Multiple Choice General Knowledge #4

Can you answer these multiple-choice general knowledge questions?
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Last updated: July 21, 2020
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1. How old was Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"?
13
21
31
45
Romeo's age was never specified
2. What is Limburger cheese known for?
Its bright color
Its high price
Its pungent smell
3. What kind of battery is used to power modern laptop computers?
Lead-acid
Lithium-ion
Nickel-cadmium
4. Which of these was a character in "Oliver Twist"?
The Artful Dodger
Mr. Darcy
Tom Sawyer
Tiny Tim
5. What did people call the Western films directed by Sergio Leone and other Italian directors?
Espresso westerns
Gucci westerns
Spaghetti westerns
6. What does it mean when a movie is called a "blockbuster"?
It failed miserably
It sold a lot of tickets
7. What happened to the witch in "Hansel and Gretel"?
Gretel pushed her into an oven
She ate Hansel and then flew away on her broomstick
She disappeared into the deep, dark woods
She transformed into a rat
8. Which of these is NOT a type of architecture?
Art Deco
Brutalist
Dadaist
Gothic
9. What is the key ingredient in a Molotov cocktail?
Gasoline
Milk
Nitroglycerin
Vodka
10. What percentage of the passengers on the Titanic died in the disaster?
0%
4%
62%
99.9%
11. What was the name of Dorothy's aunt in "The Wizard of Oz"?
Aunt Bee
Aunt Em
Aunt Gertrude
Aunt Rose
12. Which of these musical instruments is most similar to a fife?
Flute
Violin
Trumpet
13. What tribe did Goliath belong to?
Dothraki
Hittites
Philistines
Scythians
14. Which of these is NOT a sign of the Zodiac?
Aquarius
Leo
Orion
Taurus
15. If you "decimate" something, what percentage of it do you destroy?
10%
90%
100%
16. In recent years, Nick Saban has been the highest-paid public employee in the United States. What is his profession?
Army general
Customs inspector
Football coach
Surgeon
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Level 79
Jul 20, 2020
The next thing someone said after we learn that Juliet is only 13: "Younger than she are happy mothers made."
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Level 78
Jul 21, 2020
Don't say that, people will start campaigning to ban Shakespeare
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2020
good! English major here. I hated shakespeare
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Level 78
Jul 21, 2020
Haha watch it or I'll ban you
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Level 83
Aug 4, 2020
#ShakespeareIsOverParty
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Level 78
Aug 4, 2020
Psh.. A pox on both your houses :)
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
true
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2020
Thank you for your approbation, O great one.
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2020
no problem
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2020
Loretta Lynn was only 15 when she and Doolittle married. They had six children and were married 48 years at the time of his death. I was a teenage bride and we're hoping to make it to our golden anniversary. In my region of the country teenage brides aren't unusual, although it's usually late teens, not early teens when they marry. It's interesting to me that in the Middle Ages richer girls usually married young while poor ones married when they were older. I suppose it was due to richer families sometimes arranging marriages for attaining property or titles rather than the daughters dreaming of young, romantic love.
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
stop it we were enjoying our cultural and moral chauvinism.
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Level 79
Aug 5, 2020
"Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?" :)
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Level 78
Jul 21, 2020
Technically at least 99,9% of the titanic passengers are dead (now).
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Level 82
Jul 21, 2020
very true
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Level ∞
Jul 21, 2020
Good one, changed the question slightly :)
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Level 87
Jul 21, 2020
The 'decimate' one is a bit unfair, since it could mean either to destroy ten percent or to leave ten percent (destroying the rest).
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Level 67
Jul 21, 2020
Well the latin "decimare" means "to remove 10%". But in any modern use "decimate" means to remove far more than the half, right?
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2020
It is also the original term for punishing a mutinous Roman Legion where they would stone one in ten soldiers to death.
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Level 69
Jul 22, 2020
well, it was a very interesting punishment in the Roman army, which punished many, but still left 90% alive (as you still want to have as many soldiers as possible left).

So, basically all 10 had to draw straws, and the one that drew the shortest straw (you know, like the saying), was to be executed by the surviving 9 (stoning, clubbing,...). as all 10 risked dying and they still had to kill their mate, all were psychologically punished but only 1 died. (of course, if they refused, they all were executed).

To decimate is a very specific term in the roman army so 10% is the only correct answer (although it is currently used more broadly)

maybe clarify that it is the historical term, as the current meaning is both removal of 10% and removal of a large portion.

