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Multiple Choice General Knowledge #5

Can you answer these multiple-choice general knowledge questions?
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Last updated: January 16, 2021
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1. In the first chapter of Genesis, what did God tell people to do?
Add
Divide
Multiply
Subtract
2. What is a farthing?
A creature from "The Lord of the Rings"
An old British coin
A unit of land equal to 7 hectares
3. Which of these adjectives best describes the Greek hero Odysseus?
Clever
Fat
Greedy
Tall
4. Which of these is the title of a book written by Machiavelli?
The Duke
The King
The Prince
The Queen
5. In the opera "Pagliacci", who is Pagliacci?
Clown
Cook
Ghost
Violinist
6. Which adjective best describes a person with a Type-A personality?
Competitive
Funny
Insincere
Relaxed
7. Which word doesn't have a similar meaning to the other ones?
Audacity
Chutzpah
Hubris
Misanthropy
8. When does the Jewish sabbath begin?
Friday, sunset
Saturday, sunrise
Saturday, sunset
Sunday, sunrise
9. What is the national animal of Canada?
Beaver
Blue Jay
Moose
Polar Bear
10. Who is the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Donatello
Leonardo
Michelangelo
Raphael
11. Who did French president Emmanuel Macron marry?
A bodybuilder
A former nun
His cousin
His high school teacher
Brigitte Macron is 24 years older than the President
12. What object did the boys in "The Lord of the Flies" use to decide who was the current speaker?
A bible
A cricket bat
A conch shell
A monkey's paw
13. What color of ink is used to indicate a financial loss?
Black
Blue
Red
14. What's the brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon?
Mars
Jupiter
Sirius
Venus
15. What is a gremlin?
A clay monster
A creature which tampers with machinery
A graverobber
A small bearded creature which lives underground
16. Which of these is NOT the flag of a Nordic country?
41 Comments
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2021
I got 11/16 and scored 5 - is that right ?
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Level 76
Jan 17, 2021
In the first day or so when hardly anyone has taken the quiz, often you'll score a 5. Check again now and it'll probably have settled down to a 4 or a 3.
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Level 85
Jan 17, 2021
I assume you mean the first chapter of Genesis, since there was only one book of Genesis.
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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2021
Fixed
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Level 93
Jan 17, 2021
Did you mean "audacity" in question #7?
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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2021
Yes, fixed.
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Level 85
Jan 17, 2021
"Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello, make up the team with one other fellow,

Raphael, he's the leader of the group, transformed from the norm by the nuclear goop."

The song lied!

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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2021
The song did lie! I just double checked to make sure that Leonardo is, in fact, the leader. No idea where the song was coming from.
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Level 95
Jan 29, 2021
Yes, the truth-telling song confirms that _Leonardo_ leads and Donatello does machines. Raphael is rude and Michelangelo is, in fact, a party dude.
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Level 77
Apr 3, 2023
Oh yeah, that part of the song always bugged me because it was so blatantly wrong. To be fair, though, the most recent cartoon incarnation, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DID in fact have Raphael as the team's leader. Well, until the finale, anyway.
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Level 92
Jan 18, 2021
Leo was always the leader. Donny is the smart/science guy, Mikey is the crazy party dude, and Raphael is "cool but rude".
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Level 64
May 19, 2023
Same! Wasn't leonardo the leader in the cartoon and as the Turtle Rap suggest Raphael leader in the film/movie?!
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Level 89
Jan 18, 2021
He didn't tell people to divide, but they sure did.
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Level 81
Jan 18, 2021
I debated the Odysseus question, but settled on lecherous, given the amount of time I remember him cavorting... Maybe a less apt option would be better? "Greedy," say?
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Level ∞
Jan 18, 2021
This one has a clear correct answer since Ulysses is specifically described as cunning many times throughout the texts. It is even used as an "epithet"... aka the bard would say "cunning Ulysses".
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Level 80
Jan 19, 2021
I did as you did and went with lecherous too. Given Odysseus had children with many different women (checked, this was at least 6 according to Wikipedia), I thought it was a fair call. My suggestion would be to remove lecherous as an option or specifically mention Shakepeare's epithet in the question.
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Level ∞
Jan 19, 2021
Not that bard, lol... I meant the bards who would recite poems from memory in ancient Greece. The actual text of the Iliad says "cunning Ulysses".

