A. City of Politics
B. City of History
C. City of Presidents – Though Quincy is home to a great deal of political history and firsts, its nickname is “The City of Presidents. It was home to the second and sixth presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
D. City of Firsts
2. Quincy was home to which of these transportation firsts?
A. First commercial airport
B. First commercial railroad
C. First turnpike – Quincy’s Granite Railway, constructed in 1826, was America’s first commercial railroad.
D. First ferry system
3. Which two restaurant chains were founded in Quincy?
A. Howard Johnson’s and Dunkin Donuts – All of these restaurant chains started in Massachusetts, but Quincy is the birthplace of Howard Johnson’s and Dunkin Donuts.
B. Dunkin Donuts and Legal Seafoods
C. Friendly’s and Legal Seafoods
D. Bertucci’s and Friendly’s
4. Which Massachusetts rock band is from Quincy?
B. The Lemonheads
D. Dropkick Murphys – The Irish rock band formed in Quincy in 1996.
5. Quincy has the longest running parade for which holiday?
A. Flag Day – The city hosts the longest running Flag Day parade in the country. The tradition began in 1952.
B. Fourth of July
C. St. Patrick’s Day
6. Which unique educational institution used to operate in Quincy?
A. A woodworking academy
B. A shipyard education school – From 1916 to 1984, the Fore River Apprentice School taught shipbuilding and general skills for working in a shipyard.
C. A baking institute
D. An agricultural high school
7. Quincy has had a number of professional sports teams. Which sport did “The Shipbuilders” play?
C. Baseball – The Shipbuilders was the name of Quincy’s professional baseball team, which began competing in 1933. Quincy has also had minor league basketball, football, and soccer teams.
8. Which supermarket’s corporate headquarters are located in Quincy?
A. Shaw’s/Star Market
B. Trader Joes
D. Stop & Shop – Stop & Shop has nearly 400 stores nationwide and is based in Quincy.
9. Other than John Adams, which historical politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence was from Quincy?
A. Samuel Adams
B. Robert Treat Paine
C. Elbridge Gerry
D. John Hancock – The other three Massachusetts signers were from Boston and Marblehead. Hancock, who was also the longest serving President of the Continental Congress, was from Quincy. The part of Quincy he lived in, however, is now part of modern-day Braintree.
10. Which professional athlete does not call Quincy his hometown?
A. Pete Kendall, former Washington Redskins offensive lineman
B. Brandon Gomes, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher – Kendall, Mottau, and Robinson are all from Quincy. Gomes is a Massachusetts native as well, but he is from Fall River.
C. Mike Mottau, Florida Panthers defenseman
D. Wilbert Robinson, former Baltimore Orioles catcher
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