A Founders Day Quiz

How well do you know the early history of Catholic University?

In advance of Founders Day and The Founders Day Giving Challenge, which honors the University’s founding in 1887, we present the following quiz. Your prize? Glory. How many answers did you get right? Let us (@CatholicUalumni) know on social media!

1) When was the first edition of The Cardinal Yearbook published?
  1. 1896
  2. 1902
  3. 1907
  4. 1916
Illustration from an early edition of The Cardinal Yearbook
2) Which abolitionist signed the deeds for the 65 acres of land that originally made up the Catholic University campus?
  1. William Lloyd Garrison
  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. Frederick Douglass
  4. Henry Highland Garnet
Catholic University deed
3) Which of the following items is not inside the time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of Caldwell Hall when the stone was installed in 1888?
  1. Coins from one cent to one dollar
  2. A souvenir program
  3. A letter from Pope Leo XIII
  4. The Decrees of the Third Plenary Council
Caldwell Hall cornerstone
4) Do you know which U.S. president attended that ceremony for Caldwell Hall?
  1. William Howard Taft
  2. Benjamin Harrison
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Grover Cleveland
Illustration of Caldwell Hall cornerstone ceremony
5) And, speaking or cornerstones, can you identify this campus building, pictured during the ceremony for the laying of its cornerstone?
  1. Maloney Hall
  2. McMahon Hall
  3. Gibbons Hall
  4. Keane/Albert Hall
Ceremony for the laying of a cornerstone
6) How many years did the Venerable Fulton Sheen teach Sacred Sciences and Philosophy at Catholic University?
  1. 12 years
  2. 17 years
  3. 24 years
  4. 31 years
Fulton Sheen
7) How much does the statue of Pope Leo XIII that sits in McMahon Hall weigh?
  1. 1,350 pounds
  2. 2,500 pounds
  3. 4,175 pounds
  4. 4,500 pounds
Drawing of the statue of Pope Leo
8) The first documented philanthropic gift made to the University was for:
  1. $500
  2. $12,400
  3. $300,000
  4. $750,000
Illustration from the cover of The Cardinal Yearbook
9) The initial plan for Catholic University didn’t involve Washington D.C. at all. Where did the first University Board of Trustees originally intend the University be located?
  1. New York, New York
  2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. South Orange, New Jersey
  4. Chicago, Illinois
Early rendering of how campus should look
10) When was the University Alumni Association formed?
  1. 1889
  2. 1895
  3. 1902
  4. 1911
An early gathering of members of the alumni association
Answer Key

For the answers, visit The Founders Day Giving Challenge 2019 webpage starting at 4:33 p.m. on April 9, 2019. 


In the meantime, we encourage you to take to social media to build support for your answers. Use #CUFoundersDay and tag us: @CatholicUalumni.