100+ Massachusetts Trivia Questions and Answers

Massachusetts was among the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States of America. Its five bordering states are Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The state is home to the very first public park to ever exist. Boston Common Park dates all the way back to 1634 when it became the first public green space.

Massachusetts Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

How much do you know about the NBA? If basketball is among your favorite sports then this fact will woo you. James Naismith invented basketball at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Research shows that Massachusetts is the most educated state in America. The state has numerous high–ranking state colleges and universities. Want to go to Havard, Amherst, or Boston College? This trivia will give you a glimpse of what Massachusetts is like!

Take up these trivia questions and see how well you know Massachusetts!


1. What is the capital of Massachusetts?



2. Which US state borders Massachusetts to the west?

New York.


3. What does “Massachusetts” mean?

Great mountain place


4. How many miles of interstates and other highways are there in the state of Massachusetts?

31,300 miles


5. Which Massachusetts city is infamous for a case of mass hysteria?


6. What is the Massachusetts state marine mammal?

Right whale


7. Massachusetts is home to the world’s largest?

World’s largest Ouija board


8. Where does Massachusetts rank among the states?

It’s the 7th smallest


9. What did protestors disguise themselves as at the Boston Tea Party?


10. Massachusetts is the _____ state?

The Bay State


11. The state of Massachusetts was the first to form a Black regiment with white officers, and it was called the what?

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.


12. What is the oldest city in Massachusetts?



13. Where was George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States born?

In Milton, Massachusetts in 1924.


14. Which Massachusetts town celebrated the first Thanksgiving?

Plymouth Colony


15. What is the Massachusetts state fossil?

Dinosaur track.


16. How many “witches” were burned at the stake in the Salem Witch Trials?



17. In Massachusetts how many counties are there?



18. What is the official state flower of Massachusetts?



19. Massachusetts is located along the Atlantic Flyway, a major route for what?

Migratory waterfowl


20. How many cups of tea were destroyed at the Boston Tea Party?

18,523,000 cups of tea.


21. Massachusetts has two separate metropolitan areas: Greater Boston in the east and what in the west?

The Springfield metropolitan area.


22. What Native American was honored at the first Thanksgiving feast?



23. What is the official term for someone from Massachusetts?

Massachusettsan or Bay Stater.


24. How much of Massachusetts’ population lives in Greater Boston?

Approximately two-thirds.


25. What flooded a Boston neighborhood in 1919?

Great Molasses Flood


26. What is the Massachusetts state bird?



27. What is the name of the lake located in Webster, Massachusetts?

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg


28. Massachusetts is the home of what university, founded in 1636, and the oldest institution of higher learning in America?

Harvard University


29. What is the state bird of Massachusetts?

Black-capped chickadee


30. What was the name of the United States’ first college for women, opened in 1837?

Mount Holyoke College


31. The oldest college in the US is Harvard University, founded in Massachusetts in what year?

The year 1636


32. What popular sitcom was set in Massachusetts?



33. What is the Massachusetts state fish?



34. Which American writer made a lake in Concord, Massachusetts famous?

Henry David Thoreau


35. What popular cookie was named after a town in Massachusetts?

Fig Newton


36. As of 2005, how many farms were located in the state?



37. In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legally recognize what kind of marriage?


38. What is the “official” name of the state of Massachusetts?

The “Commonwealth of Massachusetts”.


39. Which section of Boston is home to Mike’s Pastry, La Dolce Vita, and The Improv Asylum?

The North End


40. What is the Massachusetts state beverage?

Cranberry juice


41. What National League baseball team, now located in the southeast, was a Boston team until the 1950s?

Atlanta Braves


42. What is the area of Massachusetts in square miles?



43. What does the red brick or painted line on the ground running through Boston signify?

The Freedom Trail


44. What percentage of the state is covered in forest?

Around 62%.


45. What was the name of Boston’s highway reconstruction project that involved “burying” the major routes through the city?

The Big Dig


46. The gray wolf, elk, wolverine, and eastern cougar are animals that have become locally “what” in Massachusetts?



47. What rock and roll icon helped dedicate the Leonard P. Zakim/Bunker Hill Bridge?


48. Located in Holyoke is what hall of fame?

The Volleyball Hall of Fame


49. The J.F.K. museum is located in which section of Boston?


50. How many NBA Championships have the Boston Celtics won?



51. What Civil War Regiment is honored outside the State House?

The 54th of Massachusetts


52. In 2005, what percentage of the population of Massachusetts spoke English?



53. What tradition originally started in a retail apparel store located in Boston’s Downtown Crossing?

The Running of the Brides


54. Large numbers of the indigenous people in the northeast of what is now the US were killed by epidemics and from 1617 to 1619, smallpox reportedly killed what percentage of the Massachusetts Bay Native Americans?



