GAZETTE NEWS QUIZ
1Why were people cautioned about Northampton travel this week?
(a) Crowds expected at the Saturday farmers market’s auction of winter squash.
(b) Falling leaves create slippery conditions, according to AAA.
(c) Disruptions due to work on a new parking garage downtown.
(d) A moving gas cloud emanating from site of Brown-Warren debate.
2 Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik is not running again for mayor. Who (m?) did he endorse to follow him?
(a) The plastic bear in front of City Hall.
(b) Bobby Valentine.
(c) Mary Ford.
(d) Assistant Karen Cadieux.
3 Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, 53, made news this week by doing what?
(a) Appearing in a kilt on “Dancing with the Stars.”
(b) Signing on as skipper with the Cleveland Indians.
(c) Dropping Josh Beckett from his Christmas card list.
(d) Adding Kevin Youkilis to his Christmas card list.
4 How did President Obama explain his lackluster performance in the first presidential debate?
(a) He had stayed up way too late the night before watching “Homeland” episodes.
(b) He was stunned at Mitt Romney’s new positions on some issues.
(c) Joe Biden had talked his head off an hour before the debate.
(d) He said he was too polite.
5 Identify which of the following is a current matter of dispute in Northampton:
(a) A proposal to rename the Northampton High School teams the “Blue Verve.”
(b) Jenny Lind — Northampton’s first celebrity lesbian?
(c) Protracted negotiations between the Iron Horse Entertainment Group and a stagehands union.
(d) Is Mayor David Narkewicz just too good at his job?
6 The Northampton Department of Public Works received $50,000 from the City Council for what purpose?
(a) To replace all the missing and unaccounted for equipment.
(b) To build a better rain shelter at the recycling center.
(c) To build a bowling alley at the high school.
(d) To repair a 4-foot hole in the floor of a maintenance barn.
7 In what novel way did Peggy Schwartz observe her husband Murray’s 70th birthday this week?
(a) Dedicated her new book, “Tuesdays with Murray,” to him.
(b) Digitized his collection of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball cards.
(c) Stood in line to procure tickets to the Brown-Warren debate.
(d) Installed a little lending library on the couple’s Lessey Street front lawn.
8 Why did Toyota recall 7.43 million cars and trucks Wednesday?
(a) It didn’t like the exterior colors it had used.
(b) Only three tires were mounted out of the factory.
(c) The steering wheels were missing.
(d) It has to fix faulty power window switches that can cause fires.
9 What do the members of the Thayer and Jasinski families have in common, according to recent news stories?
(a) Both succeeded in correctly answering the recent Three County Fair question, “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
(b) They are spearheading a campaign to bring cartoonist Gary Larson out of retirement.
(c) Newly released Hampshire County archives show their ancestors arrived from Boston in the same surrey in 1741.
(d) Both recently entered into deals to preserve considerable agricultural acreage from development.
10 Who won the Wednesday debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren?
(a) Scott Brown.
(b) Elizabeth Warren.
(c) Grover Norquist.
(d) Jim Madigan.
Answers: 1-c; 2-d; 3-b; 4-d; 5-c; 6-d; 7-d; 8-d; 9-d; 10-Time will tell, but Madigan, the moderator, deserves at least at honorable mention.
Monte’s answer: b