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Are You Truly Educated

Are You Truly Educated

By

Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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Preface by the Author

The title of this book, Are You Truly Educated, is misleading. One is never truly educated! This book is dedicated to a long-time friend who taught me this.

I hope you are not insulted by the title. That was not my intention. I know you are educated; otherwise, you would not be reading this book. Indeed, you may have a great deal of education, including degrees of all kinds. You may have even earned a Ph.D. in some impressive topic. What the question in the title intends to ask is whether, in ordinary life, are you a dull, uninteresting communicator, or one who can hold his or her own in a cocktail party; maybe even being esteemed as a valued contributor. If such topics as astronomy, classical music, great operas, memorable movies came up, would you be able to understand what is being said and add to the discussion, or would you simply wait until the people began talking about astrophysics, your one and only expertise?

This book does not suggest that you should be a trivial expert. This book does not deal with trivia. It asks whether you have an adequate amount of knowledge in topics that everyone ought to know. Obviously, one cannot know of lot about everything! This book does not attempt to tell you everything this is to know about everything. In fact, the topics discussed in this book may not even be a small sample of all the topics that should be included. When I wrote the book, I realized that I must include subjects that I didn’t know a great deal about. Otherwise, people might think that I felt what was important to me should be all that should be important to others. I included topics that I knew nothing about and, thereby, learned a great deal. There are over 60 topics in this book, but not all the topic that there could have been.

So, what was the objective that I had in mind by asking, are you truly educated? It was to have you discover, if you are interested in doing so, the gaps in your knowledge of everyday knowledge. I’m not suggesting that you should be considered uneducated if you don’t know who the Wright brothers were or what Sputnik was. You can live just as happy and useful a life if all you know a great deal about sports and auto mechanics. But, I feel that if you were a more rounded person, you could contribute more to the lives of others.

In this book you’ll find 10 tests on diverse topics such as great literature, important historical events, wonders of the world, great paintings, important sculptures, and more. Each test contains 25 questions. You could take one of these tests and, being honest with yourself, ascertain how many questions you could or could not answer. Then, you might take another test and check whether you begin to see a pattern. You may end up taking only a few of the tests over a period of time or all of them. Then, you might ask yourself whether you want to do anything about any deficiencies you see. You might realize, for example, that you are weak in great operas or important literature. You might resolve to fill in the chinks and improve your education. You are the one who makes the decision and there will be no one to criticize your decision.

Even if you don’t make any such resolution, reading only the answers in this book could be valuable. The author feels that the book is very educational. You’ll learn a great deal simply by reading the questions and the answers. For example, near the back of the book, you’ll find this portion of Test 10:

Answer 18 Is 43 a prime number?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC Yes, the number 43 is a prime number. In Mathematics, a prime number is a number that cannot be divided evenly by any other number except itself and 1. The first several prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, and 43. The numbers 0 and 1 are not considered prime numbers. It has been logically proven that there is no limit to the number of prime numbers. At the time of this writing, the largest prime number has 17,425,170 digits.

This is an example of the way many answers to the questions are provided. You’ll receive more than just the bare answers; you’ll get further information about the topic that you might not have expected.

Dedicated to Debi, a long-time friend who taught me that one is never truly educated.

Test 1

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

 

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

 

Question 3 Who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”?

 

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

 

Question 5 In what year did World War II end?

 

Question 6 Who was the president of the United States when the United States entered World War II?

 

Question 7 What number is represented by the Roman Numeral X?

 

Question 8 Name two of the main stars in the 1972 movie, “The Godfather”?

 

Question 9 In evaluating stocks what is meant by the P/E ratio?

 

Question 10 What is the smallest state in the United States by area?

 

Question 11 Which is longer, a mile or a kilometer?

 

Question 12 What is the approximate speed of sound at sea level?

 

Question 13 Stonehenge is one of the great natural wonders of the world. In what country is Stonehenge located?

 

Question 14 What is the meaning of the stock ticker symbol, GM?

 

Question 15 What is the language spoken in Brazil?

 

Question 16 In World War II, how many engines did the bomber, B-17, have?

 

Question 17 What is a Supernova?

 

Question 18 Which state in the United States has only one syllable in its name?

 

Question 19 How many squares are there in a standard Chessboard?

 

Question 20 In English grammar, what is an infinitive?

 

Question 21 Who wrote the novel, “Animal Farm”?

 

Question 22 In Chess, what is the name of the most powerful piece?

 

Question 23 Who wrote “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”?

 

Question 24 Name two countries that constitute Great Britain.

 

Question 25 What number is represented by the Roman Numeral L?

 

Test 2

 

Question 1 What is an ISBN Number?

 

Question 2 How many senators are there in the United States Senate?

 

Question 3 In science, what is an atom?

 

Question 4 How many planets are there in the Solar System? Assume Pluto is not a planet.

 

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

 

Question 6 What is the name of the highest mountain on Earth?

 

Question 7 What is the sport in which the New England Patriots participate?

 

Question 8 What is the postal abbreviation for Delaware?

 

Question 9 Who was the author of the Declaration of Independence?

 

Question 10 Somewhere in the Solar System, there is a “Great red spot.” Where is this famous spot?

 

Question 11 What is the Golden Rule?

 

Question 12 If one is on a diet for weight reduction, is the term to use to describe the process lose weight or loose weight?

 

Question 13 In what year was Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese?

 

Question 14 Who wrote the novel, “Atlas Shrugged”?”

 

Question 15 Give the names of two automobiles built by Ford Motors, past or present.

 

Question 16 Besides the famous race horse, what else do you know with the name “Man o’ War”, Man of War, or Man-o-war?

 

Question 17 Which planet in the Solar System is closest to the sun?

 

Question 18 Who composed, “Eine Kleine Nachtmsik” (A Little Night Music)?

 

Question 19 What device measures distance above sea level?

 

Question 20 What is the approximate population of the United States?

 

Question 21 Who created the sculpture, “The Thinker”?”

 

Question 22 What is the planet farthest from the Sun in the Solar System? (Assume Pluto is not a planet.)

 

Question 23 What is the meaning of the acronym CIA?

 

Question 24 What instrument is used for measuring humidity?

 

Question 25 State any one of Sir Isaac Newton’s three Laws of Motion.

 

Test 3

 

Question 1 Who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”?

 

Question 2 From which opera is the “Toreador Song”?

 

Question 3 What is the name of the currency used by several countries in Europe?

 

Question 4 Who wrote the novel, “Tender is the Night”?

 

Question 5 What is the only marsupial that is native to North America?

 

Question 6 How many chambers are there in the human heart?

 

Question 7 In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there is located one of the modern wonders of the world. What is its name?

 

Question 8 During the early days of television, who was known as Mr. Television?

 

Question 9 Where is the statue named, “The Little Mermaid” located?”

 

Question 10 In men’s wearing apparel, what is a homburg?

 

Question 11 Who painted “American Gothic”?”

 

Question 12 What is the main food ingredient in the delicacy, escargot?

 

Question 13 Who wrote the famous book, “The Plague”?

 

Question 14 What is the average of the numbers 6, 12, and 18? Do not use a calculator to compute the answer.

 

Question 15 What is wrong with the statement that follows? “Thanks for the dozen roses; their lovely.”

 

Question 16 What was one enemy nation to the United States in the first World War?

 

Question 17 What does the title Rabbi mean?

 

Question 18 About how many vowel sounds (not letters) are there in the English language?

 

Question 19 How many months are there that consist of 31 days?

 

Question 20 Who founded the American Red Cross?

 

Question 21 What is the formula for computing the circumference of a circle?

 

Question 22 In what country are the “Great Pyramids”?

 

Question 23 What sports organization is known as the “Oregon Ducks”?

 

Question 24 What are the two gases of which water is composed?

 

Question 25 In what year did the sinking of the Titanic occur?

 

Test 4

Question 1 Without using a calculator, calculate 456 / 32.

 

Question 2 Who composed the musical piece, “Moonlight Sonata”?

 

Question 3 What is the name of the theory for which Albert Einstein is famous?

 

Question 4 Who was Kate Smith?

 

Question 5 Who painted “Starry Night”?

 

Question 6 081-173 In computer technology, what is a byte?

 

Question 7 When was the expression, “One small step for man” enunciated?

 

Question 8 Name two countries is South America.

 

Question 9 Who Was “Grandma Moses”?

 

Question 10 What is the radius of a circle?

 

Question 11 What is the name of the volcano in Italy that caused the disaster at Pompeii?

 

Question 12 What is meant by the word, gambit, in Chess?

 

Question 13 From what opera is the aria, “La Donne e Mobile” (“The Woman is Fickle”)?

 

Question 14 Who was the major star in the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

 

Question 15 What is the name of the king who abdicated from the throne because he needed the support of the woman he loved in order to carry the heavy burdens of the throne? Before this, he had been Prince of Wales.

 

Question 16 In the United States what is the approximate distance from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Coast?

 

Question 17 What is shorthand?

 

Question 18 Who painted The “Flower Carrier”?”

 

Question 19 What is meant by the term, “Stock ticker symbol”?

 

Question 20 Write the Greek letter named Alpha.

 

Question 21 How many meters are there in a kilometer?

 

Question 22 Name two countries in North America.

 

Question 23 In Mathematics, what is the result of 30 modulo 8?

 

Question 24 What is wrong with this sentence: “Yes, I have took the kids to school.”?

 

Question 25 What is the largest ocean in the world?

 

Test 5

 

Question 1 What is the capital of California?

 

Question 2 One form of electricity is AC. What is the second kind?

 

Question 3 In about 1610, Galileo Galilei, using a telescope, saw four moons orbiting Jupiter. The names of two of them were Europa and Callisto. Name at least one of the other two.

 

Question 4 In what play/s is Colonel Pickering a character?

 

Question 5 What has Little Bo Peep lost?

 

Question 6 Give the names of two automobiles built in France past or present.

 

Question 7 Give the names of two automobiles built in Japan past or present.

 

 

Question 8 Who was the author of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”?

 

Question 9 How many branches are there in the government of the United States?

 

Question 10 110-365 What is the meaning of the United States Motto, “E Pluribus Unum”?

 

Question 11 What state is known as the “Sunshine State”?

 

Question 12 What is the device makes it possible to see the details of very small objects?

 

Question 13 What is the national bird of the United States?

 

Question 14 What is the name of the Biblical king who was very wise?

 

Question 15 What is wrong with the statement, “Roger said that he had gave to the charitable fund at the office”?

 

Question 16 In what book is the poem that contains the words near the front, “‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe”?

 

Question 17 What is the meaning of the acronym, VIN, as used in connection with automobiles?

 

Question 18 In what industry was Henry Ford associated?

 

Question 19 What was the name of the famous general for the Confederate States during the American Civil War?

 

Question 20 How can you tell at a glance whether a month has a Friday the 13th in it?

