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Oh No! That'll Take Forever Trivia Quiz


Here's a look at a variety of things that were 'works in progress' for what seemed like forever!

A multiple-choice quiz by zorba_scank. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
zorba_scank
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
345,486
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Not only did the author take ten years to write this novel, at a viewing time of 3 hours and 44 minutes, the movie based on it was the longest film at the time of its release. Which epic spanning the American Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction Era was written by Margaret Mitchell and made into a film by David O. Selznick? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The foundation stone for this beautiful Parisian cathedral was laid in 1163 but it took almost two more centuries for the entire edifice to be completed. Which Roman Catholic cathedral, notably referenced in one of Victor Hugo's well known works, was in the making for nearly two hundred years? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. At the death of his favourite wife, which grief stricken Mughal emperor commissioned an elaborate mausoleum for her known as the Taj Mahal that took more than twenty years to complete? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The oldest and only surviving Ancient Wonder, the Great Pyramid of Giza is another tomb that was around twenty years in the making. Which Egyptian pharaoh was this tomb built for? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Discovered only recently in 1974, in which country was an army of terracotta warriors created over a period of almost 40 years in the 3rd century B.C. as a form of funerary art for the emperor? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which best-selling fantasy trilogy, set in the fictional land of Middle Earth, was written over the course of twelve years from 1937 to 1949? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. When the Indian film "Mughal-E-Azam" released in 1960, it was both the costliest Indian film made till then and the highest grossing one. The plot revolved around the love story between Prince Salim, heir to the Mughal Empire and Anarkali, a courtesan. Which famous historical figure is Prince Salim, son of Akbar, better known as? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which Renaissance artist and sculptor was commissioned to build a tomb for Pope Julius II by the Pope himself, a project which ended up taking almost forty years to complete due to various interruptions? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. While the exact dates are not clearly known, which famous painting of a woman with an enigmatic smile was in the making for almost sixteen years?

Answer: (Two Words)
Question 10 of 10
10. Carved out of the mountainside over the course of twenty years, in which of these countries are the rock cut Abu Simbel temples located? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Not only did the author take ten years to write this novel, at a viewing time of 3 hours and 44 minutes, the movie based on it was the longest film at the time of its release. Which epic spanning the American Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction Era was written by Margaret Mitchell and made into a film by David O. Selznick?

Answer: Gone with the Wind

"Gone with the Wind" was written by Margaret Mitchell over a period of ten years from 1926 to 1936. Set mainly in Atlanta, Georgia, it traces the life of a young girl, Scarlett O' Hara through the War and her ability to cope with various tragedies that befall her family.

The movie starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland in the lead roles was nominated for 13 Academy Awards winning ten of them including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
2. The foundation stone for this beautiful Parisian cathedral was laid in 1163 but it took almost two more centuries for the entire edifice to be completed. Which Roman Catholic cathedral, notably referenced in one of Victor Hugo's well known works, was in the making for nearly two hundred years?

Answer: Notre Dame

The original cathedral of Paris, Saint Etienne (Saint Stephen), was considered inadequate for the city due to its growing importance among the royalty of Europe. As a result, the then Bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, ordered the demolishing of the cathedral and designed a new, larger one in its place. While the High Altar was consecrated in 1182, construction on the rest of the fašade continued until 1345 when the church was finally completed. Situated on the banks of the River Seine, the cathedral is perceived to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

The cathedral is used as the setting for Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and the subsequent musical and movie based on the book.
3. At the death of his favourite wife, which grief stricken Mughal emperor commissioned an elaborate mausoleum for her known as the Taj Mahal that took more than twenty years to complete?

Answer: Shah Jahan

The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz, who died while giving birth to their 14th child. Built out of white marble and encrusted with numerous precious and semi-precious stones, the Taj is regarded as a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The entire mausoleum complex including the main tomb, a mosque and the surrounding gardens was completed over the course of twenty years.

