Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New York City National Cave and Karst Research Institute Quiz

Photo by Bob Brinkmann
I created this quiz for the annual board meeting of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute. We normally meet in Carlsbad, New Mexico in the spring, but this time we did something different and met in New York City.

I used this quiz as an ice breaker for the meeting and we had fun with it. See how you do! New York has some great history and geology. This quiz will test your knowledge. One or two of the questions are trick questions so be careful!

1.  Much of Manhattan is underlain by the Manhattan Formation-a Middle Ordovician aged rock. What kind of rock is in the Manhattan Formation?

2.  New York is often called “The Big Apple”.  Of all the U.S. states, how does New York state rank in apple production?

3.   Long Island is one of the largest islands in the United States, but it is not the largest (it is #11). What is the largest island in the U.S.?

4. New York’s One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States, but it is not the tallest in the world. What rank is it?

This is a statue of the "master builder" of
New York located in Babylon.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
5. Long Island formed about 10,000 years ago and consists largely of one dominant landform. Name this landform type.

6. Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the New York area. What category hurricane was Sandy when it hit?

7. The song New York, New York is often associated with Frank Sinatra. However it was written for this performer. Name the performer. (Hint: When the New York Yankees win at home they play the Sinatra version of the song at the end of the game. When they lose, they play a version recorded by this performer).

8. How many subway stations are there in New York City? A) 268 B) 468 C) 668 D) 868

9. Who is the mayor of New York? Who is the governor? Who are the 2 senators representing New York State?

10. The film The Godfather is one of the iconic films that represent New York City and Long Island. The director of the film, Francis Ford Coppola, was heavily influenced by his experiences as an undergraduate at this famous New York university. Name the school.

Many homes were damaged by Sandy in the New York
area. Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
11. The largest battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in New York City. Name the neighborhood where this battle took place.

12. In Manhattan, the avenues trend north-south and the streets trend east-west. However, the avenues do not trend true north. What is the angular deviation from true north of the avenues?

13. Only one U.S. President was born in New York City. Name him.

14. The play (and movie) West Side Story took place in the Upper West Side of New York. What was once a gangland is now one of the fancier places of the city. The transformation of the neighborhood started when this major “center” complex was built in the 1960’s. Name the center.

15. Who designed Central Park?
This is me and Mario near this well known Center.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

16. Name the two water bodies that border Manhattan to the east and west.

17. Name the five boroughs that make up New York City. How many of them are attached to the continent?

18. The Stonewall Riot occurred in 1969 and is often considered the start of this civil rights movement. Name it. What does Stonewall refer to and what started the riot?

19. This important New Yorker is often called the “Master Builder” of New York City. He is responsible for designing many of the bridges and roadways in and around the city. Name him.

20. This famous nightclub operated on 142nd and Lenox (now Malcolm X Boulevard) from 1923 to 1935. It was home to famous performers like Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Name the club.

21. Where is the highest natural point in New York City? What (approximately) is the elevation?

The Dakota building on the day of the Climate March
 Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
22. New York City has a population of 8.4 million people. This is roughly the same population as Austria. If New York City were a state, what would be its rank by population?

23. The Draft Riots were an important historical event in New York City. Why did the riots occur?

24. The oldest building in New York City was built in 1652 in Brooklyn. What was the ethnicity of the builder?

25. Grant’s Tomb is located near Columbia University. Who is buried in it?

Other On the Brink quizzes are listed below:


John Muir Quiz
John Muir Quiz Part 2
Aldo Leopold Quiz
Rachel Carson Quiz
Bill McKibben Quiz
Teddy Roosevelt Quiz
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Quiz
Zora Neale Hurston Quiz


New York City is really made up of many neighborhoods and small towns.
Photo by Mario Gomez.

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