Since I spent several years making a living out of writing and asking trivia questions, I thought it would be fun to write a North Dakota-based quiz.
Send me an email if you enjoy it, and judging by the responses, I may do others in the future.
1. What North Dakota married couple had speaking roles in separate major motion pictures?
- (a) William & Jean Guy
- (b) Harold & Sheila Schafer
- (c) Quentin & Jocelyn Burdick
- (d) Bob & Marcie Lind
2. Dr. Henry Wheeler, from Grand Forks, helped foil a bank robbery by what notorious outlaw?
- (a) Sam Bass
- (b) Jesse James
- (c) John Dillinger
- (d) Machine Gun Kelly
3. The son of which U.S. president served as an army officer at Fort Abraham Lincoln?
- (a) James Polk
- (b) Abraham Lincoln
- (c) Benjamin Harrison
- (d) Ulysses Grant
4. Which of these College Hall of Fame basketball coaches was born in North Dakota?
- (a) Lute Olson
- (b) Jud Heathcote
- (c) Dale Brown
- (d) all three
5. Prior to becoming editor of the Fargo Forum, James Rockwell introduced what mythological folk hero to much of America?
- (a) John Henry
- (b) Pecos Bill
- (c) Casey Jones
- (d) Paul Bunyan
6. Mary Sherman Morgan, from Ray, N.D., was America’s first female what?
- (a) astronaut
- (b) jet pilot
- (c) rocket scientist
- (d) president of a large computer company
7. The bullet that killed which famous person became lodged in the wrist of Bill Massie?
- (a) Abraham Lincoln
- (b) Wild Bill Hickok
- (c) James Garfield
- (d) John Dillinger
8. Headlines were made when Air Guard pilot George Gorman pursued what over Fargo?
- (a) UFO
- (b) Russian airplane
- (c) his wingman who could not land because he was suffering severe chest pains
- (d) a diseased flock of geese
9. What breakfast cereal was created and first produced in Grand Forks?
- (a) Corn Flakes
- (b) Shredded Wheat
- (c) Cream of Wheat
- (d) Oatmeal
10. It was once a law in North Dakota to sleep with what?
- (a) the lights on
- (b) your boots on
- (c) a lit cigarette
- (d) a buffalo hide blanket
11. What girl in literature was patterned after Magdalena Carpenter of Edgeley?
- (a) Becky Thatcher in "Tom Sawyer"
- (b) Meg March in "Little Women"
- (c) Dorothy Gale in "The Wizard of Oz"
- (d) Franny in "Franny and Zooey"
12. In Billings County, the Eaton brothers established the nation’s first what?
- (a) private dinosaur dig site
- (b) buffalo ranch
- (c) farmwide sprinkler system
- (d) dude ranch
13. What famous actor began his U.S. acting career in Minot in 1914?
- (a) Boris Karloff
- (b) Cary Grant
- (c) Tom Mix
- (d) Maurice Chevalier
14. What was most surprising about Mrs. Nash, Libby Custer’s favorite laundress?
- (a) she was blind
- (b) she had only one arm
- (c) she was Sitting Bull’s daughter
- (d) she was a man
15. What Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member pitched for both Bismarck and Minot?
- (a) Satchel Paige
- (b) Greg Maddux
- (c) Lefty Gomez
- (d) Tom Seaver
16. In the span of 15 minutes in 1944, Scrappy Blumer, from Cass County, shot down how many German airplanes?
- (a) 3
- (b) 4
- (c) 5
- (d) 6
17. Who is the great-granddaughter of Sitting Bull enshrined in the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame?
- (a) Lillian Klaudt
- (b) Marie McLaughlin
- (c) Josephine Gates Kelly
- (d) Lily Fern Weatherford
18. Laura Eisenhuth was the first woman in the U.S. elected to an executive office. To what North Dakota office was she elected?
- (a) lieutenant governor
- (b) attorney general
- (c) auditor
- (d) superintendent of public instruction
19. Tom Amberry is noted by Guinness World Records with “2,750.” What does that number represent?
- (a) miles in a single dog-sled trip
- (b) consecutive free throws made
- (c) laps in a standard swimming pool
- (d) wins by a high school football coach
20. Both Lynn Anderson and Peggy Lee were born in North Dakota and have what named in their honor?
- (a) moon craters
- (b) fashion lines
- (c) rose varieties
- (d) race horses
21. Using an alias, the oldest brother of which gangster served as a prohibition agent on the Standing Rock Reservation in the 1920s?
- (a) Al Capone
- (b) Creepy Karpis
- (c) Lucky Luciano
- (d) Dutch Schultz
22. In the early 1960s, John Steeves, who was born in Brinsmade, was ambassador to which country?
- (a) France
- (b) Cuba
- (c) Afghanistan
- (d) Canada
23. Montie Montana rode his horse in every Rose Bowl Parade from 1932 to 1994. He was known as America’s foremost what?
- (a) fighter pilot
- (b) trick-rope artist
- (c) banjo player
- (d) rodeo clown
24. John Burke and Frank White were both governors of North Dakota. What federal agency or department did they also head?
- (a) U.S. Treasury
- (b) Department of Agriculture
- (c) Department of Commerce
- (d) FBI
25. Despite being deaf, this basketball player scored 3,930 points while in high school, averaging 41.5 points per game. Who was he?
- (a) Marv Bachmeier
- (b) Don Augustine
- (c) Steve Blehm
- (d) Paul Pederson
And now, the answers:
How'd you do? Here are the answers:
1-b; 2-b; 3-d; 4-d; 5-d; 6-c; 7-b; 8-a; 9-c; 10-b; 11-c; 12-d; 13-a; 14-d; 15-a; 16-c; 17-a; 18-d; 19-b; 20-c; 21-a; 22-c; 23-b; 24-a; and 25-c.
“Did You Know That” is written by Curt Eriksmoen and edited by Jan Eriksmoen of Fargo. Send your comments, corrections, or suggestions for columns to the Eriksmoens at firstname.lastname@example.org.