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Test Your Knowledge of History

How well do you know your history? Here are some Test Your Knowledge Quiz questions from our recent editions of HAIpoints:

Fall 2014: Test Your Knowledge of “The Star Spangled Banner”

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the creation of our national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Despite the challenging vocal range required and the antiquated lyrics, we sing the first verse before just about every U.S. sporting event. So how well do you know “The Star Spangled Banner”?

1.) Which flag represents the design that flew over Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key?

A B C

2.) When was “The Star Spangled Banner” legally designated as our national anthem?
A. 1841
B. 1876
C. 1931

3.) Which line is not in the song lyrics?
A. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave”
B. “’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave”
C. “And the star-spangled banner o’er ferment doth wave”

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Fall 2013: Test Your Knowledge of Baseball

“Take me out to the ballgame…” Can you identify these historic baseball parks?

A B C

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Spring 2013: Test Your Knowledge of Silly Tax History

1.) In 1705, Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposed a beard tax. What other country had famously enacted a beard tax?
A. Spain
B. England
C. Portugal

2.) In 1696, England began taxing homes based on the number of windows they had. When was this tax repealed?
A. 1851
B. 1751
C. 1951

3.) In 1712, what tax was imposed in England that caused homeowners to start decorating their walls by painting them by hand with stencils?
A. Wallpaper Tax
B. Picture Tax
C. Tapestry Tax

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Fall 2012: Test Your Knowledge of Vice Presidential Trivia

1.) This man became the first VP to accede to the presidency upon the incumbent’s death. He also became the first president not to run for a second term.

2.) When VP James Sherman died in office, this president did not replace him and ran for reelection with a dead man on the ticket.

3.) This VP was famously quoted in the press at the time as saying the job wasn’t worth “a bucket of warm spit.” (He actually didn’t say “spit” but something a bit more harsh.)

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Spring 2012: Test Your Knowledge of the War of 1812

1. She was hired in 1813 to create the garrison flag, now known as the Star-Spangled Banner, that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.
A) Betsy Ross
B) Mary Pickersgill
C) Rebecca Young

2. Why was Francis Scott Key on a British ship during the Battle of Baltimore?
A) He was negotiating the release of prisoners.
B) He was acting as a spy for the U.S. militia.
C) He was rescued when his sloop sank in the battle.

3. Why did the Battle of New Orleans commence even after the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, had been signed by both parties?
A) The U.S. Senate had not yet ratified the treaty.
B) Official dispatches did not get to the combatants in time.
C) Major General Andrew Jackson was provoked by the British.

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Fall 2011: Test Your Knowledge of School Colors

Do you know these American colleges from their school colors?

A. This school’s original colors in 1872 were rose pink and pea green but were changed to a single official color in 1890 when students complained.

B. Legend has it that this school’s official colors of royal purple and old gold were determined when the football team cleared out a store of Mardi Gras ribbons before a game in 1893.

C. The school’s colors of navy blue and gold were adjusted in 1949 to a lighter, “powderkeg blue” and gold because the new coach thought they’d look better on the field.

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Winter 2011: Test Your Knowledge of Turning 30

Celebrating at 30: Can you guess these entities that are also turning 30 in 2011?

A. Launched in 1981, it changed the music industry.
B. This movie inspired a new generation of archaeologists.
C. This company provided a new way of accessing business information.

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Summer 2010: Test Your Knowledge of Presidential Hair

Our forty-four U.S. presidents have been defined by their politics, initiatives, speeches, and hair styles. See if you can correctly guess the following three presidents.

A B C
Photos courtesy of the New York Times Photos courtesy of the New York Times Presidential Haircut C - courtesy New York Times

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Winter 2010: Test Your Knowledge of The United States Census

The 2010 United States Census will be the first ever to use handheld computer technology, but did you know that the census has a history of technological innovation?

1. In 1888, Herman Hollerith won a Census Bureau contest to design a more efficient tabulating machine. In response to the success, Hollerith founded the Tabulating Machine Company in 1896, known today by what name?
A: IBM
B: General Electric
C: Hewlett-Packard
D: Digital Equipment Corp.

