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Cultural Trivia Quiz #58

1. One of the most famous formulas in mathematics is stated as follows: "a-squared plus b-squared equals c-squared." Which of the following terms refers to that equation? -- Smithfield's theorem; the Pythagorean theorem; Euler's Last Paradox; or the Law of Sines?

2. Which of the following terms refers to a one-cell animal with no fixed shape? -- hydra; paramecium; amoeba; or golgi body?

3. Which of the following organs of the human body is affected by a disease known as cirrhosis? -- the lungs; the lower intestine; the liver; or the limbic system?

4. Which of the following terms is the common term for myopia? -- nearsightedness; farsightedness; tunnel vision; or "seeing spots"?

5. Which of the following terms refers to the balance point of a lever? -- the microcenter; the epicenter; the fulcrum; or the focus?

6. Name the beautiful but evil step-daughter of King Herod who asked for John the Baptist's head on a platter.

7. Which of the following Greek gods or goddesses was the patron god of weddings and wedding feasts? (You should be able to guess by the name.) -- Hephaestus; Hera; Hymen; or Hermes?

8. Which of the following expressions is an old-fashioned version of the modern expression: "Pay-back is Hell!" -- "When it rains it pours"; "Where there's a will, there's a way"; "There's no accounting for taste"; or "Turnabout is fair play"?

9. Ralph twisted Ed's arm behind his back until Ed was forced to cry uncle. Which of the following statements describes what Ed did? -- Ed kicked Ralph in the groin; Ed surrendered; Ed bit Ralph's ear off; or Ed screamed out for help from a relative or friend?

10. Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates -- one of these guys taught another of these guys and then the second guy became the teacher of the third guy. Put the three names in order from the first teacher to the third teacher.

11. It's a story about a person with two personalities. It's called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Who wrote that famous story?

12. Sensitive people often use an agreeable or inoffensive expression to talk about things that would upset the listener. For example, a funeral director might say your mother has "passed away" instead of saying she "died." Or, for another example, a room for excretion and urination is often called a "rest room." Which of the following words refers to such a softened and inoffensive expression? -- eulogy; euphemism; elegy; or elocution?

13. In what city does one find the famous structure known as the Eiffel Tower?

14. Which one of the following instruments is not a member of the brass family of instruments? -- French horn; English horn; flugelhorn; or baritone horn?

15. Which of the following is the best approximation for the number of years between the coronation of British Queen Elizabeth I and the coronation of British Queen Elizabeth II? -- 400 years; 200 years; 800 years; or 100 years?

16. In which of the world's principal oceans did the World War Two Battle of Guadalcanal take place?

17. Which of the following names is most closely associated with the Underground Railroad of the mid-19th Century? -- Martin Luther King, Jr.; Nat Turner; Frederick Douglass; or Harriet Tubman?

18. Between 1920 and 1933 the Volstead Act made something illegal in America. What did the Volstead Act forbid?

19. What exactly does the acronym NATO stand for?

20. What exactly does the acronym NASA stand for?

21. It's called the "the Paris of the North," and it's the capital and largest city of Denmark. Name this city!

22. The capital of this country is called Ho Chi Minh City. That city was formerly known as Saigon. What country am I speaking about?

23. Name the river that flows through Washington, D.C.

24. What is the principal symptom of pyromania?

25. Scientists measure heat in calories and BTU's. What does BTU stand for?

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