Expert Knowledge Trivia Quiz
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In search of the absolute
Where should one go to find the “ablative absolute”?
B) A film by visionary German director Fritz Lang
C) An Irish monastery
D) A plastic surgeon
Voice from beyond
Starting in the late 1880s, Thomas Edison recorded the voices of famous people to publicize the newly-invented phonograph. Who, soon after, became the first person ever whose voice was heard after his death?
B) Robert Browning, poet
C) Sir Arthur Sullivan, composer
D) Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet
Great white north
Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory, was founded late in the 19th century. The town derives its name from:
B) A native legend
C) A railroad engineer’s favorite stallion
D) The white foam of the rapids in the Yukon river
Confronting one’s sphere
In 1959, physicist Freeman Dyson described a concept that came to be known as a “Dyson Sphere”. A Dyson Sphere is:
B) A personal vehicle for interstellar travel
C) The region of influence of an interstellar empire
D) A rigid hollow sphere completely enclosing a star
The “Mach numbers” that are often used to measure aircraft speeds are based on the speed of sound. Mach 2 is double the speed of sound, Mach 3 treble, and so on. At about what Mach number does light travel?
A very good year
The year 1685 was unusually productive of great composers. Which of the following luminaries was not born in that year?
Four of a kind
The atabal, the bocu, the darabuka and the rebolo are all types of:
Whom doth he stop?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s celebrated long poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner begins with the words, “It is an Ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three”. Three what?
B) Guests on their way to a nearby wedding
C) Noblemen going to the House of Lords
D) Young sailors returning to their ship
Remembering Quinctilius Varus…
The Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus (d. 9 AD) served during the reign of the emperor Augustus Caesar. His main claim to fame was:
B) Imposing order upon the quarrelsome tribes of Gaul
C) Suffering a catastrophic defeat in the forests of Germany
D) Marching against Rome in an attempted revolt
Oh-oh, where am I?
If your geographical position was 0° latitude, 0° longitude, where in the world would you be?
B) In the Atlantic Ocean
C) In the West African country of Ghana
D) At the center of the Earth
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