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This quiz, written by Jerry Holderman, originally appeared in the Times of London.

  1. What is the statue's official name?

    A. Lady of Liberty
    B. Liberty of America
    C. Liberty Enlightening the World
    D. The Torch of Freedom

  2. On the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty appears a sonnet, "The New Colossus," by Emma Lazarus. It reads, in part, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to..." Yearning to what?

    A. breathe free
    B. live free
    C. prosper at their own hand
    D. begin anew

  3. True or False: The State of Liberty was actually built in Europe.

    After a presentation ceremony, it was taken apart and shipped to New York in 214 cases.

  4. How long is Liberty's nose?

    A. 3 feet, 3 inches
    B. 3 feet, 9 inches
    C. 4 feet, 6 inches
    D. 5 feet, 7 inches

  5. When was the Statue of Liberty formally dedicated?

    A. July 19, 1886
    B. August 7, 1886
    C. September 14, 1886
    D. October 28, 1886

  6. True or False: The Statue of Liberty has never appeared on a foreign postage stamp?

  7. Who modeled for Statue of Liberty sculptor Frederic Bartholdi?

    A. His wife
    B. His daughter
    C. His mother
    D. His landlady

  8. How much does Lady Liberty weigh?

    A. 98 tons
    B. 185 tons
    C. 225 tons
    D. 314 tons

  9. True or False: The 10-story pedestal on which the statue stands cost more than the statue itself.

  10. A fund-raising ad in the July 1885 issue of Harper's offered a bronzed 6-inch replica of the Statue of Liberty to subscribers who donated this amount.

    A. $1
    B. $5
    C. $7.50
    D. $15

  11. Which of the events listed below occurred before and which occurred after the Statue of Liberty dedication in 1886?

    A. P.T. Barnum opened Hippodrome
    B. Subway fares were raised to 15 cents
    C. Metropolitan Museum of Art opened
    D. Lord & Taylor opened for business
    E. Brooklyn Bridge was completed
    F. "Boss" Tweed and followers arrested and charged with cheating the city out of several million dollars

  12. True or False: The iron skeleton of the statue was designed by Alexander Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built the Eiffel Tower in Paris just six years earlier.

  13. From the base of the pedestal to the top of her torch, the Statue of Liberty stands how tall?

    A. 215 feet
    B. 294 feet
    C. 305 feet
    D. 363 feet

  14. Which took longer to build--the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument?

  15. Liberty's crown is actually an observation platform as well. How many windows does it have? How many viewers can it accommodate?

    A. 12 windows, 21 people
    B. 18 windows, 24 people
    C. 25 windows, 30 viewers
    D. 40 windows, 56 people

  16. True or False: The right forearm, hand and torch of Lady Liberty were seen by mroe than 9 million visitors at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876, a full decade before the statue was dedicated.

  17. How many "rays" extend from Liberty's crown?

    A. 7
    B. 10
    C. 12
    D. 14

  18. In her uplifted right hand, Liberty holds a torch lighted by:

    A. electricity
    B. oil lamps
    C. mercury vapor lamps
    D. solar energy

  19. True or False: In an attempt to generate donations, The New York World printed the name of every contributor to its statue fund--even those donating a penny. Eighty percent of the $101,091 raised by the paper was contributed in amounts of less than one dollar.

  20. The statue is made of:

    A. granite
    B. copper
    C. marble
    D. steel

  21. Liberty Island's former name:

    A. Bedloes Island
    B. LaGuardia Island
    C. Perkins Island
    D. Ellis Island

  22. On the 50th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication, he said: "Liberty and peace are living things. In every generation--if they are to be maintained--they must be guarded and vitalized anew."

    A. John Dos Passos
    B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    C. George Gershwin
    D. Herbert Hoover

  23. Who presided over the dedication festivities in 1886?

    A. Grover Cleveland
    B. Joseph Pulitzer
    C. Florenz Ziegfield
    D. Chester Arthur

  24. When did the Statue of Liberty become a national monument?

    A. 1886
    B. 1924
    C. 1932
    D. 1951

  25. The Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from the people of:

    A. Europe
    B. England
    C. France
    D. Italy

Answers: 1. C--Liberty Enlightening the World; 2. A--breathe free; 3. True; 4. C--4 feet, 6 inches; 5. D--Oct. 28, 1886; 6. False; she has appeared on stamps in Uruguay, Cuba, and Peru, among others; 7. C--His mother; 8. C--225 tons; 9. True; 10. A--$1; 11. All occurred before the Statue of Liberty dedication except for B (subway fare increase to 15 cents didn't happen until 1953); 12. False; the Eiffel Tower was built after the Statue of Liberty; 13. C--305 feet; 14. The Washington Monument took more than hree times as long; 15. C--25 windows, 30 viewers; 16. True; 17. D--14; 18. C--mercury vapor lights; 19. True; 20. B-- copper; 21. A--Bedloes Island; 22. Franklin D. Roosevelt; 23. A--Grover Cleveland; 24. B--1924; 25. C--France.



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