The answers appear at the end of the quiz. Regardless of how well
you do, this is the last quiz of 2006. I promise.
1. For more than 100 years, there has been a debate over who
invented baseball; it was either bank clerk Alexander Cartwright or
Civil War veteran Abner Doubleday, whose great-great-grand-nephew is
the co-owner of the New York Mets. One of the men has a Hall of Fame
plaque, which lists him as the “Father of modern baseball.” Which
one – Cartwright or Doubleday?
2. In the article, “Who’s the real McCoy … an inventor, a boxer or
someone else?” the “real McCoy” could be …
a. An automatic oil lubricating cup invented by Elijah McCoy that
automatically dropped oil onto moving parts of trains.
b. Genuine whiskey – as opposed to the stuff made by moonshiners –
that prohibition-era smuggler Billy McCoy imported into the United
States from Canada.
c. The chuck wagon that cattle baron Chuck Goodnight of Texas
designed in 1866 (hence the name “chuckwagon”).
d. It could be any of the above.
3. In the article, “Morphine addict’s invention didn’t cure his
addiction,” the morphine addict was John Pemberton. What did John
d. Cough medicine
4. Dr. Robert Rines, who the History Channel refers to as one of
the world’s foremost Loch Ness Monster experts, invented which
a. Radar, which he used to search for the Loch Ness Monster.
b. The sonar technology used in sonograms.
c. Binoculars, which he used to search for the Loch Ness Monster.
d. None of the above
5. The inventor of the Archimedes screw was …
a. Ctesibius (pronounced ctesibius)
b. Hero (possibly the inventor of the sandwich)
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6. In the same story about Archimedes, we learned about an
inventor named Hero. What did he invent?
a. The world’s first steam engine, which was called an aeolipile and
relied on the principle that every action has an “equal and opposite
b. The world’s first automatic vending machine, which was a machine
which would dispense a fixed amount of holy water when a coin was
put into it.
c. The screw-press, which extracted olive oil from olives and juice
d. All of the above.
e. None of the above – Hero invented the sandwich that bears his
7. Who was the first person to appear on a U.S. stamp? Hint: He was
also our first postmaster general.
a. George Washington
b. Ben Franklin
c. Abraham Lincoln
8. Iraq is home to the Tower of Babel, the Hanging Gardens of
Babylon and the Hammurabi Code. Which of these inventions have come
a. The first stringed harp
b. The sickle for harvesting grain.
c. The first windmills for pumping water.
d. The first soap
e. All of the above
9. Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she first began writing
about a fictional monster created by a fictional doctor named
Victor. What was Victor’s last name?
ANSWERS: 1: Alexander Cartwright. 2: d. It could be any of the
above. 3: c. Coca-Cola. 4: b. The sonar technology used in
sonograms. 5: c. Archimedes. 6: d. All of the above. 7: b. Ben
Franklin. 8: e. All of the above. 9: a. Frankenstein.
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