Many of us who know little about the Florida Keys may think that they are something they are not. We can think of them as just an island featured in the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” or we can think of them as what Floridians use to get into their homes 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 in past, culture, and of course an abundance of piña coladas. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this group of islands, the most tropical keychain there is.
1. The Florida Keys are islands made up of what?
To. coral and limestone
B. fermented algae and wood
vs. plutonic rock and asphalt
D. sugar and spices and all the good stuff
2. What Spanish explorer visited the area that would become the Florida Keys in 1513?
To. Christopher Columbus
B. Juan Ponce de Leon
vs. Francisco de Eliza
D. Indiana Jones
3. In what year did the first permanent settlers arrive in the Florida Keys?
4. What did these first permanent settlers do to survive?
To. Salvaged shipwrecks and fish
B. Alligators and manatees hunted
vs. Traded jewelry made from corral
D. Worked at Disney World
5. Approximately how large are the Florida Keys?
To. 350 miles
B. 170 miles
vs. 220 miles
D. five foot two and eyes of blue
6. In 1935, the biggest disaster in the Keys, which destroyed property and hundreds of people died, was caused by what?
To. A tsunami
B. An earthquake
vs. A hurricane
D. The stock market crash
7. What is the name of the road that goes from Key West and connects with all the main islands?
To. The Atlantic Coast Highway
B. The million dollar highway
vs. The overseas highway
D. The Pacific Coast Highway
8. What is the largest of the keys?
To. Boca Chita Cay
B. Key Largo
vs. Soldier Keys
D. I have lost my keys
9. How many species of fish live on the reefs of the Keys?
To. More than 600
B. Less than 500
vs. About 300
D. Just one or two
10. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first in the United States.
To. Manatee habitat
B. Underwater park
vs. Artificial breeding ground for alligators
D. Place where a mermaid was seen
Answers: 1. a. coral and limestone; 2. b. Juan Ponce de León; 3. b. 1822; 4. a. Salvaged shipwrecks and fish; 5. c. 220 miles; 6c. a hurricane; 7. c. The overseas highway; 8.b. Key Largo; 9. a. More than 600; 10. b. Underwater park.
See how it went:
9-10 correct: Great job. You are the key master.
6-8 Correct: Pretty good. He may not have key master status, but he’s not too out of tune.
3-5 CorrectWell, at least you know the Florida Keys aren’t used for starting cars, right? STRAIGHT?
Less than three: Sorry, but you better stay on solid ground.