There's nothing wrong with the quiz. Any more than it would be wrong to ask which city Charles Lindbergh set off from before his trans-Atlantic flight on a US geography quiz. Grow up.
Which US state was named after Queen Elizabeth?
Which US territory was purchased from Napoleon?
Which US state was purchased from Russia?
Where did the Beatles play their first concert in America?
Which US city produced over 8,000 B-24 bombers to help defeat the Axis powers?
Which US city was burned by British troops in 1814 following the Battle of Bladensburg?
Where did David Beckham play Major League Soccer?
All of these would be acceptable questions on an American geography quiz and not a single person anywhere would complain that they referenced European people or places. :P
Or for that matter ask what the New York equivalent of Picadilly Circus was. Nobody would find that question awkward, either.
It is a tad weird, and I probably only got it because "Circus" was already given.