1. That wonderful song, “Old Man River” is from what equally wonderful musical?
2. Who was known as the Hoochie Coochie Man? He was a musician who performed a lot of blues.
3. She was an African-American star of Broadway, singing the blues, jazz, gospel and was an actress, as well. Name her.
4. It’s a geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. What is its name?
5. It’s the body of water where Fort McHenry is located and where our national anthem was inspired. Name, please.
6. Name the duo who wrote and performed “Like a bridge over troubled waters.”
7. “Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink” is from what poem?
8. In what country is the beautiful Loch Lomond located? (an easy 5 points, yes?)
9. “By the shores of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea- Water” is from a poem written by what American poet? (You should get this because he’s usually in a quiz.)
10. “Aida” is an opera set in Egypt with action taking place near or around the Nile River. Name the Fort Wayner who played Aida in the Broadway version.
11. Lake Wawasee is located in which Indiana county?
12. Who went up the hill to fetch a pail of water?
13. In what book do we find the phrase, “Cast thy bread upon the waters”?
14. She was a competitive swimmer who became a star in films in which she always swam - and won the hero. Name her.
15. “Blood is thick, but water’s thin.” That’s a line from “Iolanthe.” Which of the creating duo wrote the words?
16. “This is a real nice clam bake” is sung in this memorable musical at the water’s edge. Name the Rodgers and Hammersten musical it is from.
17. It is comprised of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen bonded together. What is it?
18. Our wonderful Statue of Liberty stands in what body of water?
19. The well-known anonymous poem begins with, “Mother, may I go out to swim?” and ends up, curiously enough, with what closing line?
20. “By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down.” Name the source.
Answers: 1. “Show Boat”; 2. Muddy Waters; 3. Ethel Waters; 4. “Old Faithful”; 5. Chesapeake Bay; 6. Simon and Garfunkle; 7. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”; 8. Scotland; 9. Longfellow; 10. Heather Headley; 11. Kosciusko County; 12. Jack and Jill; 13. the Bible; 14. Esther Williams; 15. Gilbert; 16. “Carousel”; 17. water; 18. New York Harbor; 19. “and don’t go near the water”; 20. Psalm 137, the Bible.
Do you really need a bonus? Daniel DeFoe wrote in this great novel, he “was surprised with the print of a man’s naked foot on the shore.” What’s the name of the book? You knew the answer: “Robinson Crusoe.”
Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher and resident of Fort Wayne.