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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Festival's History?

By Jackie Strause
Maryland Newsline
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

1.The U.S. Cherry Blossom celebration originated from a gift of 3,020 trees from:

Russia
Japan
Italy
Canada

2. The National Cherry Blossom Festival began in the year:

1875
1912
1935
1956

3. The festival has come to celebrate:

Our nation's presidents
The growing friendship between the United States and Japan
Spring and the beauty of our nation's capital city
The cultivation of cherries

4. The blooming of the cherry trees can be viewed at:

Washington Monument Grounds
East Potomac Park
The Jefferson Memorial in the Tidal Basin
All of the above

5. More than _____ people visit Washington each year to admire the blossoming trees.

7,000
70,000
700,000
7,000,000

6. What kinds of cherry trees predominate in Washington, D.C.?

There are 12 different varieties
Yoshino and Kwanzan
Pink double blossoms
Red and white ones

7. Today, how many cherry trees grow in Washington, D.C.?

About 500
About 3,700
About 8,500
About 15,000

8. Peak blooming time is considered to be April 5. The earliest recorded blooming date was  ______, 1990, and the latest has been _______, 1958.

Jan. 26 and May 31
Feb. 1 and April 1
March 3 and June 5
March 15 and April 18

9. The expanding buds are predicted to bloom based on the:

Pinkness of the bud
Weather forecast
Color of the day's sky
Year

10. Visitors can tour the sites on foot, or on:

Paddle boats
Bikes
Scooters
All of the above, and more

Banner designed by Maryland Newsline's Jackie Strause; spring 2007.

Copyright 2007 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism


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