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What German composer's only opera was Fidelio?
Ludwig von Beethoven
What Greek mathematician exclaimed, "Eureka!" when he made an important discovery about his principle of buoyancy?
What country's mythology featured the gods Anubis, Isis, and Ra?
In pottery, what is the name if the oven in which clay is fired?
What day and year was the declaration signed?
July 4, 1776
She was the mother of John Quincy Adams. Name this first lady, the wife of John Adams?
Abigail Adams (Smith)
What name is given to a mental or physical disorder in which it is difficult to fall or remain asleep?
The Tower Treasure, written by Edward Stratemeyer, ghosting as Franklin Dixon, was the first book to feature what pair of twin teenage crime fighters?
The Hardy Boys
Until the revolution in 1912, this country had been ruled by five major dynasties. What country was ruled by the Han, Tang, Sung, Ming, and Manchu dynasties?
At first unable to earn a living wage by writing he worked at a worked at a Boston custom house. Name this major US author and short story writer of the Twicetold Tales, The House of Seven Gates, and Scarlet Letter?
The area the Romans called Hibernia is today given what name with capital at Dublin?
What prophet mentioned in the Old testament and in the Quran has become a symbol of faith in the midst of suffering, especially disease? Name this prophet with a 3-letter name.
What does the Spanish phrase buenos dias mean?
In 1990, what British politician was elected to replace Margaret Thatcher as head of the conservative party and Prime Minister?
What science fiction author wrote Something Wicked This Way Comes and Fahrenheit 451?
From 1958-69 he served as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. Name this composer who wrote the musical West Side Story and the ballet Fancy Fee.
What Scottish-American invented the Telephone in 1876?
Alexander Graham Bell
In Greek mythology, this titan ruled the others until his son Zeus dethroned him. Identify this god whose equivalent was Saturn.
In art, these are known as movable sculptures of shapes linked by wires or rods. Name this art form invented by Alexander Calder.
It is located on the banks of Potomac River between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Identify this capital city of the United States.
What tax was banned in 1964 by the 24th amendment to the US Constitution?
This ancient Greek slave was a noted fabulist. Name this author of The Fox and the Grapes.
What French sculptor designed the Statue of Liberty?
Ratified in 1920, what was the subject of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution?
Admitted to the US in 1791, it is the 43rd largest state. Name this state whose capital is Montpelier.
In architecture these projecting supports are built into or against the exterior of a wall to give added strength. Name this architectural device that can be 'flying.'
What world religion was founded by Siddhartha Gautama?
This titan stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock where birds pecked his liver. Name this mythological figure.
Who flew the plane, Spirit of St. Louis?
It is orbited by Miranda, Ariel, and Oberon, just to name a few. Name this planet with several satellites, the 7th planet from the sun.
As a naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle, what evolutionist scientist accumulated the data he used to formulate the theory of evolution?
What character created by Robert Louis Stevenson is the alter ego of Dr. Jekyll?
What American songwriter wrote the songs Campfire Races and Oh! Susanna?
Lewis Carroll created what title character who encountered the Cheshire Cat during her adventures in Wonderland?
Alice Pleasance Liddell
What does the Italian phrase Grazie mean?
With what school of art are the names Fernand Leger, Junn Gris, George Braque and Pablo Picasso are associated?
This poet's best known work is Little Orphan Annie. Name this "Hoosier Poet."
James Whitcomb Riley
He was the 39th vice president of the US under Richard Nixon. Name this man who resigned in 1973 amid tax evasion charges.
Spiro T. Agnew
What famous document begins with the following words; "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
Declaration of Independence
It was admitted to the union in 1864 and is the 7th largest state in the US. Name this state whose capital is Carson City.
In art, this is known as the range of colors available to an artist. These colors are usually arranged on a board with a thumbhole for easy holding and mixing. Name this art term.
In Greek mythology, she was the wife and sister of Zeus. Identify this queen of gods.
What city is French-born American architect Pierre Charles L 'Enfant best known for designing?
These salivary glands are often inflamed in a person with mumps. Identify these salivary glands located above the jaw and in front of the ear.
What French educator developed the most famous system of writing for the blind in the mid 1800s?
With what musical instrument was African American jazz great Duke Ellington associated?
Often sung at the beginning of the New Year, this Scottish song's title translates to Old Long Time or Good Old Days.
Auld Lang Syne
A goiter is a pathologic enlargement of what gland?
What was the first state other than the original 13 states to join the United States?
What famous comic strip by Charles Schultz featured the characters Brown, Lucy, and Linus?
With Jacques Marquette, what man discovered the upper Mississippi river in 1673?
This Scottish-American inventor helped found the magazine Science in 1880. Name this inventor of the Telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell
What important position have the following men all held: Trygve Lie, U Thant, Kurt Waldheim, and Kofi Annan?
Secretary General of the United Nations
He founded Georgia in 1773 as an asylum for debtors. Name this Englishman.
What man made body of water is nicknamed "Clinton's Ditch" after NY politician Dewitt Clinton?
This Supreme Court case was tried in 1954 and ruled the public school segregation was unconstitutional. Name this case that overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision.
