Maine Trivia Quiz: History, Culture & More

How well do you know your Baths from Bangors? Test your knowledge with our Maine Trivia Quiz!

Maine is popular in summer for coastal vacations, in fall for the foliage and in winter for snowmobile trails but there is more to this east coast state so we’ve created quiz questions on general knowledge, geography, history, culture and landmarks.

You’ll find Maine questions and answers at the bottom of this guide. Feel free to use our quiz to build your own, and if you’d like to buy us a coffee to say thanks, we appreciate it!   

Note: As with all of our geography quizzes, there are five rounds, each with five questions, making this quiz out of 25 points.

We’ve also included fun Maine trivia so you can impress your friends with new facts.

If you’re not sure how to use this quiz, scroll to the bottom for instructions first.

Why not test yourself with our Vermont Quiz, New Hampshire Quiz, or 50 States Quiz too?

Free Maine Trivia Quiz Questions

Maine Quiz General Knowledge Questions 

1. What is the two letter state code for Maine?

  • MA
  • MI
  • ME
  • MN

2. How many islands does Maine have?

  • 1200
  • 3000
  • 5500
  • 6000

3. What does Maine have more per capita in the US?

  • Oysters
  • Breweries
  • Lighthouses
  • Massholes 

4. What is Maine’s nickname?

  • The Pine Tree State
  • The Potato State
  • The Lighthouse State
  • The Island State

5. What is Maine’s state animal?

  • Deer
  • Caribou
  • Moose
  • Lobster

Maine Geography Questions 

1. Which state is next to Maine on its southwest side?

  • Vermont 
  • Quebec
  • Massachusetts 
  • New Hampshire 

You may also enjoy our Vermont Quiz.

2. What is the least populated city in Maine? 

  • Eastport 
  • Ellsworth
  • Calais
  • Bath

3. Which location is closest to the Canadian border?

  • Caribou
  • Fort Kent
  • Campobello
  • Baxter State Park

4. How many lighthouses does Maine have?

  • 65
  • 75
  • 85
  • 95

5. Which of the following rivers does not run through Maine?

  • Androscoggin
  • Penobscot
  • Stillwater 
  • Quinobequin

Maine History Quiz

1. Augusta was not always the state capital! Who wore the crown until 1832?

  • Bar Harbor
  • Portland
  • Bath
  • Saco

2. In what year did Maine’s newest city, Sanford, become a city?

  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2012
  • 2013

3. Who is Ellsworth, the gateway to Acadia, named after?

  • Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth
  • Private donor of land, Eliza Ellsworth
  • Artist and philanthropist, Anthony Ellsworth
  • Senator for Maine, Bill Ellsworth

4. What happened to Maine in 1947?

  • The state burned down
  • The state was flooded
  • The state was attacked
  • The state suffered ice storms

5. What was legalized in Maine in 2012?

  • Marijuana
  • Same sex marriage
  • No smoking in public places
  • Blowing your nose in public

Maine Culture Questions

1. Where was the inspiration from Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery taken from? 

  • Mount Hope Cemetery 
  • Mid Hope Cemetery
  • Main Line Cemetery
  • Mass Love Cemetery

2. Muhammad Ali threw the famous Phantom Punch in Lewiston but what year did this take place? 

  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1968
  • 1971

3. The oldest continuous government in the world is said to be in Maine but where is it?

  • Portland
  • Augusta 
  • Penobscot Indian Island Reservation
  • Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation

4. What is Blaine House?

  • Residence of the governor of Maine
  • Stephen King’s writing retreat
  • Colonel John Brewer’s Home Museum
  • Where the First Amendment Museum is located

5. How does Santa arrive at the Kennebunkport Christmas event?

  • Travels in by vintage trolley train with twinkle lights
  • Drives in using moose from Rangeley to pull him
  • Flies in a private helicopter landing at Bush Compound
  • Sails down in a lobster boat as his sleigh

Landmarks in Maine Questions

1. Where is the only basilica in Maine?

  • Auburn
  • Portland
  • Westbrook
  • Lewiston

2. Where would you find Height of the Land Overlook?

  • Rangeley Lakes Region
  • Downeast and Acadia
  • Greater Portland and Casco Bay
  • Kennebec Valley

3. What peaks does the Knife Edge Trail connect?

  • Baker and Bald
  • Katahdin and Pamola
  • Cadillac and Saddleback
  • Big Moose and Big Spencer

4. What is the Old Sow?

  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest haystack
  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest snowmobile 
  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest potato

5. What kind of bridge is the Isle-Sedgwick Bridge?

  • Arch Bridge
  • Beam Bridge
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Cable-Stayed Bridge

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Maine General Knowledge Answers 

1. What is the two letter state code for Maine?

  • MA
  • MI
  • ME
  • MN

Maine Trivia: Main’s two letter state code is ME. Did you get it right? MA is Massachusetts, MI is Michigan and MN is Minnesota.

2. How many islands does Maine have?

  • 1200
  • 3000
  • 5500
  • 6000

3. What does Maine have more per capita in the US?

  • Oysters
  • Breweries
  • Lighthouses
  • Massholes 

4. What is Maine’s nickname?

  • The Pine Tree State
  • The Potato State
  • The Lighthouse State
  • The Island State

5. What is Maine’s state animal?

  • Deer
  • Caribou
  • Moose
  • Lobster

Maine Geography Answers 

1. Which state is next to Maine on its southwest side?

  • Vermont 
  • Quebec
  • Massachusetts 
  • New Hampshire 

You may also enjoy our Vermont Quiz.

