Up and autumn, folks. It’s time to tackle part three of my Texas cultural literacy test. This quiz covers the state of the state from the twenties through the fifties. The era proved an identity crisis of sorts for Texas, which was struggling to hold on to a country-boy past while contemplating a city-slicker future full of oil money, military might, and (some things never change) political machinations. Turn to page 103 to check your answers, give yourself four points for each question you didn’t blow, then refer to the scoring box to find out if you’re an ace or a disgrace.
1. What did Governor Pat Neff do in 1925 after hearing bluesman Leadbelly sing?
a. asked him to sing at Mrs. Neff’s funeral
b. commissioned him to compose a new state song
c. pardoned him
d. complained of a headache
2. Which of the following statements about Neff’s successor, Miriam A. Ferguson, is not true?
a. In 1925 she became the first female governor in U.S. history.
b. In 1925 and 1926 she pardoned