Weekly Quiz for May 13-20

  • Why did Halley’s Comet cause near panic this week in 1910?

    Edmond Halley
    • Fear its gases would poison the planet
    • Fear the comet would crash into earth
    • Fear bits from the comet would fall to earth
    • Fear its brightness would cause blindness
  • In 1971 the USSR launched the Mars 2 probe, which became the 1st spacecraft to?

    Spirit Rover Begins Mars Mission
    • Take detailed pictures of Mars’ surface
    • Reach the surface of Mars
    • Enter the orbit of Mars for the first time
    • Explode exiting earth’s atmosphere
  • The Sri Lankan civil war ended on this day in 2009 after how many years?

    Sri Lanka
    • 15 years
    • 10 years
    • 25 years
    • 30 years
  • At what Olympic games did Russian gymnast Olga Korbut, first bring in a new, more athletic age?

    Olympics
    • 1964
    • 1968
    • 1972
    • 1976
  • Josiah Bartlet is the name of two American men, one historical, who signed the Declaration of Independence, the other a fictional character on which TV show?

    United States Declaration of Independence
    • Game of Cards
    • The West Wing
    • St. Elsewhere
    • Bonanza
  • British inventor Michael Aldrich is famous for inventing online shopping.

    IBM 305 RAMAC
    • True
    • False
  • How old was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he wrote his first opera “Apollo et Hyacinthus” which premiered this week in 1767?

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • 11 years
    • 15 years
    • 19 years
    • 25 years
  • Who in 1796, invented the 1st vaccine (for smallpox) and is thus credited with saving the most lives in history?

    • Louis Pasteur

      Louis Pasteur

    • Carolus Linnaeus

      Carolus Linnaeus

    • Edward Jenner

      Edward Jenner

    • Frederick Banting

      Frederick Banting

  • The youngest-ever recorded mother gave birth this week in Peru in 1939. How old was she?

    Peru
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
    • 7 years
    • 8 years
  • Which cartoon character 1st appeared this week in the 1928 silent film “Plane Crazy”?

    The Smurfs TV Debut
    • Pluto
    • Mickey Mouse
    • Felix the Cat
    • Betty Boop
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