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So You Think You Know Everything?

web posted August 28, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.

1. What is a shako?

A. A milkshake made with nuts and whipping cream
B. A military dress hat
C. A species of ant
D. A necktie with a blend of six or more colors

2. Which British military commander surrendered his forces at Saratoga, N.Y., in October 1777, ending the Revolutionary War?

A. Gen. Alford Gaston
B. Gen. John DeKalb
C. Gen. Bettis Rainsford
D. Gen. John Burgoyne

3. On Oct. 14, 1947, which American Air Force captain and fighter pilot became the first man to break the sound barrier, flying a jet plane faster than the speed of sound and setting the stage for the space program?

A. Scott Crossfield
B. Frank Boatwright
C. Charles (Chuck) Yeager
D. Dick Tandy

4. One of the Grand Ole Opry’s early stars was a black harmonica player who stood less than five feet tall. Who was he?

A. Silas Jones
B. Clem Hawkins
C. DeFord Bailey
D. Jumping Joe Armstrong

5. Which aviator and prominent polo player is said to have been the main figure in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s popular 1920s novel titled “The Great Gatsby?”

A. John Cameron Swayze
B. Roy Blackwell
C. Tommy Hitchcock
D. Alfred Sloan Vanderbilt

6. What Civil War general treated civilians so cruelly that he came to be known as “The Beast?”

A. Joseph Collins
B. P.G. T. Beauregard
C. George B. McClellan
D. Benjamin F. Butler

7. What American president said peace, not strife, is the healing influence of the world?

A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Woodrow Wilson
C. Millard Fillmore
D. Andrew Johnson

8. Which famous newspaper editor once observed that “Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy?”

A. H.L. Mencken
B. Louis C. Harris
C. Westbrook Pegler
D. Charles Goforth

9. This man, the founder of the Standard Oil Trust and chief target of the anti-monopolists, left millions of dollars in foundations designed to promote the welfare of mankind. Who was he?

A. John Quincy Adams
B. Charles Blackwell
C. John D. Rockefeller
D. Chester A. Arthur

10. Jack Johnson is best known as being the first black heavyweight boxing champion, but he had a little known talent as an inventor that led him to obtain a patent for a popular tool. What is the tool, which has the US Patent Office number 1413121?

A. Wrench
B. Pliers
C. Hacksaw
D. Hammer

Answers below


Scoring: 10 right, go to the head of the class, 9 right superior, 8 right excellent, 7 right average, 6 or less right, re-enroll in elementary school.

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