The Outer Banks Quiz

The Outer Banks

So you think you know the Outer Banks? Let’s find out! Here’s our test of your knowledge of the sandbar by the sea.

Where is Carova located and how did it get its name?
On the mainland between Manns Harbor and East Lake. The origin of its name is unclear.
Between Manteo and Wanchese. The name comes from the Algonquin word meaning place of the wild goose.
On the border with Virginia at the north end of the Outer Banks. The name is a combination of Carolina and Virginia.
Although it no longer exists, Carova was a small village on the north side of New Inlet at what is now Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The village was named after Nathaniel Carova, an early settler.

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From Ocracoke Island to Corolla, how many lighthouses are there and what are their names?
4 - Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke
3 - Currituck Beach, Cape Hatteras Ocracoke
5 - Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Cape Lookout
5 - Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke, Shell Castle Island

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What was one of the predecessors to the US Coast Guard called?
The Lighthouse Board
United States Coast Watch
United States Lifesaving Service
The Brotherhood of Shoreline Rescue

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Who is Old Buck?
A legendary hunter whose spirit answers the call of hunters on Currituck Sound.
The spirit of a giant bull that appears at the Rodanthe Old Christmas every year.
Buck Tillett - a legendary story teller of tales of the Outer Banks.
Buck Thorton, who with his brother, Tim, built Timbuck II Shopping Center in Corolla.

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What are the five sounds of the Outer Banks?
Pamlico, Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, Currituck
Core, Roanoke, Currituck, Pamlico, Albemarle
Bogue, Core, Pamlico, Roanoke, Croatan
Currituck, Albemarle, Back, Roanoke, Pamlico

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What is the longest bridge on the Outer Banks?
Wright Brothers Memorial
Virginia Dare
Marc C. Basnight
William B. Umstead Bridge

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What is the Unpainted Aristocracy?
The first homes built along the beach in Kitty Hawk. Unfortunately many of them have been lost to the sea.
Another name for the Southern Shores flat tops. References the middle class owners of the homes. According to rumor the editor of the newspaper who coined the phrase felt unwashed aristocracy was too demeaning.
The first summer visitors to the Outer Banks were the elite of Southern society. The phrase was a term of endearment.
Houses along the beach in Nags Head built in the late 19th to early 20th century. Noted for their simple wooden design.

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Who wrote Graveyard of the Atlantic?
Frank Stick
Suzanne Tate
Nicholas Sparks
David Stick

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In what year did Oregon Inlet form?
1846
1903
1820
This is a trick question. Oregon Inlet has been a part of the Outer Banks since before the first European explorers arrived.

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How many boardwalks does the Outer Banks have and where are they located?
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1 - Duck
3 - Duck, Corolla, Nags Head
2 - Duck, Manteo

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Who is Dexter Stetson?
Hatteras native who was the father of John B. Stetson, the founder of Stetson Hats.
Engineer who oversaw the construction of the sand dunes that line the Outer Banks coast for the WPA.
Building supervisor who oversaw the construction of the Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island and Currituck Beach Lighthouses.
Legendary police chief of Dare County whose rough and tumble form of law enforcement kept order during the 1940s and 50s.

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