And George Best invented the steam engine.

 

Giles cartoon for General Culture Test

 

 

 

Answers to the test (a rough test of General Culture), which was given to one hundred University undergraduates from across the faculty disciplines.

 

41-50 = Well-versed;

51-60 = Book-wise;

61-70 = Scholarly;

71-80 = Erudite;

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

 

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1.                  Lytton Strachey

2.                  Jean Jacques Rousseau

3.                  Oscar Wilde

4.                  G.B. Shaw

5.                  Louis Mumford

6.                  George Orwell

7.                  T.S. Eliot

8.                  James George Fraser

9.                  Sigmund Freud

10.             Samuel Beckett

11.             Dylan Thomas

12.             William Cobbett

13.             Boris Pasternak

14.             Arthur Koestler

15.             Graham Greene

16.             Alexander Dumas

17.             Thomas Malthus

18.             William Shakespeare

19.             John Milton

20.             Jane Austen

21.             Lancelot Hogben

22.             Charles Darwin

23.             Virgil

24.             Thomas Mann

25.             Fyador Dostoevsky

26.             Stephen Hawking

27.             E.M. Forster

28.             Somerset Maugham

29.             Leo Tolstoy

30.             D. H. Lawrence

31.             James Joyce

32.             Aldous Huxley

33.             H. G. Wells

34.             Edmund Spenser

35.             Evelyn Waugh

36.             Adam Smith

37.             Samuel Butler

38.             Dean Swift

39.             Homer

40.             Walter Scott

41.             Walt Whitman

42.             W.W. Jacobs

43.             John Bunyan

44.             Karl Marx

45.             Christopher Isherwood

46.             Richards

47.             Immanuel Kant

48.             Edward Gibbon

49.             William Thackeray

50.             Charles Dickens

51.             Ernest Hemingway

52.             Aristophanes

53.             Virginia Woolf

54.             Elizabeth Bowen

55.             Daniel Defoe

56.             Anthony Trollope

57.             Gustave Flaubert

58.             Henrik Ibsen

59.             H.G. Wells

60.             George Meredith

61.             Henry Fielding

62.             Richard Sheridan

63.             Oswald Spengler

64.             Robert Louis Stevenson

65.             Peter Kropotkin

66.             Confucius

67.             William James

68.             Thomas a Kempis

69.             Aristotle

70.             Thomas Hobbes

71.             John Locke

72.             Francis Bacon

73.             Francis Bacon

74.             Anton Chekhov

75.             James Burnham

76.             Charlotte Bronte

77.             Tawney

78.             Arthur Conan Doyle

79.             J. Ayer

80.             Denis Diderot

81.             Charles Gounod

82.             Georges Bizet

83.             Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

84.             Richard Wagner

85.             Giacomo Puccini

86.             Gioacchino Rossini

87.             Ludwig van Beethoven

88.             Giuseppe Verdi

89.             Pietro Mascagni

90.             Henry Purcell

91.             Michael Tippett

92.             Benjamin Britten

93.             Frans Hals

94.             John Constable

95.             Vincent Van Goch

96.             Eduard Manet

97.             Pablo Picasso

98.             William Hogarth

99.             Leonardo da Vinci

100.        Paul Cezanne

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