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QuestionAnswer
To which of the 5 kingdoms does bacteria belong? Monera
What is the past tense of the irregular verb grind? Ground
What U.S. state is nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie"? Alabama
Billy Bob found a stereo system for $368. How much tax will he pay on his purchase if the state tax is 5 percent? $18.40
Not only was this tele-evangelist president of the “700 Club”, but he also ran for president of the U.S. Name this Harverd trained lawyer. Pat Robertson
Ice melting and water boiling are examples of what type of scientific change that happens to compounds? Physical change
Along the shoreline, you may find shells. Give the prepositional phrase of the preceding sentence. Along the shoreline
Who was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean? Amelia Earhart
Give the quotient of 1625 divided by 13. 125
In the King James Version, what book of the Bible preceded the book of Ecclesiastes? Proverbs
This marine animal has eight tentacles with suckers and beak-like jaws. Name it. Octopus
In what 1889 Mark Twain work does an ingenious Yankee wake up after being knocked unconscious in a fight to find himself in a Camelot prison in A.D. 528? A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
What do we call a chemical analysis of urine? urinalysis
What do we call an imaginary place of perfection? Utopia
In algebra, what do we call the letters used to stand for numbers? Variables
Name the highest mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro
What do we call grammatical exclamations such as “Hey!” or “No!”? Interjections
Identify the instrument used to detect radioactive substances or cosmic rays. Geiger counter
Described as the residue that comes from a manufacturing process, hide and hair would be considered this for for the meat packing business. What is this term? by-product
What time of whole number, greater tan one, is evenly divisible by only one and itself? Prime number
In what century did Columbus discover the New World? 15th century (1400s).
What is the scale from zero to 10 which measures the strength of an earthquake? Richter scale
What mausoleum was built in India by Shan Japan to honor his favorite wife? the Taj Mahal
An angle which measures more than 90 degrees is called what? obtuse
During World War II, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Gutenberg Bible, the Gettysburg Addres, and the Magna Carta were placed where’s for safekeeping? Fort Knox
Daisy Miller is a character of what F. Scott Fitzgerald novel? The Great Gatsby
James sold 20 books on Saturday, 12 on Monday, and 7 in Tuesday. Each book sold for $15. How much money did James collect? $585
With what sport is Buzz Frazio most closely associated? Bowling
In what U.S. state would you find the Superdome, French Quarter, and the Aquarium of the Americas? Louisiana
What is the middle layer of the Sun’s armosphere known as? Chromosphere
The heavenly beauty of the sunrise brought a tear to my eye. “Heavenly” serves as what part of speech in the preceding sentence? Adjective
James can read three books to Levi’s one. How many books has James read fin Levi has read four? 12
In what television series would you find the character Loren Cash and he s partner Max? “Spy Game”
In 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa crossed Panama and discovered what body of water? Pacific Ocean
What type of reproductive structure does a conifer produce? Cones
Solve the following for x: -8x + 13 = 2x + -5. Giving the answer as a decimal. x = 1.8
What is the symbol for the chemical element hafnium? Ha
What composer wrote the musical A Chorus Line? Marvin Hamlisch
What is a polygon with nine sides called? Nonagon
Who was Queen of France between 1137 and 1151? Eleanor of Aquitaine
A space probe was named for what Italian astronomer who first observed the mountains of the moon? Galilei Galileo
Name the mythical horse-like animal with a single horn in the middle of its forehead. Unicorn
What part of speech is referred to as an action word? Verb
What measure is equal to one-sixteenth of a pound? Ounce
Name the defensive structure 1500 miles in length and completed around 204 B.C. Great Wall of China
What game bird is commonly known as a bob white? Quail
What child star made such films as Bright Eyes and The Little Princess? Shirley Temple
Name the fictitious monster found in the poem in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Jabberwock
This hereditary blood disease is common among African American people. Name this disease in which red blood cells are malformed and destroyed too quickly. Sickle-cell anemia (sickle-cell disease)
Give the television series which contains the crime fighters Robin, Alfred, and Barbara Gordon. “Batman”
In the human ear, what collects sound waves and directs them down the ear canal? Outer ear
In the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Tom saves whose life on his journey down the Mississippi? Eva
Lisbon is the capital of what country? Portugal
Convert the fraction 1/4 to a decimal number. .25
Recite Mozart’s full name. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Name the element which has the chemical symbol Se. Selenium
With what political party was Theodore Roosevelt affiliated in 1900? Republican
Convert the number 4 to a Roman numeral. IV
With what television series are the characters of Tim Taylor and Al Borlan associated? “Home Improvement”
Is the natural form of carbon a liquid, solid, or gas? Solid
His last name begins with a “b”, and he led a raid on Harper’s Ferry. Name this figure from American history. John Brown
According to the Bible, how many days does creation take? six
Damascus is the capital of what Arabian country? Syria
What element was named for the smallest planet in our solar system? plutonium
In French, it is rouge. Name this color. red
A nymph in Greek mythology was a guardian spirit of nature. What part of nature did dryads protect? trees
In what state would you find the following cities: Coos Bay, Portland, and Astoria? Oregon
