Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 1
People come in all shapes and sizes. This quiz will teach you about native Australians, Indian social groups, and other interesting societies.
1) Most Chinese live in the eastern part of the country because:
Answer: Agricultural land is richest in the east.
Eastern China contains the country’s best agricultural lands. The interior of the country has less arable soil, and much of it is desert or mountainous.
2) What kind of people make up most of Oman’s population?
Most of the people of Oman are Arabs. Many are descended from the Bedouin people who roamed the Arabian Desert for centuries.
3) Who are the native people of Australia?
A small percentage of Australia’s population is made up of native Aborigines. The Aborigines had lived on the continent for 40,000 years before the Europeans came in about 1788.
4) Most followers of Zoroastrianism live in:
The religion known as Zoroastrianism dates back to ancient times. In India—where the majority of followers live—the religion is known as Parsiism.
5) Which of these peoples is found in Scandinavia?
Sami, or Lapps, live mainly in the north of Scandinavia. Sami are known as herders of reindeer.
6) What people are associated with Mount Everest?
The best known of the people associated with Mount Everest are the Sherpa. They live in Nepal and Sikkim state (in India).
7) What is the name for a social group in India?
The Hindu religion is also a system that organizes Indian society into groups known as castes.
8) Where did the ancient Phoenicians live?
The ancient area called Phoenicia occupies much of the present-day nation of Lebanon.
GODS, GODDESSES, AND GREEK MYTHOLOGY – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 2
In Greek mythology, who flew too close to the Sun? Spread your mental wings in this odyssey of mythical gods, goddesses, and famous characters of Greek mythology.
9) What is the name of the Greek goddess of the earth?
In Greek mythology, Gaea is the goddess of the earth. She is also the mother of the cyclops and the titans.
10) Who was the Greek goddess of the rainbow?
The Greek goddess Iris governed the rainbow. Her name is bestowed upon a brightly and variously colored flower.
11) How many gods lived on Mount Olympus?
In Greek mythology, 12 gods lived atop Mount Olympus. For this reason, they were called the Olympian gods.
12) Which Greek hero was called “Tamer of Horses”?
Hector, one of the warriors in Homer’s Iliad, had the epithet “Tamer of Horses.”
13) In Greek mythology, who flew too close to the Sun?
The Greek myth of Daedalus is about an inventor who builds wings made of feathers and wax. His son Icarus is killed when he flies too close to the Sun, causing the wings to melt.
14) Who, in Greek legend, designed the labyrinth of King Minos?
You might know Daedalus as the man who made wings of feathers and wax to escape from prison with his son Icarus. He also designed a labyrinth for King Minos on the island of Crete.
15) Who was the chief god of the ancient Greeks?
Zeus was the most powerful of all the Olympian gods, whom the ancient Greeks worshipped. His name means “the shining one,” perhaps a word for the Sun.
HALLOWEEN – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 3
Trick-or-treat! Halloween is so much more than candy. How much do you really know about this holiday?
16) Who directed the 1978 film Halloween ?
Answer: John Carpenter.
Halloween was directed and scored by John Carpenter.
17) Which language does the word poltergeist come from?
Poltergeist comes from the German Polter, “noise” or “racket” and Geist, “spirit”
18) The Ouija board was first patented in what year?
The popular Ouija board was first patented in 1890.
19) Halloween traces its origins to this pagan festival:
Halloween originated with the Celtic end-of-summer festival called Samhain.
20) Halloween is celebrated on this day:
Halloween is celebrated annually on October 31.
21) Jack-o’-lanterns were originally carved from this vegetable:
Now predominantly made of pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns were originally carved from turnips.
22) Three witches famously appear in which Shakespeare play?
Macbeth hears a prophecy that he will become king from three witches.
CHRISTMAS – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 4
23) The practice of giving gifts at Christmas apparently became a widespread convention when?
Answer: 15th century.
Gift giving became a widespread Christmas tradition in the 15th century.
24.)The period of preparation for observance of Christmas, marked since the 19th century by a special calendar with 24 windows that are opened one by one each day, is called:
Advent marks the 24 days leading up to Christmas Day. It was traditionally a time for reflection and penitence but evolved into a more-festive celebration of anticipation of Christmas.
25) Which festival commemorates the visit of the Magi to Jesus?
The festival, celebrated on January 6, commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi.
26) Which famous Christmas song was written by Irving Berlin?
Answer: “White Christmas”.
“White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin and performed by Bing Crosby in the film Holiday Inn (1942).
27) Which country would you be in if Jultomte brought you a present on Christmas Eve?
Jultomte is traditionally represented as small and thin. He is accompanied by a Christmas goat.
28) True or False: Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, got its name because European explorers sailed past it on Christmas Day.
Captain William Mynors of the British East India Company named it as he sailed past on Christmas Day, 1643.
29) What is the gift given in the eighth verse of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?
Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
30) Immigrants of which nationality are credited with importing the tradition of Santa Claus to the Americas?
Dutch immigrants brought the tradition of Sinterklaas (based on St. Nicholas, the 4th-century bishop of Myra) to New Amsterdam (later New York).
31) Who wrote the 1822 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also called “The Night Before Christmas”)?
Answer: Clement Clarke Moore.
Moore is said to have composed the poem, which begins “’Twas the night before Christmas…,” to entertain his children.
32) In what century was December 25 first identified as the day when Jesus was born?
Answer: 3rd century CE.
December 25 was first identified as the date of Jesus’ birth by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221 and later became the universally accepted date.
33) True or False: George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally written for Easter.
The oratorio, which many listeners now associate with Christmas, was first performed on April 13, 1742.
34) True or False: The first commercially produced Christmas cards were made in the United States.
The first Christmas cards were designed in England by John Callcott Horsely in 1843.
SOCIETY RANDOMIZER – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 5
35) What name is given to Saint Matthew’s words: “Whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them”?
Answer: Golden Rule.
Essentially, treat others the way you would like to be treated.
36) How do you coddle an egg?
Answer: Gently and slowly, in the liquid held just below the boiling point.
“Coddled” eggs are lightly and gently cooked.
37) What day of the week is the first day of Lent?
The first day of the Christian observance of Lent is always a Wednesday, known as Ash Wednesday.
38) What does the red stripe on the barber’s pole represent?
It represents the blood spilled in early bloodletting practices.
39) What was Italian football (soccer) player Roberto Baggio’s nickname?
Answer: The Divine Ponytail.
Roberto Baggio was nicknamed “the Divine Ponytail.”
40) Before becoming an actor, George Clooney tried out for what professional baseball team?
Answer: Cincinnati Reds.
Clooney tried out while a teenager but failed to land a contract.
41) How are flags flown as a sign of mourning?
Answer: At half-mast.
It is first raised all the way then lowered to halfway down the pole.
42) In what year did the National Hockey League take control of the Stanley Cup?
The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893, to an amateur team from Montreal, but it became the centerpiece of professional hockey in North America in 1926.
43) What is a Blackwall hitch?
Answer: A knot.
The knot is used to secure a rope to a hook.
CLASSICAL COMPOSERS – Society Culture Religion and Mythology Quiz Questions Part 6
44) Which contemporary composer wrote a piece consisting entirely of silence?
Answer: John Cage.
In 4’33”, or Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds (1952), the performers remain silent onstage for that length of time.
45) Which medieval composer and mystic was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012?
Answer: Hildegard von Bingen.
Hildegard was also a visionary, a prophet, a poet, and the author of hagiographies and treatises on medicine and natural history.
46) Which composition by Ludwig van Beethoven inspired a novella of the same title by Leo Tolstoy, in which a jealous husband murders his wife after she and another man play the composition together?
Answer: The Kreutzer Sonata.
Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata (1891) reinforced the notion that the sonata for violin and piano, first performed in 1803, inspired immoral passions and was inappropriate for ladies.
47) Which major American composer also ran a successful insurance company?
Answer: Charles Ives.
Ives worked in the insurance business for 30 years and composed in his spare time.
48) Which renowned Russian Romantic composer was also a professor of chemistry?
Answer: Aleksandr Borodin.
Borodin was also a medical doctor and a campaigner for women’s rights.
49) Which composer’s Sixth Symphony features the ringing of cowbells offstage?
Answer: Gustav Mahler.
Mahler intended the cowbells, which also appear onstage, to evoke the loneliness of the Alpine countryside.
50) What renowned 19th-century pianist, composer, and teacher became known as the Queen of the Piano during a successful recital career lasting more than 60 years?
Answer: Clara Schumann.
Schumann regularly premiered the piano works of her husband, Robert, whose hand injury prevented him from performing in public.
51) What composer wrote a symphony in which the musicians stop playing one by one and leave the stage until only two are left?
Answer: Joseph Haydn.
Haydn designed the finale of the Farewell Symphony, No. 45, as a not-so-subtle request to his patron, Prince Miklós Esterházy, to end his extended stay at his remote summer palace, Esterháza, so that his musicians, Haydn included, could return to their wives and families in Eisenstadt. The prince took the hint.
52) Of which composer did Igor Stravinsky say, “[He] did not write 400 concertos; he wrote the same concerto 400 times”?
Answer: Antonio Vivaldi.
There are nearly 500 surviving concerti by Vivaldi. Contrary to Stravinsky’s remark, they are not indistinguishable.
53) What Soviet composer’s death preceded that of Joseph Stalin by approximately 50 minutes?
Answer: Prokofiev and Stalin both died on March 5, 1953. There were no flowers at Prokofiev’s sparsely attended funeral, because all available blooms in Moscow had been requisitioned for the dead dictator.