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The Heart of Dixie, Alabama – A Quiz

1. The famous Iron Bowl, first held in 1893, is between which two renowned college football teams?

2. What polluted steel town had the nickname Pittsburgh of the South?

3. Cloudmont, an Alabama ski resort, seems too far south for snow. Why is there snow there so often?

4. What city is considered the birthplace of the U.S. space program?

5. What port city has a Mardi Gras second only to the one in New Orleans?

6. What pioneering country music star has a memorial in Montgomery? (Hint: cheatin’ heart)

7. Talladega has a hall of fame for what sport?

8. In what noted college town could you drive on Paul W. Bryant Drive?

9. Tuskegee University is connected with which noted black scientist?

10. How did the town of Haleyville react when the state seceded from the Union in 1861?

Answers:

1. Alabama and Auburn
2. Birmingham
3. The Cloudmont snow is manufactured
4. Huntsville, home of NASA’s Space Flight Center and home to rocket scientist Wernher von Braun
5. Mobile
6. Hank Williams
7. Auto racing
8. Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama
9. George Washington Carver
10. The citizens voted to secede from the state

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Painters, Sculptors and Other Artsy Types

!. What painter known for Christina’s World and the Helga paintings died in 2009?

2. Thomas Kinkade, who has been dubbed “America’s most-collected living artist,” is known as the “Painter of” what?

3. James Whistler’s 1872 painting Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1 is better known my what name?

4. What great painter of Americana gained fame for his Saturday Evening Post covers?

5. What noted painter had to go to England to get his Birds of America published?

6. America’s largest art museum, with more that 3 million objects, is what Manhattan landmark?

7. Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic shows a farm couple, with the man holding a pitchfork. What relation are the man and woman?

8. The “Gibson girl” made famous by artist Charles Dana Gibson, was what woman?

9. California’s most famous cemetery has several large reproductions of famous religious paintings. What is the cemetery?

10. What redheaded comic is also famous for his paintings of clowns?

11. Florida’s Ringling Museum of Art was financed with money from what type of entertainment?

12. What president’s much visited statue in D.C. was sculpted by Daniel Chester French?

13. If you wanted to see the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in America, where would you go?

14. Fulton, Missouri, has a thirty-two-foot sculpture titled Breakthrough. What Cold War relic does it commemorate?

15. If you wanted to see a lot of paintings of dogs, what midwestern city would you visit?

16. What noted Missouri artist’s home can be visited in Kansas City?

17. Sculptor Korzack Ziolkowski began work on the world’s largest statue, a memorial to Sioux chief Crazy Horse. In what state?

18. What great artist is known for his more than one hundred portraits of George Washington?

19. Many limners from the colonial era are known only be the names of the families who paid them. What were they?

20. The Wars of America, a forty-two-figure bronze sculpture in Newark, New Jersey, was sculpted by Gutzon Borglun. What huge outdoor sculpture is he more famous for?

21. What great French sculptor’s works are featured in a Philadelphia museum? (Hint: thinker)

22. What famous woman started painting because her fingers had become too stiff for embroidering?

Answers:

1. Andrew Wyeth
2. Light
3. “Whistler’s Mother”
4. Norman Rockwell
5. John James Audubon
6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
7. Father and daughter, according to the artist
8. Gibson’ wife
9. Forest Lawn, in Glendale
10. Red Skelton, who died in 1997
11. The circus
12. Lincoln’s, inside the Lincoln Memorial
13. The National Gallery of Art in D.C.
14. The Berlin Wall, which still existed when the sculpture was done
15. St. Louis; it’s Museum of the Dog is a center for dog-related art
16. Thomas Hart Benton
17. South Dakota; the statue was carved from the granite of Thunderhead Mountain.
18. Gilbert Stuart
19. Portrait painters
20. Mount Rushmore, the four presidents
21. Rodin, famous for The Thinker
22. Grandma Moses

TV Openers – A Quiz


1. “Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy.”

2. “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups.”

3. “What you are about to see is not a news broadcast.”

4. “There are pretenders among us. Geniuses with the ability to become anyone they want to be.”

5. “You got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying – in sweat.”

6. “In time of the ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero.”

7. “She is the protector of the jungle, a force of nature, and one with the animals.”

8. “My name is Sydney Bristow. Seven years ago I was recruited by a secret branch of the CIA called SD-6.”

9. “What you are about to see is real. The litigants on the screen are not actors. The are genuine citizens who, having filed their claims in a real small claims court, have been persuaded to drop their suits there and have them settled here, in this forum…”

10. “Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most fascinating field of medical science. The world of forensic medicine.”

11. “Following in his father’s footsteps as a naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb Junior suffered a crash while landing his Tomcat on a storm-tossed carrier at sea.”

Answers:

1. Charlie’s Angels (1976-81)
2. Law and Order
3. Unsolved Mysteries (1988-99)
4. The Pretender (1996-2000)
5. Fame (1982-87)
6. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
7. Sheena (2000-02)
8. Alias (2001-06)
9. The People’s Court (1981-93)
10. Quincy, M.E. (1976-83)
11. JAG (1995-2005)

We Didn’t Have That (When I Was Your Age) – A Quiz about Inventions

1. Introduced in 1953, what speedy Chevrolet was probably named after a class of small, fast, and powerful warships?

2. Originally created as wallpaper cleaner in 1956, what substance was reintroduced as a creative red, white, or blue children’s toy in 24-ounce cans?

3. First installed in 1969 outside a Chemical Bank in New York, what invention (primarily known by its initials) was found in more than 160,000 locations by 1997?

4. What type of television introduced in 1954 cost $995, the same price tag as a car?

5. In 1951, 200 people paid $3 a year for the privilege of having what kind of paper (plastic came later) in their wallet?

6. What typist aid did Monkee Michael Nesmith’s mother create in 1951 and sell to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million in 1979?

7. What did Bill Richards, the owner of a California surf shop, sell in 1958 as a pastime for surfers when the surf was flat?

8. The Oldsmobile Toronado was the first car to offer what safety feature in 1974?

9. In 1951, people started complaining about tripping over the cord of this device, named “Lazy Bones,” invented by Zenith in 1950.

10. What popular pastime, invented by Willy Higinbotham in 1958, required relatively quick reflexes and an oscilloscope?

Answers:

1. Corvette
2. PlayDoh
3. Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
4. Color TV
5. Credit Card
6. Liquid Paper
7. Skateboard
8. Air bag
9. TV remote control
10. Video games