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So You Think You Know Everything?

web posted September 10, 2007
CARL LANGLEY – The following is a weekly quiz compiled by retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist Carl Langley. It is aimed at expanding a reader’s word power and general knowledge. Take the quiz and write down your answers to see how well you score.

1. What is a deponent?
A. A football player sidelined by an injury
B. A piece of office furniture
C. A person who gives testimony in a legal proceeding
D. A piece of farm equipment

2. Who was the Marquis de Sade?
A. A French governor who was arrested for treason
B. A famous gambler who won and lost fortunes overnight
C. A French nobleman who engaged in outrageous sexual practices
D. A lawyer famed for his eloquence in presenting cases to juries

3. What was the Northwest Passage?
A. An east to west route that was undertaken by early explorers in America
B. The title of a movie starring the Three Stooges
C. The name of an ocean liner that hit an iceberg and sank
D. The name of a popular drink created in the South Pacific

4. Which noted actor played the lead role in the popular crime series “The Godfather?”
A. Phil Napier
B. Jeff Wallace
C. Marlon Brando
D. James Cagney

5. Which of these was not a popular singer?
A. Bing Crosby
B. Perry Como
C. Fred Cavanaugh
D. Frank Sinatra

6. Which of these was a Greek god who presented a meek and mild manner but rose at time of crisis to perform great deeds?
A. Bubba
B. Hero
C. Claudius
D. Levi

7. Casanova was a Frenchman whose name is often used to describe men regarded as prolific and daring lovers. What was his first name?
A. Humberto
B. Luigi
C. Robespierre
D. Giacomo

8. Which of these sentences represents bad grammar?
A. We each had parts in our school play.
B. The professor told us to prepare for the final examination.
C. Me and Jane had went to see the baseball game.
D. The ones who did not have tickets broke through the gate.

9. Which of these men is considered by many to be the father of the American public education system?
A. Branch Rickey
B. Bob Moody
C. Horace Mann
D. Lee Harvey Oswald

10. Which American president negotiated the acquisition of a vast part of the United States known as the Louisiana Purchase?
A. James Monroe
B. Harry Truman
C. Millard Fillmore
D. Thomas Jefferson



Scoring: 10 right, go to the head of the class, 9 right, superior, 8 right, excellent, 7 right, passing, 6 right or less, re-enroll in elementary school.

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