Are You An Intellectual? Trivia on History and Culture

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Random questions on history, art, culture, and miscellaneous knowledge. Topics that seem useless to the average person, however, for those of you who take pride in knowing the useless, this is the quiz for you!!!

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  1. The Battle of Tours(Poitiers), fought between the Franks and Umayyad Caliphate, was won by which leader?
  2. What lowercase Greek letter is used to denote the Golden Ratio?
  3. What French artist is best known for "Nude Descending A Stair Case, No 2", as well as an upturned urinal called "Fountain"?
  4. The conjecture that 'life may arise from non-living material', famously tested in the Urey-Miller experiment, is known as what?
  5. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Tennyson recounted a fatal British cavalry charge in what conflict?
  6. What Marxist revolutionary and staunch anti-Stalinist was assassinated in Mexico City, dying on 21 August 1940?
  7. In 2002-2003, Grigori Perelman provided proof for which of the Clay Institute's Millenium Prize Problems in Mathematics?
  8. She was the first woman head of state of a muslim-majority country, assassinated on December 27, 2007 by the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
  9. This Argentinian footballer was widely criticized for substance abuse, including cocaine, and is best known for his 'Hand of God'.
  10. When the ratio of frequencies of two notes is a multiple of 2 to the nth power, these are referred to as what?
  11. What is the name given to the philosophical razor,"Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity"?
  12. After the overthrow of Rhodesia by ZANU forces, this egocentric ZANU leader became and remains the head of state of Zimbabwe since 1980.
  13. This movie, often listed as one of the greatest of all time, is most readily quoted by the title character's final word:'rosebud.'
  14. Name the Italian artist praised for his economy of lines in depicting Dante's descent through hell, as well as his masterpiece "The Birth of Venus", amongst other works of art.
  15. Which of the following would not be related to the phrase, 'the judgement of Paris', in any way?
  16. What is the southern-most national capital?
  17. Operation Sea Lion was the code name given to what planned invasion during World War II?
  18. Which one of the following is not one of the four C's of grading diamonds?
  19. The observation of red-shifts in these standardized 'cosmological candles' led to the 1999 discovery of the accelerated expansion of the universe.
  20. How would an American diner signify they were finished eating at a formal dinner?

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