Sunday, May 10, 2009

Statue of Liberty Trivia

Test yourself on a bit of trivia about the Statue of Liberty:


Name the sculptor who crafted the Statue of Liberty.

Where is the statue located?

When was the statue dedicated and who was the U. S. President accepting it?

The statue was a gift to America from what country?

The name of the statue is "Mother of Exiles". (True or False)

The sculptor used his wife as the model for the statue's face and body.
(True or False)

Name the sonnet and its author of the inscription inside the statue.

Name the ancient work referenced in the first two lines of the sonnet.

The bronze plaque in the pedestal of the statue contains a typographical error. (True or False)

When was the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration?
Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi of France originally named his most famous work Liberty Enlightening the World. Bartholdi used his mother as the model for the statue’s face—and his girlfriend as the model for her body. Smart!

Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.

At a dedication ceremony on October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland accepted the Statue of Liberty on behalf of the people of the United States.

The interior of the pedestal contains a bronze plaque inscribed with the sonnet "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. It has never been engraved on the exterior of the pedestal, despite such depictions in editorial cartoons.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The bronze plaque in the pedestal contains a typographical error: the comma in "Keep, ancient lands" is missing, causing that line to read "'Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she", and noticeably altering its meaning.

The name "Mother of Exiles" was never taken up as the statue's name.

The brazen giant of Greek fame in the first two lines of the inscription refers to the ancient Colossus of Rhodes, one of the original 8 Wonders of the World.

On July 4, 1986, the United States celebrated its 210th birthday.

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