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Question 1:

This river has had many names. It was known as "Posoge" ("Big River") by the Pueblo Indians. The Spanish expedition of Hernando de Alvarado called it Rio de Nuestra Senora in 1540. It was called the River of May by three British Sailors in 1568. By 1598, it was called the Rio Bravo by the Spanish, and in modern Mexico is still known as Rio Bravo del Norte. Its total length is estimated to be 1,896 miles. Which river is it?

Brazos River
Colorado River
Rio Grande River
Sabine River
Guadalupe River

Question 2:

On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence on the banks of this river. The Houston Ship Channel, which links the Port of Houston to Galveston Bay, includes the lower course of this river. Which river is it?

San Antonio River
Nueces River
Red River
San Jacinto River
Comal River

Question 3:

This river forms most of the eastern boundary of Texas. The river flows for 555 miles. It has long been the site of human habitation, with evidence of settlements 12,000 years ago by the Clovis culture. The river's name comes from a similar Spanish word, meaning "cypress," and refers to the great growth of cypress trees along the lower river. What river is it?

Trinity River
Sabine River
Pecos River
Sabinal River
Red River

Question 4:

Perhaps one of the most important rivers in Texas history, this river is shorter than the Rio Grande, but is the longest river in Texas, running about 840 miles. It has seven principal tributaries, including the Navasota River. The colonial capital of Texas, San Felipe de Austin, was founded on its banks. When Texas became a republic, two of its first capitals adjoined its banks. In Goodbye to a River, John Graves gave an account of his journey in a canoe down this river in the late 1950's. Which river is it?

Red River
Pedernales River
Colorado River
Trinity River
Brazos River

Question 5:

This river is a tributary of the Rio Grande, which it parallels for much of its 900 miles. It was once named "Rio de las Vacas" by the Spanish ("river of cows"), due to the large number of buffalo in the vicinity. The river originates in New Mexico, and has been the source of significant disputes between Texas and New Mexico over irrigation rights, the most recent of which was settled by the United States Supreme Court in 1987.

Canadian River
Neches River
Lavaca River
Pecos River
Guadalupe River

Question 6:

This is the largest river which is wholly in Texas, covering about 600 miles. Its name came from the Spanish word for "red," which is evidently a misnomer, for the water is quite clear. The river was used as an inland route by colonists, including the Old Three Hundred. It passes by the current state capital, La Grange, Columbus and Wharton. Which river is it?

Nueces River
Wichita River
Colorado River
Angelina River
Concho River

Question 7:

This river rises in two forks in western Kerr county. Its principal tributaries are the Comal and San Marcos rivers. Its banks were populated for thousands of years by the Tonkawa and other Indian tribes. In 1825, the town of Gonzalez was founded along this river. A marker on the south bank commemorates the firing of the first shot for Texas independence. Which river is it?

Guadalupe River
Llano River
San Sabo River
Colorado River
San Antonio River

Question 8:

This river is said by some to be the shortest in the United States, flowing about three miles southeast from its source to the Guadalupe River. Most of the land around the river has been developed by the town of New Braunfels. The abundant and reliable flow of the river provided power for the New Braunfels gristmills and sawmills. Which river is it?

Sabinal River
Comal River
Frio River
Clear Fork River
Bosque River

Question 9:

This river originates in Bexar County and empties into the Guadalupe River. The Medina River is one of its principal tributaries. The river is one that was crossed by Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca in his journey across Texas in 1535. Its banks are the sites of many of the early Spanish missions, including the mission at Goliad. It is one of the most popular rivers in Texas, including the famed "Paseo del Rio". Which river is it?

San Marcos River
Navidad River
San Antonio River
San Saba River
Colorado River

Question 10:

The city of Dallas was founded on the east bank of this river in 1841, by John Neely Bryan. The river is dammed in San Jacinto County to form Lake Livingston. The river was explored by La Salle in 1687, who called it the River of the Canoes. It has long been a candidate for interior navigation, given its route from Dallas to the Gulf of Mexico. Which river is it?

Red River
Nueces River
Sabine River
Neches River
Trinity River

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