What's Your Cape Cod IQ?

Test your Cape Cod knowledge:

How big is your Cape Cod brain? Is it the size of a whale, a striped bass or a herring?

Is it the size of a whale, a striped bass or a herring?

Try your hand at the questions below (the answers follow...no cheating!) Tally up your score and see where you rate.


1.        Who named Cape Cod?

2.       How high is the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown?

3.       What is the last exit (number) you pass before the Orleans Rotary heading east?

4.       What is the name of the Yarmouth-Dennis Cape Cod Baseball League team?

5.       When and where did the pilgrims first set foot on American soil?

6.       What are the two types of clam chowder?

7.       What Falmouth daughter penned the immortal work, "America the Beautiful?"

8.      As you enter Harwich you are greeted by a sign reading, "Welcome to the Harwiches." Name the seven villages of Harwich.

9.       The town of Truro had two other names before the townspeople settled on the current one. Name one of the other two names.

10.   How many bridges cross the Cape Cod Canal?



1.        Captain Bartholemew Gosnold in 1602.

2.       252 feet, 7 ½ inches tall

3.       Exit 12

4.       Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

5.       In present day Provincetown on November 11, 1620.

6.       New England clam chowder and Manhattan clam chowder

7.       Katharine Lee Bates

8.      Harwich, East Harwich, Harwich Port, Pleasant Lake, South Harwich, North Harwich and West Harwich

9.       Pamet (the name of the Native Americans living there) and Dangerfield (so named for the hazards involved in maneuvering through the harbor)

10.   Three - the Sagamore, the Bourne and the Railroad Bridge

HOW DID YOU DO? 10 out of 10: WHALE; 7 or more: STRIPED BASS; 6 or less: HERRING

About the Author

Walter and Pat Brooks of East Harwich, MA, along with Steve Sullivan of Brewster, MA founded Best Read Guide Cape Cod and Best Read Guides, Inc. in July 1988 after 30 years in newspapering and sold the business to industry leader CTM Media Group in 2016. The mission in founding the magazine was to provide a high-quality free publication for visitors to Cape Cod which would show them where to go and what to do in an easy-to-use format. Published and distributed by CTM Media Group, find the printed guide at hundreds of locations both on and off the Cape or find fun fast online at capecodtravel.com and weddingsoncapecod.com.