Get to know your opponent, right? First step: get to know their state. Take our North Carolina trivia quiz.

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I did some research and figured out that the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Carolina Panthers, are from North Carolina, and play in a city called Charlotte. So then, how about a little North Carolina trivia quiz? (Michael Jordan, Richard Petty, Billy Graham and members of their families are not eligible.) And don’t forget to check your answers.

 

1. Which of these was NOT invented in North Carolina?

a) The Gatling gun

b) Pepsi-Cola

c) Death

 

2. Asheville’s stunning Biltmore Estate, built in 1895 in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was home to which famous American family?

a) The Vanderbilts

b) The Rockefellers

c) The Griffeys

 

3. Which Seattle Prep graduate plays for the Charlotte Hornets?

a) Martell Webster

b) Spencer Hawes

c) Amanda Knox

 

4. The city of Charlotte was named for:

a) The wife of England’s King George III

b) Writer Charlotte Brontë

c) Former Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey

 

Carson McCullers appears in 1941. (AP)
Carson McCullers appears in 1941. (AP)

5. Carson McCullers was 23 years old and living in Charlotte when she shocked the literary world with the release of this sensational classic:

a) “Become a Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet”

b) “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

c) “The Fault in Our Stars”

 

6. Which fictional movie heroine is from Asheville?

a) Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn), “The African Queen”

b) Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), “Gone With the Wind”

c) Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

 

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt of Mooresville, N.C., gives a thumbs up to the crowd from Winner’s Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1995, after winning the Brickyard 400.  (Tom Strattman / Associated Press)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt of Mooresville, N.C., gives a thumbs up to the crowd from Winner’s Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1995, after winning the Brickyard 400. (Tom Strattman / Associated Press)

7. Which North Carolina minor-league baseball team takes its nickname from its one-time part-owner, late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt?

a) Greensboro Grasshoppers

b) Kannapolis Intimidators

c) Hickory Crawdads

 

8. We’ll stay with minor-league baseball and a “Bull Durham” question. Who was the fictional Crash Davis playing for when he set the minor-league record for career home runs?

a) Asheville Tourists

b) Carolina Mudcats

c) Durham Bulls

 

9. Kannapolis native Glenn McDuffie, who died in 2014, claimed:

a) To have shared the first scripted interracial kiss on U.S. television, with Lieutenant Uhura, on “Star Trek”

b) To have French kissed Britney Spears on stage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards

c) To have been the sailor kissing the nurse in the famous Life magazine photo of the 1945 V-J Day celebration in Times Square

 

10. The song “Carolina In My Mind” was written by which inductee of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame?

a) James Taylor

b) Donna Fargo

c) George Clinton

 

Wilbur Wright, left, and his brother, Orville, wear bowler hats in this undated photo.  (The Associated Press)
Wilbur Wright, left, and his brother, Orville, wear bowler hats in this undated photo. (The Associated Press)

11. Orville and Wilbur Wright chose Kitty Hawk, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, as the site where they would attempt to conquer flight because of its:

a) Many churches

b) REI outlet, known then for making quality parachutes

c) Regular breezes and soft, sandy landing surfaces

 

12. General Charles Cornwallis, one of those British military leaders with about a dozen titles (things like Earl and Lord and His Excellency), took Charlotte, briefly, after a 1780 Revolutionary War battle. When the good citizens of Charlotte continued the fight, he fled, saying he city was a “veritable hornet’s nest of … ”

a) bootleggers.”

b) rebellion.”

c) thrash metal bands I find most displeasing to the ear.”

 

13. The excellent North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is in which city? (Hint: It’s the home of Kasey Kahne.)

a) Enumclaw

b) Zebulon

c) Mooresville

 

14. In the movie “Brian’s Song,” Gale Sayers says, “I love Brian Piccolo, and I’d like all of you to love him, too.” … I’m sorry, I’m going to need a minute. Oh boy. OK, I’m good. … Anyway, Sayers was speaking of his cancer-stricken Chicago Bears teammate who was a star running back at which North Carolina school?

a) Duke

b) Wake Forest

c) Warren Wilson College

 

15. North Carolina’s state motto is:

a) Esse quam videri: Latin for “To be, rather than to seem.”

b) Suus umida hic bro. Latin for “It’s humid here, bro.”

c) You’ll nunquam faceret illud ad bigs cum fungus in vestra imber shoes: Latin for “You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes.”

 

Answers:

1. C. Pepsi, originally known as “Brad’s Drink,” was invented in 1893 in New Bern.

2. A. George Vanderbilt, of the Staten Island Vanderbilts, constructed a mansion that featured 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces.

3. B. Hawes, who played one season at UW, is with his fifth NBA team.

4. A. The “Queen City” was settled in 1755, incorporated in 1768.

5. B. A film adaptation of “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” was released in 1968. McCullers didn’t see it. She died in 1967 at age 50.

6. C. You stay classy, San Diego!

7. B. Earnhardt, who bought an interest in the team after the 2000 season, died in February 2001 after a crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

8. A. Crash hit his dinger and then he hung ’em up.

9. C. Others made the same claim, but McDuffie’s seemed legit, based on forensic analysis and polygraph tests.

10. A. It would have been a little funkier if it had been “C.”

11. C. The Wright Flyer made four flights on Dec. 17, 1903.

12. B. A year later, Cornwallis surrendered in Yorktown, Va.

13. C. Yes, Mooresville, not his other home — Enumclaw, which is not in North Carolina.

14. B. Piccolo led the nation in rushing and scoring as a senior, but was not selected in the 1965 draft.

15. A. And yes, “C” is another “Bull Durham” reference.