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Doonesbury

Choose an answer from the three choices offered after each question and True or False.  Then "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Garry Trudeau1. Doonesbury began as a continuation of his college cartoon, which appeared in the Yale University student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, beginning September, 1968. What was the cartoon called in college?

  • Bull Tales
  • Crime Fighters
  • College Days

2. When was the first Sunday Doonesbury carton strip?

  • March 21, 1970
  • March 21, 1971
  • March 21, 1972

3. In 1977, then-U.S. President Gerald Ford acknowledged the stature of the comic strip, telling the Radio and Television Correspondents� Association at their annual dinner, �There are only three major vehicles to keep us informed as to what is going on in Washington: the electronic media, the print media, and Doonesbury�not necessarily in that order.�

  • True or False?

4. Mike Doonesbury is the main character in Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury. He started out as a nerdish freshman from Tulsa at the fictional college, and shared a dorm room with B.D. What was the name of the college?

  • Walden College
  • Salem College
  • Washington & Lee College

5. B.D. A reservist and veteran of Vietnam and both Gulf Wars, he lost a leg in Iraq. Known for his conservative views and (until 21 April 2004) wearing a series of helmets (originally football helmets, and later desert camouflage, riot gear, and California Highway Patrol). Who originally inspired the character and was the captain of Yale's football team in 1968.

  • Brian Dowling
  • David Boone
  • Boone Davis

6. Stereotypical hippie and founder of the Walden Commune, during college he was also a football player, briefly Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, and a professional tanner. After graduation he went to Haiti to study medicine, won $23 million in the lottery, but spent most of it to buy his Uncle Duke out of zombie slavery and the rest to become an ennobled British lord. Who is the character?

  • Zonker Harris
  • Mike Imaweeney
  • Stvee Johnshon

7. Mark Slackmeyer began on 11/19/70, unnamed until 11/30. Former campus revolutionary turned radio commentator, and one of several openly gay characters in the strip.

  • True or False?

8. Husband to Joanie and father to Jeff. Used to be a reporter for the Washington Post before being laid off. Generally portrayed as very weary/phlegmatic and somewhat clueless as a father.  The character is based on Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward as he was portrayed by Robert Redford in All the President's Men (film). Who is the character?

  • Bob Ford
  • Rick Redfern
  • Rob Beacker

9. From January 1983 through September 1984, the strip was not published so that Trudeau could bring the strip to Broadway.

  • True or False?

10. Some newspapers have dealt with the criticism by moving the strip from the comics page to the editorial page, because many people believe that a politically based comic strip like Doonesbury does not belong in a traditionally child-friendly comics section. What newspaper started the trend in 1973?

  • The Lincoln Journal
  • Arizona Republic
  • Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram

Check Your Answer

  1. Bull Tales
  2. March 21, 1971
  3. True
  4. Walden College
  5. Brian Dowling
  6. Zonker Harris
  7. True
  8. Rick Redfern
  9. True
  10. The Lincoln Journal

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