Time to head on down to the river to play some trivia. Mississippi Trivia, to be exact. Thirty questions about the state’s history, geography, and more.
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Crank up the blues music and let’s get ready for some trivia.
Hey gang, I’m your host, Brian Rollins and this is episode 186 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. This week, we’re heading down South with some Mississippi Trivia. Thirty questions about the state’s history, geography, and some of the famous people from there.
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That covers the basics, so let’s begin.
The Dorky Round
- What is the capital of Mississippi?
Jackson. It’s also the state’s largest city.
- When it comes to income, where does Mississippi rank in the US?
50th. Sadly, Mississippi is the poorest state in the US.
- What river makes up the majority of the Western border of Mississippi?
Don’t overthink it. It’s the Mississippi River.
- Jamie Foxx played the title character in what 2012 Quentin Tarantino movie?
- Prior to June 30, 2020, Mississippi featured what other flag on its state flag?
The Confederate Battle Flag. They finally removed it a few years ago.
- What state borders Mississippi to the East?
- What body of water forms the Southern border of Mississippi?
The Gulf of Mexico
- Mississippi is hit by an average of 27 of what type of natural disaster every year?
- The state’s capital is named after who?
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the US
- By 1860, over half of the state’s population were categorized as what?
Slaves. At the height of the practice in the US, slaves actually outnumbered free people.
The Geeky Round
- What singer, from Tupelo, MS, has charted the most songs on Billboard’s Top 40?
Elvis Presley. He had over 115 Top 40 songs.
- Born in McComb, MS, what singer sold 25 million copies of her debut album in 1999 at the tender age of 17?
- What two states border Mississippi to the West?
Arkansas and Louisiana
- Born in Kosciusko, MS, who was the richest African-American of the 20th Century?
- Known now for his commanding voice, what actor was born in Arkabutla, MS in 1931 and had a stutter as a child?
James Earl Jones
- More than half of the state of Mississippi is covered by what?
- Born in Greenville, MS, who made their feature film directorial debut with The Great Muppet Caper?
- What Katheryn Stockett novel, set in Jackson during the 1960s, was adapted into a 2011 movie that nabbed Octavia Butler an Oscar?
- What 2000 Coen Brothers film is a loose retelling of the Odyssey?
O Brother Where Art Thou?
- Who were the first Europeans to come to Mississippi?
The Spanish. Hernando de Soto led an expedition in the early 1540s.
The Nerdy Round
- What playwright, from Columbus, MS, wrote the plays The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?
- Neil Simon wrote what semi-autobiographical play about his time in a Mississippi military base?
- What writer, who was born and died in Mississippi, published The Sound and the Fury in 1929?
- What stand-up comedian, writer, and actress from Mississippi joined Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Jett Reno?
- If you’re a Parrothead, you’re a fan of what Pascagoula born musician?
- What 1988 film starred Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as FBI agents?
- Set in Sparta, MS, Virgil Tibbs helps solve a murder mystery in what 1965 novel and 1967 film?
In the Heat of the Night
- The John C. Stennis Space Center is where NASA tests what?
- What blues musician, from Berclair, MS, had a guitar named Lucille?
- Slaves were primarily used to harvest what crop in Mississippi?
Cotton. The state still produces a great deal of cotton.
And we are done with Mississippi. Here are a few bonus facts about the state.
- It was the second state to secede from the Union during the Civil War.
- The state saw a lot of action during the war. So much so that the capital, Jackson, was burned down three times during the Civil War.
- It’s the 32nd largest state in size and 35th in population.
- The state has had a less-than-stellar history with regards to Civil Rights. They were the last state to ratify the 13th Amendment. Only doing so in 1995.
So that’s Mississippi. What did I miss? This also marks the half-way point in the season. That’s right, we’re half-way through the US. I hope you’re enjoying the season thus far. We’re also a mere 14 episodes away from episode 20. That’ll be something special. I’m also cooking up something different for season five, so stay tuned.
We’ve got another state in a week. Here’s a clue to hold you over:
What state has no official nickname, but sometimes goes by The Lead State, The Bullion State, and The Mother of the West?
Any guesses? Well, we’ll find out next Wednesday, right here.
This has been episode 186 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The theme music has been by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.
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