 

Question 21 In Chess, what is the name of the smallest piece?

 

Question 22 How many letters are there in the English alphabet?

 

Question 23 In English grammar, how many “persons” are there?

 

Question 24 Which professional football team has the nickname Seahawks?

 

Question 25 In military time, what is the conventional time at 20:00?

 

Test 6

 

Question 1 What is the name of the famous woman who was afflicted with the handicaps of blindness and deafness?

 

Question 2 Who was the principle female star in “Gone With the Wind”?

 

Question 3 Who were the two main stars of the move, “It happened one night”?

 

Question 4 What is the capital of New York State?

 

Question 5 What is the name of the world’s largest desert?

 

Question 6 Who wrote the poem, “The Bells?”

 

Question 7 In Chess, which color piece moves first, white or black?

 

Question 8 In what year was Poland attacked thus signaling the start of the second World War?

 

Question 9 Who wrote the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest”?

 

Question 10 In military time, what time is 17:00?

 

Question 11 In what year did “World War I” end?

 

Question 12 What was the name of the space flight that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon?

 

Question 13 What continent has the largest population?

 

Question 14 Who was Eliza Doolittle?

 

Question 15 How many countries are there in the world?

 

Question 16 What the major historical accomplishment of Charles Lindbergh?

 

Question 17 On what did little Miss Moffett sit?

 

Question 18 Who wrote the novel, “Razor’s Edge”?

 

Question 19 What is the name of the history-changing woman who refused to give up her seat in a bus?

 

Question 20 In Chess, what is the name of the piece that looks like a castle?

 

Question 21 Which planet is closest to the Sun?

 

Question 22 What is the approximate normal temperature of the human body?

 

Question 23 Who wrote the novel, “Ulysses”?

 

Question 24 Who wrote the poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”?

 

Question 25 What’s wrong with this sentence, “I don’t have no interest in sports.”?

 

Test 7

 

Question 1 In what year was D-Day in World War II?

 

Question 2 In what year was the Declaration of Independence signed?

 

Question 3 In what field of science was Nicolaus Copernicus?

 

Question 4 Name two countries in Asia.

 

Question 5 How many degrees are there in a triangle of any size?

 

Question 6 Who wrote the Blue Danube Waltz?

 

Question 7 Is 34 a Fibonacci number?

 

Question 8 Who was Pocahontas?

 

Question 9 The acronym, ZIP, has a connection with state postal codes. What do the letters stand for?

 

Question 10 In What sport do the Cleveland Cavaliers participate?

 

Question 11 What is the formula for Ohm’s Law?

 

Question 12 What college teams are known as the “Fighting Irish”?

 

Question 13 What conventional time is 21:00 o’clock in military time?

 

Question 14 Who composed the beautiful song, Estrellita?

 

Question 15 Name at least two of the Signs of the Zodiac.

 

Question 16 Who composed the opera, the Marriage of Figaro?

 

Question 17 What is simpler in structure, an atom or a molecule?

 

Question 18 Who was Amelia Earhart?

 

Question 19 In digital photography, what is a megapixel?

 

Question 20 Who sculpted the statue, “The Kiss”?

 

Question 21 What was the name of the space craft that the Russians first put into space?

 

Question 22 How many degrees are in a circle?

 

Question 23 What is the capital of The Netherlands?

 

Question 24 Who did Simple Simon meet?

 

Question 25 Why is the “Milky Way” of special interest to us?

 

Test 8

 

Question 1 What is Esperanto?

 

Question 2 Who wrote the book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”?

 

Question 3 What is the meaning of the acronym AWOL?

 

Question 4 What is the name of the biblical person who built an ark?

 

Question 5 What is the largest state by area in the United States?

 

Question 6 What wrong with this sentence: “Yesterday, I seen the accident when it happened.”

 

Question 7 Who is credited with the invention of the electric light?

 

Question 8 Give the names of two of the “Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.”

Question 9 Where is the National Baseball Hall of Fame located?

 

Question 10 What is the Zodiac sign for most of the days in April.

 

Question 11 Who was John Dillinger?

 

Question 12 What general during the Civil War became a U. S. President?

 

Question 13 Without considering such organisms as fungi and reefs, what is the largest living creature in the world?

 

Question 14 What is the only mammal capable of flight?

 

Question 15 Who wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

 

Question 16 At what temperature does water boil?

 

Question 17 One form of radio reception is AM. What is the second kind?

 

Question 18 What is the major gas in air?

 

Question 19 What is the nickname of California?

 

Question 20 What is the meaning of the acronym, AARP?

 

Question 21 What is the name of the movie during which one of the characters is having trouble finding a place for a crap game?

 

Question 22 Who composed “Rhapsody in Blue”?

 

Question 23 What is the value in decimal of the binary number 10010?

 

Question 24 Who wrote the play, “Oedipus The King” (Also known as “Oedipus Rex”?

 

Question 25 In what opera is the song, “Sommertime” heard?

 

Test 9

 

Question 1 hat is Murphy’s Law?

 

Question 2 Who was Bobby Fisher?

 

Question 3 What is the meaning of the acronym ATM?

 

Question 4 In English grammar, list three infinitives.

 

Question 5 What major baseball team is known as “The Cardinals”?

 

Question 6 Give the names of two automobiles built in Italy past or present.

 

Question 7 Name the three primary colors?

 

Question 8 How many notes are there in the “Chromatic musical scale”?

 

Question 9 Which were two enemy countries of the United States during World War II?

 

Question 10 What are the first three digits in the value of the mathematical value, e?

 

Question 11 Who wrote the book, “Gone With the Wind?”

 

Question 12 Give the names of two automobiles built by General Motors, past or present.

 

Question 13 In Chess what is the name of the tallest piece?

 

Question 14 Who wrote “The Skater’s Waltz”?”

 

Question 15 What is the value of 4 raised to the power of 3?

 

Question 16 Who composed the opera, “La Traviata”?

 

Question 17 What is the approximate distance from Earth to the Sun in miles?

 

Question 18 Who was Benito Mussolini during the period of the World War II?

 

Question 19 What was the name of the associate to Sherlock Holmes?

 

Question 20 One of the “Seven Classic Wonders of the World” was a lighthouse. Where was the lighthouse located?

 

Question 21 Who sculpted the statue, “Venus De Milo”?

 

Question 22 In light years, how far from Earth is Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun?

 

Question 23 Who wrote the novel, “The Magnificent Ambersons”?

 

Question 24 What was one enemy nation of the United States in World War II?

 

Question 25 Is the number 37 a prime number?

 

Test 10

 

Question 1 What is the “400 rule” as it applies to whether a year is a leap year?

Question 2 Which calendar do we use today, the Julian or the Gregorian?

 

Question 3 What is the name of the movie that involves the story of the von Trapp family?

 

Question 4 What is the Quran?

 

Question 5 About how many moons does the planet, Jupiter, have?

 

Question 6 In what year did Columbus discover America?

 

Question 7 What is the problem that the old woman who lived in a shoe have?

 

Question 8 What was Sputnik?

 

Question 9 Who wrote the play Comedy of Errors?

 

Question 10 How many oceans are there on Earth?

 

Question 11 How many zeroes in the number one trillion?

 

Question 12 In Finance what is a bond?

 

Question 13 In what year did the United States enter World War I?

 

Question 14 Who was the author of “The Lady of the Lake”?

 

Question 15 During World War II, what was Operation Barbarossa?

 

Question 16 Name two plays written by William Shakespeare.

 

Question 17 Who killed Cock Robin?

 

Question 18 Is 43 a prime number?

 

Question 19 What is the decimal equivalent of 3/4?

 

Question 20 Write the Greek letter named Omega.

 

Question 21 Which planet is famous for its rings?

 

Question 22 Who invented the Cotton Gin?

 

Question 23 What is 30% of 240? Do not use a calculator.

 

Question 24 What is the cube root of 27?

 

Question 25 What is the capital of Italy?

 

ANSWERS

 

Test 1

 

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

 

GEOMETRY, MATHMEMATICS, 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.

 

Answer 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.

 

Answer 3 Who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”?

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States. The words came from a poem written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The tune came from a British song written be Stafford Smith. It was made the national anthem by a Congressional Resolution on March 3, 1931 signed by President Herbert Hoover. Before this date, other songs had served as hymns of the American nation. These included “Hail Columbia” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” You may consider your answer correct if you respond Francis Scott Key and/or Stafford Smith.

 

Answer 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.

 

Answer 5 In what year did World War II end?

 

USA WARS So far as United States records are concerned, World War II ended in two phases. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945 and Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945. These dates may differ a little from one country to another. You may considered your answer correct if you respond “1945.”

 

Answer 6 Who was the president of the United States when the United States entered World War II?

 

USA WARS, USA PRESIDENTS Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States when the United States entered World War II. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On December 8, the President asked Congress to declare that since December 7, 1941, a state of war had existed between the United States and the Empire of Japan. Congress did so declare. The vote was unanimous with one exception, Jeanette Rankin of Montana.

 

Answer 7 What number is represented by the Roman Numeral X?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC, Roman Numerals. The number 10 is represented by the Roman Numeral X. As examples, the Roman Numerals number XX represents 20 and the Roman Numeral XXX represents 30.

 

Answer 8 Name two of the main stars in the 1972 movie, “The Godfather”?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS Eight main stars in this movie were Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, and Richard Conte. In order to answer correctly, you should name, at least, two of these stars.

 

Answer 9 In evaluating stocks what is meant by the P/E ratio?

 

FINANCE AND INVESTING The P/E ratio of a stock is the ratio of the stock’s price per share divided by the company’s earnings per share. This ratio tell about how much an investor would have to pay for a dollar’s worth of the stock’s earnings. As a very rough rule of thumb, at the time of this writing, a P/E ratio of 20 would be reasonable for a good stock. Below that number, the stock could be considered cheap; above that, expensive.

 

Answer 10 What is the smallest state in the United States by area?

 

USA STATES, USA GEOGRAPHY The smallest state in the United States by area is Rhode Island. The land area of this state is only about 1,045 square miles. Narragansett Bay is located in the middle of the state. There are many islands in this state. There is no point in this state that is farther then 30 miles from salt water. Rhode Island became a state on May 29, 1790. The nickname of Rhode Island is “The Ocean State.” It is also known as “The Plantation State” and “Little Rhody.”

 

Answer 11 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.

 

Answer 12 What is the approximate speed of sound at sea level?

 

SCIENCE The approximate speed of sound at sea level is about 1100 feet per second. You can consider your answer correct if you give this response or a response that is close to this one. However, there is more to the speed of sound than this. Scientists have defined the speed of sound as “Mach 1.” Mach 1 is 1116.4 feet per second at a temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius. In miles per hour this speed is 761.2 miles per hour. Mach 1 is often used in connection with fast-flying aircraft. The numbers given above must be adjusted based on the ambient temperature and the distance above sea level.

