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The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)

 1. What newspaper, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in February, is the longest continuously running newspaper in the state?
a) The St. Louis American.

b) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

c) Washington University's Student Life.

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d) The Evening Whirl.

2. Wade Funeral Home on Natural Bridge Avenue has created viewing rooms that honor the pastimes of the deceased. Which is the most popular funeral package?
a) The KSHE 95 farewell, complete with a disc jockey spinning REO Speedwagon and huge pans of mostacciolli.

b) The fixer-upper tribute, which includes lumber to build the casket and shovels to bury the deceased.

c) The Martha Stewart Room, in which mourners can make their own candles and decorate the rosewood casket with colors and textures inspired by English country gardens.

d) Big Mama's Kitchen, complete with a can of Crisco sitting atop a stove, Wonder Bread on the fridge and a dinette table loaded with real fried chicken.

3. What happened when cargo pilot Saleem Iqbal and his copilot, Mohammed Saleh, tried to land their plane at Lambert International Airport?
a) They were thought to be terrorists.

b) Air traffic control rerouted and delayed their landing so long that they ran out of gas.

c) Their plane crashed into the Mississippi River and they almost drowned before being rescued.

d) They were hailed as heroes.

e) All of the above.

4. Which of the following is not a new rule for St. Louis-area taxi drivers?
a) They must wear white shirt, black pants.

b) They must be able to communicate effectively in English.

c) They must inform passengers headed downtown that they'd save $30 if they just hopped on MetroLink.

d) They must prove they know their way around the city.

5. Former St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali suffered from two health ailments this year that made the headlines. What were they?
a) A cold and the flu.

b) A broken arm and eczema.

c) Prostate cancer and shingles.

d) Skin cancer and a sprained ankle.

6. Raymond Burke, the archbishop-elect of St. Louis, supported spending $25 million on what project in his former diocese in La Crosse, Wisconsin?
a) A shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

b) A project to build new housing for the poor.

c) Contraceptives to stem AIDS and starvation in Africa.

d) A campaign to rid the world of Harry Potter books.

7. Why didn't Eastman Kodak want its vintage 1928 sign, located on an art deco jewel at 1009 Olive Street, to be seen in the movie The Game of Their Lives?
a) Kodak didn't want to be associated with a building the firm no longer owned.

b) The company didn't want to pay the filmmakers $1 million.

c) Kodak thinks soccer fans are Eurotrash drunks.

d) Kodak deplores the idea of consumers seeing the company's name.

8. Where must teens under the age of seventeen be accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m.?
a) St. Louis school board meetings.

b) Northwest Plaza.

c) The Family Arena in St. Charles.

d) The City Museum.

9. According to the American Tort Reform Association, who or what is a "judicial hellhole"?
a) Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ronnie White.

b) Madison County, Illinois.

c) The proposed new courtrooms at the Old Post Office.

d) St. Louis city courts jury pool, Monday, 9 a.m.

10. Clayton homeowners are required to carry extra insurance if they own:
a) Guns.

b) Vicious dogs.

c) A swimming pool.

d) Teenagers.

e) All of the above.

11. Nearly 300 "freedom suits" were found in Missouri courts. Freedom suits are:
a) Lawsuits filed by women who hate girdles.

b) Cases filed by children who want to be emancipated from their parents.

c) Courthouse slang used for divorce petitions.

d) Suits filed by slaves before the Civil War asking courts to grant them freedom.

12. On May 17, three men were barred entry from the Cheshire Inn because they were wearing dreadlocks. Instead of apologizing, Jack Lueders, then-president of the corporation that operates the establishment, was defiant. What was his defense?
a) "You can't wash that hair, and it stinks, and we're a crowded bar, and we don't want stinky people in the bar."

b) "Reggae sucks, and don't even get me started on dancehall."

c) "A couple Rastas once sold me some dirtweed they said was skank. I thought that was them."

d) "We thought they were Milli Vanilli."

13. St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear recalled 80,000 "Founding Bears" because of a choking hazard. What part of the chocolate-brown stuffed bear was the company worried about?
a) The eyes.

b) The bow tie.

c) The nose.

d) The underpants.

Match the quote with the Christian:
14. "The Lord shall smite Francis Slay and anyone who helps him with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword and with blasting and with mildew; and the angel of the Lord shall pursue Francis Slay until he perishes."

15. "We've done everything we can do physically. I don't think it hurts to ask for some help from the Man Upstairs."

16. "We'll just see what God has in store for me down the road, and I'm willing to do whatever he wants me to do, wherever he wants me to go. My thoughts and my heart are always open to that."

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