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Cultural Trivia Quiz #54

1. Which of the following definitions best describes what the terms Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian mean to architects? -- three types of columns used in ancient Greek architecture; three levels of the ancient city of Troy; three theories about the origin of ancient Greek sculpture; or the three sites in Greece where underground labyrinths have been found?

2. What four instruments are used in a classical string quartet?

3. In which of the following arts, crafts, occupations, or professions did the 19th Century Dutchman named Vincent Van Gogh become most famous? -- painting; poetry; polo-playing; or play-writing?

4. In 1807 the Clermont -- the first practical steamboat -- made its first trip from New York City to Albany. Name the man who designed and built that first steamboat.

5. Name the three largest countries in North America.

6. In 1453 Muslim warriors conquered the city of Constantinople, and then they gave the city a new name. What was that new name?

7. Which of America's wars was ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919?

8. What is the proper legal term for lying or giving false testimony while under oath?

9. In which of the following arts, crafts, occupations, or professions did the 19th Century Englishman named Robert Browning become most famous? -- painting; poetry; architecture; or hot air ballooning?

10. Math Time! If "a to the x power" is equal to "a to the fourth power," what is the value of x?

11. What is the three-letter acronym for the virus which causes AIDS?

12. In which ancient culture did people worship the following gods? -- Osiris and Isis.

13. Only two of the books of the Old Testament are named for women. Give me both those names.

14. Name the human organ which has parietal lobes, occipital lobes, temporal lobes, and frontal lobes.

15. State the speed of light in miles per second.

16. What exactly does the computer abbreviation DOS stand for?

17. State the tense and voice of the verb in the following sentence: "The forbidden fruit will soon be eaten by Eve."

18. Name the serious grammatical error in the following sentence: "Richard and John is going to the movies tonight."

19. When two competitors finish a contest so nearly tied that officials have to figure out who the winner was -- well, such a finish is called a "photo finish." From what sport does that expression "photo finish" come?

20. What is the plural form of the word ox?

21. In 1994 this schizophrenic Princeton University math professor won a Nobel Prize for his work. His life story is told in the movie A Beautiful Mind. Name him.

22. Which of the following names is the name of a non-existent, fictional country? -- Moldava; Mali; Myanmar; or Belmania?

23. This 20th Century American poet won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943. Perhaps his best known poem is "The Road Not Taken." Name this famous American poet.

24. In which of the following arts, crafts, professions, or occupations did a 20th Century Swede named Ingmar Bergman become most famous? -- chess champion; movie director; ballet dancer; or concert violinist?

25. Name both the male and female lead actors in the 1942 movie Casablanca.

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