Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How Well Do You Know Sarah Palin? A Quiz

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

How Well Do You Know Sarah Palin? A Quiz

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For someone who once described herself as 'just an average hockey mom,' Sarah Palin's life has been far from ordinary. In the space of eight years, the former beauty pageant contestant has gone from the mayor of a tiny Alaska city to becoming the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket and has emerged as a formidable political force. In 37 primary races, 26 of the candidates she endorsed have won, according to a Washington Post tally. How much do you know about her? Take this quiz to find out.

For someone who once described herself as 'just an average hockey mom,' Sarah Palin's life has been far from ordinary. In the space of eight years, the former beauty pageant contestant has gone from the mayor of a tiny Alaska city to becoming the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket and has emerged as a formidable political force. In 37 primary races, 26 of the candidates she endorsed have won, according to a Washington Post tally.

How much do you know about her? Take this quiz to find out.

#21 Sarah Palin was born on February 11, 1964, in what US state?

A) Alaska

B) Idaho

C) Hawaii

D) Massachusetts

#20 Answer: B

She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.

#19 During her senior year at Wasilla High School, Palin was co- captain and point guard of the basketball team that won the Alaska state championship. What nickname did she earn for her playing style?

A) Sarah Bermuda

B) Sarah Barracuda

C) Sarah the Buddha

D) Sarah Pablo Neruda

#18 Answer B

Her aggressive style of play earned her comparisons with the predatory saltwater fish.

#17 In 1984, Sarah Heath finished third in the Miss Alaska pageant. What instrument did she play for the talent portion of the contest?

A) Piano

B) Trombone

C) Flute

D) Cowbell

#16 Answer: C

Here's a YouTube video of the future Alaska governor performing the 1975 Hagood Hardy single, "The Homecoming."

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#15 After attending four colleges over five years, Sarah Heath graduated from the University of Idaho, with a bachelor's degree in what subject?

A) Communications

B) Political Science

C) Finance

D) Women's Studies

#14 Answer: A

The future Fox political commentator majored in communications, with a concentration in journalism. After graduating, she worked as a sportscaster in Anchorage and as a sportswriter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper.

Here's a clip of her giving a sports roundup in 1988 for KTUU, Anchorage's NBC affiliate.

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#13 In addition to being a champion snowmobile racer, Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, worked for 18 years as an oil production operator for what company?

A) ExxonMobil

B) Chevron

C) Citgo

D) BP

#12 Answer: D

The First Dude, as he was known during his wife's tenure as governor, worked on Alaska's North Slope oil fields for the British oil giant, some 800 miles from Wasilla. …

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