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Quiz about A Scarlet Tour of America
Quiz about A Scarlet Tour of America

A Scarlet Tour of America Trivia Quiz


Tori Amos' sixth album 'Scarlet's Walk' is a concept album about a woman named Scarlet who journeys around the US. This quiz is based on that album, and is about some of the places Scarlet visits on her travels.

A photo quiz by Kankurette. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Kankurette
Time
5 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
372,601
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
927
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 24 (10/10), mulder100 (9/10), jojomama123 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. 'He could light you up and summon every swan to the Lakeside
Off to Cabo San Lucas for some optimal stimulus...'

In the song 'Amber Waves', Scarlet's journey around the US begins when she visits her friend Amber. Amber is living in a city in California which plays home to Hollywood Boulevard, the La Brea Tar Pits, and many, many celebrities (and wannabe celebrities!). Nicknamed 'Tinseltown' and 'City of Angels', which city is this?
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 'When the bridges froze and you did not come home
I put our snowflake under a microscope...'

In the song 'Strange', Scarlet has traveled further north, and visits the sites of several battles between Native Americans and the US Army. One of the battle sites she visits is on the banks of a river that rises in Wyoming and flows into Montana. The river in question is a tributary of a larger river, named after a nearby mountain range. Named 'Phezisla Wakpa' in the Lakota language, which river is this?
Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. 'Bear Claw, Free Fall, a Gunner's View,
Black and blue, shred in ribbons of lithium...'

In the song 'Carbon', Scarlet meets a manic depressive woman named Carbon in the state of South Dakota. They travel through a mountain range which features a giant sculpture of the heads of four presidents in its southern half. Near the sculpture is the highest mountain in the range, Harney Peak (pictured). Which mountain range is this?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. 'But I was alone when I knew it was real
Down the canyon when I knew I had come...'

In the song 'Crazy', Scarlet and a man called Crazy travel through cowboy country, passing through several cities, before they part ways in Tucson, Arizona. One of the cities they visit is in Wyoming, and is named after one of its founders, a pioneer and scout famous for hunting the animals in the picture. Which city is this?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. 'I know you know every desperado and sharp shooter in the West...'

In the song 'Sweet Sangria', Scarlet travels to Texas and meets a Mexican-American revolutionary and political activist. The city in which this song takes place sits on the banks of the Colorado River, is named after its founder, and suffered a drought in 2011. Nicknamed the 'City of the Violet Crown' due to the colour of its hills at sunset, which city is this?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. 'If there is a horizontal line
That runs from the map off your body
Straight through the land, shooting up right through my heart...'

In the song 'Your Cloud', Scarlet is in Tennessee, travelling up the Mississippi River. She visits a city named after a place in Egypt, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and where Elvis Presley lived at Graceland. It has a humid, subtropical climate, and is the largest city on the Mississippi. Which city is this?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. 'Lifelines and suicide crimes,
He found me in a state,
Grabbed my purse and hitched a ride with a Mrs Jesus...'

In the song 'Mrs Jesus', Scarlet hitches a ride with a man calling himself Mrs Jesus. She is now in one of the most famous cities in the US; a city made up of five boroughs, home of the World Trade Centre, Radio City (pictured), and Wall Street. According to another song, it's 'so good they named it twice'. Previously known as New Amsterdam, which city is this?

Answer: (3 words - 3, 4 and 4 letters)
Question 8 of 10
8. 'Just another light missing on a long taxi ride, taxi ride
And I'm down to your last cigarette...'

In the song 'Taxi Ride', Scarlet is travelling through a city in the state of Illinois, where she learns that a gay friend has died. The city in question is the third most populous city in the US, rests on the banks of Lake Michigan, and the first skyscraper in the US was built there after a fire destroyed large parts of the city centre. Nicknamed the 'Windy City', which city is this?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. 'Through twists and turns, Jasmine foxed me in her grove
Arms filled with honeybells, St Michaels, Sanford Bloods...'

In the song 'Another Girl's Paradise', Scarlet's next stop is New Orleans, followed by a sunny city in the state of Florida - a home of 'vice', some might say. Its nickname is the Magic City, it has a large Cuban-American population, and it is a popular tourist destination for fans of cruises and beaches (like the one in the picture). Which city is this?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. 'In the lush Virginia hills
They kept her as long as they could...'