 

Answer 13 Stonehenge is one of the great natural wonders of the world. In what country is Stonehenge located?

 

WORLD ATTRACTIONS Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. It is not absolutely clear why Stonehenge was created.

 

Answer 14 What is the meaning of the stock ticker symbol, GM?

 

FINANCE AND INVESTING In the stock market, the stock symbol, GM, represents the stock, “General Motors.” If an investor wants to purchase stock that was issued by the company, General Motors, he or she would need to know that the symbol for this company’s stock is GM.

 

Answer 15 What is the language spoken in Brazil?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY, LANGUAGE The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. It is the language spoken by most of the inhabitants.

 

Answer 16 In World War II, how many engines did the bomber, B-17, have?

 

USA WARS The B-17 had four engines. The B-17 was one of the major bomber aircraft of the United States. This bomber was known as the “Flying Fortress.”

 

Answer 17 What is a Supernova?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY A Supernova is the explosion of a large star. The explosion is accompanied by the expulsion of a gigantic amount of force. The light resulting from this explosion may dominate that of the entire galaxy in which it resides. Supernovas result in the creation of a cosmic phenomenon known as black holes. Astronomers have declared that our Sun is not likely to experience a supernova because its size is too small.

 

Answer 18 Which state in the United States has only one syllable in its name?

 

USA STATES, USA GEOGRAPHY The state whose name has only one syllable is Maine.

 

Answer 19 How many squares are there in a standard Chessboard?

 

CHESS In a standard chessboard (also checkerboard), there are 64 squares, arranged in an 8 × 8 array with colors usually 32 black and 32 white.

 

Answer 20 In English grammar, what is an infinitive?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR An infinitive is the basic form of a verb preceded by the word, “to”. Examples are to eat, to walk, to give, to educate, to govern, to converse. There are many more.

 

Answer 21 Who wrote the novel, “Animal Farm”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS “Animal Farm” was written by George Orwell and was first published in 1945.

 

Answer 22 In Chess, what is the name of the most powerful piece?

 

CHESS In Chess, the most powerful piece is the Queen. From its location on the chessboard, it can move any number of squares in any direction so long as these movements are not impeded by pieces in its way.

 

Answer 23 Who wrote “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”?

 

POETRY, AUTHORS This long poem was written by the English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It was published in 1798. You can consider your answer correct if you respond “Coleridge.”

 

Answer 24 Name two countries that constitute Great Britain.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY Great Britain consists of three countries, England, Scotland and Wales. In answering this question correctly, you need to name any two of these countries. There is some confusion as to what is meant by the terms, Great Britain, United Kingdom, and British Isles. “The United Kingdom” refers to the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is located on an island near Great Britain. This island is called the “Island of Ireland” but only a small part of this island is part of the United Kingdom. Located on this same island is The Republic of Ireland, which is independent and not part of the United Kingdom. The British Isles is a group of islands. They contain all of the United Kingdom and some sovereign states. One of those states is The Republic of Ireland, as has already been mentioned above. The British Isles also include three dependencies of the United Kingdom, the “Isle of Man”; and the “Bailiwick of Jersey” and the “Bailiwick of Guernsey” both of which are in the “Channel Islands.”

 

 

Answer 25 What number is represented by the Roman Numeral L?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC, ROMAN NUMERALS With Roman Numerals, the letter “L” represents the number, 50. In this use, the number LVII would represent 57 and the number XLIII would represent the number 43.

 

Test 2

 

Answer 1 What is an ISBN Number?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE An ISBN Number is a 13-digit number (at one time, 10-digit) that uniquely identifies a book. It is issued by a company named R. R. Bowker. Institutions that handle books like booksellers, libraries, and distributors can manage their actions more efficiently when books are identified this way.

 

Answer 2 How many senators are there in the United States Senate?

 

USA GOVERNMENT At the time of this writing (2016), there are 100 senators in the United States Senate. Each state, regardless of population or size has two senators. Each senator is elected in his or her state for a six-year term. The terms are staggered so that every two years about one-third of the Senate is up for election.

 

Answer 3 SCIENCE In science, what is an atom?

 

SCIENCE An atom is the smallest unit of a chemical element. It is almost unimaginably small. It consists of a nucleus which has a positive electrical charge and a set of electrons that rotate around the nucleus at tremendous speeds. Electrons have negative charges. All atoms have a nucleus but differ with the number of electrons that rotate around it.

 

Answer 4 How many planets are there in the Solar System? Assume Pluto is not a planet.

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY There are eight planets in the Solar System. From the Sun outward, they are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus , and Neptune.

 

Answer 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 6 What is the name of the highest mountain on Earth?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY, WORLD ATTRACTIONS The highest mountain on Earth is Mt. Everest. Mount Everest is considered to be the world’s highest mountain because is has the highest elevation above sea level. There are other ways to consider what is meant by highest. You can consider another answer correct if you consider another mountain to be higher and point out the reason.

 

Answer 7 What is the sport in which the New England Patriots participate?

 

SPORTS The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Boston area. The team plays their home games at Gillette Stadium in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The team is part of the East division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL).

 

Answer 8 What is the postal abbreviation for Delaware?

 

POSTAL ABBREVIATIONS The postal abbreviation for Delaware is DE.

 

Answer 9 Who was the author of the Declaration of Independence?

 

USA PRESIDENTS, USA GOVERNMENT Thomas Jefferson is credited with being the author of the Declaration of Independence. A five-member committee, that included Thomas Jefferson, had been commissioned to create the declaration. Because the committee believed that Jefferson was the best writer amongst them, he was asked to do the actual writing. He did this during the summer of 1776. John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, members of the committee suggested changes which Jefferson made. A draft was presented to the Congress who suggested additional changes. The declaration was approved on July 4, 1776 and was signed by most of the 56 signers on August 2, 1776.

 

Answer 10 Somewhere in the Solar System, there is a “Great Red Spot.” Where is this famous spot?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The famous “Great Red Spot” is on the surface of the planet, Jupiter. Though, it is a relatively small portion to that planet’s surface, in Earth’s terms, it measures about 17,000 miles across by 9,000 miles wide . The spot is an atmospheric storm on Jupiter that has been raging for hundreds of years. The Spot rotates counter-clockwise and makes a full rotation about once every six Earth days. There are some winds on this spot that gust up to 260 miles per hour. It is not known why the Spot’s color is red.

 

Answer 11 What is the Golden Rule?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE The Golden Rule states, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This sentiment is found in the Christian Bible but can also be found in the writings of other religious leaders. In the Bible, according to Matthew 7:12 Jesus states, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” In Confucianism, it states in Analects 15:23, “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.” In Hinduism, is stated in Mohabarata 5:1517, “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” In Buddhism, it is written in Udana-Varga 5:18: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”

 

Answer 12 If one is on a diet for weight reduction, is the term to use to describe the process lose weight or loose weight?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR The correct term to use is lose weight. The word loose rhymes with goose. The word lose rhymes with whose.

 

Answer 13 In what year was Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese?

 

USA WARS Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Sunday, December 7, 1941. This event signaled the entry of the United States into World War II.

 

Answer 14 Who wrote the novel, “Atlas Shrugged”?”

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS Atlas Shrugged” was written in 1957 by Ayn Rand. It was her fourth and last novel; also the longest. This novel was not well received at first but gained favor with the years. Other novels that Ayn Rand wrote were “We the Living,” “Anthem,” and “The Fountainhead.”

 

Answer 15 Give the names of two automobiles built by Ford Motors, past or present.

 

AUTOS Two autos built are Ford and Mercury. A list of all Ford automobile makes would require much space. Some makes are or were Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Thunderbird, Continental, Mustang, Bronco, Model A, Model T, and many more. Ford also makes trucks and autos in other countries. Your answer would be considered correct if you give any of the names listed here or any other names that you’re sure of.

 

Answer 16 Besides the famous race horse, what else do you know with the name “Man o’ War”, Man of War, or Man-o-war?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Man o’ War, was, of course, a well-known race horse. This name or a similar name also applies to a sea creature looking very much like a jellyfish, the Portuguese man o’ war, also known as Man-of-war. Its tentacles can deliver a painful sting. In addition, the term Man o’ War can be a British term referring to a ship armed with cannon and propelled by sails, as opposed to a galley. Consider your answer correct if you can name the sea creature or the ship.

 

Answer 17 Which planet in the Solar System is closest to the sun?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The planet in the Solar System that is closest to the sun is Mercury. It is a very small planet located about 36 million miles from the sun. It has no known moons.

 

Answer 18 Who composed, “Eine Kleine Nachtmsik” (A Little Night Music)?

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC, COMPOSERS “Eine Kleine Nachmusik” is a 1787 composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The work was written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with an optional double bass; however, it is often performed by string orchestras.

 

Answer 19 What device measures distance above sea level?

 

MEASUREMENTS, SCIENCE The device that measures distance above sea level is called an altimeter. There are altimeters that work based on different principles. The measurement of altitude above sea level or above any fixed object is called altimetry. The measurement of depth under water is called bathymetry.

 

Answer 20 What is the approximate population of the United States?

 

USA GEOGRAPHY The population of the United States, at the time of this writing 2016), is about 320 million. You may consider your answer correct if you state any reasonable number larger than 300 million.

 

Answer 21 Who created the sculpture, “The Thinker”?”

 

GREAT SCULPTURE “The Thinker” is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The sculpture shows a male figure seated on a rock in deep thought. It was completed in 1902 and resides at the Rodin Museum in Paris, France.

 

Answer 22 What is the planet farthest from the Sun in the Solar System? (Assume Pluto is not a planet.)

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The planet that is farthest from the Sun is Neptune. Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The approximate number of miles distant from the Sun is about 2,795,000,000, miles. This distance compared to the Earth’s distance from the Sun of about 93,000,000 miles, shows how enormous this distance is. Neptune’s orbit around the sun requires about 165 of Earth’s years.

 

Answer 23 What is the meaning of the acronym CIA?

 

ACRONYMS There are many meanings that could be ascribed to CIA. The answer we’re looking for here is Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information around the world. It was created circa 1945. You may consider your answer correct if you provide another meaning for CIA that you deem to be just as valid as the meaning given here.

 

Answer 24 What instrument is used for measuring humidity?

 

MEASUREMENTS, SCIENCE Hygrometers are used to measure humidity. One way that a hygrometer works is with the use of two simple thermometers. One thermometer measures the current air temperature and the other measures the temperature with the bulb of the thermometer being kept wet with a damp cloth or wick.

 

Answer 25 State any one of Sir Isaac Newton’s three Laws of Motion.

 

SCIENCE, INFLUENTIAL MEN Your answer would be correct if it states, at least the essence, of any of the three statements shown below: I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma.

III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

 

Test 3

 

Answer 1 Who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”?

