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Any Questions? #84

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about military men.

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of two national basketball championship schools: UCLA and DUKE. Change one letter to an M, and rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters in the first word, five words in the second) associated with many college graduates. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the K to an M, you can spell CUM LAUDE.


On April 5 in 1964, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur died at 84. Famed for his leadership in the Pacific during World War II, eventually accepting the Japanese surrender, he was famously relieved of command in Korea by President Truman six years later. Today's quiz is about famous military men and their battles.

1. Fort Necessity National Battlefield site is located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the site of a 1754 battle in the French and Indian War. Who led the colonial British troops in this battle against the French?

2. Paula Broadwell is the author of a biography about which U.S. general? What is the book called?

3. What native New Yorker, born on April 5, has held the following jobs: four-star general in the U.S. Army, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State?

4. The most famous act of which military man was the subject of a 2006 historical novel by E.L. Doctorow called The March ?

5. This actor who refused an Oscar for his performance in a landmark 1970 bio-pic reprised the role for a TV movie 16 years later. Who is the actor and what was the role?

Extra credit

1. Which U.S. Navy admiral is remembered for his paraphrased quote during the Civil War: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" and during which battle did he say these words?

2. Promoted to the elite rank of General of the Armies during his lifetime, which man led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I?


Start with the last name of a famous American military man not featured in today's quiz. Rearrange the letters into three words than could have been newspaper headlines about this person four years apart. Who is the person and what is the headline?



1. Washington
2. Gen. David Petraeus, All In
3. Colin Powell
4. William Tecumseh Sherman
5. George C. Scott, Patton

Extra credit

1. David Farragut, The Battle of Mobile Bay
2. Pershing

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.