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Cultural Trivia Quiz #55

1. In which of the following arts, crafts, occupations, or professions did an early 20th Century American named Frank Lloyd Wright become most famous? -- poetry; architecture; military leadership; or banking?

2. Two of 20th Century American composer Aaron Copland's most famous works were Billy the Kid and Rodeo. To which of the following genres did those two works belong? -- symphony; opera; ballet; or musical comedy?

3. This is supposed to be really easy! Tell me who painted the Mona Lisa.

4. Which of the following terms refers to a tax passed by the government of a country on goods which are imported into that country. The purpose of such a tax is to raise the price of the foreign goods so that local manufacturers of similar goods can still compete and make a profit. -- quotas; cartels; tariffs; or sumptuary laws?

5. In what Asian country is the principal river called the Mekong River?

6. The Eastern Roman Empire -- also known as the Byzantine Empire -- lasted from 610 A.D. to 1453 A.D., but we still use the word byzantine today. Which of the following definitions most closely describes the way we use the word today? -- refers to the art style also known as Art Deco; refers to extremely complex and clandestine political maneuvers; refers to the Great Western Desert of Turkey; or refers to the practice of medieval monks who shaved a bald spot on the top of their heads?

7. In which of the following battles of the Civil War did an attack known as "Pickett's Charge" see Confederate troops attacking the heavily defended center of the Union line? Pickett's men were slaughtered because they had to march over one mile across open fields in full view of the Union cannons. -- the First Battle of Bull Run; the Battle of Atlanta; the Battle of Nashville; or the Battle of Gettysburg?

8. During the first term of the presidency of the second President Bush, who was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?

9. What is the name of the medieval English poem by Geoffrey Chaucer which includes such famous stories as "The Miller's Tale" and "The Pardoner's Tale"?

10. Math Time! If the radius of a circle is 1.5 inches long, which of the following is closest to being a measurement of the area of that circle? -- 70.65 square inches; 7.07 square inches; 15.5 square inches; or 1.55 square inches?

11. Modern doctors take an oath that pledges them to avoid doing harm to their patients and to keep information about the patients secret. What is the name of the ancient Greek physician who first stated this code of medical conduct?

12. The hero of Homer's epic The Odyssey is Odysseus. The plot of the epic traces the hero's struggles to return home to his wife and son after the Trojan War. Name either the wife or the son.

13. In what book of the Old Testament does one find the story of Noah's flood?

14. The pituitary gland and the thyroid gland are both parts of which of the following human anatomical systems? -- the reproductive system; the nervous system; the endocrine system; or the respiratory system?

15. Name the famous wheelchair-bound scientist from Cambridge University whose book A Brief History of Time was a best-seller in non-fiction during the 1980's and 1990's.

16. In the 1940's and 1950's ENIAC and UNIVAC were famous examples of the first generation of which of the following kinds of devices? -- telescopes; radiation detectors; computers; or nuclear weapons?

17. Which words in the following sentence are properly classified as adverbs? -- "Satan slowly convinced Eve that Jehovah had unfairly forbidden her to eat the fruit of that special tree."

18. The word light appears three times in the following sentences. Each time it appears it is a different part of speech. Identify which part of speech each of the occurences is. -- "The light of the setting sun is growing dimmer and dimmer and there is a light rain falling. I will, therefore, light a lamp and put it in the window so my brother can see how to get home."

19. The Spanish word tio means "uncle." But what I want to know is what does the Spanish word tia mean?

20. Modern Afghanistan has common borders with six other countries. One of those countries is China. Name any other country that shares a border with Afghanistan.

21. Which one of the following names is the name of an actual country that currently exists in the 21st Century? -- Polgania; Togo; Polyhymnia; or Arkanonia?

22. In 1983 the musical Cats was the smash hit of the year. The music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Which of the following writers provided the lyrics? -- Robert Frost; T.S. Eliot; Oscar Hammerstein; or Sir Elton John?

23. Macadamias and filberts are examples of which of the following foods? -- fruits; cheeses; nuts; or meats?

24. What famous Roman politician and general was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 B.C.?

25. His wife's name was Yoko Ono. He and Paul McCartney wrote many hit songs in the 1960's. He was murdered outside his New York City apartment building in 1980. Name him.

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