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC, FAMOUS MARCHES The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was written by Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”. It was written in November, 1861 and first published in “The Atlantic Monthly on February, 1862. This song was strongly identified with the Union Cause during the Civil War. It is still highly regarded as a patriotic song.

 

Answer 2 From which opera is the “Toreador Song”?

 

FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS The “Toreador Song” is from the opera, Carmen. Carmen is an opera composed by Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy. It was first performed at The Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875. The opera gained a good deal of celebrity.

 

Answer 3 What is the name of the currency used by several countries in Europe?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY, FINANCE AND INVESTING The name of the currency used by several countries in Europe is the euro. At the time of this writing, February 24, 2016, the countries using the euro are these: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

 

Answer 4 Who wrote the novel, “Tender is the Night”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The novel, “Tender is the Night” was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This was his fourth and final completed novel. It was first published in Scribner’s Magazine in four issues of 1934.

 

Answer 5 What is the only marsupial that is native to North America?

 

ANIMAL FACTS The only marsupial that is native to North America is the Virginia opossum. Your answer would be correct if you simply state opossum or possum.

 

Answer 6 How many chambers are there in the human heart?

 

HUMAN BODY The heart has four chambers, two atria and two ventricles.

 

Answer 7 In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there is located one of the modern wonders of the world. What is its name?

 

WORLD ATTRACTIONS In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a huge statue of Jesus Christ. Its name is “Christ the Redeemer”, in Portuguese, “Cristo Refentor.” The statue is about 98 feet tall with a 26 foot pedestal. It overlooks the city of Rio. It was constructed between 1922 and 1931.

 

Answer 8 During the early days of Television, who was known as Mr. Television?

 

TELEVISION PROGRAMS, TV STARS, INFLUENTIAL MEN During the early days of television, Milton Berle was known as “Mr. Television.” As the host of the Texaco Star Theater from 1948 to 1955, he was a major television star, known to millions of viewers as “Uncle Miltie” and “Mr. Television.” He was such a major television attraction that millions of TV viewers would make their plans around his hour-long program on the evenings when he was on.

 

Answer 9 Where is the statue named, “The Little Mermaid” located?”

 

WORLD ATTRACTIONS The Little Mermaid” is displayed on a rock at the waterside at the Langelinie Promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a little over four feet in height and weighs about 385 pounds. This statue is a popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen.

 

Answer 10 In men’s wearing apparel, what is a homburg?

 

CLOTHING STYLES In men’s wearing apparel, the homburg is a formal, stylish hat.

 

Answer 11 Who painted “American Gothic”?”

 

GREAT PAINTINGS, PAINTERS “American Gothic” was painted by Grant Wood in 1930. This painting is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Answer 12 What is the main food ingredient in the delicacy, escargot?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Escargots are cooked land snails. They are normally served as an appetizer. Some snails make better eating than others. In France, the species Helix pomatia is the favorite.

 

Answer 13 Who wrote the famous book, “The Plague”?

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The book was written in 1947 by Albert Camus. Camus was born in Algeria. In addition to “The Plague,” Canus wrote “The Stranger,” “The Fall,” “A Happy Death,” and “The First Man.”

 

Answer 14 What is the average of the numbers 6, 12, and 18? Do not use a calculator to compute the answer.

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The average of these numbers is 12. To get the average of a list of number, add them together, then divide by the number of numbers. In this example, the sum of the numbers was 36. There were three numbers. When 36 is divided by 3, the average is found to be 12. The average of a list of numbers is sometimes called “the mean”.

 

Answer 15 What is wrong with the statement that follows? “Thanks for the dozen roses; their lovely.”

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR The word their should be they’re. There are three words that sound the same: there, their, and they’re. The word there indicates a location, as in, “Your car keys are there on the bureau.” The word their indicates possession, as in, “Their cat is lost; have you seen it?” The word there’re is a contraction of the two words there are. This is the word needed in the subject statement, not their.

 

Answer 16 What was one enemy nation to the United States in the first World War?

 

USA WARS The enemy nations of the United States in the first World War were Germany and Austria-Hungry. To answer this question correctly, you need to indicate, at least, one of the above names.

 

Answer 17 What does the title Rabbi mean?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, JEWISH FAITH In Judaism, a Rabbi is a Jewish scholar or teacher, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law.

 

Answer 18 About how many vowel sounds (not letters) are there in the English language?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR This question may be difficult to answer because there are so many different sounds heard in various parts of the country. The author of this test counts 20; however, you can consider your answer correct if you can identify, at least, 15.

 

Answer 19 How many months are there that consist of 31 days?

 

CALENDAR There are seven months that contain 31 days. These are January, March, May, July, August, October, and December. You can use your knuckles to tell you this. Make a fist of either hand and point to the knuckles for the months named above. Note that all these months fall on a knuckle.

 

Answer 20 Who founded the American Red Cross?

 

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN The American Red Cross was founded by Clarissa Harlowe Barton. She accomplished this in 1881 when she was about 60 years old. During the Civil War, she had risked her life assisting soldiers in the field with supplies and support. She led the American Red Cross for 23 years.

 

Answer 21 What is the formula for computing the circumference of a circle?

 

GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The formula for computing the circumference of a circle is C = 2 x π x r. The value of π begins with 3.14159. This is a never-ending number. There is an infinite number of decimal places. An alternate for this formula is C = π x d. In these formulas, the letter r represents the Radius of the circle and the letter d represents the diameter. Another way to write the above two formulas is C=2 π r and C= π d.

 

Answer 22 In what country are “Great Pyramids”?

 

WORLD WONDERS The “Great Pyramids” are located in Egypt. An example is one built by Khufu, the largest pyramid ever built, located on the Giza Plateau.

 

Answer 23 What sports organization is known as the “Oregon Ducks”?

 

SPORTS The “Oregon Ducks” is a college football team that competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I. It represents the University of Oregon in the North Division of the Pacific-12 Conference. The team was established in 1893. You can consider your answer correct if you reference the football team or the Track and Field program.

 

Answer 24 What are the two gases of which water is composed?

 

CHEMISTRY Water is composed of two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen. The chemistry formula for water is H 2~ ~O. 

 

Answer 25 In what year did the sinking of the Titanic occur?

 

HISTORICAL EVENTS The sinking of the Titanic occurred on the night of April 14, 1912 continuing to the morning of April 15, 1912. There were an estimated 2,224 people on board. More than 1,500 persons were killed. The event constituted one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

 

Test 4

 

Answer 1 Without using a calculator, calculate 456 / 32.

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The number 456 divided by 32 computes to 14.25.

 

Answer 2 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.

 

Answer 3 What is the name of the theory for which Albert Einstein is famous?

 

SCIENCE, INFLUENTIAL MEN You may consider your answer correct if you state, “The Theory of Relativity.” Albert Einstein introduced his theory, “The Special Theory of Relativity,” in 1905.

 

Answer 4 Who was Kate Smith?

 

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN Kate Smith was born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith on May 1, 1907. She was a great and patriotic entertainer and became well known for her skill as a singer. She was famous for her rendition of the song, “God Bless America”. Kate Smith summarized her life-long philosophy one time when she said, “I’m big, and I sing, and boy, when I sing, I sing all over!”

 

Answer 5 Who painted “Starry Night”?

 

GREAT PAINTINGS, PAINTERS The painter of “Starry Night” was Vincent Van Gogh. This was painted in June, 1889. It shows the view from the east-facing window of Van Gogh’s room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, just before dawn. The painting is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 

Answer 6 In computer technology, what is a byte?

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE A byte is a unit of digital information that can be accessed in a computer. It consists of 8 smaller units called bits. A bit is the smallest unit of data that can be used in a computer. At any one time, a bit can hold either the value zero or the value one. At the simplest level, all the data that a computer works with consists of zeroes and ones. Sometimes, computer programmers need to work with half a byte. Half a byte is termed, a nibble.

 

Answer 7 When was the expression, “One small step for man” enunciated?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, INFLUENTIAL MEN The expression, “One small step for man,” was spoken by Neil Armstrong when he stepped on the moon for the first time. It is interesting that Neil Armstrong believed he had actually said, “One small step for a man . . .”

 

Answer 8 Name two countries is South America.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY The countries of South American are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. You may consider your answer correct if you name, at least, two of these countries.

 

Answer 9 Who was “Grandma Moses”?

 

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN, PAINTERS Anna Mary Robertson Moses, who became known by her nickname, “Grandma Moses”, was an elderly woman who became famous in her old age as a gifted American folk artist. She began painting in her late seventies and quickly gained recognition and acclaim for her paintings of rural scenes. She was born in 1860 and died in 1961 at age 101.

 

Answer 10 What is the radius of a circle?

 

GEOMETRY, MATHMEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The radius of a circle is half its diameter. The radius of a circle can also be described as being the length inside a circle from the center to the outside edge. The radius of a circle is important because many mathematical functions, such as computing the area of a circle, uses the radius as part of the formula. As an example is this: if the diameter of a circle is 6, the radius is 3.

 

Answer 11 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.

 

Answer 12 What is meant by the word, gambit, in Chess?

 

CHESS A gambit in chess is a small sacrifice in order to gain an advantage of position in a game. The gambit is often accepted by players who feel they can overcome any advantage the other side may have. It can also be declined feeling that accepting would give the other side an advantage that is not worth accepting the sacrifice. The sacrifice that is offered is usually a pawn.

 

Answer 13 From what opera is the aria, “La Donne e Mobile” (“The Woman is Fickle”)?

 

FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS “La Donne e Mobile“ (“The Woman is Fickle.”) is from the Act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto, composed in 1851.

 

Answer 14 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.

 

Answer 15 What is the name of the king who abdicated from the throne because he needed the support of the woman he loved in order to carry the heavy burdens of the throne? Before this, he had been Prince of Wales.

 

HISTORICAL EVENTS The name of the king was King Edward VIII who had become king upon the death of his father, King George V on January 20, 1936. He abdicated from the throne on December 10, 1936. In a speech to the nation, he explained the reason was that he could not carry the burdens of the throne without the help of the woman he loved. The woman was Wallis Warfield Simpson. Edward’s younger brother, George VI, took the throne and immediately gave Edward the title, Duke of Windsor. Edward and Simpson were married in France on June 3, 1937. During World War II, Edward served as governor of the Bahamas. He died in Paris on May 28, 1972 at age 77. His wife died there on April 24, 1986.

 

Answer 16 In the United States what is the approximate distance from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Coast?

 

USA GEOGRAPHY The approximate distance across the United States from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast is about 3,000 miles. Various estimates that are quoted from other sources state the distance is from about 2,600 miles to about 3,200 miles. You may consider your answer to be correct if you state the distance is between the last two figures.

 

Answer 17 What is shorthand?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Shorthand is a method of writing rapidly when taking dictation, recording court testimony, taking notes, and other purposes. This is done by writing abbreviations and symbols for recording words. Writing is done by the sounds of words, not the spelling of them. Two well-known systems are Pitman and Gregg. At one time learning to write shorthand was an essential part of secretary training. With the advent of better methods, the use of shorthand has almost disappeared.

