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The Fellowship of the Ring Trivia Quiz

June 9, 2019   With this new quiz we continue the theme of our The Hobbit and Tolkien quizzes while embarking on a new series of quizzes covering the three volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. This time we cover the first third of the story, following Frodo and his companions from their safe homes in The Shire through many dangers to the Elf haven of Rivendell, and from there through many further dangers to the other Elf haven of Lothlórien. One learns two main life lessons. First, when traveling, always stay at an Elven facility if available. Second, and even more important, do not answer the door if it’s Gandalf. Avoid his company altogether. Such are the benefits of literature. We hope you try our The Fellowship of the Ring Quiz, and return for the two quizzes yet to come in our The Lord of the Rings series.

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The Evolution Trivia Quiz

May 26, 2019   Evolution has been going on for what seems like for ever, although in reality it’s only been billions of years. During that time, life on Earth has taken a dizzying array of twist and turns. It has brought forth amazing innovations, adaptations and specializations. It has even brought forth Charles Darwin, the serious-looking man at right who worked out many key principles of evolutionary theory. However, it is only in recent geological times that beings like us who are capable of creating an online Evolution Quiz have co-existed within the same ecological sphere as beings like you who are capable of enjoying one. Shouldn’t you take advantage of that?

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The Tolkien Trivia Quiz

May 13, 2019   Our latest quiz continues our current series on J.R.R. Tolkien by looking at the author himself: the man who invented Middle Earth, its history, and perhaps above all its languages. Tolkien was a respected scholar and teacher of languages who found both professional interest and literary inspiration in stirring medieval narratives like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. That inspiration eventually merged with his love of the English countryside to produce the hobbits of the Shire, and the whole wide landscape of Middle Earth and its peoples. Try our new Tolkien Quiz and learn a little more about the man behind his ever-popular stories.

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The Hobbit Trivia Quiz

April 28, 2019   If all you know of hobbits is that they are small in stature and have hairy feet, this quiz exploring the adventures of Bilbo will be an exercise in remedial education. For normal people, steeped in hobbit-lore since infancy, we offer you the chance to demonstrate your mastery of the many details that go into a really uncomfortable adventure. This quiz is the first of several covering the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien that we will be presenting in the weeks to come. Give our new Hobbit Quiz a try and see how you fare.

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The Cannabis Trivia Quiz

April 20, 2019   Our newest quiz comes out today, April 20, the traditional date on which marijuana is celebrated, often by consuming marijuana. For those who think Hannibal Lecter was a cannabinol and who don’t know their cannabinoids from their adenoids, this quiz may be just what you need to expand your mind in unexpected new directions. Why not try the Cannabis quiz right now and see how high you score?

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The Elon Musk Trivia Quiz

December 10, 2017 has just released a brand-new quiz on the redoubtable Elon Musk, whose numerous enterprises mix high technology with a clear view of the long term consequences of technological trends, positive and otherwise. In ten questions our new quiz covers some of the best-known aspects of Musk’s life and work — the electric cars, the rockets, and a lot more. We hope you’ll give the Elon Musk quiz a try and let us know what you think!

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