Pub Quiz: Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! Google not and see how well you can do on this quiz about labor. As ever, please post scores and comments/critiques at the end.

1. The Industrial Workers of the World are more commonly known by what nickname?

2. In what U.S. city did the first Labor Day parade take place?

3. In the U.S., Labor Day is held on the first Monday in September, but in much of the world it falls on May 1 to memorialize the protesting workers who died in a bombing and riot in what city?

4. In what decade was the U.S. Department of Labor created?

5-7. Name the country of birth of these three labor activists: Mother Jones, Samuel L. Gompers and Walter P. Reuther.

8. Historically, Labor Day was the last day of the year that fashionable men could wear what kind of suit?

9. In 1936, British labor activists protesting mass unemployment marched almost 300 miles to Parliament from what Northeastern English city?

10. What was the middle name of American Federation of Labor president Samuel L. Gompers?

One point per correct answer, maximum score 10.

1. Wobblies

2. New York City

3. Chicago (The Haymarket massacre)

4. The 1910s (exact year was 1913)

5. Mother Jones = Ireland

6. Samuel L. Gompers = England

7. Walter P. Reuther = United States

8. Seersucker (1/2 point for “white”)

9. Jarrow

10. This was a trick question. He didn’t have one.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

2 thoughts on “Pub Quiz: Labor Day”

  1. A Quibble: the "industrial workers of the world" are known as "labor." It's the 'Industrial Workers of the World" who were called wobblies.

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