Sub­ject: Cul­tural lit­er­acy

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(e.g., Ralph El­li­son is best known for his book “____ Man.” An­swer: In­vis­i­ble.)


1. What na­tion­al­ity was Marco Polo?

2. What was John Han­cock first to sign?

3. What is the largest five-sided build­ing in the U.S.?

4. What does “fauna” mean in “fauna and flora”?

5. Term for the vis­i­ble part of the ear.


6. What poem be­gins “By the shores of Gitche Gumee”?

7. In which city is the cathe­dral (now a mu­seum) named Ha­gia Sophia?

8. Ti­tle tra­di­tion­ally held by the male heir to the Bri­tish throne.

9. Many of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s plays were first per­formed at this the­ater.

10. Which pres­i­dent warned of the mil­i­tary-in­dus­trial com­plex?


11. He was be­headed for not rec­og­niz­ing Henry VIII as head of the English Church.

12. Who was the first wo­man to run for vice pres­i­dent as a Demo­crat?

13. “Thomism” refers to the phi­los­o­phy of ____. 14. “Sem­per fi­delis” trans­lates to _____.

15. Who is the main vil­lain in the leg­end of Robin Hood?

AN­SWERS: 1. Ital­ian. 2. Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

3. Pen­tagon. 4. An­i­mals. 5. Outer ear (ex­ter­nal ear).

6. “The Song of Hi­awatha.” 7. Is­tan­bul, Turkey. 8. Prince of Wales. 9. Globe The­ater. 10. Dwight D. Eisen­hower.

11. Thomas More. 12. Geral­dine Fer­raro. 13. Thomas Aquinas. 14. Al­ways faith­ful. 15. Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham.


Score one point for each cor­rect an­swer on the fresh­man level, two points on the grad­u­ate level and three points on the Ph.D. level.

24-30 points: Con­grat­u­la­tions, doc­tor; 18-23: hon­ors grad­u­ate; 13-17: you’re plenty smart; 5-12: hit the books harder; 1-4: en­roll in re­me­dial cour­ses im­me­di­ately; 0: who reads the ques­tions to you?

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