The StraighterLine Snooty Culture Trivia Quiz

Barry Lenson

The StraighterLine Snooty Culture Trivia Quiz

How cultured are you? You’re going to find out this week, because we decided to quiz you on trivia from the snooty world of art and culture. Put on your thinking cap (and maybe fire up Google), because some of these questions are tricky.

And as we did with our previous trivia quizzes, 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. Michelangelo, the Florentine Renaissance painter, created which of the following works?

a. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling and the Mona Lisa
b. The Pieta (sculpture) and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling
c. The Last Supper and Guernica
d. Nude Descending a Staircase and La Primavera

2.  Which of the following composers wrote more than 100 symphonies?

a. Beethoven
b. Haydn
c. Mozart
d. John Lennon

3. Who was the author of the monumental novel War and Peace?

a. Flaubert
b. Dostoyevsky
c. Tolstoy
d. Dan Brown

4.  Which of the following literary works is generally considered to be extremely difficult to read?

a. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
b. Ulysses by James Joyce
c. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
d. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

5. Which of the following painters produced cubist paintings?

a. Cezanne
b. Pollock
b. Picasso
d. Dali

6. Paradise Lost, the epic poem by Alexander Pope, tells the story of:

a. Adam and Eve’s flight from Eden
b. Noah’s Ark
c. A child’s first Christmas in Wales
d. A poet’s despair over not getting her works published

7. Frank Sinatra is often associated with which of the following songs?

a. “I Left my Heart in San Francisco”
b. “I Feel Pretty”
c. “Sympathy for the Devil”
d. “I Did It My Way”

8. Frank Gehry is a famous:

a. ballet star
b. painter
c. architect
d. playwright

9. A choreographer is someone who:

a. Creates dances for ballet companies
b. Writes music for choirs
c. Has mastered the art of making pastry
d. Makes the props that are used in plays

10. Which of the following is NOT one of the world’s greatest art museums?

a. The Prado
b. The Louvre
c. The Hermitage
d. La Scala di Milano

We’ll be publishing the answers to the questions in about a week. Until then, it's up to you to enter by leaving your answers in the comments section.

Stay tuned and keep reading!

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