#1. If you are "intestate", what don't you have?
Those who have wills are “testate”. Estate planning is a difficult thing to think about, but leaving a will for your loved ones is very important. Dying “intestate” could subject your estate to lengthy court procedures that will draw out its settlement to your bereaved relatives.
#2. What bird did Benjamin Franklin advocate as the United States national symbol?
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as having said ‘I wish that the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, he is a bird of bad moral character…..For a truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America…a bird of courage…’
#3. "Neapolitan", as in Neapolitan ice cream, is derived from a particular place. Which of the following places does "Neapolitan" refer to?
Anything referred to as “Neapolitan”, such as cuisine, sauce, music, originated in the Duchy or Province of Naples, Italy. Anything from Nepal is Nepalese and Venetian (as in Venetian blinds) is from Venice, Italy.
#4. To what city would an art lover travel to see the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum?
In addition to some world renown museums, Amsterdam is also home to the Red Light District, the Anne Frank House, and the Heineken Brewery. The city of Amsterdam is located on the Amstel River and is the most populous city of the Netherlands.
#5. Saul Solomon was a 19th century politician who campaigned for racial equality in Cape Colony. Which country is this now part of?
Saul Solomon (1817-1892) was a liberal politician who represented his Cape Town constituency in the Parliament of the Cape of Good Hope for nearly 30 years. He vowed “to give my decided opposition to all legislation tending to introduce distinctions either of class, colour or creed”. He was a fierce opponent of the separatist movement who wanted to force the Xhosa people off of their land and into employment. To insult him, opponents called him a “negrophile”, and he accepted the label with pride
#6. Argentina is to tango as Spain is to ________________.
Flamenco may be described as a lively gypsy dance which originated in Andalusia, Spain. The dancers dress in colorful costumes and usually clap and stamp their feet to the rhythm of the songs. The conga comes from Cuba, salsa dancing is from Puerto Rico and Cuba, and the waltz is generally believed to have originated in Germany.
#7. The Seven Seas Lagoon is a man-made lake located in which area, oft referred to as the 'most magical place on Earth'?
The Seven Seas Lagoon was built in the 1960s and opened to the public alongside Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom amusement park in 1971. Guests are transported across the lagoon via ferry boat from the resort’s parking lot. The lagoon has a maximum depth of 14 feet.
#8. What type of institution are Wormwood Scrubs and Strangeways in the United Kingdom?
HM (Her Majesty’s) Prison Wormwood Scrubs, opened in 1875, and is a men’s prison in West London. HM Prison Manchester (still often referred to by its former official name, Strangeways) is a high security men’s prison opened in 1868. Strangeways experienced a 25-day prison riot in 1990. The resulting formal public inquiry recommended major reforms to mitigate intolerable conditions in Strangeways and other prisons.
#9. Vatican City is a landlocked enclave of which Italian city?
An enclave is a territory which is surrounded entirely by the territory of another state. Vatican City is surrounded entirely by the city of Rome, Italy. It is a completely distinct territory under “full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction” of the Holy See. San Marino is another territory that is surrounded by Italy and Lesotho is an enclave that is surrounded by South Africa.
#10. Can you select the correct meaning for abasement?
Abasement was a word that was far more familiar in the mid 1600s in English speaking countries than it is today. It describes the act of being humbled or humiliated. This could either be self-inflicted as in abasing oneself before God for sins carried out; or humbling oneself before a higher power such as a monarch; or even losing one’s fortune, for example, and being forced to drop down to a much less affluent lifestyle with an accompanying loss of self-esteem.