Trivia Day: Test Your Purple and Gold Knowledge

January 04 2017
Category: Campus Life

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Today, January 4, 2017, is National Trivia Day and to celebrate we pulled together a short quiz about Elmira College. How well do you know the Purple and Gold?  Test your EC knowledge, challenge fellow classmates, alumni, or friends, then check your answers below. 

Good luck!

Question 1: Who founded Elmira College?
A. Mark Twain
B. Simeon Benjamin
C. Olivia Langdon
D.  Augustus Woodruff Cowles

Question 2: In what year did the first class graduate from Elmira College?
A. 1855
B. 1890
C. 1859
D. 1857

Question 3: Which of these campus buildings are listed with the National Register of Historic Places?
A. Meier Hall, Hamilton Hall, Cowles Hall
B. Cowles Hall, Hamilton Hall, Fassett Commons
C.  Hamilton Hall, Cowles Hall, Perry Hall
D. All of the above

Question 4: Elmira College has two buildings on campus donated and named after historical industry leaders. Who are they?
A. Thomas Watson and Andrew Carnegie
B. Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates
C. Thomas Watson and Mark Twain
D.  Mark Twain and Warren Buffet

Question 5: The Cottages were originally built in 1948 to house…
A. Male students
B. Female students
C. Faculty
D. Mark Twain Scholars

Question 6: The Mark Twain Study was moved to Elmira College in 1952. Which novels did Samuel Clemens write in this study?
A.  Huckleberry Finn
B.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
C. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
D. All of the above

Question 7: Mark Twain’s wife, Olivia Langdon, attended Elmira College. In what year did she graduate?
A. 1859
B. 1903
C. 1864
D. 1870

Question 8: In what year did Elmira College become a co-educational institution?
A. 1949
B. 1959
C. 1969
D. 1979

Question 9: Cowles Hall is located on…
A. Cowles Hill
B. Prospect Hill
C. College Hill
D. Portico Hill 

Question 10: Who was the second president of Elmira College?
A. Augustus Woodruff Cowles
B. Dr. Wilson D. Phraner
C. Dr. Van Norden
D. Simeon Benjamin 

1. B
2. C (Founded in 1855, first class graduated in 1859)
3. B (Check the campus map for a full listing of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places)
4. A (Thomas Watson donated the Watson Fine Arts building. Andrew Carnegie donated Carnegie Hall)
5. C
6. D
7. C
8. C
9. B
10. B (Dr. Augustus Cowles was the first president (1856 – 1889), Dr. Wilson D. Phraner was the second (June to November of 1889), then Dr. Charles Van Norden (1889 to 1893))