State Quarter Quiz
I’ve been a collector of state quarters since the first year they came out. In fact, just this year I collected the Washington State quarter, an event I’ve been anticipating for eight years!
I got a quiz in the mail a few days ago testing ones knowledge of the backs of the state quarters with the text removed. Go ahead, give it a try. I got 17 out of 20 right, but some of them are mighty tricky.
Seeing the quarter backs without the words made me appreciate the state histories and landscapes that we so often forget about. Divorced from my contemporary perception, I begin to remember that each of the states has their own complicated story of what it means to be from Utah or from Kentucky or wherever. Sometimes I wonder if our obsession with being “true” Americans has devalued our own state identities, which have a rich value in of themselves.
If you didn’t the first time, take the quiz and reflect, for just a moment, on how little we really know about our 49 other neighbors.