By Jesse Marx
By Chris Parker
By Jake Rossen
By Jesse Marx
By Michelle LeBow
By Alleen Brown
By Maggie LaMaack
By CP Staff
After signing his Warner Bros. record deal, Prince purchased his first house where?
a. in Chanhassen, near Lake Riley
b. in near-north Minneapolis, on Emerson Avenue
c. in Kenwood, on Irving Avenue
d. in Edina, on France Avenue *
What religion has Prince periodically espoused in the past decade?
b. Christian Science
c. Jehovah's Witnesses *
What then-box office star and brief Prince girlfriend was originally slated to star in Graffiti Bridge?
a. Sandra Bullock
b. Molly Ringwald
c. Kim Basinger *
d. Michelle Pfeiffer
Where was the original late-1980s incarnation of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios?
a. on Lyndale Avenue in north Minneapolis
b. on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis *
c. on France Avenue in Edina
d. on Highway 5 in Chanhassen
Which Prince song, listened to by Karenna Gore, prompted mother Tipper Gore to found the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985?
a. "Dirty Mind"
b. "Jack U Off"
c. "Let's Pretend We're Married"
d. "Darling Nikki" *
What is the origin of Minneapolis underworld kingpin Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfeld's nickname?
a. He always carried a coffee can as a spittoon
b. He hid in the bathroom every time he heard gunfire *
c. He owned a cannery as a front
d. He was the son and gangsta disciple of "Man Cann" Blumenfeld
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 107
What does the "R.T." in R.T. Rybak stand for?
a. Robert Thomas
b. Raymond Thomas *
c. Richard Theodore
d. Rootin' Tootin'
Congressman Andrew Volstead of Granite Falls was responsible for giving the United States what?
a. the 18th Amendment that outlawed liquor *
b. the 40-hour work week
c. the funding to build the Spirit of St. Louis
In 1952, U of M President J. L. Morrill declared, "We stand in the glare of public censure because of the irresponsibilities of some." To what "great harm and hurt" was he referring?
a. Civil Rights marches
b. on-campus drinking and smoking
c. folk singing in coffeehouses
d. panty raids *
From Twin Cities Album by Dave Kenney, p. 199
Minneapolis's first skyway, which opened in 1962, linked which two downtown buildings?
a. The IDS and Midwest Plaza
b. Lutheran Brotherhood and Centre Village
c. The Hilton and the Leamington hotels
d. The Northwest Bank and Cargill buildings *
How many hogs are "processed" each hour at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, in order to make Spam?
b. 960 *
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 122
In 1930, a University of Minnesota medical student spent 13 weeks consuming what fast-food product to prove its nutritional value?
a. McDonald's French fries
b. White Castle hamburgers *
c. Kentucky Fried Chicken thighs and wings
d. Dairy Queen banana splits
From Selling 'Em by the Sack: White Castle and the Creation of American Food by David Gerard Hogan, p. 22
This is the site of the northernmost Jamaican restaurant in the contiguous United States:
a. International Falls
b. Gilbert *
What is the Pillsbury Doughboy's given name?
b. Poppin' Fresh *
c. Bun Bun
d. Limp Biscuit
"Giggling his way to spokescharacter superstardom, Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy, first introduced himself to TV viewers across the nation in 1965. Announcing 'Hi, I'm Poppin' Fresh,' he sang, 'Nothin' says lovin' like something from the oven, and Pillsbury says it best.'"—General Mills
Approximately how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the Minnesota State Fair?
a. 2,200 rolls
b. 22,000 rolls *
c. 220,000 rolls
d. 2.2 million rolls
Courtesy of Brienna Schuette at the Minnesota State Fair
To which fellow Pulitzer Prize winner did novelist Sinclair Lewis dedicate Babbitt?
a. Edith Wharton *
b. Ernest Poole
c. Booth Tarkington
d. Eugene O'Neill
Which city's public library banned Main Street in the mistaken belief that Sinclair Lewis's fictional Gopher Prairie was based on it?
a. Sauk Centre
b. Center City
c. St. Cloud
d. Alexandria *
Which Little House book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder is set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota?
a. Little House in the Big Woods
b. Little House on the Prairie
c. On the Banks of Plum Creek *
d. By the Shores of Silver Lake
St. Paul-born novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's father was a:
a. railroad tycoon
c. writer of reference guides
d. wicker furniture salesman *
Which of the following is not a profession attempted by novelist Louise Erdrich following her tenure at Dartmouth College?
b. poetry teacher at a prison
c. art school model *
d. construction-flag signaler
Local author Diablo Cody used what alias during her stint as a stripper:
a. Busty LaRue
b. Herbal Essence
c. Cherish *
Who played the title role in the Guthrie Theater's 1963 inaugural production of Hamlet?
a. Richard Jaeckel
b. Hume Cronyn
c. George Grizzard *
d. Peter Michael Goetz
"The Guthrie's three prior 'Hamlets' have featured an array of stars, starting in 1963 with George Grizzard under director Tyrone Guthrie. Grizzard was 35 and had just left the Broadway run of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' when he flew to Minneapolis to play the conflicted Dane. At the Guthrie, he acted opposite theater doyenne Jessica Tandy, then 54, who played his mother, Gertrude... A young Joan van Ark, best known for starring in the soap opera 'Knots Landing,' was in that cast as an extra."—Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, March 9, 2006