Mn SAT Answers and Winners

Which section of the old Guthrie Theater is a suicidal usher said to haunt?
a. the women's dressing room
b. the will-call booth
c. the storage area beneath the stage
d. Row 18 *

From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni, p. 227

Playwright August Wilson said his work was inspired by the "four Bs"—writers Amiri Baraka and Jorge Luis Borges, painter Romare Bearden, and:
a. writer Arna Bontemps
b. the blues *
c. composer Johannes Brahms
d. stepfather David Bedford

"Wilson likes to say his work is inspired by the four Bs: Writers Amiri Baraka and Jorge Luis Borges, painter Romare Bearden, and the blues. But if you press him, you'll find the blues get top billing."—Morning Edition, Minnesota Public Radio, March 1, 2004

Bob Dylan founded numerous bands during his Hibbing High School tenure. Which of the following was not a band formed by the former Robert Zimmerman?
a. Elston Gunn
b. The Shadow Blasters
c. The Satin Tones
d. The Mood Revue *

How much did Hibbing High cost when it was built in 1924?
a. $90,000
b. $150,000
c. $1 million
d. $4 million *

What kind of business did Dylan's father run in Hibbing?
a. drugstore/soda fountain
b. movie theater
c. shoe store
d. appliance store *

Which singer's work did Dylan cover in a high school talent show?
a. Nat King Cole
b. Hank Williams
c. Little Richard *
d. Elvis Presley

Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watch Tower" is about what Minnesota landmark?
a. Split Rock Lighthouse
b. The Prospect Park water tower *
c. The Foshay Tower
d. The Mounds Park searchlight tower

Which of the following people was not born in Hibbing?
a. Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
b. NBA Hall of Famer and Wolves Hall of Shamer Kevin McHale
c. Former single-season homerun champ Roger Maris
d. The freewheelin' Bob Dylan *

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota

Minnesota Orchestra's musical director Osmo Vänskä began his professional music career playing what instrument?
a. cello
b. clarinet *
c. oboe
d. hurdy gurdy

The first Minnesota woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, "Coya" Knutson, studied what at the Juilliard School of Music in New York?
a. opera *
b. viola
c. piano
d. Jew's harp

"'Coya' Knutson, the first Minnesota woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, was born Cornelia Gjesdahl on a farm in Edmore, North Dakota, in 1912. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1934 with a degree in education. Soon after graduation she traveled to New York where she studied opera at the Juilliard School of Music. She quickly realized she had little chance of success in a music career and moved back to the Midwest."—Minnesota Historical Society

The "Foshay Tower-Washington Memorial March," commissioned by Wilber B. Foshay and composed by John Phillip Sousa, was (until recently) only performed once, at the dedication ceremony for the Foshay Tower. Why?
a. Foshay paid a one-time use fee
b. the original music burned up in a fire on the Sousa estate
c. Foshay's check to Sousa bounced *
d. Sousa was shamed when it was discovered the march was simply "El Capitan" played backward

"In August 1929, Wilbur Foshay spent a little extra money - $116,000 - on a three-day celebration to mark the opening of his tower. The secretary of war came. And there was music. All together, John Phillips Sousa's band played eight different Minneapolis concerts for the Foshay Tower celebration. But then, just two months later, the stock market crashed, and Foshay's $20,000 check to Sousa bounced. Wilbur Foshay's empire had been built on paper profits, and he lost everything in the crash, including his tower."—Mr. Foshay's Legend by Bill Buzenberg, Minnesota Public Radio, February 1, 2000

Which Minnesota-based company is ranked highest in the 2006 edition of the Fortune 500?
a. UnitedHealth Group
b. Best Buy
c. Target *
d. St. Paul Travelers Cos.

Rankings: 29. Target, 37. UnitedHealth Group, 76. Best Buy, 85. St. Paul Travelers Cos.

Using numbers from 2005, which country provides Minnesota with its largest market for manufactured goods?
a. China/Hong Kong
b. Japan
c. Ireland
d. Canada *

"Canada remained Minnesota's largest market, surpassing the $3 billion mark for the first time ever. Sales increased by 12.4 percent to $3.15 billion in 2005 and accounted for 22.8 percent of the state's total manufactured exports. Transportation equipment and machinery were the main sources of export growth."—Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, News Release, Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Richard Warren Sears, co-founder of Sears, Roebuck & Company, began his retail career selling watches to station agents along the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway from what Minnesota town?
a. Two Harbors
b. Norwood/Young America
c. Lanesboro
d. North Redwood/Redwood Falls *

In 1902, George Dayton opened his first department store in downtown Minneapolis. What was its name?
a. Dayton's
b. Target
c. George's Dry Goods
d. Goodfellows *

The first open-heart surgery using the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator was conducted in 1955 on a child at which hospital?
a. Saint Mary's Hospital, Rochester
b. University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis
c. Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester *
d. Children's Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul

"In May 1955, Rochester Methodist Hospital was the first hospital to use the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator for an operation inside of a heart. The first patient to benefit from the apparatus was a child with a heart malformation. During the open-heart operation, the Mayo-Gibbon machine functioned as the girl's heart and lungs, directing blood flow through the machine and enabling surgeons to operate in a 'dry field.' Four months later, the Mayo-Gibbon mechanical pump-oxygenator was demonstrated on the first nationally televised broadcast to originate from Rochester, Minn. The Sept. 12, 1955 program, broadcast from a Rochester Methodist Hospital operating room, was viewed by an estimated 6 to 9 million people."—MayoClinic.org

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