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If you live in a place for a while, or visit often, you might be surprised how much you pick up about its people, places, and things, about its local history and expressions, movies and songs, politicians and music makers, museums and comedy clubs, stadiums and suburbs, slogans and snacks-the many parts of the whole. Of course, you might also be surprised at what you haven't learned.
In this quiz on all things Chicago you'll find questions in both categories. Some are easy. Some will give even a native trouble. Of course, one person's "That's simple!" can be another's "Huh?" The questions are all over the lot, so it's fun to try them alone or with others.
One thing that's pretty certain: Everyone who submits to the test-home-grown, transplant, or frequent visitor-will meet some stumpers. Even if you breeze through the first few questions you look at, get ready for some head scratching. And maybe you'll learn a thing or two.
So here are 100 questions. Count ten points for each correct answer. Where a question has more than one part, you'll be told how to divide the credit. Here and there you'll find a chance to earn five or ten bonus points, so it's theoretically possible to score more than 1,000. (But you won't!)
Figure your performance this way:
Above 900: Spectacular!
700899: A very solid showing
500699: Nothing to be ashamed of
Below 500: Told you it was tough
1. For almost any Chicagoan, what body parts does Magikist Carpet and Rug Cleaners bring to mind?
2. Which did the city have as mayor first, an African American or a woman?
3. Chicagoan Scott Turow, author of legal thrillers, is also a:
a. Fireman b. Lawyer c. TV station owner d. Gun dealer