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Level 61
Aug 4, 2020
Maybe something in the clue referencing the historical/Roman context is indicated, particularly when the first definition is "kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage or part of". Unless the majority of JetPunk users ("when 'you' decimate something") are ancient military leaders.
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2020
I'm taking my legions to Gaul tomorrow.
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Level 66
Sep 14, 2020
You must be Pilate's gweat friend from Wome. How's Incontinentia?
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Level 72
Jul 22, 2020
I very much appreciated the timely mention of Scythia! For those of you have not yet watched “The Old Guard” on Netflix, run, don’t walk to your nearest streaming device and do it right now.
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2020
Also have to put in a plug for the folk band Scythian - give them a listen!
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2020
If this quiz makes even one person stop using "decimate" improperly, it will have been worth it. Thank you for including it!
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Level 79
Jul 24, 2020
@APHill, look it up. Any dictionary will include the much more common definition of decimate as "to destroy a large part of" alongside the historical definition of killing every tenth man. In fact, the definition of decimate suggested by this quiz--to destroy 10% of something--is probably the least accurate. It is rare to find a definition of decimate that is as specific as 10% while simultaneously as general as "destroy something." If the definition specifies 10%, it's almost always in relation to a specific act: killing 1 in 10 soldiers or taxing 10%. If the definition doesn't specify 10%, it usually means to destroy a large part of.

In short, you might be using the word according to its most controversial meaning, whereas those you criticize are using it for its most widely accepted meaning.

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Level 73
Jul 28, 2020
If your argument is "everyone has been using the wrong definition for so long that it has become far more prevalent than the correct definition, thereby making the wrong definition right", then you have already lost the argument.
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Level 75
Jul 29, 2020
decimate

/ˈdɛsɪmeɪt/

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verb

verb: decimate; 3rd person present: decimates; past tense: decimated; past participle: decimated; gerund or present participle: decimating

1.

kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.

"the inhabitants of the country had been decimated"

drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something).

"public transport has been decimated"

2.

historical

kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group.

"the man who is to determine whether it be necessary to decimate a large body of mutineers"

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Level 65
Aug 4, 2020
Actually, APHill, it is on precisely that basis that the dictionary has changed a lot of definitions. They fairly recently amended "momentarily" to include the previously-incorrect "in a moment" (as in "I'll be with you momentarily"), in addition to the established, correct meaning: "for a moment" (as in "I looked momentarily out the window.") I don't really like that change myself, but the fact is that words mean what most people agree they mean.
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
AP: that's how a living dynamic language like English works.
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Level 44
Aug 4, 2020
That may be true in general terms, but in this case the new meaning is almost the opposite of the original meaning, and when a word means two opposite things it becomes almost useless. Whenever I hear the word "decimate", if the context isn't very clear then I want to ask - "what do you actually mean?

Destroyed a large part of it, or destroyed a small part of it?"

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Level 65
Aug 4, 2020
Jon, there are many words like that. They're called contronyms. Some examples are "sanction" (to punish or to approve behavior), "screen" (to block or to show), "cleave" (to split apart or stick together), "to dust" (to sprinkle with particles or to remove particles), "variety" (referring to one specific type of something or to something have many types), and "to weather" (to endure something and survive, or for something to erode something else). There are a lot more, but those are the ones I can summon right now. But a word whose meanings contradict each is other nothing new.
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Level 50
Aug 4, 2020
You think that's bad? "Irregardless" has been added to the English dictionary. :/
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2020
Got the Zodiac question wrong 🤦‍♂️
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2020
Bruh...
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Level 44
Aug 4, 2020
In my Grimm's Fairy Tales book when I was little, Gretel never pushes the witch into the oven, they somehow escape (I forget how) and the witch chases them. Somehow Hansel ends up being permanently changed into a deer but they bump into the King's hunting party (I think) and Gretel sweet-talks the prince into catching the witch and saving Hansel, and then the prince marries her and they all live happily ever after. It's a bit non-standard.
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2020
I have the real thing and it's brutal in places. I loved it when I was young, but now some of the stories scare me. :)
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Level 59
Aug 10, 2020
Originally fairy tales were NOT aimed at children. They were stories adults told to each other for amusement or cautionary tales, not unlike watching "The Walking Dead" or other horror shows nowadays.