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Twenty-Five Questions You Should Be Able to Answer

Twenty-Five Questions

You Should Be Able

To Answer

By

Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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1Here are 25 Questions of General Knowledge. You should be able to answer at least 16 of them. Would you like to try? The answers are at the back of the book. You’ll see that you get more information there than just the answers. You get a little additional knowledge about the question.

 

These questions were taken from a book I’m preparing as an e-book named “Are You Truly Educated”. That book contains 20 tests like this one along with the answers. But, be warned, the questions are harder. Look of it.

 

Twenty-Five Questions

 

1 What is the formula for computing the area of a circle?

 

2 Who wrote the opera, “The Barber of Seville?”

 

3 Which is longer, a mile or a kilometer?

 

4 How many time zones are there in the Continental United States from the East Coast to the West Coast?

 

5 Who was President of the United States when man first stepped on the moon?

 

6 Who composed the musical piece, “Moonlight Sonata”?

 

7 086-463 What is the name of the volcano in Italy that caused the disaster at Pompeii?

 

8 089-107 Who was the major star in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

 

9 099-71 What is wrong with this sentence: “Yes, I have took the kids to school.”?

 

10 How many branches are there in the government of the United States?

11 What is the name of the famous woman who was afflicted with the handicaps of blindness and deafness?

 

12 Who wrote the poem, “The Bells?”

 

13 142-246 On what did little Miss Moffett sit?

 

14 146-378 Which planet is closest to the Sun?

 

15 Give the names of two of the “Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.”

 

16 197-282 Who composed “Rhapsody in Blue”?

 

17 What is the “Solar System”?

18 Who wrote the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”?

 

19 What poetic work is Omar Khayyam famous for?

 

20 For what accomplishment is Sir Isaac Newton best known?

 

21 Various facets of the Steam Engine were invented, over time, by many individuals. One individual eventually perfected the machine so that it could be used as a practical device for use in manufacturing. Who was that individual?

 

22 Who created the sculpture, David?

 

23 Who painted “The Mona Lisa”?

 

24 According to the Holy Bible, who slew the giant, Goliath, serving with the Philistines?

25 Who was the main female star in the movie, “Gone With the Wind”?

 

Twenty-Five Answers

 

1 What is the formula for computing the area of a circle?

 

GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The formula for computing the area of a circle is A = π x r2^ ^. Here, A stands for Area, π stands for the value 3.1416, and r stands for the radius of a circle. The radius of a circle is the length from the center the circle to one edge. As an example of the equation in use is where the radius of a circle is 2. The calculation would be 3.1416 × 2 × 2. The Area calculates to 12.5664. The value of π is a never ending number. More digits could be used in the calculation than 3.1416, or fewer, depending on the accuracy desired.

 

2 Who wrote the opera, “The Barber of Seville?”

FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS “The Barber of Seville” is an opera written by Giochino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The premiere of this opera took place on February 20, 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy.

 

3 Which is longer, a mile or a kilometer?

MEASUREMENTS, METRIC SYSTEM A mile is longer than a kilometer. The kilometer is a unit of measurement in the Metric System. There are 1000 meters in a kilometer. A kilometer has a length about 62% that of a mile. A meter is a little longer than a yard. A meter consists of 100 centimeters. There are exactly 2.54 centimeters in one inch. This means that there are 39.37008 inches in one meter. Since a yard contains 36 inches, it follows that a meter is a little longer than a yard.

 

4 How many time zones are there in the Continental United States from the East Coast to the West Coast?

 

USA GEOGRAPHY There are four time zones in the Continental United States from the East Coast to the West Coast. They are Eastern Time, Central Time, Mountain Time, and Pacific Time. A map showing time zones will show that the lines that divide one zone from another are jagged. Many states are in only one time zone while other states have lines that place the state in two zones. Eastern time is often referred to as Eastern Standard Time. As an example, when it is 11:10 in Eastern Standard Time, it is 10:10 in Central Time, 9:10 in Mountain time, and 8:10 in Pacific Time.

 

5 Who was President of the United States when man first stepped on the moon?

 

USA PRESIDENTS Richard Nixon was President of the United States when man first stepped on the moon. The event occurred on July 20, 1969. The men who walked on the moon on that date were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Answer 2 077-291 Who composed the musical piece, “Moonlight Sonata”?

 

6 Who composed the musical piece, “Moonlight Sonata”?

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC, COMPOSERS Ludwig van Beethoven composed “Moonlight Sonata” in 1801 and dedicated it in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guiciardi. He was in early thirties at that time. The official name of this piece is Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor.

 

7 Answer 11 086-463 What is the name of the volcano in Italy that caused the disaster at Pompeii?

 

HISTORICAL EVENTS The name of the volcano is “Mount Vesuvius”. This volcano erupted in the year 79. Several settlements were obliterated including Pompeii and Herculaneum.

 

8 Who was the major star in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS Jimmy Stewart was the major star in this 1946 movie. Some other important stars were Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell.

 

9 What is wrong with this sentence: “Yes, I have took the kids to school.”?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR The word took in this sentence should be taken. The verb in this sentence is “to take” and the past participle form of the verb to take is taken, not took.

