The Mississippi River
Mississippi River is the second longest river in the United
States and the Third largest in the world, with a length of 2,340 miles
from its source in Lake Itasca in Minnesota to its mouth in the Gulf of
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1. The Mississippi River is part of the
Jefferson-Missouri-Mississippi river system, which is the largest river
system in North America and among the largest in the world: by length
(3,900 miles, it is the fourth longest.
2. The name Mississippi is derived from the Navajo word misi-ziibi
("Great River") or gichi-ziibi ("Big River")
at its headwaters.
3. What is the widest point of the Mississippi River, near Grand
Rapids, Minnesota at over 7 miles across?
- Lake Mammoth
- Lake Winnibigoshish
- Waverly Lake
4. At Cairo,Illinois, what river meets the Mississippi River?
- Ohio River
- Makon River
- Illinois River
5. In 1855, the first bridge across the Mississippi River spanned the
river in where the current Hennepin Avenue Bridge is located. What was
- St. Louis
- St. Paul
6. The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi was built in
1856. It spanned the river between Arsenal Island at Rock Island,
Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. What was the date?
7. What river meets the Mississippi at Vicksburg.
- The Yazoo River
- The Google Rivere
- The Cherokee River
8. On May 8, 1541, Spanish explorer became the first recorded
European to reach the Mississippi River, which he called R�o del
Esp�ritu Santo ("River of the Holy Spirit"), in the area
of what is now Mississippi. In Spanish the river is called R�o
Misisipi. Who was the Spanish explorer?
- Hernando de Soto
- Juan Ponce de Le�n
- Ferdinand Magellan
9. Who wrote Life on the Mississippi that covered the
steamboat commerce which took place from 1830 to 1870 on the river
before more modern ships replaced the steamer?
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Macon Georgia
- Mark Twain
10. The Mississippi River is a commonly cited natural boundary for
purposes of dividing the United States into eastern and western
sections, with places often being described as east or west "of the