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Washington D.C. Trivia

Can you answer these twenty questions about the city of Washington D.C.?
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What is the name of the building where the President lives?
The White House
What is the street address of that building?
1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue
On what river is Washington D.C. situated?
Potomac
What country gave D.C. its famous cherry trees in 1912?
Japan
What is the name for the area between the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial?
National Mall
What is the tallest structure in the city (not counting radio towers)?
Washington Monument
What motto appears on D.C. license plates?
Taxation without
Representation
What D.C. native sang "What's Going On"?
Marvin Gaye
What are D.C. two major airports?
Ronald Reagan
Washington Dulles
What name is shared by a D.C. neighborhood and a prestigious D.C. university?
Georgetown
What mayor was caught smoking crack, but was elected again anyway?
Marion Barry
What was the site of the Abraham Lincoln assasination?
Ford's Theatre
What hotel and office complex was famously burglarized by Nixon cronies in 1972?
Watergate
What chain of 30 government-run museums offers free admission?
Smithsonian
What building, located in nearby Arlington County, serves as the headquarters
of the U.S. military?
The Pentagon
What newspaper did Woodward and Bernstein work for?
The Washington Post
In what neighborhood would you find the State Department headquarters?
Foggy Bottom
In what war was D.C. burned?
War of 1812
Who was the most famous speaker at the 1963 March on Washington?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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level 77
Feb 11, 2014
100%- in spite of being gone for close to a decade my DC street cred is in tact.
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level 73
Feb 16, 2014
missed one and have never been there
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level 71
Feb 16, 2014
The neighborhood is much more prestigious than the University. And the proper name for that airport is and always will be "National."
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level 77
Feb 16, 2014
US News ranked Georgetown 20th nationally in a country brimming over with outstanding and prestigious universities... I'd say that's pretty damn good. Above Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, USC, UVA or Wake Forest. There are only 2 countries in the world that have ANY university ranked higher than UCLA if you go by Times Higher Education's list (though they rank Georgetown lower). What is prestigious about the neighborhood? A few odd book/music and curio shops and some overpriced restaurants and apparel stores?
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level 44
Sep 22, 2014
Completely agree with your assessment of the school. The law school is generally top 15 or top 10 in the country. But I completely disagree with your indictment of the neighborhood. It has long been regarded as the neighborhood of prestige. It has the highest cost per residential sq foot of any DC neighborhood, even Kalorama. Why do you think those shops and restaurants are overpriced? Same reason a Ferrari is, because of the prestige. No, it's not Monaco or St. Tropez, but it's the best DC has in that regard.
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level 77
May 28, 2017
haha.. I know it's a prestigious neighborhood. But still, like most prestigious neighborhoods, I usually think of them "so what?" Becoming a prestigious university is more difficult I think.
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level 80
Sep 9, 2014
FYI, Bill Clinton had final approval for the name change.
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level 70
May 28, 2017
Agree on the airport.
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level 59
Feb 16, 2014
No one calls it Reagan Airport - it is either National or DCA - those should be acceptable answers.
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level 73
Feb 16, 2014
i call it that
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level ∞
Feb 16, 2014
Forgot that the name change was a somewhat controversial decision. National will work now.
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level 77
Feb 17, 2014
I'm from the area, have used the airport many times, and will use the names "National," "Reagan National," or "DCA" pretty much interchangeably.
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level 36
May 28, 2017
Everything will one day be named after Reagan, in the most hypocritical manner possible. An airport, when it was he who fired air traffic controllers? At my alma mater, UCLA, they renamed the NPI (Neuropsychiatric Institute) after Reagan--when he was governor, I was attending UCLA, and he ranted about the Universities of California every day. He would lie incessantly about students, how lazy, spoiled, communist agents we all were. People would hate us based on what he said, even tho most us of wœrked and went to school full-time, and I never met a spy pretending to be a student yet! He hated the UC system and is responsible for it going from $400/quarter to many times that, unaffordable for kids who must work. It's like Trump treats the press today--that's how Reagan treated the U.C. system. Seeing his name on campus makes me want to cry.
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level 38
Mar 5, 2018
He was a lousy actor, mediocre governor and horrible president!
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level 54
May 30, 2017
I call it Reagan and so does everyone I know.
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level 71
Feb 16, 2014
My first instinct was "Reagan" but maybe it's just because I'm Californian.
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level 67
Feb 17, 2014
Although it is associated with Washington, D.C., the Pentagon is technically in Arlington, VA.
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level 49
Nov 1, 2019
But it’s in the Washington metro area - which is what this quiz is about
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level 73
Apr 2, 2014
Actually there are 3 airports -- BWI -- Baltimore Washington International, in addition to Reagan (National) and Dulles.
