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National Park Quiz 75: Potpourri IV

A student at the Helicopter Training Academy practices cargo load hooking. National Park System photo.

1. The accompanying photo was taken at the National Park Service’s Helicopter Training Academy, which means that it was taken in
a. Gateway National Recreation Area
b. Canaveral National Seashore
c. Yosemite National Park
d. Grand Canyon National Park

2. When completed, the ______ will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States.
a. North Country National Scenic Trail
b. Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
c, Ice Age National Scenic Trail
d. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

3. The ______ honors the first President who was born in a hospital.
a. John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
b. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
c. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
d. Harry S Truman National Historic Site

4. Which of these parks receives the highest per-acre backcountry use?
a. Yellowstone National Park
b. Lassen Volcanic National Park
c. Congaree National Park
d. Isle Royale National Park

5. To visit the place most closely associated with the treachery of America’s most famous traitor, Benedict Arnold, you need to go to West Point, site of the vital American fort that Arnold tried to help the British capture. But if you want to visit the place where Arnold made his greatest contribution to the cause of American freedom, you need to visit
a. Saratoga National Military Park
b. Saratoga National Historical Park
c. Saratoga National Battlefield
d. Saratoga National Battlefield Park

6. He was caught taking clients to hunt elk in Yellowstone National Park, so______ had to shut down his hunting guide service.
a. Ted Nugent
b. Harrison Ford
c. Chuck Norris
d. Evel Knievel

7. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Ross Lake National Recreation Area are National Park System units managed as part of the ______ Service Complex
a. Grand Canyon National Park
b. Glacier National Park
c. North Cascades National Park
d. Rocky Mountain National Park

8. Which national park has the greatest variety of salamanders anywhere, making it the “Salamander Capital of the World”?
a. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
b. Acadia National Park
c. Buffalo National River
d. Everglades National Park

9. True or false? BASE-jumping has always been banned in Yosemite National Park.

10. True or false? The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a statue depicting three nurses with a wounded soldier, was the first memorial erected in the nation’s capital to honor women’s military service.

Extra Credit Question:

11. What is the “Half-Gallon Challenge,” and with which unit of the National Park System is it associated?

Super Bonus Question:

12. Four U.S. Presidents have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Two of them, Theodore Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, have had National Park System units established in their honor. Name the two Nobel Prize-winning Presidents who have NOT had a National Park System unit created in their honor.


(1) d -- The Helicopter Training Academy is located in Grand Canyon National Park. In 2008, the Academy trained 23 students, including 5 managers and 18 crew members.

(2) a -– The North Country National Scenic Trail will be 4,200-4,500 miles long when it’s finally completed. Though administered by the National Park Service, the trail is not a National Park System unit.

(3) b -- Jimmy Carter was born in the Wise Sanitarium in Plains, Georgia. The former hospital is now the Lillian G. Carter Nursing Center, which named after his mother (who worked there as a registered nurse).

(4) d -– Although Isle Royale attracts fewer visitors each year than Yellowstone receives in a typical summer day, the island park’s per-acre backcountry use is the highest of any national park in the U.S.

(5) b -- Saratoga National Historical Park commemorates the 1777 Battle of Saratoga. Arnold’s courage and leadership in that battle helped American troops defeat a British army and gain the victory that convinced France it should join the war on America’s side.

(6) d -– Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, who later became the world’s most famous motorcycle daredevil, had been telling his clients they could have their money back if they failed to get the elk they wanted. Knievel, now deceased, later achieved fame as a motorcycle daredevil.

(7) c -- Three separate National Park System units are managed collectively as the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. One of these units is North Cascades National Park and the other two are Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Ross Lake National Recreation Area.

(8) a -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has at least 30 different species of salamanders, is the hands-down winner of the salamander diversity title.

(9) False. BASE-jumping, a parachuting variant whose name derives from its unusual choice of launch sites (Buildings, Antennas, Spans [bridges], and Earth formations [cliffs]), was allowed in Yosemite for a trial period in 1980. It is now banned, primarily because chute malfunctions, tricky winds, rocky landing areas, and other hazards make it extremely risky, even for experts.

(10) True. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue became the first memorial in Washington, DC to honor women’s military service when it was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1993. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial honors the approximately 7,500 female military veterans of the Vietnam War.

(11) The “Half-Gallon Challenge” is a tradition that requires Appalachian National Scenic Trail thru-hikers to stop at the small general store in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park (near the halfway point on the trail), buy a half-gallon of ice cream, and eat all of it within one hour while sitting on the front porch. If successful, the hiker gets a souvenir wooden spoon.

(12) While there are National Park System units honoring Theodore Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter, no National Park System unit has been created to honor Nobel Prize recipients Woodrow Wilson or Barack Obama.

Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.


BASE-jumping, a parachuting variant whose name derives from its unusual choice of launch sites (Buildings, Antennas, Spans [bridges], and Earth formations [cliffs]),

So, if they referred to bridges as bridges (rather than "spans") it would be BABE Jumping?

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