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  • 1. Catonsville was originally called ...

    • A. Pancake

    • B. Cupcake

    • C. Johnnycake

    • D. Teacake

  • 2. What famous author once called Bolton Hill home?

    • A. Ernest Hemingway

    • B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • C. Isaac Asimov

    • D. J.D. Salinger

  • 3. In the late 1800s Mount Washington distributed a newspaper known as ...

    • A. The Advocate

    • B. The Gazette

    • C. The Times

    • D. The Daily News

  • 4. "Seinfeld" character Elaine Benes is from which neighborhood?

    • A. Columbia

    • B. Canton

    • C. Charles Village

    • D. Towson

  • 5. Where is Little Kingston?

    • A. Owings Mills

    • B. Fells Point

    • C. Park Heights

    • D. Inner Harbor

  • 6. If you're looking to be spooked, head over to the haunted Crybaby Bridge in ...

    • A. Little Italy

    • B. Westminster

    • C. Ellicott City

    • D. Annapolis

  • 7. Roland Park was originally intended to be ...

    • A. A spa dedicated to weight loss

    • B. A secluded area for railroad company executives

    • C. A summer residence for wealthy city dwellers

    • D. An airport

  • 8. What was the original name of Bel Air?

    • A. Bell Air

    • B. Belle Aire

    • C. Scott's New Fields

    • D. Scott's Old Fields

  • 9. What's the name of the hurricane that flooded Ellicott City in 1972?

    • A. Hurricane Earl

    • B. Hurricane Stacye

    • C. Hurricane Martin

    • D. Hurricane Agnes

  • 10. Which two writers once lived in SoWeBo?

    • A. Edgar Allan Poe & Anne Tyler

    • B. Edgar Allan Poe & F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • C. H. L. Mencken & F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • D. H. L. Mencken & Edgar Allan Poe

  • 11. Which English explorer mapped 3,000 miles of the Chesapeake Bay area, including Federal Hill?

    • A. Joseph Smith

    • B. John Smith

    • C. Mister Smith

    • D. John Doe

  • 12. Which two neighborhoods first grew as mill towns?

    • A. Canton and Mount Vernon

    • B. Canton and Hampden

    • C. Hampden and Ellicott City

    • D. Federal Hill and Ellicott City

  • 13. Which Hollywood celebrity is the grandson of James Rouse, the founder of Columbia?

    • A. Brad Pitt

    • B. Ed Norton

    • C. Matthew Perry

    • D. Edward Furlong

  • 14. What was the original name of Glen Burnie?

    • A. Glennsburne

    • B. Glennsbourne Farm

    • C. Glenburnie

    • D. Harlem Park

  • 15. Which two schools are located in Annapolis?

    • A. St. John's College and West Point

    • B. St. John's College and U.S. Naval Academy

    • C. Loyola College and U.S. Naval Academy

    • D. Loyola College and College of Notre Dame

  • 16. When was Charles Village annexed into Baltimore City?

    • A. 1900

    • B. The last quarter of the 19th century

    • C. Never

    • D. 1852

  • 17. Where did Francis Scott Key die?

    • A. In a house that stood where Mount Vernon Place Methodist now stands

    • B. In a two-story Canton home near the water

    • C. Fort McHenry

    • D. Roland Park

  • 18. Finish the sentence: Fort McHenry was the center of . . .

    • A. A wild party after a Ravens win

    • B. The Battle of 1814

    • C. A church service

    • D. The Civil War battle which ended in the Union occupation of Baltimore

  • 19. How did Fells Point get its name?

    • A. A European immigrant too new to English to know grammatical rules

    • B. 18th-century settlers William Fell and his son

    • C. 17th-century settlers Martin Fell and his nephew

    • D. Someone named it while drunk and his slur made "Fools" sound like "Fells"

  • 20. What was the original name of Owings Mills New Town?

    • A. Johnnycake

    • B. New Towne

    • C. Lakeside

    • D. Pondside

  • 21. Where was the most prosperous chromium mine of the 19th century?

    • A. Patapsco State Park

    • B. Soldier's Delight

    • C. Ellicott City

    • D. Robert E. Lee Park

  • 22. Which neighborhood became a 19th-century industrial hub with easy access to railroads and sea?

    • A. Fells Point

    • B. Federal Hill

    • C. Canton

    • D. Roland Park

  • 23. Where is Maryland Public Television?

    • A. TV Hill

    • B. Towson

    • C. Owings Mills

    • D. Hunt Valley

  • 24. Which Catholic church serves as a Little Italy landmark?

    • A. Church of St. Leo the Great

    • B. Church of St. Vacarro

    • C. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption

    • D. St. Marguerita's

  • 25. Which Broadway hit takes place in Baltimore?

    • A. "Chicago"

    • B. "Hairspray"

    • C. "Movin' Out"

    • D. "Take Me Out"

  • 26. What area military base is home to the National Security Agency?

    • A. Aberdeen Proving Grounds

    • B. Fort Dietrich

    • C. Fort McHenry

    • D. Fort Meade

  • 27. Which of the following is not located at the Inner Harbor?

    • A. The National Aquarium

    • B. The Cheesecake Factory

    • C. The Washington Monument

    • D. U.S.S. Constellation

  • 28. Which of the following is not a beer available at DuClaw Brewing Company?

    • A. Bad Moon Porter

    • B. Blonde Ambition

    • C. Misfit Red

    • D. Ravenwood

  • 29. Where does John Waters' movie "A Dirty Shame" take place?

    • A. Baltimore Street

    • B. Harford Road

    • C. Eastern Avenue

    • D. Paca Street

  • 30. In which neighborhood did author Michael Chabon grow up?

    • A. Columbia

    • B. Lutherville

    • C. Towson

    • D. White Marsh

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