Our Ultimate Westchester County Quiz
Do you think you’re up to our ultimate Westchester test?
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by the numbers
1. c) 75,000
2. d) 30%
3. c) Seventh most populous—behind Kings County, i.e., Brooklyn; Queens County; New York County, i.e., Manhattan; Suffolk County; Bronx County; and Nassau County
this land is our land
4. c) 1683
5. d) Both b and c
6. d) All of the above—all of the Bronx was part of Westchester until it was annexed to the City in various stages during the 19th century.
life & liberty
7. a) Freedom of religion: The Eastchester sheriff attempted to disenfranchise Quakers, who were mostly voting against his preferred candidate, by making them affirm their vote with an oath on the Bible, which was against their religion. A law was soon passed making such affirmations illegal.
8. a) In his shoes
9. a) Scarsdale—Rusk, originally from Georgia, lived on Fenimore Road and was president of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1952 to 1960 before John F. Kennedy nominated him to be secretary.
10. c) The Reindeer Rule
sites & such
11. d) Saw Mill, Hutch, Sprain—although construction of the first part of the Hutch began before that of the Saw Mill.
12. d) Woolworth Building
13. d) Hartsdale Pet Cemetery & Crematory
14. a) Huckleberry Island off New Rochelle
15. a) Gangster Bugsy Siegel
16. c) A parking ticket
17. b) Ragtime
18. c) “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer—in Larchmont
19. c) King of Swing Benny Goodman—Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman wrote the song “Pound Ridge” as an homage to the up-and-coming enclave for writers and artists, where he had a home in the 1940s.
20. b) 48 Bonnie Meadow Road
21. d) A Yonkers soundstage as the location of many sets in American Gangster
22. d) Little Children—Yonkers and Mount Vernon provide the backdrop in several Spotless scenes; parts of Pierce were filmed in Peekskill; the film version of Revolutionary Road is based on the namesake novel by Richard Yates, who grew up in Ossining near the real Revolutionary Road.
23. d) Both b and c—Mother’s Ted buys a house here in hopes of speeding along the settling-down process, despite not yet having found “the one” to share it with; in “The One Where Chandler Gets Caught,” Chandler and Monica break the news to the rest of the Friends gang that they’re leaving their City digs.
24. b) Irish Setter—the team is the “Pace Setters.”
25. b) Empire City at Yonkers Raceway—Kate and Rooney’s maternal grandfather, Tim Rooney, has owned and operated the Yonkers Raceway Corporation since 1972; d) Pittsburgh Steelers—the sisters’ great-grandfather, Art Rooney, Sr., founded the NFL team, originally dubbed the “Pittsburgh Pirates.” Their great-uncle, Dan Rooney, is chairman of the organization, as well as the US Ambassador to Ireland.
26. b) Gymnastics—Women’s field hockey defender Melissa Gonzalez’s hometown is Mohegan Lake; Kingston-born mountain cyclist Todd Wells finished tenth in the men’s cross-country final; Reed Kessler from Armonk and McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, both competed in team show-jumping for the US, which finished in sixth place.
27. b) Yonkers
martians and dragons and bones...oh my!
28. b) Mastodon, elephant/mammoth look-alike—Visit the Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation to view the remains of our very own mastodon, which, with its shaggy hair and long tusks, would have stood 7 to 9 feet tall and measured 10 to 14 feet in length. North American species of the mammal, which were hunted by early humans during the Ice Age, died out about 10,000 years ago for unknown reasons.
29. c) Mariah Carey—Carey’s directorial debut, “Fantasy,” was released on September 12, 1995.
30. c) 108
what’s in a name?
31. a) Pound Ridge b) Somers c) Tarrytown d) Yonkers
32. a) Wysquaqua
33. c) Execution Rocks Light