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“A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile”

So begins Don McLean’s masterpiece recorded fifty-two years ago on May 26, 1971.

Over the course of the last half-century, the sights, sounds, and characters from his legendary song have been an endless source of discussion, speculation, and admiration.

So kick off your dancing shoes and let’s grab ourselves a little pre-Memorial Day slice of “American Pie.”

SOCIAL STUDIES Q1. Lenin Learning: We’re guessing that Lenin did in fact read many books about what German philosopher whose works “The Communist Manifesto” and “Das Kapital '' are amongst the most influential of all time?

POP CULTURE Q2. Green Genre: With legends like Smokey Robinson, Ruth Brown, and Al Green making hits, it’s pretty easy to dig what musical genre that’s oft abbreviated to R&B?

POP CULTURE Q3. Giant Guys: He’s certainly the kind of guy you would want to borrow a coat from. With films like “Rebel Without a Cause,” “East of Eden,” and “Giant,” what cooler-than-cool 1950s actor is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment?

SOCIAL STUDIES Q4. Traditional Trinity: Joining the most admirable Father and the Son in the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity is what two-word name for the least personified of the three forms of God?

MISCELLANEOUS Q5. American Autos: Drive-able to levees and many other places that rhyme with "levee," what American car brand has given us best-selling models like the Impala, Caprice, and Cavalier?

MISCELLANEOUS Q6. Cold Calendars: Two fun facts about what winter month are that A) it will make you shiver and B) it’s named after a Roman purification festival rather than a deity?

MISCELLANEOUS Q7. Court Comedians: Unless he’s found on the sidelines in a cast, what is the name for a medieval court fool who would wear bright colored clothes, eccentric hats, and sometimes even sing for the king and queen?

MISCELLANEOUS Q8. Fermented Favorites: Accompanying rye as a favorite of good old boys everywhere, what type of spirit made from fermented grain mash fills in the Mark Twain quote, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good ______ is barely enough?”

POP CULTURE Q9. Sixties Shows: It makes sense that everyone would be in one place when what CBS interstellar sci-fi show that gave us the line “Danger Will Robinson” aired from 1965-1968?

MISCELLANEOUS Q10. Dark Days: In 1959, musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were tragically killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. What five-word phrase, coined as the end of every verse of “American Pie,” is now used as a name for that terrible event?

PERSONALIZED  Q11. 2000s Pop Culture: "___: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" was a 2003 bestselling nonfiction book by Michael Lewis about the Oakland Athletics' data-driven approach to winning games. What nine-letter portmanteau goes in the blank?

TIEBREAKER Swift Songs: “American Pie” held the record for decades as the longest song to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top 100 until Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From the Vault)” broke the record in what year?

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