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James River (Virginia)

The James River is in the state of Virginia. It is the 12th longest river in the United States that remains entirely within a single state.

What do you know about the James River? Explore the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. How long is the James River?

  • 210 miles
  • 310 miles
  • 410 miles

2. The James River forms in the Allegheny Mountains, near on the border between Alleghany and Botetourt counties from the confluence of two rivers. What is the nearby town?

  • Iron Gate
  • Mantown
  • Cummings

3. What did the American Indians who populated the area east of the fall line in the late 16th and early 17th centuries called the James River?

  • Powhatan River

4. for the first five years, despite many hopes of gold and riches, these ships sent little of monetary value back to the sponsors. In 1612, a English businessman successfully cultivated a non-native strain of tobacco which proved popular in England. Soon, the river became the primary means of exporting the large hogsheads of this cash crop from an ever-growing number of plantations with wharfs along its banks. Who was the businessman?

  • John Smith
  • John Rolfe
  • John Mansfield

5. The James River was also considered as a route for transport of produce from the Ohio Valley. A cancal was built for this purpose. What was the name of the canal?

  • James River and Ohio Canal
  • Richmond and Allegheny Canal
  • James River and Kanawha Canal

6. The most intense whitewater stretch is a two mile segment that ends in downtown Richmond where the river goes over the fall line.

  • True or False?

7. The Appomattox River is a tributary of the James River flow into the river?

  • Farmville
  • Petersburg
  • Hopewell

8. In the Chesapeake watershed, the James River is the last confirmed holdout for the nearly extirpated Atlantic sturgeon. In May 2007 a survey identified 175 sturgeon remaining in the entire river, with 15 specimens exceeding five feet.

  • True or False?

9. What is the river that begins about 20 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia and flows southeast and south to the James River?

  • Mechanicsville River
  • Powhatan River
  • Chickahominy River

10. At the mouth of the James River, where does it flow?

  • Delaware Bay
  • Jamestown Bay
  • Hampton Roads

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