Time to visit the fourth largest state in the US. This week’s episode of Dorky Geeky Nerdy features Montana Trivia. Thirty questions (and their corresponding answers) in one neat package. For free, no less!
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Welcome to the wide open plains of the fourth largest state in the US.
Hey gang, this is episode 183 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. I’m your host, Brian Rollins and this week we’ve got thirty questions all about Montana Trivia.
It’s big, it’s beautiful, and we’ve got it covered. If you’re new to the show, welcome. You can find out more about the show at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. We’ve also got some bonus content along with score cards and rules on how to play.
The rules are merely suggestions, feel free to play along any way you like. I’m not picky.
That gets the boilerplate stuff out of the way, so let’s get into the questions, shall we?
The Dorky Round
1. Where does Montana get its name?
2. What is the postal abbreviation for Montana?
3. The state motto, 'Oro y Plata' is Spanish for what?
4. According to Star Trek, what event takes place on April 5, 2063 in Bozeman, MT?
5. John Hammond recruits Alan Grant to tour his game preserve in what 1993 movie?
6. What two states border Montana to the East?
7. Custer's Last Stand took place at what battle?
8. If you pass through the Roosevelt arch, you're using the North Entrance to what massive National Park?
9. As seen on the 2007 quarter, what is the state's nickname?
10. Though not as famous as Yellowstone, what National Park sits in Northwest Montana and encompasses more than 1 million acres?
The Geeky Round
1. What is the capital of Montana?
2. What is the largest city in Montana?
3. Born in Butte, MT, what daredevil attempted over 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps?
4. What Saturday Night Live actor's impression of George HW Bush was so good, the President asked to meet him?
5. Born in Kalispell, who directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille?
6. Set in Montana, what 1998 film starred Robert Redford and a young Scarlett Johansson?
7. What 1985 Western novel and 1989 miniseries details a cattle drive from Texas to Montana?
8. Montana borders how many Canadian provinces?
9. Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. She was also the only Nay vote for the US to join which war?
10. Set in the 19th Century, what series acts as a prequel to the series, Yellowstone?
The Nerdy Round
1. What Missoula, MT native wrote, directed, edited, and produced the 1977 film, Eraserhead?
2. What Montanan won a best actor Oscar for Sergeant York in 1942 and High Noon in 1953?
3. What actress, from Helena, starred as Norma Crane in the six 'Thin Man' films?
4. What actor, from Townsend, MT, shocked Dallas viewers when he reappeared as Bobby Ewing in 1986?
5. Montana has voted Republican for president in 9 out of the last 10 elections. Which year did they vote for a Democrat?
6. What 1989 Steven Spielberg movie was filmed in the Kootenai National Forest?
7. What 1994 film is set in the plains of Montana and starred Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt?
8. What body of water is surrounded by towns like Bigfork, Big Arm, and Poison, MT?
9. What river, which shares its name with another M state, begins its journey in Southwestern Montana?
10. The town of Ekalaka, MT is named after the daughter of what legendary Native American chief?
And that’s all our questions for Montana. Here are a few bonus facts about the state:
- It’s the fourth largest state in the US
- In terms of population, however, it’s 43rd.
- Combine the population with the size and you get the 48th least densely populated state.
- It’s the 41st state, being added in 1889.
- During Lewis & Clark’s expedition, William Clark carved his name into Pompey’s Pillar. It’s been preserved and you can see it there today.
I haven’t spent much time in Montana other than my two trips to Yellowstone. I’d love to see more of the state, especially Glacier State Park. What say you, Montanans? What’s a must-see in your state?
We’ll be back again next week with 30 more trivia questions about another US state. Here’s a clue to tide you over:
What state was annexed by the US in 1898 after western businessmen overthrew the ruling monarch?
This is a state that is very high on my to-see list. If you’re not sure, you’ll find out next Wednesday.
This has been episode 183 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. You can find out more about this show at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. The theme music has been by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com. I’m your host, Brian Rollins. You can find me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
Thanks for listening.
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