Historical History Quiz: Are You Smarter Than John Clayton?


Yes, Adam Sandler made the historical quiz cup.

With the school year ending quickly, high school kids are busy preparing for the finals, so why should you get a free pass?

Attached is a 10-question Manchester test (although I admit some of the questions are as much detail as they are trivia). Some of the answers are painfully obvious, others can be found quite easily, and still others are just old stinks). That being said, you need a score of at least 70 percent for a passing grade, and keep in mind that I don’t do social promotions.

Here is:

1. Former Manchester Mayor Frederick Smyth lived on a beautiful estate near Amoskeag Falls. This domain was known as:





2. Manchester once housed French and German newspapers, but there was also a Greek-language newspaper published by Spiros Cateras called:

Ti Kanis




3. A delicacy from colonial times in Manchester was known as “Derryfield beef,” but it wasn’t really beef. It was:





4. There was a very specific type of jargon associated with textile work at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Which of the following words is NOT associated with the textile trade:



Take a nap


5. Whose disappointing overview of Manchester in 1927 prompted city officials to set aside funds for the establishment of an airfield in Manchester:

Baron of Richtofen

Charles Lindbergh

Grandpa Boyington

Alain shepard

6. One of the most disgusting jingles in Manchester radio history was for a store called Tren Furniture. According to the lyrics, where was the store?

177 Milford Street

177 Vinton Street

177 Benton Street

177 Wilson Street

7. Maurice and Richard McDonald, originally from Manchester, rose to fame and fortune as the founders of the McDonald’s Hamburger restaurant chain. In which Californian city did they open their first McDonald’s:


San Clemente


San Salvador

8. On February 23, 1945, another Manchester native, René Gagnon, was one of six men who hoisted the American flag over Iwo Jima. What branch of the military did he serve in:





9. While the critics weren’t kind to him, Adam Sandler received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in What Movie:

The wedding singer

Drunk love punch

Anger management


10. Manchester is rare among American cities in that it has two houses designed by one of the world’s most famous architects. His name is:

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Frank Lloyd Webber

Frank Lloyd Wright

Orville wright

Here is. Ten questions. It’s time to calculate your score with the following answer key:

1 C ; 2-B; 3-D; 4-D; 5-B; 6-D; 7-A; 8-D; 9-B; 10-C

If you want an explanation or clarification, send me an e-mail at [email protected] Or, you can always stop by the Manchester Historic Association’s Millyard Museum – call first – and don’t forget to bring an apple for the teacher.

John clayton
John clayton

John Clayton is Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association.

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