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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1938, who was the first person to sing "God Bless America" in public? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What event is commemorated by celebrating Veteran's Day on November 11th? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the White House, Abigail Adams was descended from what prestigious family? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1996 book by Peg Kehret (according to Fantastic Fiction):

1. Which two African countries gained their independence on this date 10 years apart? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Institutes of Health, what was Paracelsus' real name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to PBS, what was the name of the weekly newspaper published by Daisy Bates and her husband? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Kurt Vonnegut (according to Author's Calendar):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Indiana Historical Society, Kurt Vonnegut was listed as missing in action following what World War II battle?

2. In what year was Fyodor Dostoyevsky condemned to death?

3. According to the New York Times, what quote is attributed to George S. Patton before the initial landing of his troops in North Africa?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1971 work by Carlos Fuentes (according to Authors' Calendar):

Born on This Date 1493

[University of Zurich]

Abigail Adams
Born on This Date 1744

[The White House]

Daisy Bates
Born on This Date 1914

[University of Arkansas]

Kurt Vonnegut
Born on This Date 1922

[Sam Houston State U.]

Peg Kehret
Born on This Date 1936

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Arrived at Massac and employed George Drouillard as an Indian interpreter. I contracted to pay him $25 a month for his services. I advanced Mr. Swan $30, an assistant military agent in charge of financial affairs at this post, on account of his pay.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cold Day

Continued at work at the Fort Two men Cut themselves with an ax,

The large Ducks pass to the South an Indian gave me Several roles of parched meal

two Squars of the Rock Mountain*, purchased from the Indians by a frenchmen Came down

The Mandans out hunting the Buffalow—

Lewis: Observed Meridian altitude of 's U. L. with Sextant by the fore observation 51° 4' 52" Latitude deduced from
this observation N. 47° 21' 32.8"

Ordway: a clear and pleasant morning. we commenced dobbing our huts & covering them &.C. a frenchmans Squaw* came to our camp who belonged to the Snake nation. She came with our Intreperters wife & brought with them 4 buffalow Robes and Gave them to our officers. they Gave them out to the party. I Got one fine one myself. chilly this evening &.c.

[*It is likely one of these squaws was Sacagawea, but it is impossible to comfirm this.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A hard rain all the last night, dureing the last tide the logs on which we lay was all on float

Sent out Jo Fields to hunt, he Soon returned and informed us that the hills was So high & Steep, & thick with undergroth and fallen Timber that he could not get out any distance;

about 12 oClock 5 Indians came down in a canoe, the wind verry high from the S. W. with most tremendious waves brakeing with great violence against the Shores, rain falling in torrents, we are all wet as usial and our Situation is
truly a disagreeable one; the great quantites of rain which has loosened the Stones on the hill Sides, and the Small Stones fall down upon us, our canoes at one place at the mercy of the waves, our baggage in another and our Selves and party Scattered on floating logs and Such dry Spots as can be found on the hill Sides, and Crivices of the rocks.

we purchased of the Indians 13 red charr which we found to be an excellent fish we have Seen those Indians above and are of a nation who reside above and on the opposit Side who call themselves Calt-har-mama]

The Cathlamets, or Kathlamets, lived across the Columbia River from the Wahkiakums and both peoples spoke the Kathlamet language. The Cathlamets occupied settlements along the south shore of the Columbia River from the vicinity of Tongue Point upstream to the neighborhood of Puget Island in Clatsop County, Oregon. Some investigators extend Cathlamet territory farther upstream to Oak Point and beyond, but it is unclear if these writers are referring to the local group named the Cathlamets or to the distribution of the Kathlamet linguistic dialect. The village for which these people were named, galámat in the Upper Chinook language, was located on Aldrich Point (formerly called Cathlamet Head). About 1810 the Cathlamets moved across the Columbia and joined the Wahkiakums in a village at the present site of Cathlamet.

they are badly clad & illy made, Small and Speak a language much resembling the last nation, one of those men had on a Salors Jacket and Pantiloons and made Signs that he got those Clothes from the white people who lived below the point &c. those people left us and Crossed the river (which is about 5 miles wide at this place) through the highest waves I ever Saw a Small vestles ride. Those Indians are Certainly the best Canoe navigaters I ever Saw.

rained all day

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