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Townie Trivia: How Much Do You Know About Malden?

May 29, 2014 5:46 AM

(Photo from City of Malden/Facebook)

(Photo from City of Malden/Facebook)

(Photo from City of Malden/Facebook)

(Photo from City of Malden/Facebook)

A stone’s throw from Boston, the city of Malden was settled by the Puritans in the 17th century. Around 60,000 people live within the confines of this 5.1 square mile city. Test your knowledge. How much do you know about Malden?

1. Malden was named “The Best Place to Live” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2009.
A. True
B. False

2. How did Malden play a large role in the Revolutionary War?
A. It was the first town to petition to withdraw from the British Empire.
B. It was home to the first gunpowder storage facility.
C. It was the sight of one of the first Revolutionary battles.
D. It was the first town to completely boycott British tea.

3. Malden has the country’s second oldest ___.
A. Mill
B. Dairy Farm
C. String Quartet
D. High School Rivalry

4. Which shoes were first made in Malden?
A. Converse All-Star
B. Sperry Topsider
C. Air Jordan
D. Birkenstock

5. A Malden couple was the first in the US to ____.
A. Sail around the world in fewer than 60 days.
B. Climb Mt Everest over the age of 55.
C. Be married as a gay couple.
D. Have over 15 children.

6. How many Olympic gold medalists are from Malden?
A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4

7. What was Malden named after?
A. The first settler of the town
B. A town in England.
C. The ship that the original settlers traveled on.
D. The name has no significance.

8. Which Steven King novel is set in Malden?
A. Cell
B. Doctor Sleep
C. Insomnia
D. Duma Key

9. Breno Giacomini of Malden plays for which NFL team?
A. Atlanta Falcons
B. San Diego Chargers
C. New York Jets
D. Buffalo Bills

10. John Upham settled Malden after he left which present-day town?
A. Weymouth
B. Melrose
C. Medford
D. Everett

Answers on Page 2

1. Malden was named “The Best Place to Live” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2009.
A. True – Bloomberg Businessweek named Malden the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts.
B. False

2. How did Malden play a large role in the Revolutionary War?
A. It was the first town to petition to withdraw from the British Empire.
B. It was home to the first gunpowder storage facility.
C. It was the sight of one of the first Revolutionary battles.
D. It was the first town to completely boycott British tea.

3. Malden has the country’s second oldest ___.
A. Mill
B. Dairy Farm
C. String Quartet
D. High School Rivalry – Malden and Medford have the second oldest football rivalry in the country. Their first Thanksgiving Day game was played in 1889.

4. Which shoes were first made in Malden?
A. Converse All-Star – The Converse Rubber Factory and offices used to operate in Malden. The town is the original home of the All-Star basketball sneakers.
B. Sperry Topsider
C. Air Jordan
D. Birkenstock

5. A Malden couple was the first in the US to ____.
A. Sail around the world in fewer than 60 days.
B. Climb Mt Everest over the age of 55.
C. Be married as a gay couple. – On May 17, 2004, a same-sex Malden couple was the first to marry in the US.
D. Have over 15 children.

6. How many Olympic gold medalists are from Malden?
A. 1
B. 2 – Lawrence Palmer and Richard Rodenheiser, who both won gold medals in ice hockey, are from Malden.
C. 3
D. 4

7. What was Malden named after?
A. The first settler of the town
B. A town in England. – The town was named after Maldon, England.
C. The ship that the original settlers traveled on.
D. The name has no significance.

8. Which Steven King novel is set in Malden?
A. Cell – Cell, a zombie-thriller, is set in Malden. Many King novels reference the town because he has relatives from Malden.
B. Doctor Sleep
C. Insomnia
D. Duma Key

9. Breno Giacomini of Malden plays for which NFL team?
A. Atlanta Falcons
B. San Diego Chargers
C. New York Jets – Giacomini, who graduated from Malden High School, plays offensive tackle for the Jets.
D. Buffalo Bills

10. John Upham settled Malden after he left which present-day town?
A. Weymouth – John Upham and a group of settlers built houses in Malden after leaving their homes in Weymouth.
B. Melrose
C. Medford
D. Everett

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