 

Answer 18 Who painted The “Flower Carrier”?”

 

GREAT PAINTINGS, PAINTERS The “Flower Carrier” was created by Diego Rivera in 1935. It’s on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the Albert M. Bender Collection.

 

Answer 19 What is meant by the term, “Stock ticker symbol”?

 

FINANCE AND INVESTING A “Stock ticker symbol” is a series of letters and/or numbers used to identify a stock in the stock market. An example is GIS, the symbol for General Mills. A “stock ticker symbol” may consist of from one to four characters, sometimes a few more.

 

Answer 20 Write the Greek letter named Alpha.

 

GREEK ALPHABET The letter, Alpha, is the second letter in the Greek Alphabet. It looks like this in caps and lower-case characters: A α.

 

Answer 21 How many meters are there in a kilometer?

 

MEASUREMENTS, METRIC SYSTEM There are 1000 meters in a kilometer.

 

Answer 22 Name two countries in North America.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY You may consider your answer correct if you mention any two countries from the following alphabetical list: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America (USA).

 

Answer 23 In Mathematics, what is the result of 30 modulo 8?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The result of 30 modulo 8 is 6. In Mathematics, when you do a modulo operation involving division, you are interested in only the remainder. In this question, what is needed is the remainder you get when you divide 30 by 8. Dividing 30 by 8 gives a remainder of 6. This is the answer. Another example is 21 modulo 4. The answer is 1. And another: 41 modulo 9 is 5.

 

Answer 24 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.

 

Answer 25 What is the largest ocean in the world?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth. The world’s second largest ocean is the Atlantic Ocean. The third largest is, the Indian Ocean. The fourth largest is the Southern Ocean and the fifth largest is the Arctic Ocean.

 

Test 5

 

Answer 1 What is the capital of California?

 

STATE CAPITALS, USA GEOGRAPHY The capital of California is Sacramento. Sacramento is the sixth largest city in California. The city was named after the Sacramento River which forms its western border. It became the capital of California on January 1, 1855.

 

Answer 2 One form of electricity is AC. What is the second kind?

 

SCIENCE The two forms of electricity are AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current). AC is a type if electric current, in which the flow of electrons switches back and forth at regular intervals. DC is a type of current which flows consistently in one direction. The flow of an electric current emanating from a home or office wall socket is generally AC while the current flowing from a car battery is generally DC.

 

Answer 3 In about 1610, Galileo Galilei, using a telescope, saw four moons orbiting Jupiter. The names of two of them were Europa and Callisto. Name at least one of the other two.

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, INFLUENTIAL MEN The four moons that Galileo Galilei saw were Ganymede, Io , Europa and Callisto. These moons are called the Galilean Moons. The discovery of these moons was important by virtue of the fact that it proved that objects in space can orbit bodies other than Earth, as was commonly believed at that time. You can consider your answer correct if you can name either Ganymede or Io, or both.

 

Answer 4 In what play/s is Colonel Pickering a character?

 

GREAT PLAYS Colonel Pickering is one of the main characters in the play, Pygmalion and in the movie, “My Fair Lady”, an offshoot of Pygmalion. He is an expert in Indian dialects. Your answer would be correct if you mention either one of these productions.

 

Answer 5 What has Little Bo Peep lost?

 

NURSERY RHYMES Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep. Little Bo Peep is found in the popular nursery rhyme with the name, “Little Bo Peep has lost her Sheep.” This rhyme has a Roud Folk Song Index Number of 6487.

 

Answer 6 Give the names of two automobiles built in France past or present.

 

AUTOS Two names of automobiles built in France are Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Simca, Facel Vega, Panhard, among many others. In order to answer this question correctly, give any two of the above names. There are and/or were other makes of automobiles built in France. If you know of any of them for sure, you may also give their names as a correct answer to this question.

 

Answer 7 Give the names of two automobiles built in Japan past or present.

 

AUTOS Automobiles built in Japan past and present include the names Honda, Toyota, Datsun, Lexus, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Suzuki Mazda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, and Isuzu. In order to answer this question correctly, give the names of any two of the above names. You may also give the name or names of any automobiles that you know for sure are or were built in Japan.

 

Answer 8 Who was the author of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” was written by Arthur Conan Doyle and was first published on October 14, 1892. In the book, the stories about the exploits of Sherlock Holmes are told from the point of view of the detective’s friend, Dr. Watson.

 

Answer 9 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).

 

Answer 10 What is the meaning of the United States Motto, “E Pluribus Unum”?

 

USA GOVERNMENT The meaning of “E Pluribus Unum” is “Out of many, one”. This phrase was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act adopting “In God we trust” as the official motto.

 

Answer 11 What state is known as the “Sunshine State”?

 

USA STATES, USA GEOGRAPHY The State of Florida is known as the “Sunshine State.” This name was adopted as the State’s nickname by the 1970 Legislature. The words had previously been used on motor vehicles license plates.

 

Answer 12 What is the device makes it possible to see the details of very small objects?

 

SCIENCE The device used for making it possible to see the details of small objects is the microscope. There are many kinds of microscopes. The most common is the optical microscope which uses light to image the object being examined. A second major type is the electron microscope. This type uses a beam of electrons to illuminate the object. This type of microscope allows the magnifications of objects many times more than optical microscopes.

 

Answer 13 What is the national bird of the United States?

 

USA GEOGRAPHY The national bird of the United States is the Bald Eagle. The image of this bird was included in the National Seal of the United States by an act of the Continental Congress on June 20, 1782. Benjamin Franklin did not like this decision since he felt this bird was a bad actor. He preferred the Wild Turkey.

 

Answer 14 What is the name of the Biblical king who was very wise?

 

HOLY BIBLE , JEWISH FAITH In the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, King Solomon is renowned as being the wisest man in the world.

 

Answer 15 What is wrong with the statement, “Roger said that he had gave to the charitable fund at the office”?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR Here the word gave should be given. The past participle being used for the verb to give is wrong. The correct past participle for this verb is given.

 

Answer 16 In what book is the poem that contains the words near the front, “‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe”?

 

POETRY, AUTHORS This is a nonsense poem named Jabberwocky, written by Lewis Carroll, and included in his 1871 novel for young readers named “Through the Looking-Glass.”

 

Answer 17 What is the meaning of the acronym, VIN, as used in connection with automobiles?

 

ACRONYMS The acronym, VIN, means “Vehicle Identification Number.” VINs were first used in 1954.

 

Answer 18 In what industry was Henry Ford associated?

 

AUTOS, INFLUENTIAL MEN Henry Ford was a dynamic force in the early automobile industry.

 

Answer 19 What was the name of the famous general for the Confederate States during the American Civil War?

 

USA WARS, INFLUENTIAL MEN The famous general for the Confederate States during the Civil War was Robert E. Lee. He served from 1862 to 1865.

 

Answer 20 How can you tell at a glance whether a month has a Friday the 13th in it?

 

CALENDAR You can tell at a glance whether a particular month has a Friday the 13th in it. Look to see whether the month begins on a Sunday. If so, you’ll find a Friday the 13th in that month. The proof is not difficult to understand. When one begins counting from 1 to 13 beginning on a calendar the count, thirteen, will always occur on a Friday. With the current calendar, the chances of having, at least, one month begin on a Sunday is a certainty.

 

Answer 21 In Chess, what is the name of the smallest piece?

 

CHESS In Chess, the smallest piece is the pawn. When the game is set up ready for play, there as 16 of these pieces on the board, 8 for the White player and 8 for the Black player. The pawn is not only the smallest piece on the board, it is also the weakest. World-class players, can, however win a game of Chess if they gain the advantage of only one pawn.

 

Answer 22 How many letters are there in the English alphabet?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. In upper case and lower case, these are: A, a; B, b; C, c; D, d; E, e; F, f; G, g; H, h; I, i; J, j; K, k; L, l; M, m; N, n; O, o; P, p; Q, q; R, r; S, s; T, t; U, u; V, v; W, w; X, x; Y, y; Z, z.

 

Answer 23 In English grammar, how many “persons” are there?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR In English grammar, there are six persons; first person singular, second person singular, third person singular, first person plural, second person plural, and third person plural. Examples of the six persons are I, you, she, we, you (plural), and they.

 

Answer 24 Which professional football team has the nickname Seahawks?

 

SPORTS The Seattle Seahawks are a professional football team based in Seattle, Washington. The are member of the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). The Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976. They play their home games at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

 

Answer 25 In military time, what is the conventional time at 20:00?

 

MILITARY TIME In military time, 20:00 represents 8:00 p.m.

 

Test 6

 

Answer 1 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.

 

Answer 2 Who was the principle female star in “Gone With the Wind”?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS The principle female star in “Gone With the Wind” was Vivien Leigh. “Gone With the Wind” was released in 1939. The leading roles were played by Vivien Leigh (Scarlet), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia De Havilland (Melanie).

 

Answer 3 Who were the two main stars of the move, “It happened one night”?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS The names of the two stars were Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The movie premiered in 1934. It was directed by Frank Capra. It was the first movie to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture; Director; Actor; Actress, and Screenplay.

 

Answer 4 What is the capital of New York State?

 

STATE CAPITALS, USA GEOGRAPHY The capital of New York State is Albany. The first European settlement in this area was by Dutch colonists who built Fort Nassau in 1614 and Fort Orange in 1624. The city was officially chartered in 1686 under English rule. It became the capital of New York State in 1797.

 

Answer 5 What is the name of the world’s largest desert?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world. It’s located in North Africa and spans more than 3,000 miles across Africa, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

 

Answer 6 Who wrote the poem, “The Bells?”

 

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

 

Answer 7 In Chess, which color piece moves first, white or black?

 

CHESS In Chess, the first move is made by the player who has the white pieces.

 

Answer 8 In what year was Poland attacked thus signaling the start of the second World War?

 

USA WARS, WORLD HISTORY Poland was attacked on September 1, 1939 by the German army. Britain and France, which had sworn to come to the aid of Poland if attacked, declared war on Germany a couple of days later.

 

Answer 9 Who wrote the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest”?

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS “The Importance of Being Earnest” was written by Oscar Wilde. It was first performed on February 14, 1895 at The St. James’s Theater in London. The full title of this play is, “The Importance of Being Earnest; A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.”

 

Answer 10 In military time, what time is 17:00?

 

MILITARY TIME In military time, 17:00 is 5:00 p.m.

 

Answer 11 In what year did “World War I” end?

 

USA WARS, HISTORICAL EVENTS “World War I,” which was named “the Great War” at that time, ended in 1918. Actually, it was an end to the fighting, simply, an armistice. The fighting ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 (November 11, 1918). The war actually ended with the “Treaty of Versailles” on June 28, 1919. The United States did not sign this treaty since it was considered too harsh for the losing side. Instead, the United States made its own treaty with Germany in 1921. You could consider your answer correct if you respond 1918, 1919, or 1921.

