Some of you have said you enjoy taking the quizzes. It has been a while since the last one and I want to keep you happy, so it's Quiz Time. The theme is months of the year. As always, 5 points for each correct answer.
1. “It's (blank) in (blank) because I'm in love,” according to this song made famous by Bing Crosby.
2. Two of our greatest presidents celebrated their birthdays in February, one on the 12th, the other on the 22nd. We used to all know that before Congress dreamed up Presidents Day. Anyway, who celebrated on the 12th, who on the 22nd?
3. “T'was the 18th of April, 75, hardly a man is still alive who remembers that famous day and year.” What did happen and what poet recalled the event so eloquently?
4. In what musical delight do we hear “The March of the Children” as they are introduced to their new governess?
5. “The Merry Month of May” — another celebration of that month — is also from a musical. Name it.
6. June 14 is celebrated here each year and July 14 is special to the French. What is celebrated on those dates?
7. “A day that will live in infamy “ was on what date?
8. It was a musical event that occurred spontaneously on a farm in upstate New York in August 1969. What was it named?
9. “The goblins will git ya ef you don't watch out,” wrote James Whitcomb Riley. What month do we associate with goblins and witches?
10. March Madness is what athletic event's real name?
11. What unforgettable event took place on July 20, 1969?
12. The U.S. troops boarded LSTs and sailed across the Channel to invade France on what historic date?
13. “And what is so rare as a day in (blank),” asked the poet, saying, “Then if ever come perfect days.” What month was he writing about?
14. There was another triumphal March, celebrating Radames' victory over the Ethiopians in what opera?
15. Two of our cherished presidents died on the same date, July 4, 1826. Who were they?
16. What is the significance of Nov. 11, 1918, in American history?
17. What month is bustin' out all over in “Carousel,” according to the lyrics?
18. “It's a long, long way from May to December,” begins what beautiful, melancholy song?
19. And from the same tune comes the line “and the days grow short when you reach” what month?
20. And during what month do we get to watch Punxsutawney Phil emerge, making a forecast for us?
Bonus: He claimed to be born on the 4th of July and called himself a Yankee Doodle Dandy as he celebrated our Grand Old Flag. Name him.
Answers: 1. June, January; 2. Feb.12 and Feb.22; 3. Longfellow wrote up Paul Revere's ride; 4. “The King and I”; 5. “Camelot”; 6. Flag Day, Bastille Day; 7. Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941; 8. Woodstock; 9. Oct. 10; NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament; 11. One giant leap — landing on the moon; 12. June 6, 1944; 13. June 14, “Aida”; 15. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; 16. The armistice ending World War I was signed at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 so it was named Armistice Day until it became Veterans Day; 17. June 18, “September Song”; 19. September; 20..February.
Bonus: George M. Cohan.
Did you do well?
Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher and resident of Fort Wayne.