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level 72
May 5, 2014
seconded
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level 76
Jul 6, 2015
The Baltimore-Washington name change was totally for marketing purposes. Despite them all being in the federal "Baltimore-Washington statistical area," no locals think of Dulles or National as Baltimore airports, or of BWI as a Washington airport.
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level 70
May 28, 2017
I grew up calling BWI Friendship airport. Such a nice name. Now it is official Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. I don't think anyone calls it Marshall or Friendship.
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level 77
May 28, 2017
The DC locals that I've visited consider BWI to be one of the 3 Washington airports. So do Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak, etc.
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level 70
May 30, 2017
Though I agree with you, BWI is closer to downtown DC than Dulles- Dulles is just bigger.
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level 70
May 30, 2017
Actually just looked it up- in straight-line distance, Dulles is about 5 miles closer, but it generally takes longer to get into the city via train or car.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
I'm a DC local. I've used BWI many times and when I'm on a travel website and check the "include area airports" box or fill in "WAS" (the code for the entire Washington area) as opposed to "DCA" or "IAD" I will expect BWI to be included in the results. And I am far out in to the Virginia suburbs! If I lived actually within DC or somewhere in the suburbs on the Maryland side then BWI would be either equidistant or possibly closer than Dulles. Not sure what these other people are talking about. Maybe they don't fly as much as I do.
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level 71
Sep 11, 2018
I live right next door to Dulles, and I'll occasionally fly in and out of National (yeah, I can't bring myself to add the "Reagan" part either) if there's a big enough price difference, but BWI might as well be in Guam as far as I'm concerned.
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level 44
Feb 2, 2019
I also live next to Dulles and I flew out of BWI and it was horrible. After a long flight, I really don't wanna be driving an hour an a half back home. The price difference did make it worth it.
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level 77
Apr 13, 2019
I used to live right next to samiamco, the Concord would fly over my house daily as it was coming in to Dulles, I've used BWI many times because there's often cheaper fares there (Southwest hub), and I've used Reagan several times as well and called it Reagan or National without thinking about it.
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level 79
Sep 3, 2016
Never heard of Foggy Bottom--or if I have, did not remember it even after seeing it. I tried Rock Bottom (Like our government right now) and I tried Bikini Bottom when I was at my wit's end...no luck Spongebob.
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level 70
May 28, 2017
Very common for Washingtonians to call the state department "Foggy Bottom." I'm not even sure where the neighborhood begins and ends but everyone knows the state department is in it.
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level 36
May 28, 2017
I've heard of Foggy Bottom all my life. Maybe because of a week spent touring DC visiting my favorite uncle who worked in govt, or bc I wanted to work there myself one day but my mom insisted I graduate from college without the courses to go that direction, so I went to law school instead...or was it novels by Tom Clancy? I think is named that because it was swampland that was full of damp spooky fog until it was cleared for construction? It sits rather lower down by the river looking thru cams used on TV morning news--who refer to it often.
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level 44
Feb 2, 2019
Foggy Bottom is a blue, orange, and silver line station. That's the only reason I know it.
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level 76
Nov 5, 2019
I must have been thinking about George Clooney. My first answer was Soggy Bottom.
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level 55
May 28, 2017
Anyone else try 4 Non-Blondes for the "Who sang the 'What's Going On' song?"
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level 73
Aug 12, 2019
Hey yeah yeah. It entered my mind.
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level 39
May 28, 2017
Foggy Bottoms?
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level 77
May 29, 2017
Got 'em all but that bottom question. I kept wanting to put Shockoe Bottom, but that's in Richmond, not DC
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level 36
May 29, 2017
It should be 'burgled' not 'burglarized'
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level 38
Nov 2, 2017
Couldn't remember Marion Barry.
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level 76
Aug 8, 2018
I was disappointed when the neighborhood wasn't Bikini Bottom. I was disappointed again when it wasn't Rock Bottom.
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level 65
Apr 1, 2019
Does anybody know if any relation exists between this neighborhood and the Foggy Bottom Boys band from Oh Brother Where Art Thou? That reference is the only way that I was able to guess it.
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level 44
Nov 1, 2019
The band from that movie is the "Soggy Bottom Boys", not "Foggy."
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level 65
Nov 1, 2019
hm, the mystery deepens.
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level 52
Apr 13, 2019
The Watergate complex consists of several buildings, including apartments, office buildings and a hotel. The DNC headquarters that were burglarized in 1972 were located in an office building, not a hotel.
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level ∞
Nov 1, 2019
The question has been amended.
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level 52
Apr 26, 2019
The Japanese also gifted the United States bonsai trees, which can be found in the National Arboretum!
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level 80
Nov 1, 2019
Thank you Die Hard 2 for helping me remember Dulles.
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level 69
Nov 1, 2019
The city is also located on the Anacostia River. Maybe that could be accepted as a type-in?
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level 56
Nov 1, 2019
That's right ... even though Potomac is more commonly known, Anacostia perhaps should be considered, too.