The StraighterLine Mixed Bag College Trivia Quiz

Barry Lenson

The StraighterLine Mixed Bag College Trivia Quiz

college triviaA few weeks ago we ran the first-ever StraighterLine science trivia quiz. This week, we decided to throw you a curve ball by quizzing you on a mixed bag of trivia from art, music, history, just plain stupidity, and several other areas.  Are you up to it? Get ready to rock and roll but be warned, some of these questions are tricky.

And as we did with our previous trivia quiz, we’ll be awarding StraighterLine FLiPs to all of you who answer all the questions correctly.  FLips are Frequent Learner Points that you can cash in to help pay for StraighterLine courses, to win prizes, and to enjoy other benefits.  (FLiP totals are conveniently displayed in your student profile when you login to If you don’t have an account, sign up today.)

Ready! Here’s the quiz . . .

1. Beowulf, the oldest existing English epic poem, tells the story of:

a. Frodo the Hobbit
b. An escape from the Planet of the Apes
c. A sea voyage to Troy through stormy seas
d. A hero who kills a horrible monster and then the monster’s mom too

2. “The Persistence of Memory,” a famous painting by Salvador Dali, shows which of the following:

a. A distorted bull who gloats over a Spanish massacre
b. Weird drippy wristwatches
c. Katy Perry wearing roller skates
d. A flounder-like woman with both her eyes on one side of her head

3. What is the main theme of Our Town, the famous play by Thornton Wilder?

a. Even the smallest moments in life are full of beauty and meaning
b. Big companies that run meat packing plants are unscrupulous
c. Salesmen have really hard lives
d. If you want to look dumb, run around and scream “STELLA!” repeatedly

4. In Robert Frost’s famous poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” how many roads diverge in the woods?

a. Two
b. 75
c. The poem does not specify how many
d. An infinite number, “endlessly twining together”

5. Seurat’s style of painting, in which an image is created by placing thousands of tiny little dots on a canvas, is called:

a. Gallic legerdemain
b. Freudianism
b. Eye test style
d. Pointillism

6. If you mix baking soda and vinegar together in a glass, which of the following will happen?

a. The mixture will turn to chocolate
b. The mixture will foam and bubble
c. The police will come
d. The glass will implode because a vacuum has been created

7. Which of the following statements about Edith Piaf, a famous French singer, are true?

a. She was called “The Sparrow”
b. She had an affair with a famous prizefighter, Marcel Cerdan
c. Her most famous song was, “La Vie en Rose”
d. All of the above

8. Who was Mies van der Rohe?

a. A famous architect
b. The hero of the film “Ratatouille”
c. The inventor of penicillin
d. The President of the Vichy government in occupied France

9. Who wrote the famous song “Maybelline?”

a. Chubby Checker
b. The Big Bopper
c. Van Cliburn
d. Chuck Berry

10.  On Seinfeld, Jerry’s circle of acquaintances includes which of the following characters?

a. George, Elaine, Kramer and Maurice
b. Elaine, George, Kramer and Newman
c. Peewee, Maude and Robespierre
d. None of the above

We'll report the correct answers soon. Until then, it's up to you to enter by leaving your answers in the comments section.

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