Questions and Answers
What famous document begins: “When in the course of human events…”? A: The Declaration of Independence. What current branch of the U.S. military was a corps of only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out? A: The U.S. Air Force. What game was created by French mathematician Blaise Pascal, which he discovered when doing experiments into perpetual motion? A: The Game of Roulette. Who said: “I’m the president of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli”? A: George Bush. What so-called “war” spawned the dueling slogans “Better Dead Than RED” and “Better Red Than Dead” in the 1950’s? A: The Cold War. What president was shot while walking to California Governor Jerry Brown’ office? A: Gerald Ford.
Who earned infamy for noting: “A billion dollars isn’t worth what it used to be”?
A: J. Paul Getty.
What ethnic group was largely responsible for building most of the early railways in the U.S. West?
A: The Chinese.
What former speaker of the U.S. House has a chair in peace studies named for him at the University of Ulster?
A: Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.
What was a gladiator armed with, in addition to a dagger and spear?
A: A net.
What future Soviet dictator was training to be a priest when he got turned on to Marxism?
A: Joseph Stalin.
What election year saw bumper stickers reading “Wallace, Wallace, Uber Alles”?
What 20th-century conflict was dubbed the “forgotten war” despite 54,246 U.S. deaths?
A: The Korean War.
What single name is more commonly applied to Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Great?
Who was the last president of the Soviet Union?
A: Mikail Gorbachev.
What had Pliny the Younger seen erupt when he wrote: “We were terrified to see everything changed, buried in ashes like snowdrifts”?
A: Mount Vesuvius.
Who saw the turtleneck he wore at cease-fire talks in Bosnia fetch $5,000 at auction?
A: Jimmy Carter.
What Alabama city saw state troopers attack Civil Rights marchers on Edmund Pettis Bridge?
What Texan ended up with one delegate after spending $12 million of his own money running for president in 1980?
A: John Connally.
What congressional award was Dr. Mary Edwards Walker the first woman to receive?
A: Medal of Honor.
What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench warfare?
A: The Tank
What California city did the last Pony Express ride end in?
Who was the first U.S. president to adopt the informal version of his first name?
A: Jimmy Carter.
What civil rights leader did Dorothy Parker leave the bulk of her estate to?
A: Martin Luther King Jr.
What did Republicans call the platform they hyped in the 1994 Congressional elections?
A: The Contract With America.
What brave-hearted Scottish patriot led soldiers to a defeat of the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth in 1297?
A: William Wallace.
What nation issued the five-dollar bill found in Abraham Lincoln’s pocket when he was shot?
A: The Confederate States of America.
What political system was gradually dismantled in South Africa, starting in 1989?
What was 11th-century Spanish military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better know as?
A: El Cid.