Okay, trivia fans, grab those #2 pencils!

By John Nadeau | Sep 15, 2011

           It’s time for the CRI trivia quiz, fall term edition, designed to test your knowledge and pique your interest in upcoming courses.

         Just as a reminder, CRI stands for the Creative Retirement Institute, a lifelong learning program sponsored by Edmonds Community College.


        Our college-level, non-credit courses, designed mostly for older adults, deal mostly with the sciences and humanities as well as current trends.

There are never any exams or grades. Everyone shows up for the enjoyment of learning, and faculty members are well versed in their subjects.

If this is the first time you’ve tried one of these quizzes, we should warn you the answers appear right after the questions, not in a box at the bottom of the page.  Cheating by glancing ahead is not allowed. The names of the courses the questions refer to appear in parentheses right after the answer.

Away we go, and good luck.

Q. What is the term for either of two days each year when day and night are of equal duration?

A. Equinox (Equinoxes and Solstices)

Q. What famous volume dealing with faith, values, and literature is actually 66 books with more than 100 authors?

         A. The Bible (How the Bible Came to Be)

Q. Which Norwegian playwright gained fame for his presentations of social issues in tragedies like “A Doll’s House” and “An Enemy of the People”?

A. Henrik Ibsen (Ibsen’s Dramas – the Early Plays)

Q. What do Judith Leyster, Rosa Bonheur, Kathe Kollwitz, and Georgia O’Keefe have in common?

A. Each woman was an artist.

Q. What is the term for the cynical, bleak films, originating in Hollywood during the 1940s and ’50s, that depicted a world lacking in ideals and moral absolutes?

A. Film noir (Film Noir – Part II)

Q. Who was the 16th century Italian philosopher and politician who argued, “Do what you have to do if you are a leader”?

A. Machiavelli (Machiavelli vs. Erasmus)

Q. Which American dramatist wrote a play about the parallels between the Salem witch trials and the Communist investigations of the ‘40s and ‘50s?

A. Arthur Miller (Great Playwrights and Their Plays)

Q. What is the term for matter, contained in a single cell, that carries all the genetic information about an individual?

A. Genome (Recent Developments in Genetics)

Q. What celebratory wine is actually bottled while it is still fermenting?

A. Champagne. (Wine Tours of the World)

Q. Whose signature tune was “Over the Rainbow”?

A. Judy Garland (Judy Garland at Her Best)

Did you get a passing grade? Around here, you decide what’s passing.

The questions focused on 10 courses, but there are about 20 more to choose from.

Caveat: Because this column has an early deadline, some classes undoubtedly are already filled. Register now for those courses that interest you.

You can get a free course brochure and more information by phoning the Creative Retirement Institute at 425-640-1830 or visiting the web site at www.edcc.edu/cri.

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