West Point Trivia Test Number 11.

By John Ward, '64

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1. When did West Point cease to be controlled by the Corps of Engineers, with the Superintendent required to be an Engineer officer?

A) 1818, when Sylvanus Thayer took over from Alden Partridge

B) 1855, when Jefferson Davis, as Secretary of War, reformed the curriculum.

C) 1866, after the close of the Civil War

D) 1917, after the term of John Biddle, Col. CE (class of 1881)

2. What do the following West Point graduates have in common:    Charles Romeyn (1899),  Louis Merillat (1915), Donald E. Smith (1985), and John D. Foldberg (1951)?

A) They all later became Tactical Officers of the same Cadet Company.

B) They were all descendants of Joseph G Swift, the first graduate of West Point.

C) They were all named to the First Team of the All American Football Team

D) Each was first in his class.

3. Thales L. Ames graduated 11 of 52 members of the Class of 1895 and eventually served in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance of the AEF in Europe, 1918-1919 and retired as a Colonel.   For what other accomplishment was he noted?

A) He was one of the first military pilots, training with Orville Wright.

B) He became Governor of the Panama Canal and President of the Panama Railroad Company,

C) He won a gold lifesaving medal for swimming to the aid of the crew of a Quartermaster's launch during a typhoon

D) He was the first West Point Football Player to be mentioned in the All American Team.

4. Which of the following does NOT relate to Peter Hurd (ex-1925)?

A) He left West Point after failing his final in Chemisty..

B) He changed his name from Harold Hurd Jr. to Peter Hurd..

C) He became a well known artist.

D) He married the daughter of famous illustrator N. C. Wyeth...

5. James A. Moss was last man in the Class of 1894 and Won the Silver Star in Cuba.  He had many other achievements, among which were all but one of the following.  Which was NOT an achievement of Moss?

A) He wrote or co-authored and had published 43 books.

B) He was elected to the House of Representatives, serving 10 years.

C) He commanded the U. S. Army's only unit of bicycle infantry.

D) He founded the U. S. Flag Association.

6. What Army player scored the first points in all of Army's intercollegiate Football games?

A) Dennis M. Michie (1892).

B) Paul W. Davison (1892).

C) Tilly Ames (1895)

D) Sawyer Blanchard (1892).

7. Who scored the first points ever scored by Army against Navy in football??

A) Dennis M. Michie (1892).

B) Elmer W. Clark (1893).

C) Edward J. Timberlake (1893).

D) Leonard Prince (1892).

8. Against what team did Army lost the first 13 games of their rivalry, scoring only 6 points in those 13 games??

A) Yale.

B) Harvard.

C) Notre Dame.

D) Villanova.

9. Why were all cadet officers and noncommissioned officers reduced to the ranks in November of 1825?

A) In the aftermath of the ``eggnog riot``, instigated by Cadet Jefferson Davis.

B) Because Thayer routinely changed details of cadet leadership.

C) Because some cadets placed the reveille cannon at the top of the Academic Building clocktower..

D) Because the 3rd and second classes (1827 and 1828) refused to turn out for drill on November 1st.

10. What graduate was the first to have a great-great-great-great-grandfather (that is 4 ``greats``) who was also a West Point graduate?

A) Williams Swift Martin (1960).

B) Katharine King Miller (1998).

C) Dean A. Herman Jr. (1960).

D) George O. Hillard (1964).

Answer to Teaser from last time:  The graduate who became known as ``Nessim Bey``, achieved the ranks of Bimbashi and later Caimacan of the Bashi Bazouks of the Turkish Army; distinguished himself in combat in Russia; was breveted Brigadier General in the U. S. Army for dashing cavalry actions (but was discharged for disciplinary reasons); became a Papal Count and Secret Chamberlain of the Cloak and Sword for the Pope; became a French General of Brigade, winning the Legion of Honor; then became Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army; and finally served in the Turkish and Bulgarian Armies was Washington Tevis, Class of 1849.   He survived his adventures, dying in Paris in 1900.

Teaser for next time:This Jewish graduate was commissioned in the Infantry and fought America's frontier wars for several years before resigning to join a foreign army seeking to overthrow that country's central government.  His commander (Also a graduate) was killed, but his force succeeded in capturing the provincial capitel.  At that point America got involved in a major war, for which he returned to the United States and sought another commission, but was refused.  Undaunted, he enlisted in the volunteers.   He eventually became and remained for a time West Point's oldest living graduate.

This concludes Trivia Test No. 11. Thanks for participating.

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