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If you are in the mood for quizzes on some of the 'finer things in life', you have found the right location! Here you will find quizzes on art, theater, English and the various other humanities and social sciences. Please feel free to dabble away!

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1
The Evil Essay

As an English instructor, I spend a good deal of my life helping people write essays. See if you already know the basics of essay writing--or, as I call it, "The Evil Essay".
Easy
10 Q
pagiedamon
Jul 04 08
9087 plays
2
The Dog Ate My Dictionary!

My dog, Lexi, has always loved words -- but instead of eating my homework, she ate my dictionary! Now, as I search through the shredded pages to see what remains, I see a canine theme developing...
Easy
10 Q
darthrevan89
Feb 10 11
3426 plays
3
What Is He On?

No, it's not a rhetorical question! Think you can complete these ten idioms? You're on!
Average
10 Q
LadyCaitriona
Apr 11 11
7287 plays
4
Become a Better Writer

Everyone needs to write sometimes. You might have to dispute a bill in writing or compose a self-evaluation. Or, you just might want to write a quiz at FunTrivia! Learn a few basics to becoming a better writer.
Average
10 Q
Pagiedamon
Dec 28 08
5781 plays
5
Speaking British

The concept is simple: I give you a word used by the British, and you give me the American equivalent. While most A-Z quizzes start at A, I, being somewhat contrary, am starting with Z.
Easy
25 Q
deputygary
Jan 02 10
3621 plays
6
I Always Wanted To...

...make a quiz where you complete my puns. Wait a second...
Very Easy
10 Q
eburge
Dec 13 10
3138 plays
7
All Generalizations Are Wrong

Sometimes, the best way to learn a rule is to see what happens when it's broken. Here are ten self-contradicting writing rules, (mostly) originally published by George Trigg and William Safire. Let's work through them and see what they can teach us.
Average
10 Q
CellarDoor
Jan 25 10
2400 plays
8
H is for Homophone

A long time ago, there lived a man. The man was a very proficient writer but he still got very confused with his homophones. Can you help decipher the love letter he sent to his sweetheart?
Easy
10 Q
Plodd
Oct 06 12
3378 plays
9
Speaking German: in English

As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easy
10 Q
rossian
Feb 21 12
4593 plays
10
People Who Became Words - 1

Many words in the English language originated from the names of various persons. This quiz features a few persons who became words.
Average
10 Q
deepakmr
Jul 15 08
2877 plays
11
The Many Meanings of "Run"

In English, one word can say a great deal, and "run" is one of those words. I'm about to have dinner with my good friends Arun and Brunhilde, but they always pepper their conversation with "run" words and phrases; can you help me work out what they mean?
Easy
10 Q
CellarDoor
Dec 03 08
5115 plays
12
This Sums It Up - Math Puns

See if you can differentiate between the right and wrong answers to these somewhat cringeworthy math puns. I've also tried to integrate some more punny stuff in the interesting information.
Average
10 Q
eburge
Feb 25 10
2133 plays
13
Laundry Day

Welcome to the Idiomatic Laundromat, where the most eccentric customers are served with a smile and every article of clothing relates to a well-known idiom or proverb. To answer each question, you'll need to complete the defined idiom. Happy Laundry Day!
Easy
10 Q
darthrevan89
Sep 01 09
3993 plays
14
Book of Proverbs

Searching through my local library I came across a picture book about proverbs. Let me tell you-- I've never had more trouble understanding a picture book. A picture is worth a thousand words, so can you help me out by making sense of these?
Very Easy
10 Q
kyleisalive
May 15 12
5076 plays
15
Love, Etymologically

I was researching the etymology of the tennis term "love" the other day and was struck by the histories of the names of some popular sports. What do you know about the origins of some of their names?
Average
10 Q
adams627
Feb 06 10
5280 plays
16
Let's Get Down To Bismuth - Elementary Puns

I know I shouldn't, but here are more cringeworthy puns for you, this time with a science theme.
Easy
10 Q
eburge
May 11 11
3480 plays
17
Pseudoscience Basics

"Science" isn't so much a thing as a way of thinking. "Pseudoscience" is when people, through ignorance or malice, use a thought process that looks like science, but doesn't have the same rigor. This quiz tells the story of how you make that mistake.
Average
10 Q
Correspondguy
Oct 11 09
6072 plays
18
Wicked Garden

I wandered into the garden of good and evil with a handful of books and harvested a bumper crop of wicked words.
Average
10 Q
pollucci19
Nov 20 10
4998 plays
19
What's In Your Portmanteau?

Here's a categorical look at portmanteau words, new words made by blending parts of two other words together, a frankenword if you will. For example, add "motor" to "hotel" and you get "motel". Some questions have an American slant. Enjoy!
Easy
20 Q
Polaris101
Sep 10 09
3657 plays
20
In Sickness and in Health

Are you feeling on top of the world, or are you a bit run down? Either way, I hope you enjoy playing this quiz about idioms connected to health.
Very Easy
10 Q
rossian
Jul 26 12
2748 plays
21
Life, Death, and Beyond: Funerary Art

Let's explore some examples of funerary art, items created to form or be part of a tomb.
Average
10 Q
looney_tunes
Feb 23 12
3930 plays
22
Green Thumbs and Red Carpets

Green thumbs, red carpets, they are all here, along with other popular idioms involving colour.
Very Easy
10 Q
Christinap
Feb 21 12
4824 plays
23
Speak Your Meat

Meat isn't just delicious -- it's also useful for saying what you mean! Here are ten English idioms that all hinge on meat and meat products; see if you know the full flavor of their meaning.
Easy
10 Q
CellarDoor
Apr 30 12
2631 plays
24
In Bed with Idioms

There are several idioms and proverbs that we use today that refer to beds. How many of them do you know?
Very Easy
10 Q
thegogga
May 21 08
6576 plays
25
YOUR Night At the Museum

As you begin your first night shift guarding some of the world's most valuable works of art, you are shocked to see that they have come to life! Using your knowledge of famous art, get everything back the way it was by morning and keep your job!
Average
10 Q
doublemm
Sep 24 09
2142 plays
26
Hiya Cat! 1940s Slang

1940 in the USA was dotty at times, and could blow your wig, so let's take a gander at some of that decade's slang.
Easy
10 Q
beergirllaura
Aug 30 09
2457 plays
27
Parts of (Hilarious) Speech

Parts of speech...ho hum...Wait! I can make this fun. I'll give you giggle-inducing phrases to enliven your practice with identifying parts of speech.
Easy
10 Q
Pagiedamon
Dec 11 08
7152 plays
28
In Other Words

All of us are familiar with the old cliches---after all, they're "as plain as the nose on your face." But, let's see if we can figure out what they are when they are stated in unfamiliar terms. Let's go.
Easy
10 Q
bassman68
Oct 03 08
5250 plays
29
Painting by Numbers

One "Blue Boy," two "American Gothic" farmers, "Three Musicians" ... some might classify paintings by color or medium or style, but I like to look at them strictly by the numbers. Will you help me count my way through the history of western art?
Average
10 Q
CellarDoor
Oct 06 09
7785 plays
30
People and Places in Phrases

There are a lot of idioms that reference people and places, and this quiz is about those people and places. How many of them do you know?
Easy
10 Q
john_sunseri
Jan 17 10
2352 plays
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