U.S. General Knowledge #50

Can you answer these random questions with an American focus?
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What type of mountains are sung about in "America the Beautiful"?
Purple Mountains
What did Oprah famously give to all 276 members of her studio audience
on September 13, 2004?
a Car
What former first lady is the namesake of a rehab center for substance abuse disorder?
Betty Ford
What first name was shared by Wright and Redenbacher?
Orville
What, stereotypically, do people say when handing someone a subpoena?
You've been
served
Who was traded from the Oilers to the Kings in 1988?
Wayne Gretzky
What type of degree would you be most likely to earn at Wharton?
MBA
What was the profession of TV's "Columbo"?
Detective
Who did Anne Sullivan teach by spelling words on her palm?
Helen Keller
Charleston is a city in South Carolina. But what is THE Charleston?
a Dance
The U.S. Constitution famously counted slaves as only 3/5ths of a person for the purposes
of congressional allocation. What group of people weren't counted at all?
Indians,
not taxed
What comic strip appeared on wrappers of Bazooka bubble gum until 2012?
Bazooka Joe
What type of engine allows the ships in "Star Trek" to travel faster than the speed of light?
Warp Drive
Ted Williams missed nearly five seasons of baseball serving as a fighter pilot in
two different wars. One was WWII. What was the other?
Korean War
What word, meaning inseparable, comes before the words "with liberty and justice for all"?
Indivisible
Who was the only President from the Federalist Party?
John Adams
What did the G in the magazine GQ originally stand for?
Gentlemen's
What was the term for the period of time between the 18th and 21st amendments?
Prohibition
In Mexico, it's called the Río Bravo. What is it called in the United States?
Rio Grande
What word is a homophone of the word "click"?
Clique
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Level 76
Aug 11, 2020
The Columbo question should probably also allow "police detective" and "homicide detective". "Detective" by itself seems too general, while technically correct.
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Level 74
Aug 21, 2020
My thoughts exactly, PoshJen.
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Level 73
Aug 11, 2020
That's not a homonym where I'm from. But that's not the USA, so this comment is irrelevant.
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Level 78
Aug 11, 2020
For my whole life (in U.S.) I pronounced "clique" as a homonym of "click", but somewhere along the way I heard that it's properly pronounced CLEEK. Maybe through common mispronunciation the short-"i" version has become acceptable, but I think I have to agree with OfficerDibble.
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Level ∞
Aug 11, 2020
You were tricked by a Brit. The typical American pronunciation is "click".

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/clique

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Level 66
Aug 13, 2020
I've always pronounced it /kliːk/ (with the long ee sound).
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Level 80
Aug 13, 2020
I wouldn't accept proper pronunciation lessons from someone who doesn't even know how to say pasta.
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Level 73
Aug 11, 2020
For the next one, "paw, poor and pour". As a hint: how Irish people pronounce them.
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Level 78
Aug 13, 2020
In my region, poor and pour are the same, but not paw.
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2020
Got 12/20 (never been to America before).
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2020
Damn, only missed the amendment question - but not without a LOT of dumb guesses!
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Level 81
Aug 13, 2020
Sad that more people don't remember Bazooka Joe, his eyepatch, and his friend Mort who always had his turtleneck sweater pulled up over his mouth. I used to save up Bazooka Joe comics to send in for free (cheap) merchandise.
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Level 78
Aug 13, 2020
Don't forget Pesty. I thought the comics were better than the bubblegum.
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Level 43
Aug 13, 2020
“Indians” you mean native americans?
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
No, I don't. The original language said "Indians, not taxed". Nor is the term "Indians" offensive. In fact, many tribes explicitly refer to themselves as Indians, and there is an entire part of the U.S. government called the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
For example, here is an Indian tribe near me.
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Level 72
Aug 14, 2020
Why is Wayne Gretzky, THE quintessential Canadian icon, the focus of a question in a quiz about US knowledge? At least it was one of the few questions to which I knew the answer ...
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Level 80
Aug 14, 2020
Because Los Angeles isn't in Canada.
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2020
Ah - thanks for letting me know. I thought Los Angeles was a suburb of Edmonton.
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
You may have not heard, but we love hockey here in the States too, ya know!
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Level 57
Aug 14, 2020
Click and clique are not homophones at all. Clique is pronounced "cleek."
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Level ∞
Aug 15, 2020
In the U.S. it is generally pronounced "click"