 

10 How many branches are there in the government of the United States?

 

USA GOVERNMENT There are three branches in the government of the United States. They are the Executive (Office of President), Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives), and Judicial (Supreme Court and lower courts).

 

11 What is the name of the famous woman who was afflicted with the handicaps of blindness and deafness?

 

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN The name of this woman was Helen Keller. Ms. Keller overcame the handicaps of being afflicted with blindness and deafness to become a leading humanitarian of the 20th century and a co-founder of the ACLU. She was born in 1880. While still a baby, she was struck deaf, blind, and mute. Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan helped her acquire the ability to communicate. During her lifetime, Ms. Keller received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.

 

12 Who wrote the poem, “The Bells?”

 

POETRY, AUTHORS The poem, “The Bells,’ was written by Edgar Allan Poe and it was published in 1849.

 

13 On what did little Miss Moffett sit?

 

NURSERY RHYMES Little Miss Moffett sat on tuffet. This is a Nursery Rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index Number of 20605. The origin of this rhyme is speculative and not supported.

 

14 What planet is closest to the Sun?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The planet that is closest to the Sun is Mercury. Its orbit around the Sun requires about 88 Earth days. Mercury is very small, only slightly larger than Earth's Moon. Its temperature during the day varies tremendously. During the day the temperature can reach 840 degrees Fahrenheit, and, at night, -275 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

15 Give the names of two of the “Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.”

 

WORLD WONDERS The “Seven Classic Wonders of the World” were The Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; The Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt. You can consider your answer correct if you are able to mention, at least, two of these wonders.

 

16 Who composed “Rhapsody in Blue”?

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC, COMPOSERS Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition written by American composer, George Gershwin in 1924 for solo piano and jazz band. It combines classical music with elements of jazz.

 

17 What is the “Solar System”?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The “Solar System” is a system of planets and other objects that rotate around our Sun. Astronomers believe it was formed about 4.6 billion years ago. The eight planets that rotate around the sun are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Along with the planets, the Solar System consists of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets. The Solar System is located in a relatively unpopulated area of the Milky Way galaxy far from the center.

 

18 Who wrote the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”?

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS “A Streetcar Named Desire” was written in 1947 by American playwright, Tennessee Williams. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play received much acclaim. An adaptation of the play was presented as a movie in 1951.

 

19 What poetic work is Omar Khayyam famous for?

 

POETRY, AUTHORS Omar Khayyam is famous for a collection of poems referred to in English translations as “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám”. One of the translators was Edward Fitzgerald. Besides being a poet, Omar Khayyam was also an Arabian mathematician, scholar, and astronomer. The Rubáiyát was written in the form of quatrains. In Edition I, the first one was: Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light. You can accept your answer as correct if you name “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám” or give information equivalent to what you see above about Omar Khayyám.

 

20 For what accomplishment is Sir Isaac Newton best known?

 

SCIENCE, INFLUENTIAL MEN Sir Isaac Newton is known mostly for having discovered gravity. However, we would credit as correct other answers like developing three laws of motion and inventing Calculus. There were other achievements by this individual that you could mention to correctly answer this questions.

 

21 Various facets of the Steam Engine were invented, over time, by many individuals. One individual eventually perfected the machine so that it could be used as a practical device for use in manufacturing. Who was that individual?

 

IMPORTANT INVENTIONS, INVENTORS, INFLUENTIAL MEN The Steam Engine was perfected by the Englishman, James Watt, in 1775. He formed an engine-building partnership with Matthew Boulton. The partnership of Boulton & Watt became one of the most important businesses of the Industrial Revolution. Your answer to this question would be considered correct if you name James Watt and/or Matthew Boulton.

 

22 Who created the sculpture, David?

 

GREAT SCULPTURES, SCULPTORS This masterpiece of renaissance sculpture was created by the artist, Michelangelo, between 1501 and 1504. It is a marble statue about seventeen feet in height. It’s located at the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, Italy.

 

23 Who painted “The Mona Lisa”?

 

GREAT PAINTINGS, PAINTERS “The Mona Lisa” was painted by Leonardo da Vinci. It is believed that the date was between 1503 and 1506. It is often credited to be the most acclaimed work of art in the world. It is the property of the French Republic and has been on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

 

24 According to the Holy Bible, who slew the giant, Goliath, serving with the Philistines?

 

HOLY BIBLE, JEWISH FAITH The name of the person who slew Goliath with a stone flung from his sling was David. There is some controversy over this; some stating that the real killer was Elhanan. Consider your answer correct if you respond either David or Elhanan. This event is recorded in the Holy Bible and also documents of the Jewish faith.

 

25 Who was the main female star in the movie, “Gone With the Wind”?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS The main female star in the movie, “Gone With the Wind,” was Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlet. Some other important stars in this movie were Clark Gable, Olivia De Havilland, Ann Rutherford, Hattie McDaniel, and Leslie Howard. There were many more.

 

 


Twenty-Five Questions You Should Be Able to Answer

This book contains 25 questions in the area of General Knowledge that readers should be able to answer. Readers should be able to answer at least 16 of the questions. The questions in this book were taken from an upcoming book entitled "Are You Truly Educated" which has 20 similar, but more difficult tests each with 25 questions. The answers to the questions in this book are at the back of the book.

  • Author: Mario V. Farina
  • Published: 2016-03-12 00:20:06
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