How savvy are you about the city?

Test your G.I.Q.* with our quiz of the arcane and obvious

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.

As can be said for most places, Gainesville’s history and present is a treasure trove of fascinating tidbits. If you are a committed Gainesville-phile, you may know many of them. But do you know these? Take a moment to put your true Gainesville knowledge to the test. (Know more than you see below? Send us your piece of trivia and we’ll publish in upcoming issues.)

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The late rock’n’roll pioneer and Hall of Famer Bo Diddley.

Doug Finger / Staff photographer


What’s your GAINESVILLE I.Q.?

Each correct answer is worth three points, you get ten points for trying!

88-100: You should be mayor!
49-87: Knows Enough to Be Dangerous
25-48: Learner’s Permit
0-24: Newbie!

Each correct answer is worth three points and you get ten points for just playing! See below for the answers and to discover your Gainesville IQ.

1) Which former Saturday Night Live comedic actress was born in Gainesville? Who were her parents?

2) We all know about Tom Petty’s Gainesville connections, but living in our midst today is a former musician whose hit-making band toured with the Beatles and was given its name’s distinctive spelling by John Lennon. Who is he and what was the name of his band?

3) Which University of Florida football coach went on to become a

U.S. Army General?

4) Which famous Floridian is the granddaughter of the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr., who lends his name to the stadium that is better known as “The

Swamp” ?

5) In 1883, what did drillers discover when looking for a water source under what is now the Alachua County Administration Building?

To see the rest of the questions and their answers, continue reading in our online magazine viewer.

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