2. For the 1950 census, the Census Bureau commissioned a new technology: the first civilian electronic computing device. This massive computer weighed 16,000 pounds and filled a room. What was the name of this computer?
A: ENIAC
B: ERMA
C: UNIVAC
D: EDVAC

3. In 1986, the Census Bureau was the first federal agency to use this storage format to publish the results of 1980 and 1982 surveys. By 1990, all census material was published in this method.
A: 5 ¼-inch Floppy Disk
B: Zip Drive
C: 3 ½-inch Floppy Disk
D: CD-ROM

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Winter 2009: Test Your Knowledge of Presidential Pets

Can you name the U.S. President associated with each of these famous pets?

Courtesy of the National Archives

A. This Scottish Terrier, Fala, was so popular that the White House appointed a secretary to answer his numerous letters. In 1942, a movie was made about his life. When he died, he was buried in the Rose Garden.

Courtesy of the National Archives

B. A fixture at cabinet meetings, Laddie Boy, an Airedale Terrier, received dog biscuit cakes on his birthday. A sculpture of Laddie Boy, produced from melted pennies, was later donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

C. An unsolicited Christmas gift, Feller, a blond Cocker Spaniel, lived for years at Camp David after his stint at the White House. He later died of old age after living on a farm in Ohio.

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Summer 2008: Test Your Knowledge of the 1912 Summer Olympics


Before becoming perhaps the best-known U.S. Army general of the Second World War, this young lieutenant participated in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Fall 2014 Answers:

We stumped you this time, the answers were: Flag A, C. 1931, and C. “And the star-spangled banner o’er ferment doth wave” Back to top.

Fall 2013 Answers:

Congratulations to Paul Thorn of Brown and Caldwell, winner of the Fall 2013 Test Your Knowledge of Baseball Quiz. The ball park photos were: A. Ebbets Field, B. Fenway Park, and C. Shibe Park. Back to top.

Spring 2013 Answers:

Congratulations to Eva Marie Morris of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, winner of the Spring 2013 Test Your Knowledge Quiz. The correct answers were: B. England, A. 1851, and A. Wallpaper Tax. Back to top.

Fall 2012 Answers:

We stumped you this time, the answers were: (1) John Tyler, (2) William Howard Taft, and (3) John Nance Garner, aka “Cactus Jack.” Back to top.

Spring 2012 Answer:

Congratulations to Stephen Marz, CA, State Archivist for the State of Delaware, winner of the Spring 2012 Test Your Knowledge Quiz. He correctly answered the following: B. Mary Pickersgill; A. He was negotiating the release of prisoners; and B. Official dispatches did not get to the combatants in time. Back to top.

Fall 2011 Answer:

Congratulations to Christian Higgins of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, winner of the Fall 2011 Test Your Knowledge Quiz. He correctly answered the following: A. Syracuse University, B. Louisiana State University (LSU), and C. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Back to top.

Winter 2011 Answer:

Congratulations to Mark Evans of Tessella Inc. He was the winner of the Winter 2010 Test Your Knowledge Quiz. He correctly answered the following: A) MTV, B) Raiders of the Lost Ark, and C) Bloomberg Business News. Back to top.

Summer 2010 Answer:

Congratulations to Mona Heath of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, who was the winner of the Summer 2010 Test Your Knowledge quiz! She correctly answered the following: A) George Washington, B) Andrew Jackson, and C) Richard Nixon. Back to top.

Winter 2010 Answer:

Congratulations to Karl Warner of Spacesaver Systems, Inc. He was the winner of the Winter 2010 Test Your Knowledge quiz. He correctly answered the following: (1) IBM, (2) UNIVAC, and (3) CD-ROM. Back to top.

Winter 2009 Answer:

Congratulations to Mr. Gerry Caron of the Cabot Corporation. He was the winner of the Winter 2009 Test Your Knowledge quiz. He correctly answered the following: (A) Franklin Roosevelt, (B) Warren Harding, and (C) Harry Truman. Back to top.

Summer 2008 Answer:

Congratulations to Mr. Virgil Chambers of the National Safe Boating Council, winner of the Summer 2008 Test Your Knowledge quiz. He correctly answered that George S. Patton participated in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
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