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Pennsylvania True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the state of Pennsylvania are true or false?
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: May 6, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 26, 2021
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1. Philadelphia was, briefly, the capital of the United States
True
False
Philadelphia served as capital from 1790–1800
2. Pennsylvania was founded by a man named William Penn
True
False
3. The highest mountain east of the Mississippi River is located in Pennsylvania
True
False
It's Mount Mitchell of North Carolina
4. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in Pennsylvania
True
False
5. Pennsylvania is considered a swing state in the Presidential elections
True
False
6. Pennsylvania Dutch is the last dialect of Old Dutch spoken today
True
False
Pennsylvania Dutch is actually a dialect of German
7. Pittsburgh is located on the shores of Lake Erie
True
False
8. Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog
True
False
9. Scrapple is an alcoholic drink
True
False
Scrapple is a form of meatloaf made from pork
10. Philadelphia's name means "Brotherly Love" in Greek
True
False
11. The movie "Rocky" tells the true story of boxer Rocky Marciano
True
False
12. Philadelphia is located on Chesapeake Bay
True
False
13. The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin
True
False
14. Philadelphia Eagles fans once booed Santa Claus
True
False
15. Lancaster County is known as the "Silicon Valley of Pennsylvania"
True
False
Quite the opposite. Lancaster County is known for its Amish population.
20 Comments
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Level 71
May 6, 2024
Cool quiz.

Question two could use some clarity though. I got it wrong because it's actually named for his father... also named William Penn.

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Level 90
May 6, 2024
FreeStater is correct.
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Level ∞
May 6, 2024
Fixed the question!
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Level 89
May 6, 2024
The real clarity needed is Phillies fans booing Santa Claus. They had the audacity to boo Patrice O'Neal and Bill Burr and that backfired spectacularly. What did they think would happen with Santy?
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Level 74
May 6, 2024
Only missed #9, never heard of Scrapple.

Sincerely, a West Coaster

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Level 81
May 7, 2024
I got that one right only because I was thinking of Snapple.
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Level 58
May 8, 2024
Most people are happier that way.

Sincerely, a former Marylander

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Level 85
May 10, 2024
It's nothing great - they put all the stuff in it that they can't put in hot dogs!
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Level 73
Jun 24, 2024
A probably apocryphal story is that when the future Edward VIII visited the U.S. he told the press that he had enjoyed meeting the Scrapples of Philadelphia, who served him a sort of sausage called Biddle.
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Level 73
Jun 25, 2024
(True story) Years ago while waiting for a table at the Melrose Diner in Philadelphia, I overheard a conversation between a couple discussing the menu.

Her: What's scrapple?

Him: Well, just think what the root word is.

Her: Apple?

I feel badly for anyone who orders scrapple thinking it is made from apples.

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Level 91
May 7, 2024
Love the Lancaster County question.
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Level 85
May 8, 2024
While Rocky is not the true story of Rocky Marciano, the character of Rocky is based on Chuck Wepner, who came 19 seconds shy of going a full 15 rounds in a championship match with Muhammad Ali.
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Level 71
May 8, 2024
Question #15 does a disservice to Lancaster. For one, there's for sure a large Amish population but it's only about 30,000 people outside of a population of more than 500,000. And the Amish are interesting--they imprint their unique cuisine, activities, and culture on Lancaster County. But there's a lot of other cool things too. For example, it's America's Refugee Capital, and is very cosmopolitan with a ton of people from Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Its diverse population probably makes for one of the best food scenes in a small town in the country! It has a very vibrant downtown with small businesses and a very long, storied history. So it may not be Silicon Valley but it's pretty damn cool!
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Level 67
Jun 24, 2024
It absolutely does not do a disservice to Lancaster. It makes two points: 1. Lancaster is not, in fact, called "the Silicon Valley of Pennsylvania." This is undeniably true. 2. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is *best-known* for its large Amish population. This too is undeniably true. The question doesn't say there's absolutely nothing else interesting about Lancaster. It just says it's famous for its Amish population. It is. Gettysburg might have an awesome downtown too, but that's not what it's famous for.
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Level 88
May 9, 2024
I'm not familiar with the incident referenced in question 14. What's the story there?
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Level 71
May 18, 2024
You don't need context. If you know anything about Phillies fans, you know booing Santa is exactly what they would do.
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Level 56
Jun 25, 2024
The father christmas that appeared was a pretty ropey looking half-hearted effort. He didn't just get booed, he was pelted with snowballs/iceballs.

From recollection, he had been hastily sent out to try and stop the fans booing about something else, but I can't remember what that was. Probably getting beat by the Atlanta Falcons or something.

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Level 90
Jun 24, 2024
You're being generous to call that what goes into scrapple as pork. It's like the time I was in Mexico as a young teenager and my junior high school Spanish made me think that I would be happy to eat something that from the menu description had carne and vaca in it. Needless to say I wasn't expecting tripe nor was I very happy about eat it.
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Level 25
Jun 24, 2024
I got the quiz 100% first try but it said I clicked false on ones that i answered true and I got some wrong. I tried again and even checked my answers and it still did the glitch.
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Level 16
Jun 26, 2024
I got 11/15 correct, not bad for a Marylander who doesn't know a single thing about Pennsylvania...