You don't have to be a scholar to get the answers

May 11, 2014 

Southwestern Illinois College held its annual trivia night, which raised money for student scholarships, on May 2.

It was sponsored by the SWIC Foundation and the Athletic Department. For more information about making a donation, contact the foundation at 235-2700, ext. 5215.

Whether your specialty is National Parks, presidents, crime or food, there's something here for everyone.

1. What long-standing St. Louis eatery offers the "5 Malt Challenge," where challengers must drink five malts or shakes within 30 minutes to get the drinks free and their name added to the Wall of Winners?

2. Matthew McConaughey, 2014 best-actor Oscar winner, made his film debut in what 1993 classic about the last day of school?

3. What name was given to the unidentified man who in 1971 hijacked a Boeing 727 in the airspace between Portland and Seattle, extorted $200,000 in ransom, then parachuted to an uncertain fate?

4. With nine total, which state has the most national parks?

5. The Gateway Grizzlies, who make their home in Sauget, play in what baseball league?

6. Root beer gets its name from using the root of what plant for its primary flavor?

7. Which country produces the most coffee in the world?

8. Prominent Belleville native Gustave Koerner had the honor of being a pallbearer for which U.S. president?

9. What did Cpl. Frank Scott do in 1911 that resulted in his name being attached to Scott Air Force Base?

10. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination, his body was transported back to Illinois on a special funeral train. But the casket was not the only one on the train. Name the other Lincoln family member whose coffin was also in the funeral procession.

11. People often joke, "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb," but what should be asked is, "Where is Grant's Tomb?" Name the state.

12. What lively cooking show host gave us the term EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)?

13. When Robert Lopez won the 2014 Oscar for best original song for "Let It Go" from "Frozen," he became one of the very few people in the entertainment industry to boast what unique achievement?

14. This FBI agent led the manhunts that tracked outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger.

15. With 9 million visitors in 2010, what is the most visited U.S. National Park?


1. Crown Candy Kitchen

2. "Dazed and Confused"

3. D.B. Cooper

4. California (Alaska and California both have eight, but California shares a ninth with Nevada.)

5. Frontier

6. Sassafras

7. Brazil

8. Abraham Lincoln

9. He was the first enlisted man killed in a military airplane crash.

10. His son, Willine, who had died three years earlier, was also being returned to Illinois for burial.

11. New York

12. Rachael Ray

13. Winning an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

14. Melvin Purvis

15. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

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