 

Answer 12 What was the name of the space flight that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, INFLUENTIAL MEN “Apollo 11” was the name of the space flight that landed the first humans on the Moon. The first humans to put foot on the Moon were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in that order. This actual event occurred on July 21, 1969.

 

Answer 13 What continent has the largest population?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY The continent that has the largest population is Asia. Several large countries are located in Asia, such as India and China. These two countries have some of the largest populations in the world.

 

Answer 14 Who was Eliza Doolittle?

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS Eliza Doolittle was a fictional character in the play, “Pygmalion,” and in the movie, “My Fair Lady.” The movie was an adaptation of the play which had been written by George Bernard Shaw. The play was first presented on the stage in 1913. The movie, “Pygmalion” premiered in 1938. The movie, “My Fair Lady” premiered in 1964.

 

Answer 15 How many countries are there in the world?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY The world recognizes either 195 or 196 as being the number of countries in the world. Taiwan is not recognized by many nations as being a country; the United States is one of them. Your answer to this questions would be considered correct if you state a number between 190 and 200.

 

Answer 16 What the major historical accomplishment of Charles Lindbergh?

 

HISTORY The major accomplishment of Charles Lindbergh is that he was the first person to fly an airplane alone across the Atlantic Ocean. This happened on May 20, 1927 when he made the non-stop 33-1/2 hour trip from New York to Paris. Other aviators had accomplished parts of this feat but never with the fullness describe above.

 

Answer 17 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.

 

Answer 18 Who wrote the novel, “Razor’s Edge”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS This novel was written by W. Sommerset Maughan. It was published in 1944. Its theme, taken from a verse in the Katha-Upanishad is that “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to salvation is hard.”

 

Answer 19 What is the name of the history-changing woman who refused to give up her seat in a bus?

 

HISTORICAL EVENTS, INFLUENTIAL WOMEN The name of the person was Rosa Parks. In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, she refused to give up her seat in the colored section of a bus to a white passenger after the white section had been filled. She became the symbol of opposition to segregation. Other persons had also done this including Bayard Rustin, Irene Morgan, Sarah Louise Keys and others. Your answer to this question would be correct if you name Rosa Parks or any other person you know that did or attempted to do the same thing.

 

Answer 20 In Chess, what is the name of the piece that looks like a castle?

 

CHESS The name of the piece that looks like a castle is the Rook. In Chess there are two white and two black rooks.

 

Answer 21 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.

 

Answer 22 What is the approximate normal temperature of the human body?

 

HUMAN BODY It is generally accepted that the normal temperature of the human body is 98.6F degrees. However, this number varies a great deal from person to person. The difference can be as much as several degrees. A variance is caused because in other countries, the temperature is believed to be 36.6 degrees Celsius, which is 97.9F. When the Celsius number is rounded to 37, the Fahrenheit value which results is 98.6. You may consider your answer correct if it ranges between 97.9F and 98.6F; or, between 36.6 and 37.0 degrees Celsius.

 

Answer 23 Who wrote the novel, “Ulysses”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The novel “Ulysses” was authored by James Joyce. It first appeared in serial form in 1918, then as a book in 1922. It is considered a very important book in the development of literature in world history. The book has generated some considerable controversy.

 

Answer 24 Who wrote the poem, “O Captain! My Captain!”?

 

POETRY, AUTHORS This poem was written by Walt Whitman. It was published in New York’s Saturday Press in November, 1865.

 

Answer 25 What’s wrong with this sentence, “I don’t have no interest in sports.”?

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR This sentence uses a “double negative.” This means that the statement contradicts itself. The word no should be any. If a person says he or she does not have “no interest,” the real meaning is that he or she does have interest!

 

Test 7

 

Answer 1 In what year was D-Day in World War II?

 

USA WARS, HISTORICAL EVENTS After being delayed one day, D-Day in World War II occurred on June 6, 1944. On this date the Allies landed troops on five beaches of Normandy, France, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. With this effort and that of the Russians on another front, the Germans were defeated and World War II ended in Europe less than a year later in 1945. You can consider your answer correct if your answer is 1944.

 

Answer 2 In what year was the Declaration of Independence signed?

 

USA The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 since this is the date that the state delegates agreed to do the declaration. However, the actual signing took place on August 2. Some delegates signed at a later time and two never did actually sign it.

 

Answer 3 In what field of science was Nicolaus Copernicus?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, INFLUENTIAL MEN Born in Torun, Poland, Nicolaus Copernicus was an astronomer in the study of the Universe. During his lifetime, he studied the heavens and developed the theory that the Earth, as well as other bodies orbited the Sun. This idea met with a great deal of opposition from religious leaders since they held that the Earth was the center of the Universe. In 1532 he wrote a book called De revolutionibus orbium coelestium – The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres, but he did not publish it until just before his death because he feared the reception it would get. Diplomatically, he dedicated it to the Pope.

 

Answer 4 Name two countries in Asia.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY There are many countries in Asia. A few of the largest are China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Your answer would be correct if you name any two countries that you can show are definitely Asian countries.

 

Answer 5 How many degrees are there in a triangle of any size?

 

GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC There are 180 degrees in a triangle of any size. This can be proved easily if you accept that a rectangle has four right angles of 90 degrees. On a sheet of paper, draw a triangle of any size, then cut two exact copies of this from a piece of paper. With scissors, cut one of the copies with a straight line in such a way as to get two right triangles. Now, place the two pieces next to the copy you did not cut in such a way that you make a rectangle. You now have a rectangle of four angles with a total of 360 degrees. Half of this number is 180.

 

Answer 6 Who wrote the Blue Danube Waltz?

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC The Blue Danube Waltz was composed in 1866 by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. It was first performed on February 15, 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Mannergesangsverein. Its initial performance was only a mild success; however it quickly became very popular. The German title for the waltz was “An der schönen blauen Donau,” which means “By the Beautiful Blue Danube.”

 

Answer 7 Is 34 a Fibonacci number?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC Yes, the number 34 is a Fibonacci number. This never-ending sequence of numbers begins this way: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89. Each number in the sequence beginning with 2, is the sum of the previous two numbers. This series is important in Mathematics because the numbers appear in the ordinary lives of people in many surprising ways. For example, the series has relationships to physical beauty, spirals, the increase of rabbit population, the arrangement of sunflower seeds, and much more.

 

Answer 8 Who was Pocahontas?

 

USA HISTORY Pocahontas was a Native American woman born around 1595. Her father was a chief named Powhatan. She is famed for her participation in the English colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. She is also known for having saved the life of the Englishman, John Smith by pleading for his life at the time of his execution. At a later time, records show that she married John Rolfe on April 5, 1614, and died while visiting England in 1617.

 

Answer 9 The acronym, ZIP, has a connection with state postal codes. What do the letters stand for?

 

ACRONYMS The letters in the acronym stand for “Zoning Improvement Plan.”

 

Answer 10 In What sport do the Cleveland Cavaliers participate?

 

SPORTS The sport of the Cleveland Cavaliers is Basketball. The players in this team are also known as “The Cavs.” The team is a professional one based in Cleveland, Ohio. The team competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It began play in this league in 1970.

 

Answer 11 What is the formula for Ohm’s Law?

 

SCIENCE, INFLUENTIAL MEN The formula for Ohm’s Law is E=IR where E stands for Voltage, I stands for Current, and R stands for Resistance. Other forms of this formula are I=E/R and R=E/I. The formula was devised by Georg Ohm. It applies to Direct Current and defines the relationships between Voltage, Current, and Resistance.

 

Answer 12 What college teams are known as the “Fighting Irish”?

 

SPORTS Notre Dame teams are known as the “Fighting Irish.” They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.

 

Answer 13 What conventional time is 21:00 o’clock in military time?

 

MILITARY TIME The conventional time for 21:00 o’clock is 9:00 p.m.

 

Answer 14 Who composed the beautiful song, Estrellita?

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC Estrellita (Little Star) was written by Manuel M. Ponce, a Mexican composer. He was, not only a composer, but also a music educator and scholar of Mexican music. Estrellita was written in 1912.

 

Answer 15 Name at least two of the Signs of the Zodiac.

 

ZODIAC There are twelve signs of the Zodiac. Your answer will be considered correct if you provide two of the names that follow: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The signs were named after 12 constellations that early astrologers linked to the progression of lunar cycles. 

 

Answer 16 Who composed the opera, the Marriage of Figaro?

 

FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze did Figaro) is a comic opera, composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Its has an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais.

 

Answer 17 What is simpler in structure, an atom or a molecule?

 

SCIENCE An atom is simpler than a molecule. Certain everyday items like iron and copper are made up of atoms. Other items like water and salt are made of atoms joined together. Groups of atoms joined together such as in water and salt are called molecules. Hence atoms are simpler in structure than molecules.

 

Answer 18 Who was Amelia Earhart?

 

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records. In 1937 she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while in an attempt to make a historic flight. The details of this tragedy have never been fully established. You can consider your answer correct if you can identify Amelia Mary Earhart as a pioneer aviator.

 

Answer 19 In digital photography, what is a megapixel?

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE A megapixel is a term that means one million pixels. Some believe that, technically, the actual number of pixels should be described as 1,048,576 pixels. You can consider your answer as being correct if you use either figure. A pixel is a basic unit of color provided by digital cameras. Four megapixels permit acceptable pictures to be created; however, professional photographers might require 20 or more.

 

Answer 20 Who sculpted the statue, “The Kiss”?

 

GREAT SCULPTURES “The Kiss” is an 1889 marble sculpture by the Auguste Rodin. The French government ordered this sculpture from Rodin for the 1889 Exposition Universelle. However, it was displayed for the first time in the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1898. In 1900, the statue was moved to the Musée du Luxembourg before being taken in 1918 to its current location, the Musée Rodin in Paris, France.

 

Answer 21 What was the name of the space craft that the Russians first put into space?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The name of the space craft that the Russians first put into space was Sputnik 1. The date of its launch was October 4, 1957. It was about the size of a beach ball. This satellite opened an entirely new age in space technology. A correct answer to this question could be Sputnik or Sputnik 1.

 

Answer 22 How many degrees are in a circle?

 

GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC There are 360 degrees in a circle. Smaller portions of degrees can be described. One way is to declare that there are 60 Minutes in one degree and each Minute has 60 Seconds. As an example, an angle could be described as 46 degrees, 38 minutes and 17 seconds.

 

Answer 23 What is the capital of The Netherlands?

 

WORLD CAPITALS, WORLD GEOGRAPHY The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam. This is in accordance with the Dutch constitution. Portions of the government are located in The Hague and have been since 1588. Nevertheless, the capital is Amsterdam. A correct answer to this questions requires the answer Amsterdam.

