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Cultural Trivia Quiz #46

1. Name the Old Testament character whose strength depended upon his long hair. When his treacherous girl friend cut his hair while he was asleep, he lost his strength, and the Philistines captured him and blinded him.
2. According to Greek mythology, Daedalus made two sets of wings from feathers and wax so that he and his son could escape from the Labyrinth. During the escape, the son flew too close to the sun, the wax melted, and the poor lad plunged to his death. Which of the following was the son's name? Icarus; Oedipus; Leviticus; or Janus?
3. Which of the following phrases best completes the quotation, "He who cannot learn from history --"? "is very slow indeed"; "is condemned to repeat it"; "is an old dog who cannot learn new tricks"; or "is going to spoil the broth"?
4. Which of the following expressions means "to overextend or overwork oneself; to do more than one ought to"? to burn Atlanta; to burn your bridges behind you; to burn the midnight oil; or to burn your candle at both ends?
5. Name the famous German brothers of the 19th Century who are best remembered for their collection of fairy tales including "Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
6. "Double, double toil and trouble; / Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." In which of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies are those words chanted by three witches?
7. Which words in the following sentence are properly called auxiliary verbs? "John Keats probably would have been considered as famous a writer as Shakespeare, but -- unfortunately -- he died when he was only 25 years old."
8. Who wrote the words to "The Star Spangled Banner"?
9. There was a series of wars from the 11th Century A.D. until the 13th Century A.D. in which European kings and warriors set out to gain control of the lands in which Jesus lived. What is the common name for those wars?
10. In 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published a book which set forth the basic principles of Communism. That book contained the famous phrase "Workers of the World unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains." Which of the following is the title of that 1848 book? The First Principles of Communist Theory; The Communist Manifesto; The Coming Struggle for Justice; or Capitalism and Tyranny?
11. Name the English royal dynasty to which King James the First and King Charles the First belonged.
12. Which of the following terms was used in the first half of the 19th Century to refer to opponents of slavery in the southern states? liberationists; secessionists; abolitionists; or declarationists?
13. Who became President of the United States when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated?
14. The early 19th Century war between the United States and Mexico lasted for three years. Name any of those three years.
15. Which of the following is the common name used by historians to refer to the major battle which began on June 6, 1944? D-Day; Pearl Harbor; the Battle of the Bulge; or the invasion of Japan?
16. Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Who was the first woman to make that same solo flight?
17. Which of the following is the best definition of anti-semitism? hatred of Arabs; hatred of Catholics; hatred of Mormons; or hatred of Jews?
18. What is title given to the highest-ranking military officer in the United States military?
19. Jut off the coast of south-east Africa is a one of the world's largest islands. Which of the following is name of that island? Sumatra; Madagascar; Sri Lanka; or Tasmania?
20. Which of the fifty states in the U.S. is located furthest to the south?
21. Which of the following is the principal effect of psychedelic drugs on the persons who use them? extreme drowsiness; hallucinations; an inability to calm down; or inability to feel pain?
22. If x=5 and y=10, then what is the cube of the following expression? the quantity (x+y) divided by 3?
23. Name the two principal particles found in the nucleus of atoms.
24. In what art, science, or profession did the early 20th Century American Edwin Hubble become famous?
25. Hydrogen and helium are the first two elements in the periodic table. What is the third element in the periodic table of elements?

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