The ultimate Pioneer Day challenge: Test your knowledge of Utah's heritage

How much do you know about the Mormon pioneers and early Utah history?

Test your knowledge of the people, places and events surrounding July 24, 1847, and the Mormon colonization of the West.

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vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

Insightful - I enjoyed that quiz. I need to brush up on my pioneer history.

gmabeek
Hyrum, UT

Loved the quiz. Would like to have a copy of it. Would be great to have a print link.

Meg30
Providence, UT

No way!!!! I was seriously going to put a quiz together for our family gathering. Now I don't have to! Thanks tons!!!!

Melissa S.
Washington, DC

Rep. Rob Bishop's DC office will be taking this quiz tomorrow! thanks for sharing. Will be a great way to help us celebrate Pioneer Day.

matc8s
Bethel Island/CC, CA

I only missed 8. Not bad for a Catholic from California ;-)

RR_Xing
San Diego, CA

I don't agree with the answer to question 5. While 3 women were members of the original party leaving Winter Quarters, they were joined en route by members of the Mormon Battalion and church members from Mississippi who wintered in Pueblo, Colorado. The women in this group were part of the first wagon train to enter the Salt Lake Valley.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

I'm with Gmabeek. Would be nice to have a print copy. In fact, even if I don't print it, it would be nice not to have to click through 60 pages. After complaining several times about these lists you have to click through, many months ago I finally gave up. But now, I can't help saying once again that all these would be better on a one page scroll down format. Why doesn't the DN agree?

Tennor
Orem, UT

They want more page views to pad their numbers. More page views = higher charge for ads.

rawlshea1
salt lake city, UT

A very thoughtful and thought provoking quiz. I wish we could find a way to re-invigorate history and its nuances in education, especially K-12. Maybe the Deseret News should sponsor a contest for preparing secular class plans to incorporate much of this rich and important Utah history. This coming from someone who is bi-cultural, that is, my mother was Mormon and my father was Catholic.

mssr
Provo, UT

Interesting, but this is more of a Mormon history of Utah then one which captures the entire history. Whilst Mormons were largely responsible for settling and establishing the Utah Territory, mining pioneers also had a huge hand in it. Col. Connor and his men all but began the mining rush in Utah. As with other western states, mining built the west.

utah cornhusker
NORFOLK, NE

I didn't do to bad considering I'm from Nebraska, but lived in Utah for many years. Newel Knight is not buried far from where I live, but never understood why they went 145 miles north and west of Omaha where winter quarters was located. The monument near Niobrara is nice and is always so well cared for.

Lolly
Lehi, UT

It is a great opportunity to learn and appreciate the sacrifices made then and even now by so many.

CA Granny
PETALUMA, CA

This was a fun way to see how much I knew or remembers from years of reading church history and a good way to learn things I don't know. However, there are 2 boo boo's on the list in question #12 and question #28. In the answers to both of these, Parley P. Pratt is mentioned, first as the engineer who helped make the odometer and secondly as one of the group who climbed Ensign Peak shortly after their arrival. Actually, I think the answer in both cases should be Orson; Parley didn't arrive in the valley until the huge wagon train organized and lead by him and John Taylor arrived in September.

Andy in Sandy
Sandy, Utah

A very good quiz for exercising the thought process of retrieving facts from the cranial memory banks. Unfortunately I had to guess on most of the questions, but I usually guessed right. I correctly answered 23 for a score of 77%.

Just for fun -- a question 28a could be "Who was the first prophet to go through the MTC? Answer: Moses! He parted the waters, then walked through the "empty sea" (MTC) on dry ground.

Similarly, Why is the postal code for Montana "MT"? Answer: because of the relatively low population per square mile, Montana is considered empty (MT).

Pete1215
Lafayette, IN

Very interesting. Being a Gentile from Indiana, I didn't know most of these. But I have been to SLC. The statue of the Handcart folks in Temple Square got me interested in that most interesting story. They were a tough bunch. Thanks Deseret News for sharing this list.

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