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What are the Seven Wonders of the World? by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish

What are the Seven Wonders of the World?

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What are the Seven Wonders of the World? by Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish
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Dec 01, 1998 | ISBN 9780385490627
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Author Essay

So…you think you’re smart.

You kept your notes from college. You read the whole newspaper and not just the movie listings. You have subscriptions to the New Yorker and Harper’s. You’ve read all of Shakespeare’s plays and did not skim a single line of The Odyssey. You never miss an episode of "Nova." You won the Science Fair…twice.

That’s just great.

But just to prove what we all already know–that you took Alan Turing in a fight in the sandbox and gave Harold Bloom that whole "Canon" idea–try this quiz. If you know the answers, you get to keep your Mensa card. If not…

We have just the book for you.

Questions:

1. Who are the 3 gods of the Hindu Trinity?
2. What are the 4 conic sections?
3. Who were the Russian composers known as the Mighty Five?
4. Who were the 6 wives of Henry VII?
5. What are the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?
6. What are the 8 Beatitudes?
7. Who were the 9 Muses, and what were their associated arts?
8. What were the 10 major U.S. wars and their dates?
9. Which were the 11 states of the Confederacy?
10. Who were the 12 Knights of the Round Table?

Answers are below…

Answers:

1. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
2. Circle, Ellipse, Parabola, and Hyperbola
3. Mili Balakirev, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Aleksandr Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Cesar Cui
4. Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr
5. The Great Pyramid of Cheops at Giza, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Mausoleum at Halinarnassus, The Colossus of Rhodes, and The Pharos (Lighthouse) of Alexandria
6. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
7. Calliope (epic poetry), Urania (astronomy), Clio (history), Terpsichore (dance), Melpomene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry and flute music), Erato (love poetry), Polyhymnia (sacred songs)
8. Revolutionary War (1775-83), War of 1812 (1812-15), Mexican War (1846-48), Civil War (1861-65), Spanish-American War (1898), World War I (1917-18), World War II (1941-45), Korean War (1950-53), Vietnam War (1961-73), Persian Gulf War (1991)
9. South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee
10. Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Perceval, Gawain, Tristan, Lamorack, Torre, Kay, Gareth, Bedivere, and Mordred

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments
Preface

THREE

Who were the 3 sons of Adam and Eve?
Who are the 3 gods of the Hindu Trinity (the Trimurti?)
What are Kepler’s 3 Laws of Planetary Motion?
Who are the 3 daughters of King Lear?
What are the 3 stages of Hegel’s dialectic?
What are the 3 Laws of Thermodynamics?
Who are the 3 Persons of the Christian Trinity?
Who are the 3 Musketeers?
Who were the 3 sons of Noah?
What are the 3 ages of Vico’s historical cycle?
Who were the 3 Magi, and what gifts did they bring?
What are the 3 components of the Freudian psyche?
What 3 beasts confront Dante in Canto 1 of the Inferno?
Who were the 3 Furies?
Who were the 3 members of the First Triumvirate?
Who were the 3 members of the Second Triumvirate?
What are Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion?
What were the 3 Temptations of Christ?
Who were the 3 Fates?


FOUR

What were the 4 elements and their associated humors?
What are the 4 voyages of Lemuel Gulliver?
What are the 4 conic sections?
What are the 4 sections of a symphony orchestra?
What were the 4 Freedoms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?
What were the 4 chief winds in ancient Greece?
What are the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism?
Which 4 U.S. Presidents were assassinated–and who were their killers?
What are the 4 fundamental forces?
Who are the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Who were the Big Four, and what nations did they represent at the Paris Peace Conference (1919)?
Who were the 4 Bronte siblings?
Who were the 4 Evangelists, and what were their symbols?
What are the 4 properties of a musical tone?
What are the 4 parts of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and their associated elements?
What are the 4 Last Things?


FIVE

What are the 5 Pillars of Islam?
What were the 5 events of the ancient Olympic pentathlon?
What are the 5 basic positions of the feet in classical ballet?
Which were the 5 Civilized Tribes?
What are the 5 classical architectural orders?
Who were the Russian composers known as the Mighty Five?
What were the 5 rivers of the classical underworld?


SIX

What are the 6 flavors of quarks?
Who were the 6 wives of Henry VII?
Who were the 6 French composers known as Les Six?
What were the 6 major European invasions of Russia since the days of Peter the Great?
What are the 6 trigonometric functions?
Which were the 6 Iroquois (or Allied) Nations?
What are the 6 ranges of the human voice?
Which were the 6 Axis Powers in World War II?


SEVEN
What are the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?
What were the works of the 7 days of Creation?
What were the 7 Hills of Rome?
What were the 7 Liberal Arts of the medieval curriculum?
Where do the English names of the 7 days of the week come from?
What are the 7 kinds of plane triangles?
What are the 7 main levels of taxonomic classification?
Which 7 European nations were the main colonizers of Africa in 1914?
What are the 7 sacraments?
Who were the 7 against Thebes?
What are the 7 Heavens of the Muslims made of–and who presides over each?
Who were the 7 Sages of Greece?
What are the 7 Deadly Sins?
What are the 7 Virtues?
What are the 7 Ages of Man according to Shakespeare?
What were the 7 metals of alchemy and their associated gods and planets?
What were 7 French dynasties?
What are the 7 voyages of Sinbad the Sailor?
What are the 7 Last Words of Christ?


EIGHT

What are the components of the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism?
Who were the American artists known as The Eight?
What are the 8 Beatitudes?


NINE

Who were the 9 great gods of ancient Egypt (The Great Ennead)?
What were the 9 royal houses of England after 1066?
Who were the 9 Muses, and what were their associated arts?
What are the 9 orders of angels (from lowest to highest)?
What are the 9 Confucian Classics?
Who were the 9 Worthies?
Who were the 9 Lyric Poets of ancient Greece?
What are the 9 planets, and how long do they take to orbit the sun?
What are the 9 Circles of Dante’s Inferno?


TEN

What are the 10 Commandments?
What were the 10 major U.S. wars and their dates?
What were the 10 Plagues of Egypt?


ELEVEN

Which were the 11 states of the Confederacy?


TWELVE

What were the Latin names of the 12 months–and what did they mean?
What were the 12 Tribes of Israel?
Who were the 12 Olympian gods and their Roman equivalents?
What are the 12 main branches of the Indo-European language family?
What were the 12 Labors of Heracles?
Who were the 12 Apostles?
Who were the 12 Knights of the Round Table?
What are the 12 signs of the zodiac and the sources of their names?


THIRTEEN

Which were the 13 original U.S. states, and what do their names mean?
What are the 13 Articles of Faith of Judaism?


FOURTEEN

What were the 14 Points of Woodrow Wilson?


FIFTEEN

Which were the 15 decisive battles of the world according to historian Edward Creasy in 1851?
What are the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union and their capitals?


EIGHTEEN

What are the unofficial Homeric titles of the 18 chapters of James Joyce’s Ulysses?


TWENTY

What are the 20 regions of Italy?


TWENTY-FOUR

What are the 24 letters of the ancient Greek alphabet?


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