Many of us who know little about the Florida Keys may think that they are something that they are not. We can think of them as just an island that appears in the Beach Boys’ song “Kokomo” or we can think of them as what Floridians use to get into their houses and start their cars. For those who have visited the Florida Keys, or are lucky enough to call them home, these Florida Keys are a tropical existence rich with the past, culture, and of course, an abundance of pina coladas. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this group of islands, the most tropical keychain in existence.
1. The Florida Keys are islands made up of what?
has. coral and limestone
b. fermented seaweed and wood
against plutonic rock and asphalt
d. sugar and spices and everything good
2. Which Spanish explorer visited the area that would become the Florida Keys in 1513?
has. Christopher Columbus
b. Juan Ponce de León
against Francisco de Eliza
d. Indiana Jones
3. Around what year did the first permanent settlers arrive in the Florida Keys?
4. What did these first permanent settlers do to survive?
has. Shipwrecks rescued and fished
b. alligators and manatees hunted
against Traded jewelry made from farmyard
d. He worked at Disney World.
5. Approximately how big are the Florida Keys?
has. 350 miles
b. 170 miles
against 220 miles
d. five foot two and blue eyes
6. In 1935, the major disaster in the Keys, which destroyed property and killed hundreds of people, was caused by what?
has. in the tsunami
b. an earthquake
against a hurricane
d. The stock market crash
7. What is the name of the highway that runs from Key West and connects to all the main islands?
has. The Atlantic Coast Highway
b. The million dollar highway
against the overseas highway
d. The Pacific Coast Highway
8. Which is the largest of the Keys?
has. Cayo Boca Chita
b. Key Largo
vs Soldier Keys
d. I lost my keys
9. How many species of fish live on the reefs of the Keys?
has. more than 600
b. Less than 500
against Approximately 300
d. only one or two
10. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first what in the United States?
has. manatee habitat
b. underwater park
against artificial alligator farm
d. Place where a mermaid was seen
Answers: 1. a. coral and limestone; 2.b. Juan Ponce de León; 3.b. 1822; 4th Shipwrecks rescued and fished; 5. c. 220 miles; 6c. a hurricane; 7. c. the overseas highway; 8.b. Key Largo; 9th more than 600; 10.b. Underwater Park.
See how you did it:
9-10 Fair: Great job. You are the keymaster.
6-8 Fair: Fairly good. You may not be in key master status, but you’re not too out of tune.
3-5 Fair: Well, at least you know the Florida Keys aren’t used for lighting cars, right? RIGHT?
less than three: I’m sorry, but you’d better stay on solid ground.