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U.S. General Knowledge #41

Answer these random questions with an American focus.
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Last updated: July 16, 2019
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What are the two southernmost state capitals?
Honolulu
Austin
What disease was Ronald Reagan diagnosed with in 1994?
Alzheimer's
What planet is Spock from?
Vulcan
What sports team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958?
The Dodgers
What industry made Andrew Carnegie rich?
The Steel Industry
What famous family do Winona, Naomi, and Ashley belong to?
The Judds
Where do basketball's Globetrotters supposedly hail from?
Harlem
Who holds the record for the longest time spent as a living ex-President
of the United States?
Jimmy Carter
What is the most common street name in the U.S. that is named for a tree?
Oak
What product is the Singer company well-known for making?
Sewing Machines
What famous novel was inspired by the tragedy of whaleship Essex in 1820?
Moby Dick
What type of animal is Punxsutawney Phil?
Groundhog
Whose motto is "Semper Fidelis"?
U.S. Marine Corps
Who died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959?
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,
and the Big Bopper
What song has the lyric "Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry"?
American Pie
What comic strip features characters named Jughead and Veronica?
Archie
What exam must be passed to practice law in the U.S.?
Bar Exam
At what venue do the Rockettes perform?
Radio City Music Hall
What city was the site of the 1968 Democratic National Convention -
and the riots that accompanied it?
Chicago
27 Comments
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Level 90
Jul 16, 2019
The connection between Mr Spock's home planet and US trivia seems a little thin. Nice quiz though!
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Level 77
Jul 16, 2019
I thought it was universally known that Singer makes sewing machines. Didn't know where they came from, so also not very American to me.
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Level 85
Jul 16, 2019
The Singer Company has always been based in the US, but for much of their history, they made many of their machines in the UK (Scotland). At one point, the UK plant production exceeded it's US counterpart. Due to a long trend of decreasing sales (partly due to people buying their clothes off the rack, rather than making them), the UK plant was shut down in1980.

Isaac Singer was an interesting character - at the time of his death he had fathered 24 (known) children with at least 5 different wives and mistresses, some of which he maintained relationships with concurrently!

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Level 92
Jan 31, 2023
My father worked for Singer in Clydebank( Glasgow) untill they closed.
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Level 83
Jul 18, 2019
It's a part of American pop culture, just like Asterix can appear on French general knowledge quiz.
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2019
That particular fact seems a little far removed to be on a US pop culture quiz though. Spock's home planet is an arcane fact that has nothing to do with the US. Questions about the show itself (maybe asking for the name of its creator or something) would be closer to the mark. The Globetrotters question, for example, just asks for the city, which makes sense. If it were to ask who is the Globetrotters' all-time leading scorer, I think that would be outside the scope of U.S. knowledge quiz.
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Level 93
Jul 16, 2019
can you allow railroad for carnegie as that was what it was used for?
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Level 74
Jul 22, 2019
Then Pittsburgh was the heart of the auto industry because it supplied most of the materials?
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Level 79
Jan 18, 2021
I tried railway/railroad too. Could that be accepted?
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Level 76
Jul 17, 2019
Vulcan is in the US?
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Level 95
Jul 17, 2019
It is. It's about 14 minutes east of Albuquerque.
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Level 59
Aug 19, 2019
Actually, it's in Alberta, Canada, and successfully fought off a copyright infringement suit by Paramount in the ... 90s? (I think).
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Level 77
Jul 21, 2019
The day the music died.
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2019
I did not think Austin was more south than New orleans! Interesting..
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Level 69
Aug 19, 2019
it isn't. and it doesn't matter if it was.
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Level 84
Aug 19, 2019
Capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge.
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Level 69
Aug 19, 2019
I was surprised that Austin was south of Tallahassee. It's not by much
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Level 67
Aug 19, 2019
Tallahassee is way north part of Florida not the peninsula so it is kind of a trick question.
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Level 89
Aug 19, 2019
I see what you did there! Putting the Don McLean clue right after the clue his song was about...I love it!
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Level 37
Aug 19, 2019
How can Austin, Texas be further South than Tallahassee, Florida?
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Level 67
Aug 20, 2019
I actually looked at the map to confirm this, and it looks to me like Tallahassee, Baton Rouge, and Austin are all pretty much on the same line. I didn't check coordinates, but I'd bet they probably cover the same latitude at points, but Austin reaches furthest south of the three of them. It's really close though.
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Level 84
Feb 20, 2020
Not a complaint, but just shouldn't J.P. Richardson, the Big Bopper's real name, also be accepted?
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Level 59
Feb 14, 2021
Lol I put "biden" cause I saw Naomi and Ashley
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Level 74
Jun 18, 2021
It's Wynonna Judd.
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2021
the stats say that the average number of right answers is 13. i thought this was one of the easier quizzes and got them all right. there were only two questions that less than 50% got right, and they were both in the 40+% range.
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Level 74
Nov 30, 2021
It's "Wynonna" Judd, as pointed out above.
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Level 37
Jun 20, 2023
Can you accept wood chuck for punxsutawney phil?