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So You Think You Know Everything?

web posted September 24, 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. Washington Roebling, an architect, designer and engineer, was among the many geniuses who helped in the building of America. What was his contribution?

A. The Empire State Building
B. The Washington Monument
C. The Brooklyn Bridge
D. The Hoover Dam

2. This famed writer penned the immortal poem “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.” Who was he?

A. Robert Louis Stevenson
B. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
C. Washington Irving
D. Robert Conrad

3. “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” is a Revolutionary War poem that once was recited in all of America‘s elementary school classrooms. Revere was engaged in what profession?

A. Gun manufacturer
B. Postal clerk
C. Silversmith
D. Soldier

4. What was the maiden name of Ma Barker, the mother of a criminal gang that operated in the late 1920s and early 1930s?

A. Bernice Jackson
B. Montana Smith
C. Alice Johnson
D. Arizona Clark

5. Paul (Bear) Bryant, the legendary coach of the Alabama football team, was born in which state?

A. Georgia
B. Arkansas
C. Tennessee
D. Texas

6. Who wrote our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner?”

A. Francis Ford Coppola
B. Betsy Ross
C. Irving Berlin
D. Francis Scott Key

7. Which of these garden crops is a fruit and not a vegetable?

A. Tomato
B. Cauliflower
C. Carrot
D. Cucumber

8. What is a morass?

A. A piece of ground saturated with water
B. A type of cake covered with icing
C. A leather jacket worn by bike riders
D. A species of saltwater fish

9. Which mayor used a radio broadcast to read the Sunday funny papers to kids during a newspaper strike?

A. Ken Durham
B. Norman Dorn
C. Fiorello LaGuardia
D. Dean Campbell

10. Which American patriot used pamphlets to call for independence for the American colonies in the 1770s?

A. Thomas Paine
B. Ben Franklin
C. John Pettigrew
D. Hillary Clinton



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

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