Tough Trivia, 6/29/21

We normally think of an orchestra as just “a lot of musicians playing a lot of instruments.” But there are some norms to the make-ups of orchestras. Classical orchestras were pretty much standardized in the first half of the 1800s, generally due to Beethoven’s writing. In more recent times, orchestras have changed to include more modern instruments, and sometimes electronic instruments. But can you name all of the instruments in a classical orchestra? As a hint, they were divided into four main sections: Brass, Percussion (including keyboards), Strings, and Woodwinds.

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1280px-Map_of_USA_with_state_and_territory_names_2Yesterday’s question was:

Everyone remembers the last two, and most people remember the first ten or so, at least in some kind of order. But all of them—and especially those in the middle—that’s the hard part. So, can you list the states of the United States in the order in which they joined the Union/adopted the Constitution?

Okay, that may be too tough, so here’s the easier one, but it’s two: Name the longest span of time between successive state admissions to the union. And name the only two states to be admitted on the same day.

The easier answers first:

Longest gaps of time between admissions of new states:
46 years, 11 months: Arizona (#48; February 14, 1912) and Alaska (#49; January 3, 1959)
14 years, 10 months: Missouri (#24; August 10, 1821) and Arkansas (#25; June 15, 1836)

Only states admitted on the same date:
North Dakota and South Dakota (#39 and #40) on November 2, 1889

And the full answer:

1. Delaware (ratified the Constitution on December 7, 1787)
2. Pennsylvania (December 12, 1787)
3. New Jersey (December 18, 1787)
4. Georgia (January 2, 1788)
5. Connecticut (January 9, 1788)
6. Massachusetts (February 6, 1788)
7. Maryland (April 28, 1788)
8. South Carolina (May 23, 1788)
9. New Hampshire (June 21, 1788)
10. Virginia (June 25, 1788)
11. New York (July 26, 1788)
12. North Carolina (November 21, 1789)
13. Rhode Island (May 29, 1790)
14. Vermont (admitted March 4, 1791)
15. Kentucky (June 1, 1792)
16. Tennessee (June 1, 1796)
17. Ohio (March 1, 1803)
18. Louisiana (April 30, 1812)
19. Indiana (December 11, 1816)
20. Mississippi (December 10, 1817)
21. Illinois (December 3, 1818)
22. Alabama (December 14, 1819)
23. Maine (March 15, 1820)
24. Missouri (August 10, 1821)
25. Arkansas (June 15, 1836)
26. Michigan (January 26, 1837)
27. Florida (March 3, 1845)
28. Texas (December 29, 1845)
29. Iowa (December 28, 1846)
30. Wisconsin (May 29, 1848)
31. California (September 9, 1850)
32. Minnesota (May 11, 1858)
33. Oregon (February 14, 1859)
34. Kansas (January 29, 1861)
35. West Virginia (June 20, 1863)
36. Nevada (October 31, 1864)
37. Nebraska (March 1, 1867)
38. Colorado (August 1, 1876)
39. North Dakota (November 2, 1889)
40. South Dakota (November 2, 1889)
41. Montana (November 8, 1889)
42. Washington (November 11, 1889)
43. Idaho (July 3, 1890)
44. Wyoming (July 10, 1890)
45. Utah (January 4, 1896)
46. Oklahoma (November 16, 1907)
47. New Mexico (January 6, 1912)
48. Arizona (February 14, 1912)
49. Alaska (January 3, 1959)
50. Hawaii (August 21, 1959)

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Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog (Monday’s category is History; Tuesday is Arts; Wednesday is Science; Thursday is Entertainment; and Friday is Grab Bag). Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

And if you’ve got a favorite trivia question—or even just a topic for which you’d like to see a question—let me know! Reader participation is warmly encouraged.

 

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