Presidents

1. In 1962, which future U.S. president wrote the book Six Crises, which recounted his roles in six major political situations?

2. What U.S. president signed the bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

3. Signed by Menachem Begin and Anwar El Sadat, what world leader witnessed the first peace treaty between Israel and any Arab Nation?

4. Which U.S. president was the first to be born outside of the 13 original colonies?

5. In the 1960s, what future president was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy high school?

6. Who was the U.S. president during the fall of the Berlin Wall?

7. What 20th century U.S. president is the only president who was born in the state of California?

8. Which president’s inaugural parade featured a giant helium balloon shaped like a peanut?

9. In a State of the Union address, which U.S. president first referred to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as the “Axis of Evil”?

10. Which Director of Central Intelligence, who served as the head of the CIA from 1976-77, would go on to become the President of the United States?

11. In 1909, to commemorate the centennial of his birth, who became the first real person and first president to appear on a regular-issue U.S. coin?

12. During a presidential debate, who famously closed with the rhetorical question: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

Elements

1. Diamonds are primarily composed of what element?

2. Which gaseous element forms about 21% of the Earth’s atmosphere, and is a product of photosynthesis?

3. What element is commonly used in laser technology, including the ArF excimer laser used to do LASIK surgeries that correct vision?

4. The French chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier originally called what element azote, meaning “without life”?

5. What chemical element has the lowest boiling point?

6. What is the first element on the Periodic Table that begins with a vowel?

7. This element is responsible for the orange-red, blue-green, blue-violet, and deep violet colors of the aurora, or polar lights.

8. The vast majority of stars are made almost entirely of hydrogen and what other element?

9. In 1894, which element was the first noble gas to be discovered and isolated?

10. Developed in the 1940s, a common method for determining the age of an organic object involves using the properties of a radioactive isotope of what element?

Planets/Astronomy

1. In 2011, which outer planet completed its first full orbit around the Sun since its discovery in 1846?

2. Two NASA missions have explored this planet – Mariner 10 was the first to fly by it, and MESSENGER was the first to orbit it.

3. Which of Jupiter’s Galilean moons is hypothesized to have an immense ocean (and possibly life) underneath its crust, which is composed almost entirely of ice?

4. Phobos and Deimos are the two moons of which terrestrial planet?

5. Saturn’s north pole contains a persistent cloud pattern in the shape of what polygon?

6. In addition to Venus, which other planet is one of the only two Solar System planets without any moons?

7. Which planet is known for having the strongest winds in the Solar System, with recorded wind speeds 1.5 times faster than the speed of sound?

8. Which of the planets is named for the Roman god who ate his children upon their births?

9. The largest and highest mountain in the Solar System, Olympus Mons is a volcano located on what planet?

10. With an average rotation just under 10 hours, what planet has the shortest day of all the planets in the Solar System?

Art

1. Regarding one of his early works, what artist is often attributed to the quote, “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free”?

2. Considered their first work, Le petit picador jaune (or The little yellow bullfighter) is an oil on wood painting created by this Spanish artist when they were just eight years old.

3. Purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8 million, Codex Hammer is a notebook that contains a number of scientific musings from which Renaissance artist and polymath?

4. The Red Vineyard near Arles is supposedly the only painting by which artist that was sold during their lifetime?

5. In 1968, what artist was credited with the line, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”?

6. Showing skill in art from a young age, who began selling caricatures and portraits of acquaintances as a 15-year-old in Le Havre, Normandy?

7. Letters to His Brother Theo, Lust for Life, and Blessed Twilight are biographies about what post-Impressionist painter?

8. Claude Monet was an early advocate of “plein air” painting, which is the act of painting where?

9. What 20th century artist got their start as a commercial illustrator, including whimsical drawings of footwear for “I. Miller Shoes”?

10. Guernica is a large 1937 oil painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso that helped bring worldwide attention to what conflict?

11. In Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing, Vitruvian Man, how many total limbs are depicted?

12. Starting in 1505, this Italian sculptor and painter created artwork for nine consecutive Catholic Popes, from Julius II to Pius IV.

Best Picture Winners

1. Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for her role in what 1939 Best Picture winner?

2. Author Mario Puzo wrote what novel, which was adapted into a Best Picture-winning film in the 1970s?

3. Though it would become his first to win a Best Director Oscar, Steven Spielberg was initially reluctant to direct what Best Picture-winning film, feeling that he was not prepared to tackle the subject matter?

4. What Oscar-winning film was an adaptation of a 1988 American Civil War novel by Michael Blake?

5. In what Academy Award-winning film does actor Jeremy Renner play Sergeant First Class William James?

6. Which Oscar-winning film was considered a risk for Universal Pictures, leading them to push for blockbuster Jurassic Park to be released before it in 1993?

7. In the Godfather film series, what fruit’s appearance foreshadows death?

8. A herd of 3,500 buffalo were used for the famous stampede scene in this Best Picture-winning film. A helicopter and 10 pickup trucks with mounted cameras were also involved.

9. What Oscar-winning war film, released in 2009, opens with the following line: “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”?

10. The Best Picture-winning film Gone with the Wind is primarily set in which U.S. state?

The Answers

Presidents: 1) Richard Nixon 2) Ronald Reagan 3) Jimmy Carter 4) Abraham Lincoln 5) George W. Bush 6) George H.W. Bush 7) Richard Nixon 8) Jimmy Carter 9) George W. Bush 10) George H.W. Bush 11) Abraham Lincoln 12) Ronald Reagan

Elements: 1) Carbon 2) Oxygen 3) Argon 4) Nitrogen 5) Helium 6) Oxygen 7) Nitrogen 8) Helium 9) Argon 10) Carbon

Planets/Astronomy: 1) Neptune 2) Mercury 3) Europa 4) Mars 5) Hexagon 6) Mercury 7) Neptune 8) Saturn 9) Mars 10) Jupiter

Art: 1) Michelangelo 2) Pablo Picasso 3) Leonardo da Vinci 4) Vincent van Gogh 5) Andy Warhol 6) Claude Monet 7) Vincent van Gogh 8) Outside 9) Andy Warhol 10) Spanish Civil War 11) Eight 12) Michelangelo

Best Picture Winners: 1) Gone With the Wind 2) The Godfather 3) Schindler’s List 4) Dances With Wolves 5) The Hurt Locker 6) Schindler’s List 7) Oranges 8) Dances With Wolves 9) The Hurt Locker 10) Georgia


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