Saturday, November 04, 2006

A New York Quiz

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took Time Out New York's quiz to determine whether or not I am a true New Yorker.

When I completed the quiz, my score was 89, which was low enough to warrant the website to jeer: "The suburbs called. They want you back."

It was hard. The part where you get a list of about 250 names and you're asked to identify which of the actors listed did not appear on Law & Order left me paralyzed.

Here are some of the questions that I actually knew. Do you?

1. MetLife is to PanAm as Sony is to ___________ ?
-Mutual of New York

9. Whose club stopped serving Cristal as a way of fighting against the Man in the wake of a champagne controversy?
-Heavy D’s Big Ups
-Lil’ Kim’s Jail Bait
-Jay-Z’s 40/40
-Diddy’s Big Ego

11. According to the Taxicab Rider Bill of Rights, which of the following are you not entitled to?
-“A courteous, English-speaking driver who knows the streets in all five boroughs”
-“A driver who knows and obeys all traffic laws”
-“A clean passenger seat area”
-“A driver who uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger”

14. Sally likes Lincoln Center but she doesn’t like the 92nd Street Y. She likes Macy’s but she doesn’t like Bloomingdale’s. She likes the 1 train but she hates the 6 train. Which of these does she like?
-Metropolitan Museum of Art
-American Museum of Natural History

21. Whose death were the patrons of the Stonewall Inn mourning on the night of the “Stonewall revolution”?
-Judy Garland
-John Lennon
-Marilyn Monroe
-Edie Sedgwick

31. You walk south on Fifth Avenue until the road dead-ends. What do you see in front of you?
-The original Whitney Museum
-Jefferson Market Library
-Washington Square Arch
-Duane Reade

32. Where did the term getting 86-ed originate?
-From a restaurant that had 86 items on its menu.
-In 1887, barhoppers used it to refer to nightspots that were no longer cool.
-It’s cop code for removing a perpetrator from the scene of a crime.
-From getting thrown out of the speakeasy Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street.

48. The nickname Gotham came from a work by which author?
-Washington Irving
-Lewis Carroll
-Samuel Clemens
-Nathanael West

62. The headline FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD referred to what story?
-Ford Motor Company refusing to sell its latest model in NYC
-President Ford accusing the city of deliberately greasing a staircase during his visit to City Hall
-President Ford refusing to back a New York State health-insurance plan
-President Ford refusing to aid the city’s fiscal crisis

72. Which kind of cockroach is the most common in NYC apartments?
-American cockroach
-German cockroach
-Brown-banded cockroach
-Oriental cockroach

73. Same question, only this time it’s a rat:
-Norwegian rat
-Black rat
-Garden rat
-Broker rat

81. What alternative theater group was formed in 1975 by Elizabeth LeCompte, Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray and others?
-Les Freres Corbusier
-The Wooster Group
-La Mama Troupe
-The P.S. 122 Players

I was able to identify the location of all the half dozen or so statues in the city and all but two of the following New York buildings:
-Perry West
-The Dakota
-The Eldorado
-The Chelsea Hotel
-Van Cortlandt Mansion
-The Puck Building
-Saint Bartholomew’s Church
-Scandinavia House

Finally, I am proud to report that I was able to match half of the following rap stars to his home neighborhood:

-Run DMC
-50 Cent
-Wu-Tang Clan
-Grandmaster Flash

-Long Island City, Queens
-Hollis, Queens
-The “Boogie Down” Bronx
-South Jamaica, Queens
-Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Take the whole quiz yourself: here, or see the questions with the answers here.


Anonymous ed koch said...

I scored a 54!

9:53 PM  

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