The Great Texas Quiz
Texans the world over are proud to call their home the "Great State."
While this refers in part to the physical size of Texas, it is equally
applied to the state's natural resources, its diverse beauty, and
certainly the "can-do" spirit of the Texas people. The Texas State
Historical Association is pleased to present its seventh Texas history
quiz, focused on the "greatness" of Texas in its many dimensions.
As in the past, this is an open-book quiz, designed both to challenge
and educate, but also to emphasize the fun and excitement of Texas
history. We particularly want to encourage the active use of the
Handbook of Texas Online, which has received more than 36 million page
views since it was launched. You may prefer to consult our printed
versions of the Handbook and the new Portable Handbook of Texas
. These three sources will be considered authoritative in case of occasional
One of the unique and exciting elements of the Handbook of Texas
Online, with its 23,000 comprehensive articles, is the ability to
research topics by key words. For example, if you want to research
"great inventors" in the state of Texas, an excellent starting point is
an online search of the Handbook for the words "inventor" or
Indeed, the word "inventor" alone produced 58 separate references, and
will introduce you to great people, places, and things that you might
otherwise never encounter. Did you know, for example, that Henry Sigler,
a free black resident of Galveston before the Civil War, was both a
violin-playing barber and the inventor of an improved and safer fishhook?
Using this online search technique, we have researched ten interesting
dimensions of our Texas heritage, and have used them as building blocks
for our quarterly quiz. We have organized these in five subcategories:
Physical Features, Historical Events, Symbols, Culture, and Texans. We
are only scratching the surface, and encourage you to launch your own
research. Happy hunting!