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Auld Reekie: A Quiz About Edinburgh
"This quiz features aspects of Edinburgh's history, geography and personalities, all of which have had some bearing on the "outside world.""
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The Old Calton Burial Ground is the last resting place of many well known Scottish figures including philosopher David Hume and publisher William Blackwood. Also, a statue of which American president lies among the tombstones?
John F. Kennedy
What was, or is, the Edinburgh landmark known as the "Mound?"
The most direct link between the Old and New Towns
A gigantic pile of rubbish
The Mound is all of these things
The foundation for one of Britain's oldest financial institutions
Certain older Edinburgh churchyards have prominent watchtowers looking over them. What were these towers built to protect against?
The robbery of valuables buried with the bodies of the rich
The theft of newly-buried corpses for sale to anatomy teachers
Desecration of gravestones by militant religious dissenters
Invaders from England
Edinburgh University is one of the oldest in the UK, dating from 1583. It was one of five universities in Scotland during a period when England had only Oxford and Cambridge. Which American universities were founded by graduates of Scottish Universities, including Edinburgh?
University of Pennsylvania
All of these were founded by Scots
William and Mary
Bruntsfield Links is a park in the middle of Edinburgh. It is one of the oldest known locations to be associated with one of Scotland's, and the world's, most popular pastimes. Which?
Which famous author studied medicine in Edinburgh, and later used the forensic knowledge acquired there to create one of literature's more famous detectives?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
G. K. Chesterton
Edinburgh now has several universities, but the "second" one, founded in 1821, is named for which two Scottish notables?
Daniel Stewart and Thomas Melville
George Heriot and James Watt
James Astley and David Ainslie
John Napier and Queen Margaret
The visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822 was the first visit of a reigning monarch to Scotland since 1650. Which leading Scottish personality orchestrated the extravagantly "historical" celebrations, which sparked a mania for tartan and clan romance which has never really died down since?
Sir Walter Scott
The Duke of Argyll
Lord Lyon, King of Arms
The Canongate Kirk is one of Edinburgh's oldest churches. Whose gravestone in the churchyard there inspired one of Charles Dickens's most notable characters?
Davie Cooper Field
Mr. Beadle Bumble
Edinburgh became famous in the 18th and 19th centuries as a centre for publishing and bookselling. A leading light of the Edinburgh book trade was Archibald Constable. Which of the following famous literary works did he publish?
Scott's Waverley novels
The Edinburgh Review
He published all of them
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