55. What Red Sox great was known as the ‘Splendid Splinter’?


56. What is the Massachusetts state dog?

Boston terrier


57. Name the music conductor most associated with the Boston Pops Orchestra?

Arthur Fiedler


58. The pilgrims established their settlement at Plymouth in 1620, and developed friendly relations with what native American Indian tribe?



59. What Boston Bruins player was gifted with the old Boston Garden penalty box, when construction on the new Boston Garden began?

Terry O’Reilly


60. Massachusetts was the first state to pass compulsory what?

School attendance laws


61. What former Massachusetts Senator, who died in 2009, is the brother of a former president?

Ted Kennedy


62. What is the Massachusetts state cat?

Tabby cat


63. What legendary baseball player was considered the cause of the Red Sox’ longtime losing streak through most of the 20th Century?


64. In 1636, Roger Williams founded what colony?

Rhode Island.


65. What act performs on the Esplanade every fourth of July?

The Boston Pops


66. George Washington took over what would become the Continental Army and his first victory was the Siege of what city in the winter of 1775–76?



67. What local ice cream shop got its start in Post Office Square and now serves “Big Dig” flavored ice cream all over the state of Massachusetts?



68. How many Superbowls have the New England Patriots won?



69. Which Boston monument became the logo of a famous publisher?

Charles Bulfinch’s Eagle


70. Bostonian John Adams, was known as the what?

“Atlas of Independence”.


71. Which famous opera was the inspiration for the Swan Boats?

Wagner’s Lohengrin


72. What is the longest interstate in Massachusetts?

Interstate 90


73. There are a total of 34 small islands off the coast of Boston. Eleven of them are accessible to explore by the public. Which of these islands is home to Fort Warren and boasts the legend of “The Lady in Black”?

George’s Island


74. John Adams was an important figure in both the struggle for independence and the formation of the now what?

United States


75. Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue cross over each other at what location?

Kenmore Square


76. What is the Massachusetts state horse?

Morgan horse


77. Besides swans and seagulls, what other birds are connected with Boston (especially in one specific area)?



78. How many Stanley Cups have the Boston Bruins won?



79. The author of ‘The Man Without A Country’ has a statue of him in the Boston Public Garden. Name him.

Edward Everett Hale


80. John Adams succeeded George Washington as US President, and his son, John Quincy Adams, would go on to become the what?

Sixth President.


81. Which poet was instrumental in saving U.S.S. Constitution?

Oliver Wendell Holmes


82. What is the Massachusetts state game bird?

Wild turkey


83. What was the vocation of famed freedom rider Paul Revere?

Silversmith and dentist


84. During World War II, what percentage of the US armaments were produced in Massachusetts?

3.4 percent


85. Name the black patriot who died in the Boston Massacre?

Crispus Attucks


86. Approximately how big is Massachusetts?

8,000 sq. miles


87. The Kennedy family, prominent in Massachusetts politics in the 20th century, included John F. Kennedy, who was a US president in 1963 when he was what?



88. What colors are on the Massachusetts State Flag?

White, blue, and gold


89. What is the Massachusetts state Reptile?

Garter snake


90. What happened during the Boston Massacre?

British soldiers fired on a crowd of Patriots


91. What is the Massachusetts state insect?

Lady bug


92. Why was the first railroad in America built in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1826?

To haul granite for the Bunker Hill Monument


93. Where in Massachusetts is the famous Kennedy Compound locate?

At Hyannisport on Cape Cod


94. Who published the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, in Boston from 1831-1866?

William Lloyd Garrison


95. Who is the Massachusetts state artist?

Norman Rockwell


96. Who demonstrated the first telephone in Boston?


97. In what year was Massachusetts ranked as the most energy-efficient state in the union?

In 2011


98. What modern invention was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1928?



99. What is the major airport in the state?

Logan International Airport.

100. Massachusetts is home to The Mather School, founded in 1639, and it is America’s oldest public what?

Elementary school


101. How many times have the Boston Red Sox won the World Series?



102. What is the Massachusetts state tree?

American Elm


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