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Townie Trivia: How Much Do You Know About Gosnold?

April 25, 2014 6:25 AM

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Gosnold Town Hall. (Photo by John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons)

Gosnold Town Hall. (Photo by John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons)

Gosnold Town Hall. (Photo by John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons)

Gosnold Town Hall. (Photo by John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s the smallest town in Massachusetts, and we’re betting that’s about all you know about Gosnold. Care to prove us wrong?

1. Which of these statements is false?

A. The town has fewer register voters than square miles of land.
B. From one end of town to the other, Gosnold has the longest distance between points out of all the municipalities in Massachusetts.
C. The entire area of the town is 140 square miles.
D. Gosnold is made up of he Elizabeth Islands; Nonamesset, Uncatena, Weepecket, Gull, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Penikese and Cuttyhunk.

2. Much of the land in Gosnold is owned by the Forbes family. Which American politician is a member of that family?

A. Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia
B. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
C. Secretary of State John Kerry
D. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

3. What is the year-round population of Cuttyhunk, the largest village in Gosnold?

A. 18
B. 30
C. 42
D. 65

4. Several years BEFORE the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, the British claimed jurisdiction of the area that was later named Gosnold after explorer Bartholomew Gosnold attempted to establish a trading post there.

A. True
B. False

5. How many students currently attend the town’s lone school house on Cuttyhunk?

A. 4
B. 9
C. 13
D. 21

6. The town’s namesake, British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold traveled up and down the East Coast. Of the places he visited, which is he believed to be responsible for naming?

A. Cape Elizabeth, Maine
B. Cape Cod, Mass.
C. Cape Henry, Virginia
D. Jamestown, Virginia

7. In 1903, New Englander Edward Everett Hale suggested during a lecture that Gosnold was the setting a William Shakespeare play about travel to a mystical island. Which play was that?

A. The Winter’s Tale
B. King Lear
C. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
D. The Tempest

8. Among a handful of notable shipwrecks offshore from Gosnold, the Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground in 1992, causing $5 million in damage to the boat.

A. True
B. False

9. A note found in Thomas Jefferson’s papers refers to a “specimen” from the island of “Nanshaw,” which is believed to be Naushon Island, one of the Elizabeth Islands. What was that specimen?

A. White wine
B. Sheep’s wool
C. A pearl from a local oyster
D. A lobster

10. Part of Gosnold was once part of New York.

A. True
B. False

Answers on Page 2

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