2. What is the least populated city in Maine? 

  • Eastport 
  • Ellsworth
  • Calais
  • Bath

3. Which location is closest to the Canadian border?

  • Caribou
  • Fort Kent
  • Campobello
  • Baxter State Park

Maine Trivia: According to Google maps, Fort Kent in Aroostook County, Maine is 3.4 km from Claire in New Brunswick, Canada.

Have you heard about Campobello?

It is often recommended in Maine travel guides as a short trip from Lubec, ME but since it is actually in Canada, you need to your passport to visit!

You can see Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home when visiting Campobello!

4. How many lighthouses does Maine have?

  • 65
  • 75
  • 85
  • 95

Maine Trivia: Photographers love Maine for its lighthouses and the oldest, and the most photographed, is the Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

However, Maine is not actually the state with the most lighthouses, Michigan is.

5. Which of the following rivers does not run through Maine?

  • Androscoggin
  • Penobscot
  • Stillwater 
  • Quinobequin

Maine Trivia: the Quinobequin does not run through Maine. It s actually the original name for the Charles River in Massachusetts.

Maine History Answers

1. Augusta was not always the state capital! Who wore the crown until 1832?

  • Bar Harbor
  • Portland
  • Bath
  • Saco

2. In what year did Maine’s newest city, Sanford, become a city?

  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2012
  • 2013

3. Who is Ellsworth, the gateway to Acadia, named after?

  • Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth
  • Private donor of land, Eliza Ellsworth
  • Artist and philanthropist, Anthony Ellsworth
  • Senator for Maine, Bill Ellsworth

Maine Trivia: In 1916, Acadia National Park was named Sieur de Monts National Monument then Lafayette National Park in 1919. It changed to Acadia in 1929.

Some of the land the national park is on was ‘donated’ by wealthy women such as Bar Harbor resident, Eliza Homans.

The Wabanaki People – Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet and Micmac, called Mount Desert Island, where Acadia is located, Pemetic or ‘the sloping land’ and records show they’ve lived on the East Coast for 12,000 years. 

4. What happened to Maine in 1947?

  • The state burned down
  • The state was flooded
  • The state was attacked
  • The state suffered ice storms

Maine Trivia: 1947 is referred to as the year the state burned down. Nine towns were destroyed.

5. What was legalized in Maine in 2012?

  • Marijuana
  • Same sex marriage
  • No smoking in public places
  • Blowing your nose in public

Maine Trivia: Same sex marriage was legalised in 2012, eight years after the first state, Massachusetts.

There is a rumour that it is illegal to blow your nose in public in Wells, ME but it doesn’t appear to be true.

Maine Culture Answers

1. Where was the inspiration from Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery taken from? 

  • Mount Hope Cemetery 
  • Mid Hope Cemetery
  • Main Line Cemetery
  • Mass Love Cemetery

Maine Trivia: ​​Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine, is the second oldest garden cemetery in the United States.

2. Muhammad Ali threw the famous Phantom Punch in Lewiston but what year did this take place? 

  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1968
  • 1971

3. The oldest continuous government in the world is said to be in Maine but where is it?

  • Portland
  • Augusta 
  • Penobscot Indian Island Reservation
  • Passamaquoddy Indian Township Reservation

4. What is Blaine House?

  • Residence of the governor of Maine
  • Stephen King’s writing retreat for new writers
  • Colonel John Brewer’s Home Museum
  • Where the First Amendment Museum is located

Maine Trivia: The Augusta mansion was officially declared the residence of the governor in 1919.

The First Amendment Museum is located at the Gannett House also in Augusta.

5. How does Santa arrive at the Kennebunkport Christmas event?

  • Travels by vintage trolley train with twinkle lights
  • Drives in using moose from Rangeley to pull him
  • Flies in a private helicopter landing at Bush Compound
  • Sails down in a lobster boat as his sleigh

Maine Trivia: Christmas at Kennebunkport is an award-winning event and obviously there is a lobster decoration on top of the tree.

Landmarks in Maine Answers

1. Where would you find the only basilica in Maine?

  • Auburn
  • Portland
  • Westbrook
  • Lewiston

Maine Trivia: Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is located at (22 Ash Street in Lewiston and members of the public can do a tour of it.

2. Where would you find Height of the Land Overlook?

  • Rangeley Lakes Region
  • Downeast and Acadia
  • Greater Portland and Casco Bay
  • Kennebec Valley

3. What peaks does the Knife Edge Trail connect?

  • Baker and Bald
  • Katahdin and Pamola
  • Cadillac and Saddleback
  • Big Moose and Big Spencer

4. What is the Old Sow?

  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest tidal whirlpool
  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest haystack
  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest snowmobile 
  • The Western Hemisphere’s largest potato

Maine Trivia: You can experience The Old Sow by joining a boat tour from Eastport which takes you near Deer Island where the whirlpool is located.

5. What kind of bridge is the Isle-Sedgwick Bridge?

  • Arch Bridge
  • Beam Bridge
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Cable-Stayed Bridge

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