As far as I know, Ulysses/Odysseus is not portrayed as lecherous which would have been shameful to the ancient Greeks, who placed value on being able to control their passions. That said, if someone can point to a specific passage in the Iliad or Odyssey which can defend the "lecherous" suggestion, I'd be happy to change that one.

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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2021
But, do you know what? This quiz is already too hard. Changed lecherous to greedy as suggested.
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Level 78
Feb 7, 2021
I've always known Odysseus as the guy who outsmarted the Trojans and got out of trouble thanks to cunning plans.
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Level 60
Aug 1, 2021
More like “outsmarted trouble”, than got out of it. Got out of it makes him sound evil, or lazy.
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Level 78
Mar 19, 2024
No, it doesn't. Is English your first language? If so, you would know the phrase "get out of trouble", which doesn't suggest shirking.
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2021
Are the flags supposed to be overlapping each other or is that my computer?
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Level 88
Jan 22, 2021
Might just be you, they don't overlap for me.
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Level 79
Feb 6, 2021
Aaargghh only got 9/16; I only got the ones I was sure of...
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2021
Only got 3....
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Level 59
Feb 6, 2021
This one was a bit hard
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Level 38
Feb 9, 2021
x
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Level 69
Sep 12, 2021
I like the humour of the first question.
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Level 30
Apr 5, 2022
If you don't know, "multiply," in the context of the question, means to reproduce.
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Level 78
Mar 19, 2024
How remarkably patronising. Jolly well done.
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Level 70
May 6, 2022
The brightest object in the night sky other than the moon is the International Space Station.
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2022
Partners in Kryme would have gotten #10 wrong.
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Level 78
Mar 19, 2024
As has been previously pointed out. Pay attention, for pity's sake.
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Level 78
Aug 24, 2022
Macron!
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2023
Explosion !
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Level 70
May 28, 2024
Boom?
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Level 71
Jan 27, 2023
As I was thinking about Question #7, I just *KNEW* that it could be contentious and that I could possibly get it wrong, and that the "right" answer is also questionably wrong.

At first, I did think that "misanthropy" was the word not like the others, because the other 3 all connotate some sort of boldness or recklessnes. However, "hubris" is clearly negative - no positive association, whatsoever. "Audacity" can be either positive or negative. "Misanthropy" is clearly negative.

Although "chutzpah" did enter into English/American/Western vernacular as being generally the same as audacity, actually more in the negative sense, in recent years, its meaning has changed considerably. From the current Wikipedia entry "The word is sometimes interpreted—particularly in business parlance—as meaning the amount of courage, mettle or ardor that an individual has." (cont'd)

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Level 71
Jan 27, 2023
Yes, "misanthropy" was my first instinct and guess, however I did think about it more, as you can see, and I honestly think that "chutzpah" is different from the others because it has the most positive connotation of all of them - in contemporary use, it really is the ONLY one with a positive *denotation*.

The fact that "hubris" is in here complicates matters even more. I do think that "audacity" and "chutzpah" are very similar (although I think that "chutzpah" has a more positive connotation), but "hubris" is a totally different animal from either "audacity" or "chutzpah". Audacity and chutzpah can be either positive or negative and don't necessarily have anything to do with an impact on other people. But there is a real classical and psychological association of "hubris" with doing harm to others.

It's not the only question that I got wrong on this quiz - there were two others. But *this* particular question is one that I have a problem with as it is not well-constructed.

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Level 77
Apr 3, 2023
But the meanings of "hubris," "audacity," and "chutzpah" clearly have much more closely related meanings to each other than to "misanthropy," even if they're spun in more or less positive directions. It'd be like if the question gave the words "slender," "thin," "scrawny," and "messy." The first three are clearly synonyms, even if the first has a more positive connotation than the others.
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Level 78
Mar 19, 2024
Milo74: with thinking like that, it must take you hours to get anything done. Are you aware that you contradict yourself, or are you just too obsessed with making things complicated?
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Level 70
May 28, 2024
Only got the machiavella wrong, had no idea.. Had no idea about the opera either btw but guessed right. And used common sense/logic for the macron one.