200 PLUS

No Wikipedia Allowed!

By THOMAS P. FARNER | Dec 20, 2017

This is the time of year when The SandPaper goes dark for two weeks, but before the long winter’s nap there is the annual brainteaser meant to keep you awake until January and the paper’s return. This, of course, is the annual 200 Plus year-end challenge covering the 49 articles printed in 2017. The challenge will have 25 questions and one bonus, and the answers will appear in the Jan. 10 issue.

Before you begin, a few hints: 2017 concentrated mainly on Prohibition and the wartime events of 1917, along with the battle by women to get the right to vote. If you’re ready, here goes and best of luck … the use of Wikipedia is not permitted!


Select the correct letter.

1. The Constitutional Amendment that permitted federal government regulation of alcohol was the: A. 17th; B. 18th; C. 19th; D. 20th; E. 21st.

2. The law that enforced the prohibition amendment was known as A. the Mann Act; B. the Volstead Act; C. the Intolerable Act; D. the Homestead Act; E. the Taft-Hartley Act.

3. In President Wilson’s speech asking for a declaration of war, he referred to what has been known as the Zimmerman telegram. The subject of it was A. the sinking of the Lusitania; B. the sabotage at Black Tom; C. unrestricted submarine warfare; D. the treatment of German nationals in the United States; E. a proposal to Mexico to make war on the U.S.

4. Shortly after the declaration of war, the United States formed the Committee on Public Information in an attempt to gain support for the war effort. Its head was A. George Creel; B. John J. Pershing; C. Walter Edge; D. William Randolph Hearst; E. Joseph Pulitzer.

5. One of the leaders of the anti-draft movement was a woman who would eventually be sent to prison for speaking and writing in opposition to conscription: A. Alice Paul; B. Dorothea Dix; C. Rosa Parks; D. Emma Goldman; E. Carrie Nation.

6. At Camden in June 1917, under heavy security, the Navy launched its newest battleship, the A. USS Iowa; B. USS New Jersey; C. USS Missouri; D. USS Arizona; E. USS Idaho.

7. When women suffragettes, arrested for picketing the White House, demanded that they be treated as political prisoners, they organized A. a hunger strike; B. a sit-in; C. a freedom ride; D. a teach-in; E. a march on Washington.

8. New Jersey rejected the prohibition amendment, and the new governor claimed the state would become a sanctuary “as wet as the Atlantic Ocean.” He was A. Edward Edwards; B. Woodrow Wilson; C. John Dix; D. Brendan Byrne; E. William Paterson.

9. One of the first Ocean County men drafted was the wealthy son of a prominent U.S. family: A. the Kennedys; B. the Goulds; C. the Rockefellers; D. the Wanamakers; D. the Carnegies.

10. Even before the declaration of war on Germany in 1917, U.S. Marines were sent to guard what local landmark? A. Barnegat Lighthouse; B. LBI automobile causeway; C. Tuckerton wireless tower; D. Atlantic City convention hall; E. Lakehurst Hangar number one.


Match the location with the event it is associated with. There will be one left over.

11. Barnegat, N.J.

12. Crab Island

13. Tuckerton, N.J.

14. Wrightstown, N.J.

15. Ocean County Jail

A. Dozens of confiscated cases of liquor needed as evidence disappeared from here.

B. Chosen as the site for Camp Dix.

C. Became a drop-off point for local bootleggers.

D. Fifteen local draft resisters were held here in 1917.

E. Hundreds of bottles of high-quality liquor were found buried in the woods near here.

F. Christmas trees from here were sent to the poor of New York City in 1917.


16. New Jersey’s Camp Dix was named to honor mental health crusader Dorothea Dix.

17. Alice Paul began picketing the White House on July 4, 1917.

18. In the spring of 1917, government agents investigated the charge that the Germans were constructing a submarine in a Beach Haven garage.

19. Shortly after the declaration of war, the government banned any critical newspapers from the U.S. mail.

20. The vote for the declaration of war on Germany was unanimous in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

21. The land for Camp Dix was donated to the US government by John D. Rockefeller.

22. In order to save food for the Allies, Americans were asked to conserve meat, wheat and sugar.

23. In protest of the brutal treatment of women picketing the White House, Dudley Field Malone resigned his post in the Wilson administration.

24. One of the first draftees to report to Camp Dix was Clarence Brown, a bayman from Parkertown.

25. Thanksgiving 1917 was canceled in order to save food for the war effort.


When word that the poor children of New York City would not have Christmas trees in 1917, this Jersey Shore resident said, “Not if I can help it,” and organized an entire town to cut local trees.

Good luck and happy holidays!


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