 

Answer 24 Who did Simple Simon meet?

 

NURSERY RHYMES Simple Simon met a pieman. This is from the nursery rhyme by the same name. This rhyme has a Roud Folk Song Index Number of 19777. These are the first few words of the rhyme: Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair; Says Simple Simon to the pieman, “Let me taste your ware.” Says the pieman to Simple Simon, “Show me first your penny”; Says Simple Simon to the pieman, “Indeed I have not any.” There is no record in the rhyme as to whether Simple Simon was actually granted a taste of the pieman’s ware.

 

Answer 25 Why is the “Milky Way” of special interest to us?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The “Milky Way” is a galaxy of stars containing billions of stars. We, all of us, make our home in this galaxy. One of the stars in the “Milky Way” is our own Sun. The Sun is located far from the center of the galaxy in a relatively quiet area.

 

Test 8

 

Answer 1 What is Esperanto?

 

LANGUAGE Esperanto is an artificial language invented in 1887 designed to be used as a Universal language throughout the world.

 

Answer 2 Who wrote the book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was published in 1852. The novel was strongly anti-slavery.

 

Answer 3 What is the meaning of the acronym AWOL?

 

ACRONYMS Consider your answer correct if you respond Absent Without Leave or Absent Without Official Leave. This term, AWOL, originated in the military and its meaning was to leave one’s post without permission.

 

Answer 4 What is the name of the biblical person who built an ark?

 

HOLY BIBLE, JEWISH FAITH The name of the biblical person who built an ark was Noah. For reference, use Genesis 6-14. (“Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.) This event is also a part of the Jewish faith.

 

Answer 5 What is the largest state by area in the United States?

 

USA STATES, USA GEOGRAPHY The largest state by area in the United States at the time of this writing, Feb 29, 2016, is Alaska. The area is over two and one-half times larger than that of the second largest state, Texas.

 

Answer 6 What’s wrong with this sentence: “Yesterday, I seen the accident when it happened.”

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR This sentence uses the wrong word as the past tense of the verb, to see. The word seen should be saw.

 

Answer 7 Who is credited with the invention of the electric light?

 

IMPORTANT INVENTIONS, INVENTORS, INFLUENTIAL MEN Here, we are looking for the name, Thomas Edison. However, we will also accept the names Humphry Davy, Joseph Wilson Swan, and Charles Francis Brush. These men made light using electricity. It required Edison’s work to make electric lights practical.

 

Answer 8 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.

 

Answer 9 Where is the National Baseball Hall of Fame located?

 

SPORTS, WORLD ATTRACTIONS The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Cooperstown, New York. It displays baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, and honors those who excelled in the playing, managing, and serving in the sport. The Hall’s motto is “Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations.” The Hall of Fame was founded in 1939.

 

Answer 10 What is the Zodiac sign for most of the days in April.

 

ZODIAC The Zodiac sign for most of the days in April is Aries. The dates covered by this sign are from March 21 to April 19. The full list of signs in the Zodiac are Aries (March 21-April 19), Taurus (April 20-May 20), Gemini (May 21-June 21), Cancer (June 22-July 22), Leo (July 23-August 22), Virgo (August 23-September 22), Libra (September 23-October 23), Scorpio (October 24-November 20), Sagittarius (November 21-December 22), Capricorn (December 23-January 20), Aquarius (January 21-February 21), and Pisces (February 22-March 20. These dates vary to some extent dependent upon the year.

 

Answer 11 Who was John Dillinger?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE John Dillinger was an American gangster during the Depression era in the United States. He was best known as a bank robber and was the object of many a police hunt. He was killed by Federal Agents On July 22, 1934 as he exited the Biograph Theater in Chicago accompanied by two women, Polly Hamilton and Anna Sage. Sage, who became known the notorious “Woman in Red” pointed out Dillinger thus causing his death.

 

Answer 12 What general during the Civil War became a U. S. President?

 

USA HISTORY, INFLUENTIAL MEN The general during the Civil War who became a U.S. President was Ulysses S. Grant. In 1869, at the age of 46, he became the 18th President of the United States. At that time he was the youngest person to be elected to this office.

 

Answer 13 Without considering such organisms as fungi and reefs, what is the largest living creature in the world?

 

ANIMAL FACTS The Blue Whale is the world’s largest living creature. A typical blue whale measures about 75-80 feet long and weighs about 110 tons. It’s the largest living animal on earth.

 

Answer 14 What is the only mammal capable of flight?

 

ANIMAL FACTS The bat, a mammal, is capable of flight. Bats are warm blooded, nurse their babies with milk, and have fur. Bats make up the order Chiropteran.

 

Answer 15 Who wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

 

GREAT LITURATURE, AUTHORS The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1884. This novel has been recognized as one of the greatest American novels.

 

Answer 16 At what temperature does water boil?

 

SCIENCE The boiling point of water is 100°C or 212° F at one atmosphere of pressure (sea level). As with the temperature at which water freezes, there is more to be known about this. The boiling point of water depends on atmospheric pressure. Water boils at a lower temperature as one gains altitude. Below sea level, it boils at a higher temperature. We will accept as correct, the temperatures shown in the first sentence of this answer and/or reasonable numbers near these numbers.

 

Answer 17 One form of radio reception is AM. What is the second kind?

 

SCIENCE, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Two forms of radio reception are AM (amplitude modulation) and FM (frequency modulation).

 

Answer 18 What is the major gas in air?

 

CHEMISTRY The main element in air is Nitrogen . About 78% of air is Nitrogen and about 21% is Oxygen. There are also small amounts of other gases in air. Humans cannot exist on either Oxygen or Nitrogen alone.

 

Answer 19 What is the nickname of California?

 

USA STATES The nickname of California is “The Golden State.” This nickname became official in 1968. Many reasons could be given for this nickname. Perhaps the most appropriate is that, in 1848, gold was discovered in Coloma, which triggered the 1849 California Gold Rush.

 

Answer 20 What is the meaning of the acronym, AARP?

 

ACRONYMS The acronym, AARP stands for “American Association of Retired Persons.” This is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of over 37 million.

 

Answer 21 What is the name of the movie during which one of the characters is having trouble finding a place for a crap game?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS The name of the 1955 movie is “Guys and Dolls.” It stars Marion Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine. The movie was based on the 1950 Broadway musical. In this movie, Nathan Detroit, played by Frank Sinatra, tries to find a safe place at which an illegal crap game can be played.

 

Answer 22 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.

 

Answer 23 What is the value in decimal of the binary number 10010?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The value of the binary number 10010 is 18. This is a Base Two number. In this number the values of the digit, 1, are 2 to the power of 5 and 2 to the power of 2. (16 and 2 =18).

 

Answer 24 Who wrote the play, “Oedipus The King” (Also known as “Oedipus Rex”?

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS “Oedipus The King” is a play written by Sophocles that was first performed about 429 BC. It is considered by many to be a masterpiece of a Greek tragedy play.

 

Answer 25 In what opera is the song, “Summertime” heard?

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC, FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS “Summertime” was composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess.” The song is co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP. The opera was based on the novel, “Porgy,” authored by DuBose Heyward. The opera was first performed in New York City on September 30, 1935.

 

Test 9

 

Answer 1 What is Murphy’s Law?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Murphy’s Law briefly states that if something can go wrong, at some time it will. Computer programmers attempt to avoid having this law come true by trying to foresee anything that can go wrong and plan for it. This objective is rarely met. The original law suggested that if there are two or more ways to do something and one of the ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will eventually activate that way. The law’s author was Edward A. Murphy, Jr. He was involved in a rocket-sled experiment in which all 16 accelerator instruments were installed in the wrong direction. A law with a similar content is called Gumperson’s Law which briefly states that an unpleasant event will probably occur at a time when it is most destructive.

 

Answer 2 Who was Bobby Fisher?

 

CHESS, INFLUENTIAL MEN Bobby Fisher was a Grandmaster Chess Player. In 1972 he became World Chess Champion when he defeated Boris Spassky, of the Soviet Union, who was the champion at that time. Bobby Fisher was born on March 9, 1943 and died on January 17, 2008.

 

Answer 3 What is the meaning of the acronym ATM?

 

ACRONYMS You may consider your answer correct if you respond “Automated Teller Machine.” The first ATM machine installed in the United States was made by Chemical Bank at its Rockville Centre branch in New York.

 

Answer 4 In English grammar, list three infinitives.

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR An infinitive is the basic form of a verb with the word, to, ahead of it. There are many thousand verbs in the English language. Just a few example infinitives would be: to work, to teach, to play. You may consider your answer correct if you give responses that are similar to the examples.

 

Answer 5 What major baseball team is known as “The Cardinals”?

 

SPORTS The name of this major team is the “St. Louis Cardinals.” The “St. Louis Cardinals” are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. It competes in the National League of Major League baseball. The team has played their home games at Busch Stadium since 2006.

 

Answer 6 Give the names of two automobiles built in Italy past or present.

 

AUTOS Well-known Italian makes of automobiles include Ferrari, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Lancia, Maserati, and others. In order to answer this questions correctly, you need to give two of these names. If you know names that are not listed here but are sure they are correct, you may give those in order to get credit for answering the question correctly.

 

Answer 7 Name the three primary colors?

 

SCIENCE The three primary colors are yellow, red, and blue. In theory the primary colors are the root of every other color imaginable. With paint pigments, yellow, red, and blue are the only colors that can’t be created by mixing other colors. Printer inks are referred to a yellow, magenta, and cyan. In a color wheel, yellow can lead, in stages, to red, and red can lead, in stages, to blue, and blue, in stages, can lead back to yellow. One of the stages from yellow to red is brown; one of the stages from red to blue is purple; and one of the stages from blue to yellow is green.

 

Answer 8 How many notes are there in the “Chromatic musical scale”?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE For a correct response, we expect the number 12 here. The scale can be seen on a piano as seven white keys and five black ones. The names of the notes in sequence are C, C sharp/D flat, D. D sharp/E flat, E, F, F sharp/G flat, G, G sharp/A flat, A, A sharp/B flat, and B. The “Chromatic Scale” should not be confused with the “Diatonic Scale” which has 7 notes.

 

Answer 9 Which were two enemy countries of the United States during World War II?

 

USA WARS During World War II, the enemies of the United States were Italy, Germany, and Japan. Your answer would be considered correct if you give two of these names.

 

Answer 10 What are the first three digits in the value of the mathematical value, e?

 

MATH EMATICS, ARITHMETIC The first three digits of the mathematical value, e, are 2.71. This is an important mathematical constant being the base of natural logarithms. The number also arises in the study of compound interest, as well as other places.

 

Answer 11 Who wrote the book, “Gone With the Wind?”

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The book was authored by Margaret Mitchell. It was published by Macmillan on June 30, 1936. All the fame that came to the author because of this book disrupted her life so much that she vowed never to write another book, and she didn’t.

