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Are tomatoes vegetables?

Scientifically speaking, tomatoes are fruits because they develop in the ovary in the base of the plant. Many consider them vegetables because of how they are used in cooking, but technically they are fruits.

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What is Beethoven's first name?

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German Romantic composer and pianist. He is one of the most widely recognized composers in music history.

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Complete the sentence: "I want to go ______."

In English the word "Too" means also. "Two" is a number and "To" is often used to express motion or direction toward a specific point.

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Who wrote "The Catcher in the Rye"?

This novel was published initially in 1951. This classic novel follows the misadventures of a troubled teen playing hooky in New York City.

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During which year did 9/11 take place?

The events of 9/11 occurred on September 11, 2001. The Twin Towers in Manhattan were attacked by planes which had been hijacked by al-Qaeda.

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What is the most widely spoken language on earth?

Chinese is the most widely spoken language on earth. The Mandarin dialect of Chinese alone is spoken by roughly 1 billion people.

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Which of these countries is in Africa?

Chad is a landlocked country in central Africa. It has a population of roughly 14 million.

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What does the GOP refer to?

The GOP stands for Grand Old Party. It's a nickname for the Republican Party.

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Did Vincent Van Gogh really cut off his ear in a fit of insanity?

This over-the-top story is actually true. A letter from Van Gogh's doctor reveals that in December 1888 Van Gogh actually cut his entire ear off. He gave it to a maid named Bernadette Murphy.

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Which of these is not a "Lord of the Rings" book?

J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy contains "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King." This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast mythology he created.

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Which of these countries is not in the Middle East?

Myanmar is a sovereign state in South East Asia bordered by India. It is also known as Burma.

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Is America a pure democracy?

Despite the USA often being referred to as a democracy, it does not function as one and is not referred to as one anywhere in the Constitution. In a pure democracy, every citizen votes on every decision. In America, citizens vote for representatives who vote on their behalf, making it a republic.

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Traditional Judaism and Islam have what in common?

Religious restrictions on eating pork are common in many religions that developed in the Ancient Near East, as both Islam and Judaism did. Eating pork is forbidden in both the Torah and Quran.

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Which of these wars began first?

The Cold War lasted from 1947-1991. It was a state of worldwide tension between the Eastern Bloc, largely the Soviet Union, and the Western Bloc, America and its allies.

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Which word in this scentence is spelled incorrectly?

"Scentence" is spelled incorrectly. The right spelling of the word is sentence.

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Which is the official legal religion of America?

Freedom of religion is guaranteed to all American citizens by the Constitution. This means that citizens of all religions can practice freely with no legal preference.

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Is Africa a country?

Africa is a continent, the second largest on earth by both land area and population. It contains between 54-56 countries, including places like Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.

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Which of these is not one of the three branches of the US government?

The US government was not designed with a corporate branch. Its 3 branches are executive, legislative and judicial.

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During which year was President John F. Kennedy assassinated?

President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963. He was shot as he rode through a motorcade in downtown Dallas, Texas.

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What is the capital of California?

Sacramento has been the state capital of California since 1879. It's the 6th-largest city in California.

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What did Marilyn Monroe die of?

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home on August 5, 1962, at 36 years old. Her cause of death was ruled barbiturate overdose.

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Since its creation, how often has America been at war?

As of 2017, America is 239 years old and has spent 222 of those years at war. It has been at war 93% of the time, and at peace less than 20 years over the course of its history.

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What kind of language is English?

English is a West Germanic language that originated in medieval England. It has been shaped by Latin, Greek, French and numerous other languages as it spread around the world.

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Japan is made up of ___________ islands.

Japan is an archipelago comprised of over 6,000 islands. Its 4 main islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku make up the majority of its land mass.

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Who wrote "The Great Gatsby"?

"The Great Gatsby" is a classic American written by F. Scott Fitzgerald about the glitz and tragic emptiness of the Jazz Age. It was published in 1925.

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Are there still colonies in the world today?

There are quite a few colonized places left in the world, though most are small islands belonging to either the US or European countries. The US has over a dozen colonies and territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

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What does it mean if a president is impeached?

Impeachment is similar to an indictment in criminal law, only it is the process through which government officials have the charges against them stated. It is the first step toward removal from office.

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Is India a country?

India is formally known as the Republic of India. It is a federal constitutional republic with 29 states and 7 union territories.

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Pick the misspelled word:

Disappear is commonly misspelled. Make sure that extra "p" doesn't disappear when you spell it.

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Which of these men was most recently president?

Bill Clinton was president from 1993-2001, making him the most recent president out of all of the men listed. He was the 42nd US president.

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Did the Nazi party practice socialism?

Despite Nazi being the shortened English form of The National Socialist German Workers' Party, the Nazis did not actually adhere to the far left principles of socialism when in power. Their ideas and actions were the exact opposite politically and can be defined as fascism, which is on the far right of the political spectrum.

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Which illness decimated Europe's population before the Renaissance?

The Bubonic Plague, also known as The Black Plague, killed between 75-200 million people in Eurasia in the mid-14th century. It killed 30-60% of Europe's total population and is estimated to have reduced the total world population from 450 million to roughly 350 million.

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What does PEMDAS relate to?

PEMDAS refers to the order of operations when solving math problems. It stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.

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Which two languages are mainly spoken in the Canadian city of Montreal?

Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec. Quebec takes its French origins and culture very seriously, and French is the official language of the city.

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What religion did Jesus practice?

Jesus was a Jewish preacher and religious figure who came to be the central emblem and holy figure of Christianity. He was often referred to as a rabbi during his life.

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