There is a group of us men from St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church that meets for breakfast on Thursday mornings. At the end of our meeting we always do the trivia questions from the Mountain Times, which also runs in the Watauga Democrat and the Ashe Post & Times. It is great enjoyment for us to get to nine right answers. I do not recall that we have ever gotten all 10 questions correctly answered.

In the past Thursday edition, Jan. 25, of the Mountain Times there are two problems with the questions and answers.

1) Question No. 6: Wrong question; right answer. I.e., in the subject of Music the question is “What famous singer/songwriter won the Pulitizer Prize for Literature in 2016.”The answer: Bob Dylan. Problem. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 for his American Songbook, not the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2016 was Viet Thong Nguyen, hardly a “famous singer/songwriter.”

2) Question No. 9: Right question, wrong answer. I.e., the question in the subject of Government is “What was the first capital of the United States?” The answer was Philadelphia. New York City was the first capital of the United States once the Constitution was ratified. This is where Congress (that was formed under the Articles of Confederation) met. It is also where George Washington took the oath of office from the balcony of the old City Hall to become the first president of the United States.

One of the issues the president had to deal with was a permanent location for the country’s seat of government. As part of a compromise, it was decided that the capital would move to Philadelphia, Penn., in 1791 for 10 years and then to a suitable permanent location on the Potomac River. Washington chose an area that included land from the states of Maryland and Virginia. At this time, the area was primarily farm and marsh lands. Nevertheless, Congress was scheduled to meet in the new capital on the first Monday in December 1800. On June 11, 1800. Washington, D.C., took over from Philadelphia as the new capital.

Tom Trueman

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