Subject: Cultural literacy
(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?