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MC 4033


Information gathering and evaluation exercise #1


Instructions: Provide answers for the questions below using information found online. For each question, provide the source of your information (web site or portal) and evaluate your level of trust for each source using a simple 1-10 scale, with 1 being the lowest (no trust) and 10 being the highest (total trust). NOTE: When choosing information from between different sites, list the source you would trust most.


DUE: Post questions and answers on your blog by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. You will bring a hard copy to class to give to me on Thursday, March 22..



  1. 1.       What is the top-grossing movie of all-time? Adjusted for inflation, what is the top-grossing movie of all time?


The top-grossing movie of all-time is Avatar (… Rating of 8).  Adjusted for inflation, Gone With the Wind is the top grossing movie of all-time.  ( …Rating of 8)


  1. 2.      Which recording artist or band has the most platinum records? Which recording artist or band has the most No. 1 hit singles?


Elvis Presley has the most platinum records.  (  Rating of 4)  Michael Jackson has the most number 1 hit singles. ( Rating of 9)


  1. 3.      What are the names of every president in the history of The University of Louisiana at Monroe? What years did each president serve?


The names of every president and the years they served are as follows:

  • ·         Dr. Clyde Cornelius Colvert, 1931-1944
  • ·         Dr. William Rodney Cline, 1944-1950
  • ·         Mr. Lewis Cecil Slater, 1950-1958
  • ·         Dr. George T.  Walker, 1958,1975
  • ·         Dr. Dwight D. Vines, 1976-1991
  • ·         Mr. Lawson L. Swearingen, Jr. 1991-2001
  • ·         Dr. James Cofer, Sr. 2002-2010
  • ·         Dr. Nick Bruno, 2010-Present

( Rating 10)



  1. 4.      Which two teams played in the first Super Bowl? What was the score? Where was it played? Who were the opposing coaches?

The two teams which played in the first Super Bowl was the NFL Green Bay Packers and the AFL Kansas City Chiefs.  The score was 35-10 and the Packers won.  It was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  The opposing coaches were Vince  Lombardi and Hank Stram.   ( Rating 9)


  1. 5.      What are the top 5 most-watched Super Bowls in television history? What are the top 5 most-watched TV broadcasts (single episode)  in television history? How many of them are Super Bowl broadcasts?

The top 5 most-watched Super Bowls in television history are:

1.New Orleans Saints v. Indianapolis

2.Pittsburg v. Arizona

3.NY Giants v. New England

4.Dallas v. Pittsburg

5. Indianapolis v. Chicago

( Rating 7)

The top 5 most-watched TV broadcast (single episode) in television history are:

1.Super Bowl XLIV (New Orleans Saints v. Indianapolis)

2. M*A*S*H series finale: “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”

3.Dallas episode: “Who Done It?” aka “Who Shot J.R.?”

4. O.J. Simpson murder case

5. Roots Part VIII (finale)

( Rating 9)

Of the top 5, only one of them are a Superbowl Broadcast.



  1. 6.      What are the names of the Senators of Louisiana? What political parties do they belong to? Are they pro-choice or pro-life? How long have each been in office as state senators? What are their office telephone numbers in Washington D.C. and in your district of Louisiana?



  1. 7.      What is the current price of oil (per barrel) {Use the WTI price index, not the Brent figure}?  What is oil projected to cost per barrel in one year, according to WTI index?


The current price of oil is 107.9 and it is projected to cost 123 in one year.


  1. 8.      How much would a $924 guitar bought in America cost in England?


The guitar would be 698.54 Euros. ( Rating 10)


  1. 9.      Teachers in your area take a government-mandated salary cut of $2,346. If the current average salary for teachers in your area is $47,800, how much of a percentage decrease is this salary cut?

This is a 5% decrease.  (( Rating 7)


  1. 10.  What is the largest airline company in the United States? In the world?


AirTrain Airways is the largest airline company in the US. ( Rating 8).  Southwest Airlines is the largest in the world. ( Rating 5)


  1. 11.  The United States government took a large stake in ownership in General Motors a few years ago when the car company was on the verge of going bankrupt. How much (percentage-wise) of GM did the U.S. take over? Has GM repaid the loan? If so, how much did GM pay back? If not, how much does it still owe, and to whom does it owe it?


The U.S. took over 33% of GM. GM has paid the loan back.

( rate 7)



  1. 12.  Were crystal meth lab seizures up or down in 2011? If so, by how much? What were the top 5 states in terms of meth-lab seizures?


Seizures were up by 8.3 percent.  Top 5 states were Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.

(Source: Rating of 9)





  1. 13.  At what blood alcohol level are you considered legally drunk in Louisiana? If a female who weighs 145 pounds drinks four shots of tequila in two hours, what would her blood alcohol level be?


If your blood alcohol level is .08, your are legally drunk.  Her blood alcohol level would be .04.

( Rate 7)




  1. 14.  Name at least three Native American Indian tribes that are still living in Louisiana today.


  • ·         The Alabama Tribe
  • ·         The Koasati Tribe
  • ·         The Ofo Tribe

( Rating 6)


  1. 15.  Access a copy of the April 25, 1865 issue of the Shreveport News. In the description of Lincoln’s assassination (which happened on April 14), what does Mrs. Lincoln do immediately after her husband slumps forward? Attach a pdf printout of the newspaper to your assignment.


Mrs. Lincoln immediately starts to scream.  ( Rating of 7




  1. 16.  What was the population of the United States in 1990? What was it in the latest census? What is the percentage increase/decrease in this number?


The population was 248,709,873 in 1990.  The latest census has us at 312.8 and a percentage increase of 0.7. ( Rating 9)




  1. 17.  How many persons per square mile are there in Louisiana? How many persons per square mile are there in Alabama? How many persons per square mile are there in Texas? List them in order of magnitude, from greatest to least.


There are 9.84 persons per square mile in Louisiana



  1. 18.  According to the Presidential approval tracker (Gallup poll), which U.S. president – George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Ronald Reagan — had the highest approval rating 689 days into his presidency? Who had the second-highest rating?


Reagan had the highest approval rating, Obama had the second highest.  (( Rating of 8))


  1. 19.  On Dec. 16, 1984, when did the sun rise and when did it set over the city of New Orleans, La.?


The sun rose at 6:49 and set at 5:02. ( Rating of 8)


  1. 20.  Where did Louisiana rank in the list of Top 10 Energy Producers of 2008?


Louisiana ranked number 3. (  Rating 9)


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