A Little More – Week of 5/8/23

Welcome to A Little More, which is our weekly look at some of our favorite questions from last week at Sporcle Events pub quiz shows. And because we love these questions so much, we give you a little more (get it?) info about them and include a related quiz for you to play at home. Check back next week for even more.


This Week’s Questions

  1. Which U.S. state joined the Confederacy only around 15 years after it joined the Union, making it the youngest state to secede?
  2. What two traditional birthstones—one a group of silicate minerals and the other a variety of the mineral corundum—are red?
  3. Within three, how many inches in diameter is a regulation basketball rim?
  4. Among the following list of seven countries, choose the four that the United States has officially declared war on at some point in its history. Teams will receive two points for each correct answer. North Korea, Mexico, France, Spain, Japan, Bulgaria, China
  5. The first English child born in the New World was given what name that is now the name of a U.S. state?
  6. I-8, I-10, I-17, I-19, and I-40 are all primary interstate routes that run partially or entirely in which Western U.S. state?
  7. The 1986 inaugural class of performers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included three musicians who were inducted. Name two of those three musicians.

Answers and A Little More

Q: Which U.S. state joined the Confederacy only around 15 years after it joined the Union, making it the youngest state to secede?
A: Texas

A Little More – Texas joined the Union in December 1845 and seceded in February 1861, joining the Confederacy a month later. Texas became the seventh state to secede and join the Confederate States of America. This decision was driven in large part by the state’s economic reliance on slavery and its political leaders’ desire to preserve it as an institution.

Try this Quiz – Confederate State Conundrum


Q: What two traditional birthstones—one a group of silicate minerals and the other a variety of the mineral corundum—are red?
A: Garnet and Ruby

A Little More – Garnet is the traditional birthstone for January and ruby is the traditional birthstone for July. Garnet has been used for over 5,000 years in jewelry-making and was a popular gemstone during the Victorian era. Rubies are one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamonds on the Mohs hardness scale. They are highly valued for their durability and brilliance.

Try This Quiz – Birthstone or Mohs Hardness Scale Mineral


Q: Within three, how many inches in diameter is a regulation basketball rim?
A: 18 inches

A Little More – That got us to wondering about other basketball measurements! A standard men’s basketball is just over 9.5 in. in diameter and a standard women’s basketball is just under 9.25 in. in diameter. The NBA and WNBA has a standardized 10-foot height for hoops. This applies to all levels of the game, from high school through the professional leagues. And finally, the outer dimensions of a court are 94 feet long by 50 feet wide.

Try This Quiz – Increasing Options: NBA


Q: Among the following list of seven countries, choose the four that the United States has officially declared war on at some point in its history. Teams will receive two points for each correct answer. North Korea, Mexico, France, Spain, Japan, Bulgaria, China
A: Mexico, Spain, Japan, and Bulgaria

A Little More – Mexico was in 1846, which was a result of border disputes and tensions over the annexation of Texas. Spain was in 1898, which was fought over Spain’s control of Cuba and other territories in the Caribbean. Bulgaria was in 1917, which was part of World War I.  Japan was in 1941, after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Try This Quiz – US Declarations of War


Q: The first English child born in the New World was given what name that is now the name of a U.S. state?
A: Virginia

A Little More – Virginia Dare was born in 1587 in Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina. The state of Virginia is named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the “Virgin Queen” because she never married. In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer and colonizer, named the area of present-day Virginia in honor of Elizabeth, who had granted him a royal charter to establish a colony in North America.

Try This Quiz – Virginia History Bunker


Q: I-8, I-10, I-17, I-19, and I-40 are all primary interstate routes that run partially or entirely in which Western U.S. state?
A: Arizona

A Little More – I-15 also runs through part of Arizona, and I-11 is a proposed future route. The first interstate highway in Arizona was Interstate 10, which is a major east-west highway that runs from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida. The first section of I-10 in Arizona was completed in 1961, and it connected Phoenix and Tucson, two of the state’s largest cities.

Try This Quiz – Interstate 10 States in Order Minefield


Q: The 1986 inaugural class of performers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included three musicians who were inducted. Name two of those three musicians.
A:Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley

A Little More – The inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was inducted in 1986 and included some of the biggest names in rock and roll history, such as the three men mentioned above, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, and the Everly Brothers.

Try This Quiz – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers by Band Members


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