And George Best invented the steam engine.

 

Giles cartoon for General Culture Test

 

 

 

This was the test (a rough test of General Culture), which was given to one hundred University undergraduates from across the faculty disciplines. The percentage answering each item correctly is given in brackets. See how many you can answer and award yourself a category.

 

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41-50 = Well-versed;

51-60 = Book-wise;

61-70 = Scholarly;

71-80 = Erudite;

80 +  = Bibliophagic (And we don't believe you!)

 

Name the authors of the following books and plays:

 

1.                  Eminent Victorians (32%).

2.                  Emile (82%).

3.                  The Ballad of Reading Gaol (16%).

4.                  Candida (43%).

5.                  The Culture of Cities (3%).

6.                  The Road to Wigan Pier (9%).

7.                  The Cocktail Party (77%).

8.                  The Golden Bough (18%).

9.                  Totem and Taboo (5%).

10.             Waiting for Godot (14%).

11.             Under Milk Wood (90%).

12.             Rural Rides (50%).

13.             Doctor Zhivago (60%).

14.             Darkness at Noon (7%).

15.             The Power and the Glory (36%).

16.             The Three Musketeers (55%).

17.             The Principles of Population (26%).

18.             Timon of Athens (70%).

19.             Lycidas (44%).

20.             Emma (65%).

21.             Mathematics for the Million (19%).

22.             The Origin of Species (77%).

23.             The Aeneid (76%).

24.             The Magic Mountain (11%).

25.             Crime and Punishment (61%).

26.             A Brief History of Time (55%).

27.             A Passage to India (40%).

28.             Cakes and Ale (36%).

29.             War and Peace (90%).

30.             Sons and Lovers (65%).

31.             Dubliners (44%).

32.             Brave New World (62%).

33.             Ann Veronica (16%).

34.             The Faerie Queen (79%).

35.             A Handful of Dust (16%).

36.             The Wealth of Nations (62%).

37.             Erewhon (52%).

38.             Gulliver’s Travels (75%).

39.             The Odyssey (83%).

40.             Kenilworth (77%).

41.             Leaves of Grass (9%).

42.             The Monkey’s Paw (16%).

43.             Pilgrim’s Progress (93%).

44.             Das Kapital (71%).

45.             Mr. Norris Changes Trains (11%).

46.             The Meaning of Meaning (6%).

47.             The Critique of Pure Reason (23%).

48.             The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (63%).

49.             The Virginian (16%).

50.             Great Expectations (98%).

51.             A Farewell to Arms (96%).

52.             The Frogs (36%).

53.             To the Lighthouse (27%).

54.             The Heat of the Day (3%).

55.             Moll Flanders (22%).

56.             The Last Chronicles of Barset (35%).

57.             Madame Bovary (47%).

58.             The Wild Duck (48%).

59.             Tono Bungay (26%).

60.             The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (8%).

61.             History of Tom Jones (35%).

62.             The Rivals (67%).

63.             The Decline of the West (5%).

64.             Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (47%).

65.             Mutual Aid (0).

66.             The Analects (0).

67.             The Varieties of Religious Experience (0).

68.             The Imitation of Christ (32%).

69.             Poetics (35%).

70.             Leviathan (6%).

71.             A Treatise of Human Nature (6%).

72.             Novum Organum (8%).

73.             The Advancement of Learning (10%).

74.             The Cherry Orchard (36%).

75.             The Managerial Revolution (3%).

76.             Villette (60%).

77.             Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (26%).

78.             The Hound of the Baskervilles (45%).

79.             Language, Truth and Logic (7%).

80.             The Great Encyclopedia (9%).

 

Name the composers of the following operas:

 

81.             Faust (62%).

82.             Carmen (75%).

83.             The Marriage of Figaro (59%).

84.             Tannhauser (68%)

85.             Madame Butterfly (59%).

86.             The Barber of Seville (49%).

87.             Fidelio (38%).

88.             Falstaff (20%).

89.             Cavalleria Rusticana (13%).

90.             Dido and Aeneas (15%).

91.             The Midsummer Marriage (4%).

92.             Albert Herring (23%).

 

Name the artists who painted the following:

 

93.             The Laughing Cavalier (27%).

94.             The Hay Wain (37%).

95.             Le Chapeau de Paille (1%).

96.             Le Bar aux Folies Bergeres (8%).

97.             Guernica (3%).

98.             Shrimp Girl (10%).

99.             Mona Lisa (51%).

100.        View of the Mont-Sainte Victoire (4%).

 

 

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