Celebrate the Season With Our ‘Big Red Spirit’ Trivia Quiz!

As temperatures drop and thoughts turn to football (and pumpkin spice lattes), we test how well you know your alma mater


The Big Red Bear looked a bit different in the past—seen here at Schoellkopf Stadium in 1987
(Kenneth Zirkel ’88 / Wikimedia Commons)

Fall is in the air—time to test your Big Red spirit! How many of these 10 trivia questions can you answer?

Published September 22, 2022


  1. Liv erskine, Class of 2026


  2. Jim Morey, Class of 1990

    “Tell all the pikers on the Hill, that I’ll be back again.”

  3. Mike, Class of 1984

    2 out of 10…. I never did well with Pop quizzes! Ha

    • Annette, Class of 1968

      Yup, me too.

      • Tram N. An

        Love the quiz’s encouraging words for a completely failing grade — 4 out of 10 correct but still gives me a smiley 😃 face: “Not bad—you’re mid-way up McGraw Tower!” Fond memories.

  4. Jack salberg, Class of 1970

    Just like the grading on a curve. 4 of 10 is a B+ !

  5. Bayla, Class of 1960

    Gee, in my time, six out of 10 (my score) was a nice solid D 🙂

    Grade Inflation strikes again!

    Then again, it could have been much worse, considering that most of my answers were half-educated guesses — which served me pretty well on multiple choice exams, back in the day 🙂

  6. Harry Petchesky, Class of 1959

    Is this marked on a curve? If so what is my 7 worth?

    • Linda Jarschauer Johnson, Class of 1960

      Better than I did, Harry. Only 6!

  7. Roger Ferris, Class of 1970

    Lucky guesses on 3 of my 5 correct answers.

  8. Ann Rider, Class of 1964

    I completely failed all the trivia ?s

  9. Judith Barth, Class of 1969

    3 out of 10 – better than I thought I might do! Love the comments on grading on a curve – saved me in a couple of classes (but not at Cornell! I don’t remember that being a ‘thing’ back when I was at Cornell.

  10. Donald Koch, Class of 1974

    7 ought to be an A – I only got 5

  11. Candi Dabi, Class of 1968

    Oh, dear. I better go back to school…3 correct. My excuse is that too many questions were based on trivia “before my time” ! That seems to be the case for low scores from other young Alums.

  12. Jake, Class of 2012

    7 for 10…Not bad. I surely miss those trivia nights at Rulloff’s!

  13. Dick Poznysz, Class of 1969

    At least I found out how much I learned and retained in four years…..7 things.

  14. Kent Yen, Class of 1994

    I got 5 out of 10..higher than I thought.

  15. Mark Steckel, Class of 1980

    8 of 10! Some educated guesses- Thanks Ezra!
    That’s why I keep doing the NYTimes crossword–especially when alum Robyn Lipsky Weintraub ’91 constructs it!

  16. Cindy DUke, Class of 1985

    2/10- Please don’t take my diploma away!

  17. Bob Morrison, Class of 1956

    Too bad such Cornell trivia aren’t compiled, published, and
    distributed in a booklet to incoming freshmen along with other
    history of Cornell, the land it is on, and accompanying the
    words to the songs of Cornell.

  18. Jose Bohorquez, Class of 2001

    Too hard!

  19. Lou Diamond, Class of 1992


  20. Bill Welker, Class of 1973

    6 out of 10…..that’s about right for me, just barely passing, could have been a physics prelim……

  21. Dan Allen, Class of 2000

    I got the chimes question right, which is all I needed to save face given I was friends with 2 chimesmasters while a student 😉 Whoo!

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