Townie Trivia: How Much Do You Know About Barnstable?

May 2, 2014 6:15 AM

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(Photo from Town of Barnstable/Facebook)

(Photo from Town of Barnstable/Facebook)

1. How many villages make up the Town of Barnstable?
A. 5
B. 7 – The Town of Barnstable includes Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable.
C. 8
D. 12

2. Which original Power Ranger lives in Barnstable?
A. Pink Power Ranger – Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Power Ranger, lives in Barnstable.
B. Red Power Ranger
C. Green Power Ranger
D. Yellow Power Ranger

3. Barnstable won the All-American City Award in 2013.
A. True
B. False – Barnstable won the award in 2007; it is given to 10 US cities each year that have successfully overcome community-wide challenges.

4. Which Wizard of Oz character spent time living in Barnstable?
A. The Tin Man
B. The Cowardly Lion
C. The Scarecrow
D. Dorothy – Judy Garland, the actress who played Dorothy, lived in Barnstable.

5. What is the origin of the city’s name?
A. The horse-loving founders created the name by combining the worlds ‘barn’ and ‘stable.’
B. The city was named after a local Native American tribe.
C. It was named after a town in England. – Barnstable was named after Barnstaple, England, a coastal town in North Devon.
D. The first settler named it after himself.

6. Everybody knows the Kennedy compound is located in the Hyannis Port section of Barnstable. What other presidents spent time living in this city?
A. Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland – Grant and Cleveland both summered on the beaches of Barnstable.
B. Martin Van Burren and Franklin Roosevelt
C. Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower
D. William McKinley and Herbert Hoover

7. Which village of Barnstable is the central business district?
A. Barnstable (village)
B. Centerville
C. Hyannis – Hyannis is Barnstable’s largest village and commercial hub.
D. Osterville

8. The ‘Town of Barnstable’ became a city in 1989. Including Barnstable, how many Massachusetts cities use “Town of…” in their title?
A. 3
B. 7
C. 14 – The towns of Agawam, Barnstable, Braintree, Bridgewater, Franklin, Greenfield, Methuen, Palmer, Randolph, Southbridge, Watertown, West Springfield,
Weymouth and Winthrop all share that distinction.

D. 23

9. Where on the Cape Cod arm is Barnstable located?
A. Shoulder
B. Bicep – Barnstable is located about halfway up the biceps of the Cape Cod arm, making it easily accessible for those living on the other side of the Sagamore and Bourne bridges.
C. Elbow
D. Forearm

10. Which author, who used Barnstable as the setting in one of his short stories, spent time living in Barnstable?
A. J.D. Salinger
B. Kurt Vonnegut – Kurt Vonnegut, author of Welcome to the Monkey House, lived in Barnstable when he was a young adult.
C. William Golding
D. Ray Bradbury

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