1. In the Old Testament God tests Abraham by ordering him to sacrifice his son on the altar. Name that son.
2. Which of the following characters from classical mythology is so handsome that Venus, the goddess of love, falls in love with him -- Daedalus? Midas? Adonis? or Theseus?
3. What is the famous six-word English proverb which means that we must exert ourselves if we want to succeed because we cannot expect help from God unless we make an effort on our own?
4. An annoying problem that is difficult to get rid of is sometimes compared to a certain bird in Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" which is hung around the unfortunate seaman's neck. What bird is that?
5. What does the German expression "danke schoen" mean?
6. Which of the following terms refers to a person who believes it is impossible to prove that God exists and equally impossible to prove that God doesn't exist -- atheist? agnostic? heretic? or pagan?
7. Name the famous American novel which relates the tragic events which occurred during Captain Ahab's last whaling voyage aboard a ship called "The Pequod."
8. Identify the group of words in the following sentence which is used as an appositive -- Jealousy, one of the deadliest weaknesses of human nature, is compared in Shakespeare's play Othello to a "green-eyed monster."
9. What is the official name of the organization which gives out Oscars every year to actors, directors, producers, and others who are involved in making movies.
10. Name the volcano that erupted in the First Century A.D. and buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
11. The French equivalent to the American Fourth of July holiday is their celebration on July 14 of Bastille Day. Who, where, or what is the Bastille?
12. Name the court house in Virginia where Robert E. Lee ended the fighting in the Civil War by surrendering to Ulysses Grant.
13. What were the real names of Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid?
14. Name the two houses of the British Parliament.
15. Name the title character from Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novel about slavery whose name was used during the Civil Rights movement as an insult to blacks who cooperated with conservative whites rather than demanding immediate and full equality.
16. Name the arm of the Mediterranean Sea that lies between Greece and Turkey?
17. Name the two states that gave up some territory to form the District of Columbia.
18. Writers of the 1950's such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg who rejected middle-class respectable values were usually called which of the following -- beatniks? hippies? yuppies? or preppies?
19. In collective bargaining the two sides involved in the discussions are usually called what?
20. Raise 3 to the 3rd power; to that result add 3; multiply that result by 3; and to that result add the square of 3. What is the final result?
21. What are the three main kinds of particles found in every atom?
22. Which of the following is not really an element found in the periodic table -- radonite? krypton? xenon? or argon?
23. What is the common name for animals classified formally as aves?
24. In which of the following areas of the body does one find the Achilles tendon -- the neck? the lower arm? the hips? or the lower leg?
25. The first space shuttle disaster occurred in 1986 and killed seven astronauts including public school teacher Christa McAuliffe. What was the name of the shuttle?
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