans
  • California, home of the Los Angeles Pelicans
  • New York, home of the New York Pelicans
  • Florida, home of the Miami Pelicans

5. Which of these sad facts is true about the miner depicted on the Arizona state seal?

  • He was the state's first governor.
  • He was a Mexican-American war hero.
  • He died penniless.

6. This state seal features the Roman goddess Minerva, as well as the state animal, the grizzly bear.

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Louisiana

7. Here is a home, where the buffalo roam. Which state's seal is this?

  • New Jersey
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

8. This state's seal contains a Latin phrase meaning "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan

9. According to its official description, this farming state's seal features a citizen soldier "with a plow in his rear."

  • Iowa
  • Texas
  • Minnesota

10. Which state seal features the USS Raleigh, despite having only a tiny coastline?

  • Washington
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota

11. This state seal features the Missouri river, a steam train, and the motto "Equality before the law."

  • Vermont
  • Alaska
  • Nebraska

12. This seal features a coat of arms, representing the fact that this state was once a monarchy:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • Hawaii

13. This state's seal features a trio of grapevines, despite producing a mere 0.016% of America's wine.

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New York

14. This tropical state's seal features a Seminole Native American woman, as well as hibiscus flowers:

  • Florida
  • Connecticut
  • Tennessee

15. This state's seal contains a Latin phrase meaning "Nothing Without Providence." (It also features snow-capped mountains.)

  • Nebraska
  • Colorado
  • Maine

16. According to the Latin phrasing on this seal, this early state is actually a republic. Which is it?

  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts

17. This state seal features Northern Lights, and hints at the states mining industry, as well as its wealth of natural beauty.

  • Nevada
  • Alaska
  • Kansas

18. The symbols on this state seal hint at the states agricultural roots, and it's role in the westward movement of settlers in the early U.S.

  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Kansas

19. This state seal features the Pacific Ocean, along with its signature mountain ranges and forests.

  • Oregon
  • Missouri
  • Texas

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INCORRECT!

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Washington decided to feature their namesake on their seal!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Washington
Washington decided to feature their namesake on their seal!

1. This state's seal kept it simple and only features our first president - for obvious reasons.

  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Missouri River stretches across many states, and is thus featured on a number of state seals, although not Missouri's!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Missouri
The Missouri River stretches across many states, and is thus featured on a number of state seals, although not Missouri's!

2. Counterintuitively, which of these state's seals does NOT feature a depiction of the Missouri River?

  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Missouri

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Virtus is the ancient Roman personification of the virtues associated with 'manliness.'

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Virtus
Virtus is the ancient Roman personification of the virtues associated with 'manliness.'

3. Which alliterative Roman deity appears on Virginia's state seal?

  • Juno
  • Virtus
  • Minerva

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Louisiana has been known as the Pelican state since colonial times.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Louisiana, home of the New Orleans Pelicans
Louisiana has been known as the Pelican state since colonial times.

4. This state's seal features a pelican, which is also, as of 2013, the mascot of its NBA team.

  • Louisiana, home of the New Orleans Pelicans
  • California, home of the Los Angeles Pelicans
  • New York, home of the New York Pelicans
  • Florida, home of the Miami Pelicans

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The miner depicted is actually working at a quartz mill.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

He died penniless.
The miner depicted is actually working at a quartz mill.

5. Which of these sad facts is true about the miner depicted on the Arizona state seal?

  • He was the state's first governor.
  • He was a Mexican-American war hero.
  • He died penniless.

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Eureka (Latin for 'I have found it') is California's state motto.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

California
Eureka (Latin for 'I have found it') is California's state motto.

6. This state seal features the Roman goddess Minerva, as well as the state animal, the grizzly bear.

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Louisiana

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Although versions of the seal have been used since as early as 1801, an official description of the state seal wasn't given until 1963.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Indiana
Although versions of the seal have been used since as early as 1801, an official description of the state seal wasn't given until 1963.

7. Here is a home, where the buffalo roam. Which state's seal is this?

  • New Jersey
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Michigan, with all its lakes, certainly qualifies as a pleasant peninsula.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Michigan
Michigan, with all its lakes, certainly qualifies as a pleasant peninsula.

8. This state's seal contains a Latin phrase meaning "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Iowa is well known for it's agriculture, and awkwardly placed plows.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Iowa
Iowa is well known for it's agriculture, and awkwardly placed plows.

9. According to its official description, this farming state's seal features a citizen soldier "with a plow in his rear."

  • Iowa
  • Texas
  • Minnesota

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The USS Raleigh was meant to show New Hampshires role as a major port during the Revolutionary War.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

New Hampshire
The USS Raleigh was meant to show New Hampshires role as a major port during the Revolutionary War.

10. Which state seal features the USS Raleigh, despite having only a tiny coastline?

  • Washington
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The state seal of Nebraska is imprinted on all official documents in the state.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Nebraska
The state seal of Nebraska is imprinted on all official documents in the state.

11. This state seal features the Missouri river, a steam train, and the motto "Equality before the law."

  • Vermont
  • Alaska
  • Nebraska

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

Hawaii was once ruled by Native Hawaiians, who had their own royal family.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Hawaii
Hawaii was once ruled by Native Hawaiians, who had their own royal family.

12. This seal features a coat of arms, representing the fact that this state was once a monarchy:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • Hawaii

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Latin phrase translates to "He who is transplanted still sustains."

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Connecticut
The Latin phrase translates to "He who is transplanted still sustains."

13. This state's seal features a trio of grapevines, despite producing a mere 0.016% of America's wine.

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New York

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The palm tree on the seal, the state tree of Florida, was originally a cocoa tree.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Florida
The palm tree on the seal, the state tree of Florida, was originally a cocoa tree.

14. This tropical state's seal features a Seminole Native American woman, as well as hibiscus flowers:

  • Florida
  • Connecticut
  • Tennessee

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The Colorado state seal was created in 1877!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Colorado
The Colorado state seal was created in 1877!

15. This state's seal contains a Latin phrase meaning "Nothing Without Providence." (It also features snow-capped mountains.)

  • Nebraska
  • Colorado
  • Maine

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The star in the upper-left corner of this shield indicates Massachusetts was one of the original 13 colonies.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Massachusetts
The star in the upper-left corner of this shield indicates Massachusetts was one of the original 13 colonies.

16. According to the Latin phrasing on this seal, this early state is actually a republic. Which is it?

  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

That's right! Alaska is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can see the Northern Lights, and it is well known for train travel, marine transportation, and it's beautiful forests.

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Alaska
That's right! Alaska is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can see the Northern Lights, and it is well known for train travel, marine transportation, and it's beautiful forests.

17. This state seal features Northern Lights, and hints at the states mining industry, as well as its wealth of natural beauty.

  • Nevada
  • Alaska
  • Kansas

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

The symbols shown on the Kansas state seal were actually chosen by the FIRST state legislature in 1861!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Kansas
The symbols shown on the Kansas state seal were actually chosen by the FIRST state legislature in 1861!

18. The symbols on this state seal hint at the states agricultural roots, and it's role in the westward movement of settlers in the early U.S.

  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Kansas

CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

CORRECT!

It also has 33 stars, because it was 33rd state to join the Union!

INCORRECT!

The correct answer is:

Oregon
It also has 33 stars, because it was 33rd state to join the Union!

19. This state seal features the Pacific Ocean, along with its signature mountain ranges and forests.

  • Oregon
  • Missouri
  • Texas

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