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In September 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving nearly the entire island without power. Despite the storm’s devastating aftermath, many Americans’ response to the tragedy hasn’t been as strong as that to the natural disasters that hit mainland U.S. just weeks before. Considering Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, why has the response been so meager? The lack of response coupled with false information spread about Puerto Rico online only goes to show that Americans really don’t know much as they should about this island. Test your knowledge to prove that you’re not one of them.
The Puerto Rican government was constructed similarly to that of the United States in that they also have:
Unlike the U.S., Puerto Ricans do not have:
From 2006 to 2015, the U.S. mainland experienced an influx of Puerto Rican citizens, particularly to New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Why?
As of 2017, how much debt has Puerto Rico accrued since their recession?
Which countries are Puerto Rico’s primary trading partners?
Puerto Rico is home to El Yunque, which is the only __________ in the U.S. Forest System.
Which of these land mammals are indigenous to the island of Puerto Rico?
This Puerto Rican city is home to the 2nd largest cruise port in the Western Hemisphere.
Who is the chief of state of Puerto Rico?
Puerto Ricans are, in fact, American Citizens. As such, they can:
As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans have to pay most kinds of taxes except:
In Puerto Rico, what is the legal drinking age?
Christopher Columbus “discovered” the island of Puerto Rico in 1493, a year after he came to North America. What did he originally call the island?
Prior to Columbus’ arrival, Puerto Rico was inhabited by whom?
The Taíno had their own name for the island of Puerto Rico. It was:
When the Spanish took over what was then known as Borinquen, they renamed it Puerto Rico because:
How much did the U.S. originally offer Spain to buy Puerto Rico and Cuba?
What specifically set off the Spanish-American War (that eventually lead to the U.S. acquisition of Puerto Rico)?
In addition to Puerto Rico, The Treaty of Paris in 1898 ceded which former Spanish territory to the U.S.?
On March 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act. What did this do for Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico established its own constitution that was ratified in:
What was the name of the U.S. Naval Base located in Puerto Rico?
Arroz con Gandules is Puerto Rico’s national dish and it consists of:
Puerto Rico is the largest insular U.S. territory. What are some other insular U.S. territories?
Who is the primary figure standing in the way of Puerto Rico officially becoming a U.S. state?
What is the official language of Puerto Rico?
What betting “sport” is illegal in the U.S., but legal in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico is home to the Arecibo Observatory, which has:
Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated islands in the world, but its size is equivalent to that of:
This frog is native to Puerto Rico and is named such because of the noise it makes:
This Puerto Rican landmark is the first cathedral church on the Western Hemisphere:
Casa Bacardí is located in Puerto Rico and is the largest distiller of _______.
Puerto Rico is known for its blue sand beaches, which are blue because:
What do the three red stripes on the Puerto Rican flag represent?
Puerto Rico has a total of 78 municipalities, which are equivalent to _______ in the United States.
Even though Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., it competes individually in:
In the 1960s, many Cubans fled to Puerto Rico because:
Puerto Rico’s main exports include:
Puerto Rico’s economy, however, thrives on: