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Alaska: True, or False? Quiz

Can you spot the truth from fiction among these Alaska statements? 

Take this quick five-question, true-or-false quiz to learn about our northernmost state. Answers appear below. 

1. Does This "Bear" Truth?

True or False: Kodiak bears can weigh 1,500 pounds and stand 10 feet tall on their hind legs.

2. What's in a Number?

True or False: Alaska’s flag was designed by an octogenarian named Silas P. Ellsworth.

3. Peak Performance

True or False: With a peak at 20,310 feet, Alaska's Denali has the fourth highest elevation in North America.

4. Can You Hear Me Now?

The ice in Tracy Arm is said to interfere with the sonar of whales.

5. Accurate or "Fishy?"

Alaska salmon accounts for over 90 percent of all wild salmon in North America.

Quiz answers with explanations: 

1. True

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Kodiak bears are the largest bears in the world. A large male can stand over 10' tall when on his hind legs, and 5' when on all four legs. They weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Females are about 20% smaller, and 30% lighter than males.

2. False

Selected for its simplicity, originality, and symbolism, the Alaska state flag was created by Benny Benson, a 13-year-old 7th-grader from an orphanage in Seward, Alaska. He designed the flag with a blue background to represent the sky and the forget-me-not flower. On that background he placed eight gold stars to represent the Big Dipper and the North Star. Benny's elegant design was adopted by the Alaska Territorial Legislature in May of 1927.

3. False

Denali, also called Mount McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America, located in south-central Alaska. With a peak that reaches 6,190 meters (20,310 feet) above sea level, Denali not only has the highest elevation in North America, but is the third-highest of the Seven Summits (the tallest peaks on all seven continents). 

Interested in seeing Denali National Park? Explore this vast and stunningly beautiful wilderness with our Alaska pre-tour. Ride the Alaska railroad, stay at a hilltop lodge with panoramic views, and learn how this magnificent landscape became a conservation area. 

4. True

The ice in Tracy Arm can interfere with the sonar of whales, so it is the perfect place for hundreds of harbor seals to have their pups in the summer months. Cruising through this deep and narrow passage showcases the sensational scenery of Alaska. Tall mountain peaks carved by active glaciers, floating deep-blue icebergs, plunging waterfalls, evergreen cliffs, and wildlife—this is what Alaskan dreams are made of! 

5. True

By an estimate cited on manufacturing.net, Alaska salmon accounts for over 90 percent of all wild salmon in North America.

Did you know? There are five species of wild Alaska salmon. Sockeye salmon is prized for its rich, red color, firm fillets, and delicious flavor. There's also Chinook (king) salmon, chum salmon, coho (silver) salmon, and pink salmon. See the story of wild salmon and the important role it plays in Alaska with an informative guide by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game here