 

Answer 12 Give the names of two automobiles built by General Motors, past or present.

 

AUTOS The names of two automobiles are Chevrolet and Pontiac. General Motors has made or is making many different makes of automobiles including Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Corvair, Corvette, Buick, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall, and many more. You may consider your answer correct if you respond with two names from the above list or with names of cars or other vehicles that you know were made by General Motors.

 

Answer 13 In Chess what is the name of the tallest piece?

 

CHESS In Chess the piece that is the tallest is the King.

 

Answer 14 Who composed “The Skater’s Waltz”?”

 

FAMILIAR MUSIC, COMPOSERS The Skater’s Waltz” was composed in 1882 by Emile Waldteufel. This waltz is also known as Les Patineurs Valse and Die Schlittschuuhlaufer-Walzer, Op. 183.

 

 

Answer 15 What is the value of 4 raised to the power of 3?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The value of 4 raised to the power of 3 is 64 because 4 × 4 × 4 = 64.

 

Answer 16 Who composed the opera, “La Traviata”?

 

FAMOUS OPERAS, COMPOSERS The opera, “La Traviata” was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. This was set to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It was first performed on March 6, 1853 at the La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Italy.

 

Answer 17 What is the approximate distance from Earth to the Sun in miles?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY The approximate distance from the Earth to the Sun is 92.96 million miles. This is an average number since the Earth follows an elliptical path around the sun. The closest point is called the perihelion and the most distant point is called the aphelion. For astronomical purposes, the average distance from Earth to the Sun has been defined as one “Astronomical Unit (AU).” You can consider your answer correct if you give state a distance reasonably close to 93 million miles.

 

Answer 18 Who was Benito Mussolini during the period of World War II?

 

INFLUENTIAL MEN, USA WARS Benito Mussolini was an Italian dictator who had risen to power after World War I. He became prime minister of Italy in 1922. He allied himself with Adolf Hitler during World War II. His forces were little help to Hitler in the latter’s efforts to win the war. He was killed by Italian partisans shortly after Italy abandoned the war.

 

Answer 19 What was the name of the associate to Sherlock Holmes?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS The name of Sherlock Holmes’ associate was Dr. John H. Watson. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Dr. Watson was Sherlock Holmes’ friend and associate. He narrated most of the Sherlock Holmes’ cases in the first person. It is reputed that Holmes would often say to him, “Elementary, my dear Watson!” though these exact words were never stated in any of the stories.

 

Answer 20 One of the “Seven Classic Wonders of the World” was a lighthouse. Where was the lighthouse located?

 

WORLD WONDERS The lighthouse, one of the seven classic wonders of the world, was located in Alexandria, Egypt. This lighthouse was sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria. It was built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247 BC. It was between 293 and 450 feet in height.

 

Answer 21 Who sculpted the statue, “Venus De Milo”?

 

GREAT SCULPTURES, SCULPTORS “Venus De Milo” is believed to have been sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch. Earlier, it had been thought to be the work of the sculptor Praxiteles. This is an ancient Greek statue in marble created between 130 and 100 BC. It is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It’s on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It’s well known that the arms of this sculpture are missing from the figure. The arms and original base of the sculpture were lost following its discovery.

 

Answer 22 In light years, how far from Earth is Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, MEASUREMENTS The triple star, Alpha Centauri is about 4.4 light years distant from our Sun. This is about six trillion miles. While this may seem like a huge distance, it is, in reality, a very small distance considering that stars thousands of light years distant can be seen with the naked eye. Consider your answer correct if you responded 4 light years or the actual distance shown here.

 

Answer 23 Who wrote the novel, “The Magnificent Ambersons”?

 

GREAT LITERATURE, AUTHORS “The Magnificent Ambersons” was a prize-winning novel by Booth Tarkington written in 1918. The book was adapted for the 1942 film by the same name which was directed by Orson Welles. The picture was nominated for “Best Picture.”

 

Answer 24 What was one enemy nation of the United States in World War II?

 

USA WARS The enemy countries of the United States during World War II were Germany, Italy, and Japan. Your answer would be correct if you name one of these countries.

 

Answer 25 Is the number 37 a prime number?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The number 37 is a prime number. A prime number is defined as a number that is not evenly divisible with any number except 1 and itself.

 

Test 10

 

Answer 1 What is the “400 rule” as it applies to whether a year is a leap year?

 

CALENDAR, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE The rule for when a year is a leap year is this: The year number must be evenly divisible by 4. However, there is an exception to this rule. An even century like 1900 must be evenly divisible by 400. The years 1600 and 2000 were leap years but the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not.

 

Answer 2 Which calendar do we use today, the Julian or the Gregorian?

 

CALENDAR Today the United States uses the Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian calendar is named after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it in 1582. The calendar was not adopted at once by all countries. The United States adopted the calendar on September, 1752. At that time eleven days were dropped from the current date in order to make the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.

 

Answer 3 What is the name of the movie that involves the story of the von Trapp family?

 

MEMORABLE MOVIES, MOVIE STARS The name of the movie that had its origin with the story of the von Trapp family was the 1965 film, The Sound of Music. Two of the principal stars in this movie were Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

 

Answer 4 What is the Quran?

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE The Quran, also known as Qur’an or Koran, is the most important text of Islam, which Muslims believe to be a revelation from God. Quranic chapters are called suras and verses. Muslims believe the Quran was revealed by God, from 609 to and including 632, to Muhammad through the angel, Gabriel. Muhammad was 40 at that time, which was the age at which he died. The word Quran literally means recitation.

 

Answer 5 About how many moons does the planet, Jupiter, have?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY, INFLUENTIAL MEN There are, at least, 64 known moons of Jupiter. Some are very small. The names of the four largest are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. These are called the “Galilean moons” because there were first seen in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. Ganymede is the largest of the moons on Jupiter. You could consider your answer correct if it’s reasonably close to 64.

 

Answer 6 In what year did Columbus discover America?

 

WORLD HISTORY, INFLUENTIAL MEN The year was 1492. On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Spain with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. On October 12, 1492, the ships made landfall on one of the islands of the Bahamas.

 

Answer 7 What is the problem that the old woman who lived in a shoe have?

 

NURSERY RHYMES The woman had so many children she didn’t know what to do. This is part of a popular nursery rhyme entitled “There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19132. The rhyme has no other credible meaning other than what the lines say.

 

Answer 8 What was Sputnik?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY Sputnik is the name for the first artificial satellite that was placed into space. It was launched into space by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. Its size was about that of a beach ball.

 

Answer 9 Who wrote the play Comedy of Errors?

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS The play Comedy of Errors was written by William Shakespeare and first published in 1595.

 

Answer 10 How many oceans are there on Earth?

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY There are five oceans on Earth. The are The Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern. The surface of the Earth is about 71 percent water.

 

Answer 11 How many zeroes in the number one trillion?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC There are 12 zeros in the number one trillion. In American numbering, three zeros represents thousand, six represent million, nine represents billion and twelve represents trillion. The number one trillion looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000.

 

Answer 12 In Finance what is a bond?

 

FINANCE AND INVESTING In the field of finance, a bond is a debt. An investor loans money to an entity; for example, a company, municipality, state, or government. Bonds are issued as evidence of the debt. Typically investors receive their money back with interest.

 

Answer 13 In what year did the United States enter World War I?

 

USA WARS, USA PRESIDENTS The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. In office at the time was President Woodrow Wilson.

 

Answer 14 Who was the author of “The Lady of the Lake”?

 

POETRY, AUTHORS The author of “The Lady of the Lake” was Sir Walter Scott. This is a narrative poem, first published in 1810. The poem was accepted with much acclaim.

 

Answer 15 During World War II, what was Operation Barbarossa?

 

USA WARS Operation Barbarossa was the name of Hitler’s invasion of the USSR during World War II. This invasion began on June 22, 1941. At first, the operation met with great success but the tide turned and this event was instrumental in the ultimate defeat of Germany.

 

Answer 16 Name two plays written by William Shakespeare.

 

GREAT PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS There are many plays that were written by William Shakespeare between 1589 and 1612. Here is a complete list: All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labours’s Lost; Measure for Measure for Measure; Merchant of Venice; Merry Wives of Windsor; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado about Nothing; The Taming of the Shrew; The Tempest; Twelfth Night; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Winter’s Tale; Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II, Henry V; Henry VI, Part I; Henry VI, Part II; Henry VI, Part III; Henry VIII; King John Pericles; Richard II; Richard III; Antony and Cleopatra; Coriolanus; Cymbeline; Hamlet; Julius Caesar; King Lear; Macbeth; Othello; Romeo and Juliet; Timon of Athens; Titus Andronicus; Troilus and Cressida. To answer this question correctly, name two of the plays listed above.

 

Answer 17 Who killed Cock Robin?

 

NURSERY RHYMES In the nursery rhyme of the same name, the sparrow killed Cock Robin. The earliest record of this rhyme is in “Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book” published around 1744.

 

Answer 18 Is 43 a prime number?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC Yes, the number 43 is a prime number. In Mathematics, a prime number is a number that cannot be divided evenly by any other number except itself and 1. The first several prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, and 43. The numbers 0 and 1 are not considered prime numbers. It has been logically proven that there is no limit to the number of prime numbers. At the time of this writing, the largest prime number has 17,425,170 digits.

 

Answer 19 What is the decimal equivalent of 3/4?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The decimal equivalent of 3/4 is “0.75”. Your answer would be correct whether or not you include the leading zero.

 

Answer 20 Write the Greek letter named Omega.

 

GREEK ALPHABET The Greek letter, Omega, in upper and lower case has this appearance: Ω, ω;  This is the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet.

 

Answer 21 Which planet is famous for its rings?

 

SPACE, ASTRONOMY Although several planets have rings, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the planet best known for its magnificent rings is Saturn.

 

Answer 22 Who invented the Cotton Gin?

 

IMPORTANT INVENTIONS, INVENTORS, INFLUENTIAL MEN The Cotton Gin was invented by Eli Whitney and patented in 1794. It was a machine that separated cotton fibers from their seeds. Before this, the work had been done with clumsy handheld machines and even manually. The machine greatly increased production. It has been stated that the machine hastened the Civil War because the demand for cotton increased dramatically leading to the increase of slavery.

 

Answer 23 What is 30% of 240? Do not use a calculator.

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC Thirty percent of 240 is 72. In order to compute this, one would multiply 0.30 times 240.

 

Answer 24 What is the cube root of 27?

 

MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC The cube root of 27 is 3. This is because 3 × 3 × 3 equals 27.

 

Answer 25 What is the capital of Italy?

 

WORLD CAPITALS, WORLD GEOGRAPHY The capital of Italy is Rome. Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years. The city eventually became the capital of the Roman Empire. With the passage of time, Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1871, and in 1946, it became the capital of the Italian Republic.

 

 


Are You Truly Educated

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