Test your Mississippi IQ with these 15 questions

Mississippi state capitol
Photo courtesy of Steven Gagliano

Think you know the ins and outs of the Magnolia State? Test your knowledge with this 15-question quiz. Good luck.

  • Question of

    How many people reside in Mississippi?

    • 3 million
    • 4.2 million
    • 2.6 million
    • 5 million
  • Question of

    Which one of these people was not born in Mississippi?

    • Jim Henson
    • Elvis Presley
    • Eli Manning
    • Tennessee Williams
  • Question of

    What was the first state capital of Mississippi?

    • Jackson
    • Oxford
    • Gulfport
    • Natchez
  • Question of

    Who supposedly traded their soul to the devil at the Crossroads in Clarksdale in order to play the blues?

    • B.B. King
    • Muddy Waters
    • Robert Johnson
    • Charley Patton
  • Question of

    What is Mississippi’s top industry?

    • Agriculture
    • Manufacturing
    • Tourism
    • Retail
  • Question of

    What does the word, “Mississippi,” mean?

    • Big Delta
    • Father of Waters
    • River of the Falls
    • Thicket Clearers
  • Question of

    True or False: Mississippi has the most churches per capita than any other state?

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    True or False: Mississippi is home to the rarest oyster in the world?

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Woodall Mountain in Tishomingo County is the highest point in Mississippi. What’s its elevation?

    • 1,230 feet
    • 805 feet
    • 1,670 feet
    • >500 feet
  • Question of

    What is the state bird of Mississippi?

    • Mississippi Sandhill Crane
    • Blue Jay
    • Red-bellied Woodpecker
    • Mockingbird
  • Question of

    Besides Jackson, what’s the most populated city in the state?

    • Hattiesburg
    • Starkville
    • Southaven
    • Gulfport
  • Question of

    Which city is located atop an extinct volcano?

    • Corinth
    • Jackson
    • Greenville
    • Biloxi
  • Question of

    What popular magazine is printed right here in Mississippi?

    • National Geographic
    • Sports Illustrated
    • Better Homes and Gardens
    • Vogue
  • Question of

    Is Mississippi’s beach manmade?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Mississippi doesn’t have a beach
  • Question of

    Who originated using the word, “Mississippi,” to count seconds?

    • Mark Twain
    • William Faulkner
    • Andrew Jackson
    • No one knows


Written by J.T. Mitchell

J.T. Mitchell is a multimedia journalist out of Jackson, Mississippi, who worked extensively for both News Mississippi and SuperTalk Mississippi before coming aboard as editor in chief for Our Mississippi Home. He is also the author of Pocket Grammar: 24 Mistakes You'll Never Make Again. J.T. received his education from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied both English and philosophy. Contact J.T. at [email protected]


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