Monday, September 14, 2009

We have a winner!

We have a winner for Quiz #2! Congratulations to Janet G. Messenger, the only person who answered all five questions correctly. She wins an autographed copy of It Happened in Chicago!

The answers I desired (and which Janet provided) are as follows:

1. City of the Big ____________
Answer: (b) Shoulders
Comment: Most people got this one right. The nickname "City of the Big Shoulders" originally comes from the poem "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg:

2. The ___________ City
Answer: (d) All of the above (Prairie, Windy, Second)
Comment: Six people got this right.

3. ______ of the Prairie
Answer: (c) Gem
Comment: Only one person got this right. Although "Pride of the Prairie" is a lovely nickname, to the best of my knowledge, it is not used for Chicago. I took a chance on this one because somebody, somewhere may use it -- but I'm sure it's not a commonly accepted nickname.

4. Hog Butcher to the ________
Answer: (a) World
Comment: The actual quote from Sandburg's poem "Chicago" is "Hog Butcher for -- not to -- the World." I fell prey to a common error that people make when quoting this line.

5. __________town
Answer: (d) All of the above (Chi- , Packing, My kind of...)
Comment: Yep, they're all good. Most people chose (a) Chi-, which is a correct answer but not the only correct answer. "Packingtown" historically referred to a particular Chicago neighborhood but has also been used for the city as a whole (due, of course, to the huge significance of Union Stockyards in Chicago history). For example, a literary journal of the arts out of the University of Illinois at Chicago is called Packingtown Review. "My Kind of Town" is the title of a song about Chicago composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, made famous by Frank Sinatra.

Thanks to everybody who participated! There will be another quiz next month.

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