Of course, compared to the two hundred years in the making Notre Dame cathedral, the Taj does seem like a bit of a rush job.
4. The oldest and only surviving Ancient Wonder, the Great Pyramid of Giza is another tomb that was around twenty years in the making. Which Egyptian pharaoh was this tomb built for?

Answer: Khufu

The Great Pyramid of Giza is estimated to have been built between 2560-2540 B.C. as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu (also called Cheops). With a height of 480.6 feet (146.5 meters), it held the title of the world's tallest man-made structure for over 3800 years.
5. Discovered only recently in 1974, in which country was an army of terracotta warriors created over a period of almost 40 years in the 3rd century B.C. as a form of funerary art for the emperor?

Answer: China

Chinese historian Sima Qian described the construction of the mausoleum in his famous work 'Shiji'. According to him, work began in 246 B.C. immediately after Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China ascended the throne at the young age of thirteen and continued up to his death in 210-209 B.C. Various estimates put the number of artifacts at over 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.
6. Which best-selling fantasy trilogy, set in the fictional land of Middle Earth, was written over the course of twelve years from 1937 to 1949?

Answer: The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien began writing the book as a sequel to his earlier children's novel, "The Hobbit". The basic plot follows the battle for the Ring of Power, a weapon created by the Dark Lord Sauron to rule the Middle Earth. While Tolkien completed the trilogy in 1949, it was another five years before the first volume was published in 1954.
7. When the Indian film "Mughal-E-Azam" released in 1960, it was both the costliest Indian film made till then and the highest grossing one. The plot revolved around the love story between Prince Salim, heir to the Mughal Empire and Anarkali, a courtesan. Which famous historical figure is Prince Salim, son of Akbar, better known as?

Answer: Emperor Jahangir

When Salim, son of Emperor Akbar and heir to the Mughal Empire falls in love with a courtesan, Anarkali, all hell breaks loose. Even though the young lovers try hard to be together, the class barriers prove to be too high for them. Popular Indian actors Dilip Kumar and Madhubala played the young couple with veteran actor Prithviraj Kapoor playing Emperor Akbar. Lavish sets were constructed to mimic the opulence of the Mughal courts. For the battle scenes in the film, 2000 camels, 4000 horses and 8000 troops (largely on loan from the Indian Army) were used.
8. Which Renaissance artist and sculptor was commissioned to build a tomb for Pope Julius II by the Pope himself, a project which ended up taking almost forty years to complete due to various interruptions?

Answer: Michelangelo

In 1505 Michelangelo was commissioned to build an elaborate tomb for the newly elected Pope Julius II. Unfortunately, work on the tomb kept getting interrupted as Michelangelo was simultaneously asked to complete various other projects. His famous painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that took four years to complete was done during this period.

A possible lack of funds led to the tomb finally being completed on a much smaller scale than earlier envisaged. In addition, it was placed in the lesser known church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome rather than St. Peter's Basilica. Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Moses was one among the many statues that were originally created for the tomb.
9. While the exact dates are not clearly known, which famous painting of a woman with an enigmatic smile was in the making for almost sixteen years?

Answer: Mona Lisa

Now on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, the Mona Lisa was created by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 16th century. It is believed that da Vinci began work on the painting in 1503-04 and completed it only in 1519. Da Vinci didn't work on the painting continuously for the entire period though.

He is thought to have left it unfinished after working on it for four years and then years later worked on it for three more years, completing it a little before he died.
10. Carved out of the mountainside over the course of twenty years, in which of these countries are the rock cut Abu Simbel temples located?

Answer: Egypt

The Abu Simbel temples, located in southern Egypt, were built by the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century B.C. Forgotten over the years and covered by sand, the temples were rediscovered by Swiss traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in the early 19th century. Later in the 1960s, the entire temple complex was relocated on an artificially created hill to protect the structure from the waters of the Nile.
Source: Author zorba_scank

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