Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cherry Blossoms on the National Mall?

Test your knowledge with these 17 questions about the cherry blossoms and the springtime festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. every year.

In what year was the first cherry tree planted on the National Mall?
A picture of Johnny at the Cherry Blossom Festival for Grandma at Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
A picture of Johnny at the Cherry Blossom Festival for Grandma at Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
1905
1912
1925
1888

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Who came up with the idea for cherry blossoms along the Potomac?
Cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms
Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore
The Japanese Ambassador
An unknown National Park Service worker
President William McKinley

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The original cherry trees were gifted to the U.S. from what country?
Cherry blossom petals and roots (Courtesy National Park Service)
Cherry blossom petals and roots (Courtesy National Park Service)
Germany
France
England
Japan

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Where were the first cherry blossom trees planted?
Cherry Blossoms on the National Mall.
Cherry Blossoms on the National Mall.
Around the U.S. Capitol Building
At the Botanical Gardens
At the Tidal Basin
Around the White House

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Why did agents from the Department of Agriculture reject the first shipment of cherry trees?
Cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms
The ground was too frozen to plant them.
They violated import laws.
They had Hashimoto’s disease.
They were infested with nematodes.

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Who in official Washington serves as “Honorary Chair” of the Cherry Blossom Festival?
Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)
Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)
America’s Ambassador to Japan
Miss America
The First Lady
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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In what year did the first official Cherry Blossom Festival take place?
Visitor enjoys Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. (Courtesy National Park Service)
Visitor enjoys Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. (Courtesy National Park Service)
1898
1912
1935
1943

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Which first lady planted the first cherry tree in Washington, D.C.?
Visitor enjoys cherry blossoms. (Courtesy National Park Service)
Visitor enjoys cherry blossoms. (Courtesy National Park Service)
Eleanor Roosevelt
Helen Taft
Patricia Nixon
Ida McKinley

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Washington D.C. has more cherry trees than any other city in the United States.
Cherry blossoms on the National Mall. (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)
True
False

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In 1915, the U.S. Government reciprocated with what gift to the cherry tree donor country?
Washington Monument, seen from the Potomac Tidal Basin at Spring cherry blossom time, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)
Washington Monument, seen from the Potomac Tidal Basin at Spring cherry blossom time, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress)
American elm trees
American dogwoods
American magnolias
American maples

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Which of the following events is not part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival?
Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall. (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)
Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall. (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)
Kite festival
Fireworks
Parade
Blossom hunt

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In what year did the Cherry Blossom Princesses' event start?
Crowned Queen of Cherry Blossoms. Washington, D.C., April 8, 1937. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Crowned Queen of Cherry Blossoms. Washington, D.C., April 8, 1937. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
1918
1926
1934
1948

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Where does the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade take place?
Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Pennsylvania Avenue
Constitution Avenue
Around the Tidal Basin
Embassy row

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How is the Cherry Blossom Queen chosen?
Peggy Townsend, pretty Washington Miss who will be crowned Queen of the Cherry Blossoms in Potomac Park today. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Talent competition
Selection committee
Spin of a wheel
Secret vote by select festival attendees

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For approximately how long does a typical cherry blossom remain in bloom?
Cherry blossoms in sunlight. (Courtesy National Park Service)
One week
Two weeks
Three weeks
Four weeks

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Approximately how many cherry trees are on the National Mall?
Washington Tidal Basin at spring Cherry Blossom Festival time, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
Washington Tidal Basin at spring Cherry Blossom Festival time, Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Library of Congress)
500
1,500
3,500
6,000

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What shocking event happened on December 11, 1941?
Cherry blossoms (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)
Cherry blossoms (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)
Four cherry trees were mysteriously cut down.
Four trees died from the cold.
The U.S. Government shrouded the cherry trees in black.
A beaver toppled four cherry trees.

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