Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XXIX

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

What part-human female creature of Greek mythology lured mariners to their death with its songs? 
What 7-letter generic term can refer to either a brother or a sister? 
On TV, what surname is shared by Abe, Homer, Marge, Maggie, Bart and Lisa? 
What is the name of the younger title character in Disney's 'The Lion King'? 
On 'The Golden Girls', Sophia Petrillo was born in Palermo on what Italian island? 
What figure of speech compares dissimilar things by using 'like' or 'as' such as in 'eyes like pools of water'? 
What family of crooners was headed by 'Ol' Blue Eyes' and also featured Frank Jr. and Nancy? 
What area in California, known for its technology companies, is now the name of an HBO comedy series? 
What chapel in the Vatican is home to the epic painted ceiling of Michelangelo and papal conclaves? 
What character, who is Harry Potter's godfather, is named after the dog star? 
On what biblical mount did Moses meet with God and receive the 10 Commandments? 
What term for a likeness outline shape done in a dark material on a white background is named after a Frenchman? 
What chemical element shares its name with the Lone Ranger's horse? 
What word meaning evil comes from the Latin for left-handed? 
What Greek letter is used in mathematics to represent a summation and in chemistry to represent a single bond orbital? 
In trigonometry, what function represents the ratio of the opposite side over the hypoteneuse in a right triangle? 
Who was the leader of the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne forces prior to the Battle of the Little Bighorn? 
Before 1948, by what name was Thailand known? 
What number is used in computer science as the basis for the hexadecimal system? 
What cysteine-rich protein created by many insects is used for its strength and fineness in fabrics? 
What is the first name of the author of 'Main Street' and the last name of the author of 'The Jungle'? 
What Irish political party, headed by Mary Lou McDonald and once associated with the IRA, is the second largest in the country? 
What term for an image with magical power is used by George R.R. Martin for the flags of the houses, such as Lannister's which has a gold lion on a red field? 
What type of facial hair comes from rearranging the letters in the pluralized surname of U.S. Civil war general Ambrose? 
What famous nursery rhyme character met a pieman while going to the fair? 
What west African country has its capital at Freetown? 
What world religion was founded around 1500 in India by Guru Nanak? 
In Greek mythology, what king was condemned eternally to roll a heavy rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again near the top? 
What Russian-born American engineer Igor is most famous for having invented the helicopter? 
What famous Finnish composer, Jean, wrote the piece Finlandia and has sheet music software named after him? 
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