In the song 'Virginia', Scarlet is in the state of the same name, where she visits an area with great historical value; it is the site of the first permanent British settlement in the US. There are three towns which make up the so-called Historic Triangle of Virginia, linked by a scenic road known as the Colonial Parkway. Two of the towns are Williamsburg and Yorktown, but what is the third? (Hint: it shares its name with the county where the Historic Triangle is situated.)
Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 'He could light you up and summon every swan to the Lakeside Off to Cabo San Lucas for some optimal stimulus...' In the song 'Amber Waves', Scarlet's journey around the US begins when she visits her friend Amber. Amber is living in a city in California which plays home to Hollywood Boulevard, the La Brea Tar Pits, and many, many celebrities (and wannabe celebrities!). Nicknamed 'Tinseltown' and 'City of Angels', which city is this?

Answer: Los Angeles

Los Angeles has become synonymous with the film industry, as it is home to - amongst other places - Hollywood Boulevard (and THAT sign) and Universal Studios. Pictured is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a part of Hollywood Boulevard containing over 2500 stars with all kind of famous names on them, from actors and directors to pop stars and even fictional characters! Other tourist attractions on Hollywood Boulevard include Grauman's Chinese Theatre, which features the cement hand prints of various movie stars, and Madam Tussaud's waxworks.
2. 'When the bridges froze and you did not come home I put our snowflake under a microscope...' In the song 'Strange', Scarlet has traveled further north, and visits the sites of several battles between Native Americans and the US Army. One of the battle sites she visits is on the banks of a river that rises in Wyoming and flows into Montana. The river in question is a tributary of a larger river, named after a nearby mountain range. Named 'Phezisla Wakpa' in the Lakota language, which river is this?

Answer: Little Bighorn River

The Little Bighorn River is one of the tributaries of the Bighorn River (itself a tributary of the Yellowstone River). Best known as the site of General George Custer's last stand, it is also known as the Little Horn River and, historically, the Greasy Grass River, due to the heavy dew that gathered on the grass growing in it.

The picture is of Bighorn Canyon, which lies further down the Bighorn River, within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. (The other rivers are also tributaries of the Yellowstone River.)
3. 'Bear Claw, Free Fall, a Gunner's View, Black and blue, shred in ribbons of lithium...' In the song 'Carbon', Scarlet meets a manic depressive woman named Carbon in the state of South Dakota. They travel through a mountain range which features a giant sculpture of the heads of four presidents in its southern half. Near the sculpture is the highest mountain in the range, Harney Peak (pictured). Which mountain range is this?

Answer: Black Hills

'Take me back to the Black Hills, the Black Hills of Dakota...' sang Doris Day in 'Calamity Jane'. More mountains than hills, the Black Hills got their name ('Paha Sapa' in the original Lakota) because, from a distance, they appeared to be black due to the many trees growing on them. The giant sculpture in question is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which features Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The northern part of the Black Hills is popular with bikers because of its scenery; the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held there every year.

The picture, incidentally, is of Black Elk Wilderness, named for Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa), an Oglala Lakota / Sioux medicine man. It is part of the Black Hills Forest.
4. 'But I was alone when I knew it was real Down the canyon when I knew I had come...' In the song 'Crazy', Scarlet and a man called Crazy travel through cowboy country, passing through several cities, before they part ways in Tucson, Arizona. One of the cities they visit is in Wyoming, and is named after one of its founders, a pioneer and scout famous for hunting the animals in the picture. Which city is this?

Answer: Cody

The pioneer in question was Colonel William Cody, or - as he is known in popular culture - Buffalo Bill. Cody co-founded the city of the same name, seeing the area as a prime site for development due to its soil and situation near Yellowstone Park. The picture is of a display at the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, a five-museum complex in Cody, founded in 1917.

As well as a museum dedicated to the life of Buffalo Bill, it also houses museums dedicated to Plains Indian life, firearms, natural history and art, and a research library.
5. 'I know you know every desperado and sharp shooter in the West...' In the song 'Sweet Sangria', Scarlet travels to Texas and meets a Mexican-American revolutionary and political activist. The city in which this song takes place sits on the banks of the Colorado River, is named after its founder, and suffered a drought in 2011. Nicknamed the 'City of the Violet Crown' due to the colour of its hills at sunset, which city is this?

Answer: Austin

Austin is the capital of Texas, and the second largest state capital in the US (the largest is Phoenix, the capital of Arizona). It is home to a series of moonlight towers (imagine giant streetlights), which are protected as Texas State Landmarks; fans of 'Dazed & Confused' might recognise them as the site of the film's keg party. On the subject of light, the 'violet crown' effect is attributed by some Austin residents to the purplish glow of the moon towers, while others attribute it to the Belt of Venus, a band of pinkish-purple light which appears on the horizon as the sun is rising or setting. Over the years, various local businesses have named themselves after it.

The statue in the picture is of a Texas State Ranger, in front of the Texas State Capitol Building.
6. 'If there is a horizontal line That runs from the map off your body Straight through the land, shooting up right through my heart...' In the song 'Your Cloud', Scarlet is in Tennessee, travelling up the Mississippi River. She visits a city named after a place in Egypt, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and where Elvis Presley lived at Graceland. It has a humid, subtropical climate, and is the largest city on the Mississippi. Which city is this?

