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Daniel Rigney

Daniel Rigney
New Texas, USA
August 01
free-range writer
In this writing workshop and citizen's blog I'm exploring various short forms, often from a satiric angle. My interests include politics, culture and the human comedy; old and new media; social theory and urban life; the commercialization, corporatization and tabloidization of everything; sustainability; Unitarianism (UU); coffee; and writing (sorry, I mean providing content). Turtle stamp is from Tandy Leather. Interested in republishing a piece? Contact drigney3@gmail.com.


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JULY 1, 2011 12:21AM

Test Your State Motto Literacy

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Test Your State Motto Literacy

By Daniel Rigney

Serious studies show that American citizens who don’t know all 50 U.S. state capitals, birds, trees and flowers are often woefully ignorant of other important civic and historic facts as well, including the official mottoes that guide each U.S. state toward its unique destiny.

What’s your Civics Literacy Quotient?

Find out now by taking this quick quiz, testing your knowledge of distinctive state mottoes. Here's your challenge: There’s one imposter  in the list. Can you spot it? Scroll below for answers.

1.1           1.    North to the future

2.                   2. God enriches.

3.                   3.  To the stars through difficulties

                 4.  Manly deeds, womanly words

5.                   5.  If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.

6.                  6.  Valor and arms

7.                   7.  Gold and silver

8.                   8.  It grows as it goes.

9.                  9.   To be rather than to seem

10.               10.  Labor conquers all things.

11.                 11.  She flies with her own wings.

11.           12.   Friendship

13.                13.  Industry

14.                14.  By and by

                  15.   Mountaineers are always free.

                  16.   Justice for all


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1.         1. Alaska

2.        2.  Arizona

          3. . Kansas

          4. Maryland

           5.  Michigan

6.         6.  Mississippi

7.         7. Montana

8.        8.  New Mexico

9.        9.  North Carolina

10.   10.  Oklahoma

11.    11.  Oregon

 12.   Texas

13.    13.  Utah

14.   14.  Washington

         15.  West Virginia


  1   And the decoy? 

          16.  This is the official motto of Washington, D.C., which was not  yet             a state  as of 2011. 

Source: TIME For Kids Almanac 2012, the almanac for busy people who don't have time to read an entire grownup almanac.




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