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Anatomy of a Song: "Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald"

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Anatomy of a Song Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald game quiz
"Just how much do you know about Gordon Lightfoot's classic "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"? Pit yourself against 15 questions about the song and/or associated facts. Song #16 in the 'Anatomy' series."

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. The freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975. Which of the Great Lakes claimed the vessel?
    Lake Erie
    Lake Superior
    Lake Huron
    Lake Ontario


2. The lake that claimed the Edmund Fitzgerald is alternately known by what Native American name?
    Onondago
    Kewaunee
    Koochiching
    Gitche Gumee


3. What type of cargo was being carried aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald during the fateful voyage?
    Bauxite
    Rutile
    Gravel
    Iron Ore


4. According to the song, how much did the cargo on the Edmund Fitzgerald weigh?
    28,000 tons
    36,000 tons
    38,000 tons
    26,000 tons


5. "The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in ______"

Where was the ship returning from?
    Michigan
    Illinois
    Wisconsin
    Indiana


6. "Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for ______"
    Cleveland
    Windsor
    Toledo
    Milwaukee


7. Which wind directions get mentioned in the song's lyrics?
    North and West
    North and East
    South and West
    None of these


8. In which month of the year did the disaster occur?
    September
    December
    November
    October


9. Apart from the Captain, which other member of the crew is specifically mentioned in the lyrics?
    Answer: ("Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya")


10. When the Captain sent a distress call, according to the lyrics, what message did he send?
    He had water coming in
    The engines had lost power
    The hull had been breached
    He had lost his bearings


11. Tragically, the Edmund Fitzgerald was close (in relative terms) to safety. The lyrics describe the location of that safety, which was?
    Six Fathom Shoals
    Superior South Breakwater
    Michipicoten Island
    Whitefish Bay


12. How many miles lay between the Edmund Fitzgerald and safety, according to the song?
    Sixteen
    Fifteen
    Eighteen
    Nineteen


13. Where is the "maritime sailors' cathedral" located?
    Detroit
    Cleveland
    Superior
    Toledo


14. What was the name of the Edmund Fitzgerald's Captain? (Before you go insane, no, this is not mentioned in the song!)
    Eugene O'Brien
    Ernest McSorely
    Robert Rafferty
    Ransom Cundy


15. How many times does "the church bell chime"?
    Twenty-nine
    Twenty-three
    Twenty-six
    Twenty


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Compiled Jun 08 14