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Multiple Choice General Knowledge #3

Can you answer these multiple-choice general knowledge questions?
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First submittedAugust 18, 2019
Last updatedAugust 18, 2019
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1. What was the first planet discovered with the use of a telescope?
Uranus
Pluto
Saturn
Jupiter
2. What letter is a protractor shaped like?
V
L
D
F
3. In the Bible, what were the Ten Commandments first written on?
Two tablets of stone
Parchment made of sheep skin
Birch bark
A wax cylinder
4. How long does it take light to travel from the Sun to the Earth?
About 8 minutes
2-3 months, depending on the time of year
It's instantaneous
About 11 days
5. Is the U.S. Congress unicameral or bicameral?
Bicameral
Unicameral
It is bicameral because it has two chambers: The House of Representatives and the Senate
6. Is it really true that some Amazonian rainforest tribes would collect the shrunken heads of their enemies?
Yes, it's true
No, it's a myth
7. When did Mahatma Gandhi die?
1997
1961
1948
1975
8. Has Toronto ever hosted the Olympics?
No
Yes
9. Which of these noble ranks is highest?
Marquis
Duke
Baron
Earl
10. The U.S. state of New Jersey is named after Jersey. But what is Jersey?
A Dutch province
A British island off the coast of France
There are multiple theories - no one is sure
A Native American tribe
11. Does Mars have any moons?
Yes
No
Mars is orbited by Phobos and Deimos, gods of terror and fear in Greek mythology
12. A triangle has one side with a length of 3 and another side with a length of 4. What is the length of the third side?
Impossible to say
5
6
4
The Pythagorean theorem only applies to right triangles
13. Who is Paul Simon?
A playwright
A serial killer
A famous lawyer
A singer-songwriter
14. Which of these is NOT caused by a virus?
Smallpox
Cholera
Measles
Herpes
15. What do Alvin the Chipmunk and Hester Prynne have in common?
They both have the letter "A" on their clothes
They both have very high voices
They were both born in Sweden
They were both created by Nathaniel Hawthorne
16. Which of the following is a synonym of "benighted"?
Noble
Ignorant
Old
Smitten
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level 70
Aug 18, 2019
I really enjoyed that, and I learned something new, but would it be possible to change 'smitten' for another word? I took it to mean 'struck,' as in by a wrathful god, etc, which seemed most synonymous with 'benighted' in the sense of 'this benighted land.'
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level 75
Aug 18, 2019
Smitten can be a nice thing. Getting smote not so much. This question strikes me as fine the way it is.
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level 71
Aug 18, 2019
Agreed. “Smitten” is no longer used as a past tense of “smite”. It used to be, but language evolves, and the smote/smitten divide apparently started in the mid-17th century. Here’s a cool little write up I found on it, including a guide to when to use which word.
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level 61
Sep 18, 2019
Aside from the modern usage of "smitten", the complaint is that one of the options is tricky? Well, that's part of the game. If you took it to mean something else, then you missed the answer fair and square.
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level 64
Aug 19, 2019
Jersey is not a British island. It is a Norman island that is a dependency of the British crown under the function of the Queen (or King) as Duchess (or Duke) of Normandy. Jersey and Guernsey are not part of the United Kingdom as a political entity, and not part of Great Britain as a geographical body (they are Channel islands), therefore they are not British.
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level ∞
Aug 19, 2019
Sorry, I disagree. According to Wikipedia "The power to pass legislation affecting the islands ultimately rests with the government of the United Kingdom".
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level 70
Aug 19, 2019
"it is a dependency of the British Crown"
Yup, sounds exceedingly non-British to me.
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level 64
Aug 22, 2019
This sentence, in the article about crown dependencies, is not supported by any reference, is factually incorect, and even contradicted by the article on Jersey: "As one of the Crown dependencies, Jersey is autonomous and self-governing, with its own independent legal, administrative and fiscal systems". Just reminding us that "according to wikipedia" is not a reliable proof of anything. Regarding being a Crown dependency, it does not make it british, it is simply a result of the unified function of King of England and Duke of Normandy. Now I will be intellectually honnest, I was approaching the issue from a political angle (because I have always dealt with this aspect for work), and under this framework I am right. However, from a geographical standpoint, there is an argument, it is sometimes included to the British isles, sometimes not. Since the government of Jersey considers itself as part of the British Isles, I guess saying they are British is acceptable. Mea culpa.
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level 60
Sep 18, 2019
@kesselian, it is indeed not IN the uk, it is not part of the kingdom, but you could say it is OF the uk, being a crown dependency the queen of england is officially the head of state, though not the active ruler. It is not a soveriegn country in its own right, so it must "belong" to someone. I guess you could say the UK is their legal guardian :P not the actual parents haha.
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level 42
Sep 18, 2019
Perhaps change the answer to 'an island south of Great Britain and west of France known for it's excellent potatos'
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level 71
Sep 18, 2019
or cows?
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level 48
Aug 25, 2019
I feel benighted
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level 46
Sep 18, 2019
Underrated comment
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level 27
Sep 18, 2019
I like the question about the triangle, clever choice of side lengths! I very nearly fell for it
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level 60
Sep 18, 2019
yea and apparently a lot of other people as well, very surprised at how low that one was
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level 56
Sep 18, 2019
AAARRRGGHHH, mixed up protractor with compass!!!!!
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level 42
Sep 18, 2019
I think we all did and I'm interested as to why!
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level 67
Sep 18, 2019
Appropriately, only 48% (at time of writing this) knew that Gandhi died in '48. :)
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level 50
Sep 18, 2019
I'm listening to Paul Simon as I do this quiz. He is the GOAT
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level 76
Sep 18, 2019
Are we sure that Paul Simon isn't a serial killer?