Philip Coates Posted April 17, 2010 Share Posted April 17, 2010 This quiz recently appeared in the New York Times. Rules: Just go through it and answer immediately the ones you know. Allow yourself an extra five or ten minutes to try to recall those answers that are 'on the tip of your mind'. No peeking, looking at globes or wikipedia or any other resources. Deduct 1/2 point for any misspellings. (One of the math questions has the wrong official answer..so give yourself credit if you have the right answer.) ===>1. To become a United States senator, a person must be at least how old?2. President John Adams was a member of what political party at the time of his election?3. What was the given name of the Civil War general Stonewall Jackson?4. What revolutionary leader famously uttered the words “Give me liberty or give me death!” in a speech at the second Virginia Convention?5. As a result of the Missouri Compromise, what state was allowed to enter the Union on March 15, 1820, to balance the admission of Missouri?6. What Jamestown colony settler married Pocahontas in 1614?7. What Puritan was elected governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 12 times between 1630 and 1649?8. In the 1850s, the United States bought about 30,000 square miles of land as part of the Gadsden Purchase. The land is now part of two states. Name them.9. The legendary American Indian leader Geronimo was a member of what tribe?10. According to Greek myth, what did Prometheus steal from the gods and give to mankind?11. The Peloponnesian War, which lasted from about 430 to 405 B.C., was primarily a conflict between Athens and what other ancient city-state?12. Copernicus, the legendary 16th-century astronomer, was born in what country?13. Timbuktu is a city in what African country?14. The playwright William Shakespeare was born in what century?15. “Gulliver’s Travels” is a novel written by what 18th-century author?16. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —/ I took the one less traveled by” are lines from the poem “The Road Not Taken,” written by what American poet?17. Who is the author of the poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty called “The New Colossus”?18. The 18th-century classical music composer Wolfgang Mozart was born in what present-day country?19. What composer wrote the “1812 Overture”?20. How many demonstrative adjectives are in the following sentence? “That scruffy dog with the short tail chased the multicolored cat through the tree.”21. What geologic era are we in right now?22. What Scottish scientist discovered penicillin in 1928?23. In the human body, the adrenal glands are located directly above what organ?24. There are three basic types of muscle tissue in the human body. Smooth and skeletal are two of them. What’s the third?25. There are three elements that are found in all carbohydrates. Carbon and hydrogen are two of them. What’s the third?26. What is the most abundant element in the universe?27. Density describes the mass of an object divided by what?28. If y = 3x, and 3x = 12, then what number does “y” equal?29. Any number to the power of zero is equal to what value?30. If a fraction has a denominator of 5, what must the numerator be to make it a unit fraction?31. How many common factors do the numbers 28 and 32 have?>>The $1 Million Dollar Questions<<32. What state is home to Acadia National Park?33. Who was the longest-reigning British monarch? ---------End of QUIZ------------ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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