Think you've got all the answers, man? Try this D.C. quiz.

By John Kelly
Sunday, January 3, 2010; C03

Think you know Washington? Answer Man will see about that. It's time for the second annual John Kelly's Washington Trivia Quiz. The answers are below -- and more details can be found online at

1. The Washington Monument is topped with a tiny pyramid made of:

(a) gold; (b) aluminum; (c) crystal; (d) tourmaline.

2. Who described Washington, D.C., as "the head-quarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva"?

(a) Lord Cornwallis; (b). Charles Dickens; (c) Fanne Foxe; (d) Ralph Nader.

3. The construction of this building in 1894 so alarmed District officials that strict height limits were set for the city:

(a) the Cairo apartments; (b) the Baghdad apartments; (c) the Kennedy-Warren apartments; (d) Dr. Harvey's Velocipede Amphitheatre.

4. The maximum height of buildings in Washington is determined by a formula that takes into account:

(a) the height of the Capitol dome; (b) the height of the Washington Monument; (c) the width of the street the building is on; (d) the distance a musket ball travels when shot straight up into the air.

5. What does the statue shown in the photo commemorate?

(a) the temperance movement; (b) the abolition of slavery; (c) the heroes of the Titanic; (d) the great tourmaline mine disaster of 1897.

6. Where did pop star Jackson Browne record his 1977 song "Running on Empty"?

(a) the Childe Harold pub; (b) the waiting room of the old Greyhound Terminal on New York Avenue; (c) Carter Barron Amphitheatre; (d) Merriweather Post Pavilion.

7. Which Washington go-go act saw its song "Da' Butt" included on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze"?

(a) Experience Unlimited; (b) Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers; (c) Junk Yard Band; (d) Trouble Funk.

8. The District used to ring in the New Year by dropping a huge what from the tower of the Old Post Office?

(a) Benjamin Franklin piƱata; (b) Hershey's Kiss; (c) Declaration of Independence; (d) "Love" stamp.

9. Not every Washington memorial was beloved when it was unveiled. Match the criticism to the monument:

i. "Orwellian glop"

ii. "ponderous, a bureaucrat's idea of classical grandeur . . . at once fussy and desolate."

iii. a "gangrene of sentimentality"

iv. "weak and pompous"

a. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

b. National World War II Memorial

c. Jefferson Memorial

d. John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts.

10. This bridge across the Potomac River was planned for years, but popular opposition kept it from ever being built:

(a) the Palisades Bridge; (b) the Three Sisters Bridge; (c) the Three Stooges Bridge; (d) the Whitehurst Bridge.

11. Match the notable District building with the sad manner in which its architect died:

i. Old Executive Office Building

ii. Library of Congress Jefferson Building

iii. The Kennedy-Warren

iv. National War College at Fort McNair

a. shot himself in the head after asking his wife for a bowl of beef tea

b. died in debt because the U.S. government refused to pay him adequately for his signature work

c. shot himself in the heart after placing a Bible verse on his drawing table

d. shot by the eccentric millionaire husband of the woman he deflowered in a mirrored bedroom.

12. In the early 1800s, Bladensburg was notorious as the site of numerous duels, including one in 1836 that claimed the life of Daniel Key, the 20-year-old son of Francis Scott Key. What had Key and the man who shot him, John Sherburne, been arguing about?

(a) differing interpretations of the Federalist Papers; (b) the specific gravity of tourmaline; (c) the relative speed of two steamships; (d) the chastity of John Quincy Adams's granddaughter.

13. The Virginia town of Herndon takes its name from:

(a) William Lewis Herndon, a sea captain who in 1857 died with 425 of his passengers; (b) Lewis William Herndon, a speculator who in 1872 briefly cornered the market in tourmaline; (c) the Robert Burns poem "Hern'Down," which begins: "Hern'down you sun, said I/This hour on e'enin's edge I take/Too auld to bever in the hearty blaud/Or sip me corn an' craik." (d) Confederate spy Beverly Herndon.

A simple question

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ANSWERS: 1: b. 2: b. 3: a. 4: c. 5: c. 6: d. 7: a. 8: d. 9: i-a; ii-b; iii-c; iv-d. 10: b. 11: i-a (Alfred B. Mullett); ii-b (John L. Smithmeyer); iii-c (Richard Younger); iv-d (Stanford White). 12: c. 13: a.

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