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National Park Quiz 101: Ringer VII

Our Ringer VII quiz requires you to examine sets of park names and decide which park in each set is different from the others in a significant way and “does not belong there.” For example, if you were to examine a set consisting of Acadia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Devils Postpile National Monument, you could logically say that Acadia does not belong because it is an eastern park and the other three are western parks. Acadia is a “ringer park” in this context because of its false representation of belonging to a set of western parks.

If you can correctly identify a ringer park in at least 8 of the 10 sets listed below, you will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing and a chance to win a signed copy of Stephen R. Brown's beautiful photo book, the Jewel of the Mall: The World War II Memorial.

To correctly identify a ringer park in a set, you must state the name of a park and tell why it can logically be called a ringer park in that particular set. Since parks can vary in many significant ways, there is not necessarily just one correct answer for each set. Thus, for example, Acadia could have been called a ringer park in the sample set because it is the smallest of the four parks, because is located in Maine instead of California, because it has no federally protected wilderness, because it was created entirely from private land, etc. Your answer will be judged correct if you’ve made a strong case for it.


A park cannot be dubbed a ringer park simply because of its type designation. Thus, Devils Postpile cannot be called a ringer park in the above example simply because it is National Monument-designated park and the others are National Park-designated.

Identify your answers with the same numbers used in the list. Remember that each of your answers must name a park and tell why it can logically be called a ringer park in that particular set.

And now, have at it!

1. Fort Point National Historic Site, Fort Sumter National Memorial, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Fort Laramie National Historic Site

2. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Golden Spike National Historic Site

3. Stones River National Battlefield, Gettysburg National Military Park, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

4. Devils Tower National Monument, River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Mount Rainier National Park

5. Grand Canyon National Park, Big Bend National Park, Glacier National Park, Voyageurs National Park

6. James A. Garfield National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Lincoln Memorial

7. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

8. Redwood National and State Parks, Yosemite National Park, Congaree National Park, Shenandoah National Park

9. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Amistad National Recreation Area

10. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Answers and a list of readers who submitted at least eight acceptable answers will be posted in tomorrow's Traveler.

No cheating!

If we catch you Googling or engaged in other sneakery, we will make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Integrity is what you do when no one is looking.”


Wow, viewmtn; that was a real tour de force. Welcome to the Winners Circle. Take any seat you want.

Good job, Eric; you're in.

Generally good job, celbert. Though you didn't clear the bar on numbers 5 and 6, you did answer eight correctly, and that is all that was required. Welcome to the Winners Circle. Use the servants entrance.

Anon, you got seven correct, but you need eight. Take another look at 2, 4, and 8. Answer any one of them correctly and you're in. BTW, since you did not follow directions and number your answers, you are going to have to enter the Winners Circle by crawling in a window. We'll be sure to leave one unlatched for you. ;o)

Caprice, you got seven correct but you need eight. Take another look at 5, 6 and 7 . (You made a correct statement regarding Number 7, but it's not an appropriate answer in this particular context.) Get any one of those three correct and we'll welcome you to the Winners Circle (servants entance).

I don't like 2 and 4, Anon; I'm afraid it's just not your day on those two. Number 8 is just fine, though, so you qualify for the Winners Circle. * I was just kidding about the window. We won't leave any of them unlatched. ;o)

[ * To be eligible for the monthly prize drawing, you must have a cyberhandle that can be used to clearly identify you. Thus, Anon is in the Winners Circle, but not in the prize drawing pool. Quizmeister]

Five and seven are weak, Caprice, but I like number 6. You're in!

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