Answer: Memphis

Situated on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, a piece of high round near the Wolf River, Memphis is to blues and soul what Nashville is to country music. Famous residents have included blues singers Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, country singers Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, and, of course, Elvis Presley. The picture is of one of Presley's suits on display at Graceland, a former mansion which is now a museum of Elvis memorabilia. Presley, his parents and grandmother are all buried there.

Because of its situation, Memphis has also been a centre of trade, producing cotton, hardwood lumber and mules for transport, and is one of the busiest cargo ports in the US.
7. 'Lifelines and suicide crimes, He found me in a state, Grabbed my purse and hitched a ride with a Mrs Jesus...' In the song 'Mrs Jesus', Scarlet hitches a ride with a man calling himself Mrs Jesus. She is now in one of the most famous cities in the US; a city made up of five boroughs, home of the World Trade Centre, Radio City (pictured), and Wall Street. According to another song, it's 'so good they named it twice'. Previously known as New Amsterdam, which city is this?

Answer: new york city

'New York, New York, so good they named it twice' is a line from the song of the same name by Gerard Kenny. Originally called 'New Amsterdam' by Dutch settlers, the burgeoning city was re-christened 'New York' by the English in 1664, after James II, the Duke of York. Nicknamed the 'City that Never Sleeps', New York has been immortalised in film, TV, music (including the author's favourite song of all time, 'Fairytale Of New York' by Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues), and literature for decades. The five boroughs are Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Today, Radio City Music Hall hosts events such as Cirque du Soleil and the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular stage show. It was originally named for the Radio Corporation of America.
8. 'Just another light missing on a long taxi ride, taxi ride And I'm down to your last cigarette...' In the song 'Taxi Ride', Scarlet is travelling through a city in the state of Illinois, where she learns that a gay friend has died. The city in question is the third most populous city in the US, rests on the banks of Lake Michigan, and the first skyscraper in the US was built there after a fire destroyed large parts of the city centre. Nicknamed the 'Windy City', which city is this?

Answer: Chicago

The fire in question was the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. As for the 'Windy City', it is uncertain where Chicago's nickname comes from; suggestions include the weather, due to the city's proximity to Lake Michigan, or a quote from Charles Dana, editor of the 'New York', saying Chicago was 'windy' because of the hot air spouted by politicians there. The word 'Chicago' itself comes from 'shikaakwa', a Native American word for the wild garlic that grew there. A major industrial and financial centre, it is home to O'Hare International Airport, the world's busiest airport, and the enormous Harold Washington Library.

The picture of the city was taken from the John Hancock Centre, one of Chicago's many skyscrapers.
9. 'Through twists and turns, Jasmine foxed me in her grove Arms filled with honeybells, St Michaels, Sanford Bloods...' In the song 'Another Girl's Paradise', Scarlet's next stop is New Orleans, followed by a sunny city in the state of Florida - a home of 'vice', some might say. Its nickname is the Magic City, it has a large Cuban-American population, and it is a popular tourist destination for fans of cruises and beaches (like the one in the picture). Which city is this?

Answer: Miami

Nicknamed the 'Capital of Latin America' due to its large Spanish-speaking population, Miami lies on the Atlantic coast. Its main port, the Dante B. Fascell Port (aka PortMiami), is a major site for cruise ships, which has gained it a nickname of its own: the 'Cruise Capital of the World'. (The 'vice' comment is a reference to the '80s crime drama 'Miami Vice'.)

This palm-tree lined beach in the picture is at Bayfront Park, also in Biscayne Bay. The park has hosted several motor sports events, and the Ultra music festival, an electronic music festival held in summer.
10. 'In the lush Virginia hills They kept her as long as they could...' In the song 'Virginia', Scarlet is in the state of the same name, where she visits an area with great historical value; it is the site of the first permanent British settlement in the US. There are three towns which make up the so-called Historic Triangle of Virginia, linked by a scenic road known as the Colonial Parkway. Two of the towns are Williamsburg and Yorktown, but what is the third? (Hint: it shares its name with the county where the Historic Triangle is situated.)

Answer: Jamestown

Jamestown, named for King James, was the first British settlement in the nascent United States of America, established in 1607 by settlers from the Virginia Company of London. Today, the original site is known as Historic Jamestowne, and is part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, along with Yorktown and Williamsburg.

The photo is of a replica of the Susan Constant, the largest of the three ships to arrive at the colony; it can be seen at the Jamestown Settlement, a museum near the site of the original Jamestown.
Source: Author Kankurette

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