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education
Featuring the Joad Family, name the John Steinbeck novel chronicling the hardships of an Oklahoma family headed to California.
The Grapes of Wrath
This mountain range runs through Western South America. Name this impressive mountain range.
It is the largest desert in the world. Name this North African Desert.
What is the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective?
This is Gutzon Borglum's most famous sculpture. Name this work featuring four American presidents carved into the side of a mountain in South Dakota.
It is believed to be the parent of all other abstract art forms. Name this art movement started by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.
In the Old Testament, Noah's descendents foolishly built this tower in a vain attempt to reach heaven. Name this tower.
Tower of Babel
This monster occupied the rock next to the whirlpool Charybdis. Name this mythological monster.
It is a dust, gas, and ice body the orbits the sun and develops a long, bright tail as it melts. Identify these celestial objects, the most famous of which is named after Edmund Halley.
These cells are the outer layer of cells present in a plant or animal skin. Identify these cells which lie directly above the dermis.
What animals are studied by an Ornithologist?
What disease causing virus did scientists Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk help conquer?
Who is known for the quotes, "Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration" and "The thing with which I lose patience the most is the clock: It's hands move too fast."?
To what large family of musical instruments do the bassoon, flute, and clarinet belong?
What British composer wrote the musicals Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cats?
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Though often disputed, who invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, NY?
He was an ambulance driver in WW1 and committed suicide in 1961. Name this world renowned author of For Whom the Bells Tolls.
What early American author wrote about Natty Bumppo in his Leatherstocking Tales?
James Fenimore Cooper
Which bile pigment is responsible for jaundice in infants when present in excess?
In nuclear energy, what term is used to define the splitting of a large nucleus to form two or more smaller nuclei?
What American astronomer put forth the theory of an expanding universe and has a large orbiting telescope named in his honor?
What American bandleader is known as the March King?
John Philip Sousa
What Harriet Beecher Stowe novel features the characters Tom, Little Eva, and Eliza?
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Who was the main character of Homer's Odyssey?
What does the French phrase merci beaucoup mean?
Thank you very much
In 1979 what women became Britain's first Prime Minister?
What political leader said the line, "Give me liberty or give me death."?
This American Statesman was known as the "Great Pacificator" and the "Great Compromiser." Name this man best known for his work on the Missouri Compromise.
What 1973 Supreme Court decision ruled that state laws limiting abortion were illegal?
Roe v. Wade
This cabinet level department encompasses the Mint, Secret Service, and the IRS. Name this cabinet department.
What English artist inspired the creation of an annual award given for children's book illustration excellence?
Randolph Caldecott (Caldecott Medal)
This South American nation has 2 capital cities. La Paz is the administrative capital and Sucre is the judicial capital. Name this nation.
Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei designed a new subterranean entrance to this museum in 1985. Name this Paris museum that houses the Mona Lisa.
In Roman Catholic theology, this is a cleansing place where souls of the departed wait for atonement of sins before being able to enter heaven. Name this place written about in the Dante.
In Greco-Roman mythology, this was the river of the underworld. Name this river that shares its name with the 70s rock band that wrote the song Renegade.
What playwright wrote the plays As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Richard III?
In paleontology, what name is given to the remains of an organism preserved in rock.
If your doctor ordered a lab test called CBC, what would the letters CBC stand for?
Complete Blood Count
What animals are studied by an Ichthyologist?
What inventor had workshops located in West Orange and Menlo Park, New Jersey?
What Austrian composer, who started composing around age 5, wrote A Little Night Music and the opera The Marriage of Figaro?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
This orphaned West Point dropout married his 13 year old cousin. Name this author of The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher.
Edgar Allen Poe
What Harvard-educated American poet refused to use capital letters in the majority of his works?
Called the stirrup, this small bone is usually associated with its neighboring bones the malleus and incus. Identify this ossicle of the human ear.
What is the name given to the thin-walled organ of an aquatic animal through which the animal can extract oxygen from the water?
What legendary lumberjack's pet was Babe the Blue ox?
What Russian physiologist discovered the conditioned response by experimenting with food, bells, and salivating dogs?
In music, what is the highest adult male voice?
What English author created the detective Sherlock Holmes?
Sir Authur Conan Doyle
In 1961, who became the first American astronaut to enter space?
This magician was born in Hungary as Erich Weiss. Name this legendary magician famous for his amazing escapes.
Born in Russia as Israel Baline, this composer wrote almost 1000 songs in his career. Name this composer of God Bless America and Alexander's Ragtime Band.
With what nation are the following political leaders associated: Corazon Aquino and Ferdinand Marcos?
She was known as "Little Sure Shot." Name this former governor of Massachusetts whose second term was married by the rearrangement of election districts to help his party... a practice now named after him.
Who was the first female Supreme Court Justice to serve on the US supreme court?
Sandra Day O'Connor
Its capital is now Ankara. Name this Asian nation that has several different capital cities.
He painted a famous Midwestern scene of a farm couple, the man holding a pitchfork. Name this artist most famous for American Gothic.
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