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Know-It-All Quiz No. 4

Tall Places

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Know-It-All Quiz #4

September 13, 2020

Tall Places

These six tall places are monuments that have nothing in common but their extraordinary height. In fact they are not all American. Three are located outside of our borders, but even so one is a monument to American ingenuity, the other is a memorial to American Heroes.

1. This monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate very prominent early settlers in New England. They signed a compact that became the governance document of their colony. The document was signed aboard a ship on November 11th. It is the tallest all-granite campanile in the USA.

Question 1. Where is this 252-foot monument?

2. An American jurist and diplomat used $25,000 that his brother gave him to hire a French sculptor named Antonin Mercié to create this monument. It is in one of America’s oldest cities. The locals call it the “KEY.” Francis Scott Key wrote a poem in 1814 entitled “The Defence of Fort M’Henry.”

Question 2. What became of that poem? 

3. This clock and bell-tower is in the capital city of a New England state, recognized as an epicenter for American insurance companies. Charles C. Haight, a prominent late 19th century architect at Columbia and Yale Universities created the design and began construction in 1898.

The Keney family donated the funds based on the will of their patriarch Henry Keney, who sought to memorialize his whole-sale grocery business, H. & W. Keney.

Question 3. In what New England city would you find the Keney Tower?

4. The American battleship Maine exploded on February 15, 1898, killing two officers and 250 sailors. This monument was dedicated to them by the President of Cuba in 1925.

There have been several investigations and almost as many courts of inquiry. Sadly, it is an almost forgotten event in American history. We once shouted “Remember the Maine” but there is no one alive who remembers the Maine.

Question 4. In which Cuban city did the explosion happen?

5. This light house is not on a rocky cliff along the Atlantic Ocean. It sits on very flat ground next to a lock in the Panama Canal. It is one of several.

A thorough study of a canal map will teach you that the canal runs, from the Atlantic in a southeast direction to the Pacific.

Question 5. Can you name the city at each end of the canal?

6. The Scott Memorial is far away but the memory of its honoree is in everyone. We all studied Ivanhoe as part of our 8th grade ancient history lessons. Sir Walter’s monument stands 2oo feet tall and has observations platforms along a series of spiral staircases.

Question 6. If you wanted to climb the 287 steps to the top, what city would you see?

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