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Townie Trivia: How Much Do You Know About Somerville?

April 18, 2014 5:46 AM

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Once upon a time, Somerville was part of Charlestown. Then some things happened. Now, Somerville is a city unto itself. So test your knowledge. How much do you know about Somerville?

1. After Worcester, Somerville is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts.
A. True
B. False

2. On what present-day Somerville street did the first recorded settler live?
A. Dane Street
B. Washington Street
C. Medford Street
D. Cedar Street

3. Which NFL team does Gosder Cherilus of Somerville play for?
A. New England Patriots
B. Buffalo Bills
C. Indianapolis Colts
D. San Diego Chargers

4. How many hills of Somerville are there?
A. 4
B. 14
C. 9
D. 7

5. What is the significance of the name Somerville?
A. It has no meaning
B. It was named after the man who led the campaign to separate from Charlestown
C. It shares the name with a town in England
D. It was named after one of the ships that carried Boston settlers

6. Which beloved sandwich condiment was invented in Somerville?
A. Jelly
B. Fluff
C. Peanut Butter
D. Mustard

7. Which restaurant chain’s first store opened in Somerville?
A. Ninety Nine
B. Subway
C. Bertucci’s
D. IHOP

8. Which female professional sport is played in Somerville?
A. Soccer
B. Lacrosse
C. Hockey
D. Field Hockey

9. Which local college hockey coach calls Somerville home?
A. Jack Parker, former BU coach
B. David Quinn, current BU coach
C. Jerry York, BC coach
D. Jim Madigan, Northeastern coach

10. Last year, Somerville received its first All-America City Reward.
A. True
B. False

Answers on Page 2

1. After Worcester, Somerville is the second most densely populated city in Massachusetts.
A. True – Somerville is the most densely populated city in the state. As of 2000, it is the 15th most densely populated municipality in the country.
B. False

2. On what present-day Somerville street did the first recorded settler live?
A. Dane Street – John Woolrich, the first European settler of the city, came to Somerville in 1630 and built a house on Dane Street.
B. Washington Street
C. Medford Street
D. Cedar Street

3. Which NFL team does Gosder Cherilus of Somerville play for?
A. New England Patriots
B. Buffalo Bills
C. Indianapolis Colts – Gosder Cherilus, who played for Somerville High School, plays offensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts.
D. San Diego Chargers

4. How many hills of Somerville are there?
A. 4
B. 14
C. 9
D. 7 – The seven hills are Central Hill, Clarendon Hill, Cobble Hill, Ploughed Hill, Prospect Hill, Spring Hill, and Winter Hill.

5. What is the significance of the name Somerville?
A. It has no meaning – The Somerville Historic Society found that the city was given a “purely fanciful name.”
B. It was named after the man who led the campaign to separate from Charlestown
C. It shares the name with a town in England
D. It was named after one of the ships that carried Boston settlers

6. Which beloved sandwich condiment was invented in Somerville?
A. Jelly
B. Fluff – Fluff was invented by Somerville’s Archibald Query. The city now holds an annual Fluff Festival.
C. Peanut Butter
D. Mustard

7. Which restaurant chain’s first store opened in Somerville?
A. Ninety Nine
B. Subway
C. Bertucci’s – The first Bertucci’s opened in Davis Square in 1981.
D. IHOP

8. Which female professional sport is played in Somerville?
A. Soccer – The Boston Breakers, a professional women’s soccer club, practices and plays at George Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville.
B. Lacrosse
C. Hockey
D. Field Hockey

9. Which local college hockey coach calls Somerville home?
A. Jack Parker, former BU coach – Jack Parker, who coached BU men’s hockey for 40 years, is originally from Somerville.
B. David Quinn, current BU coach
C. Jerry York, BC coach
D. Jim Madigan, Northeastern coach

10. Last year, Somerville received its first All-America City Reward.
A. True
B. False – Somerville has been named an All-America city twice, once in 1972 and again in 2009. The award is given to ten cities each year that overcome community-wide challenges.

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