How do you say Sunday in Italian? Domenica
What book of the Bible directly follows "Hebrews"? "James"
Vaduz is the capital of that tiny country which covers and area of 62 square miles? Liechtenstein
What is 40% of 268? 107.2
Of what dynasty of English rulers did Henry VII and Elizabeth I belong? Tudor
What element has the chemical symbol Fe? Iron
What offensive football player calls the plays for his team? Quarterback
What Stephen King novel contains the characters Walking Man and Mother Abigail? The Stand
From 1804 to 1806, what Shoshone Indian helped lead Lewis and Clark's Pacific Northwest expedition? Sacajawea
What is known as the universal solvent? Water
Name the last book of the New Testament. Revelation
Give the past participle of the verb fly. Flown
February 12 is a state holiday in Illinois because it is the birthday of one of its mostly regarded natives. Name this holiday. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Give the meaning of the prefix tri-. Three
In what biological science would you study the area of cell structure and function? Cytology
I was the inventor of such things as the paddle boat and the marble-cutting machine, but my greatest claim to fame was my invention of the first commercially successful steamboat, the Clermont, as well as the development of the first submarine. Who am I? Robert Fulton
What three part Japanese poem contains 17 syllables in lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables? Haiku
New blood cells are believed to be formed in what part of the bone? marrow
90% of Australia's timber belongs to the same genus. Give the common name for over 500 species of Australian hardwoods. Eucalyptus
What type of figure has three sides and contains one 90 degree angle? right triangle
What is the capital of the Bahamas? Nassau
Daniel Defoe is the author of what book featuring a shipwrecked man and a native he named Friday? Robinson Crusoe
What is the larval stage of a house fly called? maggot
A person who is between 80 and 89 years of age is referred to as what? octogenarian
Sal is four times older than his son who is 13 years older than his brother James. If James is one year old, how old is Sal? 56
This U.S. president was succeeded by Millard Fillmore after dying of cholera. Name this "Old Rough and Ready" president. Zachary Taylor
What Mark Twain story is about Prince Edward and Tom Canty? The Prince and the Pauper
What type of blood vessel carries blood away from the heart? artery
On July 11, 1804, he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Who did Thomas Jefferson try for treason for attempting to set himself up as ruler of Mexico? Aaron Burr
What Scottish poet is known for such works as "The Jolly Beggars" and "The Cotter's Saturday"? Robert Burns
Give the sum of 492 and 634 1126
a by-product of birds, these items can be used as stuffing, decoration, artist brushes, fishing lures, and pens. Name these useful items. feathers
Greek for thunder lizard, this dinosaur was 65 feet long and weighed 30 tons. Name this favorite main dish of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. brontosaurus
In this World War II battle, 101st Airborne Division was surrounded by the German forces while they were defending Bastogne. Name this battle that ended January 31, 1945. Battle of the Bulge
What English author was published under the pen name Ellis Bell? Emily Bronte
What brand of deodorant is "strong enough for a man, but made for a woman"? Secret
What is the upward force exerted from the body by that into which it is immersed? buoyancy
By what name would the Confederates have known the battle fought on July 21, 1861, near Bull Run stream? Battle of Manassas
She was a nurse and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. Name this instrumental conductor on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman
What part of a microscope reflects light upward? mirror
He ended each show with the sign language symbol for "I love you". Who was the original host of the television game show "Family Feud"? Richard Dawson
Who was the president of the Confederate States of America? Jefferson Davis
In the novel Ben-Hur, what is the title character's first name? Judah
Ray A. Kroc founded what fast food chain? McDonald's
What is the United State's National Motto? In God We Trust
Identify the structure in the cytoplasm of a cell which produces proteins. ribosomes
In what country would you find the Santiago River and the Yucatan Peninsula? Mexico
What element has the chemical symbol Pt? platinum
According to the Bible, during the construction of this structure, God caused the builders to speak different languages, thus halting its completion. name this structure. Tower of Babel
What term is used to describe an inability to sleep? Insomnia
Name the highest layer of the Earth's atmosphere. Exosphere
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to attain this title in the United States. Name this title. Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Leonardo da Vinci painted what famous portrait of a dark haired lady with a mysterious smile? Mona Lisa
What scientific term is assigned to animals which only eat animal tissue? Carnivore
I feel as if I have inadvertently let you down. Identify the adverb in the preceding sentence. Inadvertently
Who was America’s first woman in space? Sally Ride
On the television cartoon series “The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest”, what is the name of Race Bonnon’s daighter? Jesse
What brand of creamy centered cookie does the chemical symbols for the elements oxygen, rhenium, and oxygen spell? OReO
Is a butterfly a crustacean, arachnid, centipede, insect, or mammal? Insect
What color is traditionally associated with a new born baby girl? Pink
With what country is the political figure Golda Meir most closely associated? Israel
What amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants the right to trial by jury? 6th Amendment
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