Monday Morning Trivia is the only place you will ever field questions about Martin Luther King Jr., John Steinbeck, the Super Bowl and a serial killer named Dexter, all in the same edition.
1. As a teenager in 1944, Martin Luther King Jr. made his first public speech in a contest sponsored by the Black Elks Club. It was held at the First African Baptist Church in which Georgia city?
(A) Fort Valley. (B) Dublin. (C) Culloden. (D) Luthersville.
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2. Parts of the 1978 TV mini-series “King” were filmed in Macon. Actor Paul Winfield was cast as Martin Luther King Jr. Which actress played the role of Corretta Scott King?
(A) Cicely Tyson. (B) Whoopi Goldberg. (C) Hattie McDaniel. (D) Queen Latifah.
3. Griffin Bell, a graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, was U.S. attorney general under President Jimmy Carter. While still a law student, he passed the bar exam and served as city attorney for which city in Middle Georgia?
(A) Americus. (B) Macon. (C) Forsyth. (D) Warner Robins.
4. In 1945, this famous woman visited Macon and Camp Wheeler on a tour of military hospitals. Among her many memorable quotations was “Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.” What was her name?
(A) Helen Keller. (B) Eleanor Roosevelt. (C) Ella Fitzgerald. (D) Edith Piaf.
5. Bobby Bryant, a star athlete at Macon’s Willingham High School, played in four Super Bowls during the 1970s, and was on the losing side in all of them with which NFL team?
(A) Atlanta Falcons. (B) Green Bay Packers. (C) Minnesota Vikings. (D) Chicago Bears.
6. The southern geographical section of Georgia is often known as what?
(A) Hinterlands. (B) Gnat’s Landing. (C) Wiregrass Region. (D) Peanut Gallery.
7. Jim Williams, who was born in Gordon in Wilkinson County, became an antiques dealer in Savannah. He was accused of murdering his assistant, Danny Lewis Hansford, in May 1981, and is the only person in Georgia to be tried four times for the same crime. The story was detailed in which best-selling book, published 20 years ago this month in January 1994?
(A) “In Cold Blood.” (B) “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” (C) “Whisper to the Black Candle.” (D) “Water for Elephants.”
8. Vincent Sherman was born and raised in Vienna in Dooly County and went on to become a Hollywood actor and director. Which leading lady was he NOT romantically involved with?
(A) Joan Crawford. (B) Bette Davis. (C) Rita Hayworth. (D) Mary Poppins.
9. In which John Steinbeck novel did Adam Trask escape from a chain gang in Florida, then stop in Valdosta to steal supplies and request money from his brother?
(A) “The Grapes of Wrath.” (B) “East of Eden.” (C) “Cannery Row.” (D) “Of Mice and Men.”
10. Brad Carter, a native of Macon, has appeared in more than 30 TV shows, movies, short films and more than two dozen commercials. What is his claim to fame as the character “Rankin” in a 2010 episode of Showtime’s “Dexter”? (Thanks to my son, Jake, for helping me out with this one.)
(A) He is the only character that Dexter -- a police officer who leads a secret life as a revenge-minded serial killer -- has ever killed in anger. (B) He is the pernicious forensics intern who develops an unhealthy obsession with Dexter. (C) He is the only person to land on Dexter’s table that Dexter takes pity on and releases. (D) He exposes Dexter’s double life to the Miami Metro Police Department.
ANSWERS: (1) B. (2) A. (3) D. (4) A. (5) C. (6) C. (7) B. (8) D. (9) B. (10) A.
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