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Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851. In what area of the country was he born?
a) Southern Massachusetts
b) Upper New York State
c) Eastern Maine
d) Central Texas

What did Dewey consider to be 'the most essential book'?
a) The Bible
b) The Epic of Gilgamesh
c) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
d) The dictionary

At what age did Dewey receive his teaching certificate?
a) 17
b) 21
c) 25
d) never

The inefficient cataloguing and shelving of books at what college library inspired Dewey to research the problem of library organization?
a) Amherst College
b) Columbia College
c) Harvard University
d) American University of the Caribbean

What was Dewey’s ultimate goal in creating his decimal organization system?
a) Becoming famous in the library community
b) Easing his own OCD tendencies
c) Creating a way for all libraries to be more efficient and cohesive
d) Irritating Herbert Putnam

Who was the Superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools whom Dewey consulted frequently while researching library organization methods?
a) Andrew Carnegie
b) William Torrey Harris
c) John Cotton Dana
d) John Williams

The first edition of The Decimal Classification was published in the U.S. Bureau of Education’s report on Public Libraries in the United States of America in what year?
a) 1923
b) 1892
c) 1876
d) 1900

Into how many general classification categories is the Dewey decimal system divided?
a) 10
b) 20
c) 30
d) That's not how it works, silly.

In 1878, Dewey married Annie Godfrey. They met once a month to discuss which of the following?
a) How they could improve themselves and best use their time
b) How Annie’s monthly spending was affecting their finances
c) How to generate local social interest in the library
d) How to spice up their love life

Dewey believed that English should be written as it sounded and attempted to reform spelling in the U.S. Though it never stuck, which spelling of his name did he prefer?
a) Melvyl Dui
b) Melvil Dewi
c) Melvil Dui
d) All of the above

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