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So You Think You Know Everything?

By Carl Langley
EdgefieldDaily.com Guest Columnist

web posted October 22, 2007
GUEST COLUMN – 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. Who was the first woman to swim the English Channel?
A. Gertrude Ederle
B. Sallie Cooks
C. Isabel Cinquegrande
D. Marjorie Main

2. Who was the heavyweight champion dubbed the Brown Bomber?
A. James Bibbs
B. Joe Louis
C. Smiley Burnette
D. Alf Landon

3. Who wrote the classic American novel “The Man Without a Country’’?
A. James Whitcomb Riley
B. Edward Everett Hale
C. Benedict Arnold
D. John L. Sullivan

4. Which of these men served as vice president during the administration of President Calvin Coolidge?
A. Charles Evans Hughes
B. Andrew W. Mellon
C. Frank B. Davis
D. Charles G. Dawes

5. Who was the first American to win the U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
A. Francis Ouimet
B. Gene Sarazen
C. Bobby Jones
D. Walter Hagen

6. On the Lewis-Clark expedition to the West Coast in 1805 a child born to Indian guide and interpreter Sacagawea was given what name?
A. James Markley Lewis
B. Robert Charles Clark
C. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau
D. Running Elk

7. These two actors appeared in dozens of westerns and are regarded as the first of the singing cowboys. Who are they?
A. Bill Hixon and Shane Massey
B. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
C. John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore
D. Grouch Marx and Harpo Marx

8. This famed woman scientist was among the first researchers to discover the properties of radiation. Who was she?
A. Barbara Streisand
B. Marilyn Monroe
C. Marie Curie
D. Mae West

9. This federal cabinet member was responsible for the purchase of Alaskan territories from Russia. Who was he?
A. Robert LaFollette
B. Thurlow Weed
C. James Michael Curley
D. William Seward

10. The Louisiana Purchase involved the buying of hundreds of thousands of lands covering more than a dozen states in the Midwest of the United States. How much did the land cost per acre?
A. $2.00
B. $1.05
C. 3 cents
D. 50 cents




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

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