'Parks and Recreation': The Pawnee Quiz

By: Alison Cooper

'Parks and Recreation': The Pawnee Quiz
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About This Quiz

With the exception of Springfield, the fictional town of Pawnee in "Parks and Recreation" is probably the most well fleshed-out TV location ever. How much do you know about the people, places and fairly shameful history of Pawnee?
Where is Pawnee?
Indiana
Starting off easy here. Pawnee is in south central or southwest Indiana, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Indianapolis.
Illinois
Ohio

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The people of the Wamapoke tribe were the first inhabitants of the Pawnee area. What were they known for?
tiny tepees and bloody massacres
rain dances and fur moccasins
basket weaving and scalping
The Wamapoke made beautiful circular patterned baskets and scalpings.

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Who was the founder of Pawnee?
Sergeant Rutherford Miller
Reverend Luther Howell
In 1812 Reverend Luther Howell of Terre Haute stuck a flag in the ground in the area of Pawnee.
General George Gray

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Pawnee Lutheran was the town's first church. What is it now?
Pawnee Animal Control
the original Paunch Burger
a wholesale linen outlet
A wholesale linen outlet is in the spot where Pawnee Lutheran once stood.

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Which Pawnee institution burned twice during the "fire period" of 1916-22?
the race track
the bread factory
The Boone Bread Factory fire kicked off the fire period, and the Pawnee Bread Factory burned to the ground in 1922. Pawnee Downs race track burned three times.
the library

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Why was Chief Wamapoke put on trial in 1834?
He had a pet raccoon.
He scalped the mayor's daughter.
He was an American Indian.
Back in those days, you could be sentenced to death in Pawnee just for being a Native American.

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The City Hall mural called "Sunday Boxing" depicted a woman being punched out by …
her grandmother
Chief Wamapoke
the town reverend
The mural, originally titled "A Lively Fisting," showed the Reverend Bradley KO-ing Anna Beth Stevenson, Pawnee's first female high school graduate.

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The "Turnbill Mansion Wedding" mural sounds nice, but what does it actually depict?
Native Americans getting drunk
a raccoon attack
a massacre
Said wedding involved a white woman and a Wamapoke chief, and the reception turned into a massacre.

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What's Pawnee's twin city?
Eagleton
Eagleton and Pawnee are next-door neighbors and archrivals.
Windemere
Clayford

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Which animals cause the most problems in Pawnee?
opossums
raccoons
Raccoons often run rampant in Pawnee. As Ron says, "They'll hunt the kids for sport."
wild dogs

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What's one of the claims to fame (or shame) of the Pawnee Zoo?
A man was displayed in a cage.
In 1914 a Jewish man passed through town and was put into a cage.
The raccoons got out and mauled half the town.
A small boy lived in the kangaroo cage for three years.

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What other scandalous event happened at the Pawnee Zoo?
The mayor accidentally set a fire that destroyed the whole zoo.
A pack of raccoons ate an elephant.
Leslie married two male penguins.
Leslie inadvertently married two male penguins in a ceremonial stunt.

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What's the name of Pawnee's gay bar?
The Cocktail Club
The Bulge
The Bulge threw a party for Leslie after she married the penguins.
The Total Package

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What's the name of the bar of which Donna and Tom are part owners?
Snakehole Lounge
Snakehole Lounge is "Pawnee's sickest nightclub."
The Snarling Owl
Perd's Pleasure

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What substance was accidentally invented in Pawnee?
saccharine
corn syrup
trans fats
In 1926 "lady anesthesiologist and recluse" Agnes Porter accidentally invented trans fats.

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Who was the mayor of Pawnee from 1994 to 2017?
Mitch Lanford
Walter Gunderson
Walter Gunderson was the rarely seen mayor of Pawnee.
Dwight Harrelson

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Who served 10 terms as mayor after Gunderson died?
Garry Gergich
Ben Wyatt appointed Gergich, former parks and recreation department whipping boy, as interim mayor — and he ended up serving until he was 100 years old.
Tom Haverford
Jean-Ralphio Saperstein

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Who played Walter Gunderson?
Dan Aykroyd
Bill Murray
Bill Murray appeared as the corpse of Walter Gunderson in the penultimate episode of the series.
Jack Nicholson

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What's the name of Pawnee's strip club?
Boobie Bungalow
Pink Pony
Glitter Factory
The whole office goes to the Glitter Factory in the first season to help Tom get over his divorce.

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Why does Ron like the Glitter Factory?
It has an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
Ron cannot say "no" to breakfast food, and the Glitter Factory has plenty of it.
There are no lap dances.
The couches in the back room are good for napping.

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What happens on Ted Party Day in Pawnee?
They burn corrupt former mayor Ted Larson in effigy.
Everyone brings their teddy bears to the park.
Someone named Ted gets thrown into a lake.
It's supposed to be Tea Party Day, but because the author of the Pawnee charter was functionally illiterate, it's known as Ted Party Day. Someone named Ted has to be thrown into the lake.

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Where does Leslie get her waffles?
Grammy's Grill
JJ's Diner
Leslie is the favorite customer at JJ's Diner.
Waffle Shack

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Where does Ron do his grocery shopping?
Food and Stuff
According to Ron, Food and Stuff is a "discount food outlet equidistant from my home and my work."
Meat and Things
Discount Food Outlet

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What's the No. 1 cause of death for Pawnee law enforcement officials?
raccoon bites
gunshot wounds
Accidentally self-inflicted drunken gunshot wounds, that is.
boredom

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What's the best-selling item at Paunch Burger?
Bacon Grenade
Triple Pig Deluxe
Greasy Lard Bomb
The Greasy Lard Bomb has been helping keep Pawneeans obese for years.

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Finish this slogan: If you can't beat 'em, _________!
shoot 'em
chew gum
Sweetums
That's the motto of Sweetums, Pawnee's leading candy manufacturer.

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Which of the following is NOT a Sweetums product?
Sugar Splash
Artery Hard'nerz
Sweetums manufactures many healthy products, but Artery Hard'nerz are not one.
Bobby Bars
Lil' Nooses
Kandy Nailz
Nougat in Yo' Face
Teef Savers

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Which of the following is NOT a TV show starring Perd Hapley?
"Ya Herd? With Perd"
"Lights, Camera, Perd"
"The Final Word With Perd"
"Perd's the Word"
Local celebrity Perd Hapley does not appear in "Perd's the Word."

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What local personality's home is filled with erotic paintings … of herself?
Tammy Swanson
Joan Callamezzo
Joan Callamezzo, host of "Pawnee Today" claims that she's "a woman with a strong sexual appetite."
Shauna Malwae-Tweep

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What is one occupation that Pawneeans have absolutely no respect for?
librarian
Pawneeans cannot stand librarians.
professor
historian

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You Got:
/30
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