Westchester Quiz—Extra Credit
All right, smarty-pants, did you prove yourself a true Westchesterphile with this month’s ultimate quiz about the region?
See if you can keep the winning streak alive (or redeem yourself if you didn’t do so well) with our bonus round:
1. Which American dramatist did not spend formative years in Westchester?
A) Edward Albee
B) Eve Ensler
C) Eugene O’Neill
D) Jonathan Larson
2. The “Platinum Mile,” as it exists in our county, refers to which of the following?
A) Bloomingdale Road in White Plains
B) The mile-long driveway up to Kykuit, the museum and former Rockefeller home
C) A strip of jewelers and pawn shops in downtown New Rochelle
D) A section of I-287
3) We already revealed Kate Winslet’s connections to the county—but how about the Jack to her Rose, Leonardo DiCaprio? A charming Leo starred in Catch Me if You Can in 2002, which not only filmed in Yonkers, but is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who grew up in New Rochelle. In real life, which high school did Abagnale attend?
A) New Rochelle High School
B) Iona Preparatory School
C) Saunders Trades and Technical High School
D) Fordham Preparatory School
4. The gang known as the Tanglewood Boys took their name from the Tanglewood Shopping Center on Central Avenue in Yonkers. The strip mall and Massachusetts estate of the same name owe their moniker to which American author?
A) Nathanial Hawthorne
B) Edgar Allan Poe
C) Herman Melville
D) Henry David Thoreau
5. Which Westchester politician with the last name Spano is not related to the other three?
A) Former County Clerk Leonard
B) Former County Executive Andrew
C) Yonkers Mayor Michael
D) Former State Senator Nicholas
6. Presented by Prohibition supporter D.F. Gorham to Mount Kisco in 1907, the town’s “Chief Kisco” statute stands at the intersection of Routes 117 and 133. Aside from representing a person who probably never existed, what was its original function?
A) A streetcar stop
B) A mailbox
C) A fountain for watering horses
D) A shoeshine chair
7. The slightly odd trio of Antonin Dvorak, Mae West, and Woodrow Wilson were among some of the first performers and speakers at which of our classic theaters?
A) The Tarrytown Music Hall
B) The Paramount Center for the Performing Arts
C) The Capitol Theater
D) The Picture House
8. Which Fortune 500 Company is not headquartered in Westchester?
9. Westchester County Airport was originally built to house an Air National Guard unit, but began commercial service in 1947. The airport was the point of departure for which of these airline’s last flights?
A) Midwest Airlines
B) Champion Air
C) Independence Air
D) Northeast Airlines
10. The widow of which major Civil War figure lived out some of the last months of her life at Bronxville’s swank Hotel Gramatan?
A) Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
B) Confederate President Jefferson Davis
C) Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
D) Abraham Lincoln
1. C) Eugene O’Neill
2. D) A section of I-287. In the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, the stretch was home to prosperous businesses like IBM, Texaco, and General Foods.
3. B) Iona Preparatory School
4. A) Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s 1853 Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls, a re-telling of Greek myths, brought the name to popular consciousness. It’s not the only time the Scarlet Letter author indirectly gave a name to something in Westchester: Because of his daughter’s charity work in the Unionville, the hamlet was renamed Hawthorne in her honor.
5. B) Former County Executive Andrew
6. C) A fountain for watering horses. The inscription on the base to the statue reads, “God's Only Beverage for Man and Beast.”
7. A) The Tarrytown Music Hall
8. D) Verizon
9. C) A 7:26 PM Independence Air flight to Washington, DC left the airport’s one terminal on January 5, 2006.
10. B) Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Varina Davis arrived with her daughter and granddaughter in the summer of 1906 before passing away—back in New York City—in October. Legend has also put the widows of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the hotel and even had them becoming comrades in their dotage, but both women died before the hotel’s construction. Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Davis did, however, meet earlier at West Point and strike up an unlikely friendship.