Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XV

Can you name the answers to these general trivia questions intended for a college audience that all share a theme?

What Illinois city is home to the White Sox and the Blackhawks teams? 
What is the name of an 8-sided geometric shape like a stop sign? 
What Shakepearean character who is the main villain in Othello lends his name to the parrot in Aladdin? 
What capital of Chile shares its name with that of 'The Old Man and the Sea?' 
What is the only animal in the Chinese zodiac that is of legend rather than real? 
What islands, now owned by Ecuador, are famed for their tortoises and other animal species as studied by Charles Darwin? 
What is the fictional street and shopping center from the world of Harry Potter entered through the Leaky Cauldron? 
What theorem, named after an ancient Greek mathematician states that a²+b²=c² in a right triangle? 
What Jewish house of prayer comes from a Greek word meaning 'assembly?' 
What word for a body of water connected to a larger body of water is preceded by Blue in a Brooke Shields movie, and is the body of water that is the center of activity on Gilligan's Island? 
What 6-letter word refers to an Asian temple or building that has multi-level tiered roofs that have a slight upward curve? 
What fear is an anxiety disorder where people have problems in crowds or large open spaces? 
What band, named after an early 20th century vehicle, had hits with songs like 'Keep on Loving You' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling?' 
What ranger and future king, also called Strider, was played by Viggo Mortensen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy? 
What is the word for intense pain or anguish that is paired with Ecstasy in a biography of Michelangelo? 
What large region of South America in Chile and Argentina lends it name to a high-end outdoor clothing company? 
What midwestern motor home manufacturer is named for Siouan-speaking tribe from Wisconsin and Minnesota? 
What Spanish kingdom did Catherine, Henry the Eighth's first wife, hail from? 
What term for a group of islands comes from the Greek meaning 'chief sea?' 
What month comes between Julio and Septiembre in Spanish? 
What former governor of Illinois was impeached in 2009 and served a sentence for corruption after trying to 'sell' a US Senate seat? 
What Caribbean nation has its capital at Port of Spain? 
What is the name of the planet that Luke finds Yoda on in The Empire Strikes Back? 
What city, the former capital before Abuja, is still the most populous city in Nigeria? 
What is the 4th herb, starting with the letter T, that the French consider a 'fine herbe' along with parsley, chervil and chives? 
What 6-letter Italian's cows milk cheese is often melted into panini breads or bagels is named for the northeastern town it originated in? 
What Boris Pasternak literary classic was turned into a film with Omar Sharif in the title role? 
What French cooking term for a main-course stew is a homophone of and etymologically related to an Italian meat-based sauce called a Ragú? 
What is the double-sounding capital of the territory of American Samoa? 
What is the process in cell biology where a cell surrounds and devours a foreign or unwanted body? 
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