These questions cover all the usual fields of academic knowledge and are taken from a book entitled A Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know From time to time, I will add additional similar quizzes to the website. The best way to answer this quiz is to write your answers on a piece of paper and when you are through answering the quiz items, check the answers from the link at the bottom of this page.
1. Who is the author of Poor Richard's Almanack?
2. Give me both the French and Spanish words for "goodbye."
3. Who was the author of the ancient Greek play entitled Oedipus Rex?
4. In which of Shakespeare's plays does the main character hold up an old skull he found in a graveyard and exclaim "Alas! Poor Yorick"?
5. In the date 2002 A.D., what exactly does the "A.D." stand for?
6. What musical instrument did Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong play?
7. Who was the mother of Queen Elizabeth the First of England?
8. World War Two was won by a coalition of countries known as the Allies. Name the four main countries in that coalition.
9. Who wrote the following famous words? "These are the times that try men's souls."
10. What American newspaper has the following motto? "All the news that's fit to print."
11. What does the term "bicameral legislature" refer to?
12. What is the title of the U.S. official who is the head of Department of Justice?
13. What is the name of the longest river in the world?
14. What is the largest city in Alaska?
15. Name the U.S. organization for boys and young men whose motto is "Be Prepared."
16. What do economists call that part of the economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food?
17. What term is given to the smallest possible unit of a chemical element?
18. What term do geologists use to describe the outermost layer of the earth?
19. What term do biologists use to refer to those vertebrate animals that live part of their life cycle in the water and the other part on land?
20. What exactly does the acronym AIDS stand for?
21. What was the most famous achievement of the U.S. space program known as Apollo?
22. In what book of the Bible does one find the story of Sodom and Gommorah?
23. What was the name of the legendary King Arthur's wife?
24. Name the Scottish poet who is responsible for the following proverb. "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray."
25. Name the famous Danish author of the 19th Century who wrote such well-known fairy tales as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Princess and the Pea."
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