By John Peel
Herald Features Editor
Did your favorite candidates win?
Are you satisfied that this country is now headed in the right direction?
Well, the truth is, we here at GeoQuiz dont care if youre a Democrat, Republican, tea partier or the Mad Hatter. To us, everything is a game. The election is simply a way to create a tough, but fair, set of questions.
Say we asked you to name the rectangular-shaped state whose southwest corner borders three other states and that on Tuesday voted in a governor who owns a beer pub. Your answer, assuming youre not a complete knucklehead, would be Colorado. And you would be right.
Say we asked you to take a copy of the GeoQuiz to the honorable Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper and have him sign it. Could you do that? Take it as a challenge.
Need more incentive? Well sweeten the pot. If you can pull this off, if you can get the governor-elect to sign this quiz, you may increase your score this week by one point. Yes, you read that right. You get to increase your score by one point.
You have a few surprises ahead of you. In other words, dont always say the first thing that pops into your head. Then again, sometimes you should give that knee-jerk response. Life is hard. But so is the GeoQuiz. Good luck. (Answers on Page 5F.)
1. Sarah Palin was not born in Alaska. She was born in the western U.S. state which became the 43rd to join the union in 1890. For extra, extra, you-must-be-a-tea party-member credit, name the town in which she was born. (Nearly worthless hint: Its north of Coeur dAlene.)
2. Vice President Joe Biden represented the state of Delaware in Congress. He was born in the state that borders Delaware to the north. Name the state, and for extra you-must-really-like-this-politics-thing credit, name his birthplace.
3. John Hickenlooper was born in a state whose highest point, Mount Davis, is lower than Colorados lowest point. Name Hicks state of birth. And for fun, try to come within 100 feet of Colorados lowest elevation, located in Yuma County.
4a. Tom Tancredo was not born in Juarez, Mexico. He was born in the third-highest U.S. state capital ranked by elevation.
4b. Name the two highest U.S. capital cities.
5. Two-time President Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) was born in a town just across the Red River from the Oklahoma border. Name the state. For I Like Ike points, name the state where he grew up.
6. Former President Bill Clinton was born in a town called Hope. Its in the state across the Mississippi River from Memphis. Name the state.
7. In case youve been sleeping through the last few months, GeoQuiz will tell you now that John Boehner will be crowned Speaker of the House when Congress convenes in January. Boehner was born in the third-most-populated city in the seventh-most-populated state. This states top three populated cities all begin with the same letter. Name Boehners birth city and state.
8. Nancy Pelosi is thought of as a liberal Californian. But she was born on the East Coast, in the largest city on Chesapeake Bay. Name the city.