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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: America. "One of the books recently added to Credo Reference is the "Encyclopedia of Urban America". Test your knowledge of the USA with these questions, which can all be answered from this source" Answers here.

1. Name America's first landscaped public park, created in 1853 in the center of Manhattan.
2. Which American author is best known for his second novel, "On the Road" (1957)?
3. Fiorello La Guardia was the mayor of which city from 1934 through 1945?
4. In his State of the Union message in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war" on what?
5. Louis Armstrong, America's leading virtuoso jazz trumpeter, was born in which city?
6. P.T.Barnum was the leading showman of the nineteenth century. What was his first name?
7. Coney Island, a beach on the Atlantic Ocean, got its name from being inhabited by what?
8. Which annual prizes are given by the School of Journalism at Columbia University from a bequest of $1 million?
9. Which American painter specialises in pictures of tired old buildings and their lonely denizens - such as "Early Sunday Morning" and "Nighthawks"?
10. What name did Jean Gottmann give to an "almost continuous stretch of urban and suburban areas" extending from Maine to Maryland?

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