West Point Trivia Test Number 16.

By John Ward, '64

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1. When did cadets first attend classes at West Point??

A) March 1802.

B) April 1802.

C) 1794..
D) 1801.

2. Who was the first known cadet educated at West Point to be commissioned a lieutenant in the Army?

A)  Joseph Gardner Swift.

B)  Sylvanus Thayer.

C)  Phillipe de Landais
D)  Josiah Taylor.

3. Who was the first person proposed to be the Superintendent of the new military academy even before it was officially founded??

A) Lt. Col. Henry Burbeck, 1st Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.

B) Lt. Col. Lewis Tousard, 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers

C) Major Jonathan Williams, 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.

D) Benjain Thompson, Count Rumford of Bavaria.

4. Which of these roles or achievements does not relate to Joseph Gardner Swift, first graduate of West Point?

A) Saving New York City from fire by demolishing several buildings with explosives.

B) Charter Member of the United States Military Philosophical Society.

C) Was assigned as Judge Advocate for a court martial while still a cadet..

D) Declined the Chief Clerkship of the War Department and, as a result, escaped death..

5. What was the most noted accomplishment of Cadet Kevin Houston, Class of 1987 (other than graduating)?

A) He competed for and won a Rhodes Scholarship.

B) He led the nation in scoring in NCAA Basketball..

C) He was quarterback of the 1986 football team which won the Commander-in-Chief's Cup and had the second highest total offense in West Point football history.

D) He was designated as an Astronaut.

6. Which of the following cities was NOT named for a West Point graduate?.

A) Dodge City, Kansas.

B) Reno, Nevada.

C) Fort Worth, Texas.

D) Folsom, California.

7. What was the name of the first permanent Army Mule mascot??

A) Traveler

B) Pancho

C) Mister Jackson

D) Buckshot
8. Who was the first West Point graduate to walk in space?

A) Buzz Aldrin, Class of 1951

B) Ed White, Class of 1952

C) Frank BormanClass of 1950

D) Don Peterson, Class of 1955.


9. Which of the following is not true about Rod Lurie, Class of 1984??

A) He was born in Israel

B) He became a movie director.

C) He became a Colonel in the Israeli Army.

D) He became an investigative reporter.

10. What cadet wrote the following, as part of a long poem on the vagaries of cadet life?

The drill-drum beats, so does your heart, and down the stairs you scud,
You slip before you reach the ranks, fall full length in the mud.
Here you have met your first reverse, and give a ghastly grin;
                                                *  *  *
Now come drills, those long squad drills, upon the scorching plain
Like people in the desert wilds, your only hope is rain.
Sand gets in your shoes, and rubs and burns like lighted candles
Wonder why the people in such soil do not wear Sandals.
Though drums disturb you every hour, you utter not a word,
But think how happy Sir John Moore when "Not a drum was heard."
                                               *  *  *
Much study, too, you must admit, when starting out afresh,
Although you call it "boning" is quite weary to the flesh.
You meet new hardships every day, yourself you are beside,
You get a problem in "Descriptive" which you can't describe.
You go to fencing, and we'd think, from punches, wounds, and scars,
That you could kill as many men as can the Erie cars.

A) Charles King, Class of 1866.

B) John J. Garnett, ex-June 1861.

C) Edgar Allen Poe, ex-1834.

D) Horace Porter, Class of 1860.


Answer to Teaser from last time:    James Allen, Class of 1829, was the graduate who died on the threshold of making history.  A classmate of generals Robert E. Lee and Joseph E. Johnston, Allen was commissioned in the Infantry.  Assigned to the frontier, he was, while still a Second Lieutenant, placed in charge of the military escort for an expedition, headed by U.S. Indian Agent Henry R  Schoolcraft, which fixed the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota.   The expedition covered 2,800 miles in 79 days.   A later and more famous explorer wrote, "The honor of having first explored the sources of the Mississippi, and introduced a knowledge of them in physical geography, belongs to Mr. Schoolcraft and Lieutenant Allen.  I came only after these gentlemen. . . ."    Transferring to the Dragoons, he continued to serve on the frontier, reaching the rank of Captain.  His second exploring expedition, consisting of himself, 3 lieutenants (one was Patrick Calhoun, Class of 1841, the son of John S. Calhoun), an assistant surgeon, 50 dragoons of "I" ompany, 1st Dragoons and 2 infantry privates.   He covered 740 miles in 54 days through territory inhabited only by wandering bands of Sioux and other Indians.   A few years later, he was dispatched to recruit a group of Mormon refugees for the Mexican War.   Meeting with Brigham Young, Allen was successful in his recruiting effort.   Along with Brigham Young himself, he organized a large number of Mormons "The Mormon Battalion" to assist the U.S. in the impending war effort.   Appointed Lt. Colonel of the Mormon Battalion, and second in command of the entire western theater of operations, he was set to make history.  Unfortunately, he fell ill and died before the expedition to California got underway and is today a mere footnote in history.

Teaser for next time:   The game was one of the most important, not merely for the teams, but also for the nation's fans.   During the warmup,  two players, one a West Point plebe, the other an established player on the other team, engaged in an escalating series of kicking challenges.  Each time one made a kick through the uprights, the other matched the feat.   Then the challenge was raised as the pair moved back a few yards and kicked again.  Gradually, they moved back farther and farther, matching kick for kick.  Then one of them called for four balls and stood on the 50 yard line.  Calmly, he dropkicked two through the uprights at one end of the field and dropkicked the other two through the uprights at the other end.   The contest was over. Name the two players, the opposing team, the location, the year, and the result of the game.


This concludes Trivia Test No. 16. Thanks for participating.

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