West Point Trivia Test Number 17.

By John Ward, '64

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1. What West Point graduate invented the use of background music to improve sales and productivity, something now known as "Musak" or "Elevator Music."???

A) Alexander F. Muzyk  (Class of 1941).

B) William Wesley Wanamaker.  (Class of November 1918)

C) George Owen Squier.  (Class of 1887).
D) George Hamden Olmsted.  (Class of 1922)

2. What future West Pointer - a future general - returned home after a long period fighting overseas and went to hug his young son - but picked up the wrong child because he did not recognize his boy after being gone?

A)  John J. Pershing (Class of 1886).

B)  Douglas MacArthur (Class of 1903).

C)  Robert E. Lee  (Class of 1829)

D)  William J. Hardee  (Class of 1838).

3. What in connection with West Point was the meaning of the term "Gormley"??

A) A deceptive combat maneuver used by a British officer of that name to capture West Point in the Revolution..

B) The volume of  the air in a room after it is compressed to specific pressure and temperature.

C) The "interpolations" furnished to cadets studying math at the beginning of each year, so named for the head of the department.

D) The name given by cadets to the fireplace in the attic above the 4th floor of the old First Division tower, an area used by generations of cadets for unauthorized activities The name was in honor of the architect who designed the old Central Area Barracks with such an amenity.

4. Who was the Superintendent in whose days the Corps one night secretly loaded and fired most of the cannons on the plain and, when he was lecturing the cadet officers the next morning  on their failure to maintain discipline, was upstaged by a bronze six-pounder firing from the roof of cadet barracks in the middle of his speech?

A) Sylvanus Thayer.

B) Albert L. Mills.

C) John M Schofield..

D) Alexander H Bowman.

5. What unusual event took place at West Point on December 25, 1864?

A) Reveille took place at 3:30 a.m. when some cadets fired the reveille cannon early.

B) Reveille was cancelled when the cadets tied together the Hellcats` instruments and ran them up the flagpole at night.

C) Taps was first played at the end of the day.

D) A plebe guard bayonetted the second ranking cadet captain.

6. Which of the following is NOT part of the career of Randall Sollenberger (Class of 1924)?

A) He studied in Vienna, London, Glasgow and Edinburg, becoming a physician and psychiatrist..

B) He graduated but was not commissioned because of a lifelong stuttering problem..

C) He served with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War..

D) He was killed in action serving  with the Greek Army against the Nazi invasion.

7. Which of the following was NOT part of the career of Matthew Elting Hanna (Class of 1897)??

A) He was Honor Graduate of two major schools, an instructor in G-3 work, and writer of a manual on tactics.

B) He was regarded as the founder of the modern Cuban school system.

C) He served in various diplomatic posts, including U. S. Minister to Nicaragua, Minister to Guatemala, and Ambassador to France.

D) He married a baroness and died of sleeping sickness.

8. What was or is the ``Eisenhower Scholar`` Program??

A) A scholarship to permit graduates to study for up to 5 years leading to a PhD in the applied sciences.

B) A program by which West Point granted graduate degrees.

C) A program for advanced degrees in Nuclear Engineering.

D) The program by which foreign cadets are admitted to West Point..


9. Of the following graduates, two started fires in their rooms just before inspection, one unexpectedly ejected a dummy round when performing inspection arms, and one fired a blank round in the middle of a parade.    Which one was the shooter??

A) Benjamin Whitehouse (Class of 1965)

B) William Schwartz (class of 1959)

C) Andrew Rux (Class of 1960).

D) Ernest G Zenker (Clasas of 1962)

10. Which of the following West Pointers spent 2 years as a midshipman at Annapolis before entering West Point?

A) Charles J Naylor (Class of 1901).

B) Frank Daniel Webster (Class of 1889).

C) John C. W. Brooks (Class of 1885).

D) John W Heard (Class of 1883).


Answer to Teaser from last time:    The game in question was the 1920 Army-Notre Dame game, one of the most important football games of the season, not merely for the teams, but also for the nation's fans.   The game took place on October 30, 1920.  During the warmup, so the legend says, two players got into an informal dropkicking contest.  One was Russell ``Red`` Reeder (Class of 1926), then a  West Point plebe (yes he was a 6 year man!)   The other was the famous Notre Dame halfback, George Gipp.  The contest took the form of  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 Gipp 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.   In the game which followed, played on Cullum Field just across the street from Cullum Hall, Gipp ran for 332 yards enroute to a Notre Dame victory by the score of 27 to 17.   Less than 2 months later, Gipp was dead of pneumonia traceable to a throat infection.  Reeder went on to a long career, mixing Army athletics and troop duty.   After losing a leg as a regimental commander in the Normandy invasion, he became an author of many books on West Point.   For the Gipp-Reeder story (and several others) see the Pointer for October 25, 1957, reporting a spirit speech given by Captain Dave Hughes '51 the day before the 1957 Army-Notre Dame game. http://www.west-point.org/academy/dgrad/Rally.html

Teaser for next time:  This West Point graduate served initially against the Apache in the Southwest, taking some time out to pursue train robbers. Transfered eastward after more than 6 years, his place was taken by a young lieutenant who would go on to great achievements.  Our subject, however, then married a lady from Michigan, who influenced him to resign his commission.   He then went into the cold storage business in Michigan and was quite successful.   But life was boring in comparison to serving in campaigns against Geronimo, Chatto, and the other Apache leaders.  When his marriage failed, he sold the cold storage business, picked up stakes, and went to England to seek his fortune.   But he quickly found he hated the dreary weather.   After a stay of less than a week, he shipped out for Southern Africa, intending to prospect for gold in the Rand region. A year of searching for gold left him frustrated, a condition not helped by being besieged for months in a small town until rescued by troops from the south.  A few years later, he joined a group of Irish miners to form a brigade, of which he was appointed colonel.   That organization fought the invading British for the Boers, trying to maintain the independence of Transvaal and the Irish Free State.   He led his men on many hair raising adventures, was seriously wounded, and ultimately achieved the rank of Commandant in the Boer army, roughly equivalent to Brigadier General. He returned to America after the Boer surrender to British power. 


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