Capital Knowledge

By Julia Feldmeier
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 8, 2006

Y ou think you know Washington? Let's talk. Sure, you bill yourself as local: SmarTrip card holder, half-smoke eater, Sunday Source reader. (Hey, true Washingtonians never miss a chance at self-promotion.) You root for Hoyas or Terps, and you've got the soul of a Wizard. You watch tourists walk from I to K Street NW, bewildered, and snicker knowingly: There is no J Street. Duh.

Yes, you laugh: You know Washington. But just how savvy are you? Do you know where the longest Metro escalator is? Why there are no skyscrapers in the District? What U Street used to be called? Our 25 questions will tell you whether your Washington knowledge is real -- or as bogus as a certain J Street.

Presidential pets have been a varied bunch: The Bushes have Scottish terriers, Woodrow Wilson had a tobacco-chewing ram and William Howard Taft had, fittingly, a cow. John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, housed what animal in a bathroom in the East Room of the White House?

A. A rat

B. A fox

C. An alligator

D. A chimpanzee

What year were District residents first allowed to vote in the presidential election?

A. 1964

B. 1904

C. 1864

D. 1940

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