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Quiz about Round the Sun
Quiz about Round the Sun

'Round the Sun Trivia Quiz


A quiz about ten people, places and things associated with our dear friend, the Sun. This quiz covers a variety of topics from sports to television to history.

A multiple-choice quiz by Joepetz. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Joepetz
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
409,056
Updated
May 06 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
492
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Question 1 of 10
1. Although commonly believed to be the result of a solar eclipse, the darkness described at the time of Jesus' crucifixion in the Gospel of Luke cannot be one for what reason? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Icarus, who was infamously warned not to fly too close to the sun, was also warned not to fly too low to the sea.


Question 3 of 10
3. The Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun" was used by which presidential candidate in the 1972 election? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Evil Under the Sun" was a 1941 novel by Agatha Christie that feature which of her recurring detectives? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Suns are an NBA team from which southwestern American city? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which animated villain once tried to block out the sun? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which flag's sun symbol has more rays: Argentina or Uruguay?


Question 8 of 10
8. Usedom, also known as Sunny Island, is an island getaway location split between which two nations? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Tonatiuh, the Aztec God of the Sun, also ruled over which direction? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Of the 1957 film adaptation of his novel "The Sun Also Rises", what did Ernest Hemingway say was the best thing about it? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Although commonly believed to be the result of a solar eclipse, the darkness described at the time of Jesus' crucifixion in the Gospel of Luke cannot be one for what reason?

Answer: It lasted too long

According to the Gospel of Luke, the darkness lasted around three hours but a solar eclipse typically lasts around eight minutes. Over the years, a number of different theories have been proposed to explain the phenomena including a miracle, a dust storm, a translation error and a volcanic eruption.
2. Icarus, who was infamously warned not to fly too close to the sun, was also warned not to fly too low to the sea.

Answer: True

Daedalus created wings of feathers and held together by wax so he and his son Icarus could fly out of their island prison. Daedalus warned Icarus not to become overconfident and fly too close to the sun since the heat would melt the wax. He also warned Icarus not to be timid and fly too close to the sea because the dampness would stiffen the wings.

Icarus, however, ignores his father's advice to follow his path and flies high into the sky where his wings melt. Icarus attempts to flap his arms like wings but fails and he drowns after falling into the sea.
3. The Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun" was used by which presidential candidate in the 1972 election?

Answer: George McGovern

McGovern's use of "Here Comes the Sun" was seen as a big win for the counterculture movement as it was the first time a mainstream politician running for president incorporated a song associated with the movement in a campaign. Its use confirmed that counterculture (and the young people generally associated with it) could grab a foothold in American politics.
4. "Evil Under the Sun" was a 1941 novel by Agatha Christie that feature which of her recurring detectives?

Answer: Hercule Poirot

In the novel, Hercule Poirot is vacationing on an island off the coast of Devon. As is typically the case when he is on vacation, Poirot is dragged into a complex murder mystery when the flirtatious Arlena Marshall is found strangled to death on the beach.

The title of the novel comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes which reads "There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon humankind."
5. The Suns are an NBA team from which southwestern American city?

Answer: Phoenix

The Phoenix Suns are one of four major professional sports teams based in Phoenix but the only ones that use the city's name. All the rest use the state of Arizona in their names.

The Suns debuted in 1968 and were the first professional sports team from Arizona. They began as a relatively obscure team that did not generate much attention until the late 1970s. A series of scandals and misfortune in the mid 1980s sent the Suns back into obscurity until they acquired Charles Barkley in 1992.
6. Which animated villain once tried to block out the sun?

Answer: Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons"

Mr. Burns is one of a few villainous characters on "The Simpsons". In the season six episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns: Part 1", Mr. Burns succeeded in blocking out the sun over Springfield. As the owner of the nuclear power plant, Mr. Burns wanted more people in town to rely on his source of energy rather than the sun.

This is one of a few possible motives that were suggested when Mr. Burns was shot at the end of the episode.
7. Which flag's sun symbol has more rays: Argentina or Uruguay?

Answer: Argentina

Argentina's flag's sun has thirty-two rays while Uruguay's only has sixteen. Both flags contain the Sun of May or Sol de Mayo which represents the May Revolution of 1810 when the Spain's South American territories revolted. On May 25, 1810 as the Primera Junta formed as Argentina's new government, the sun allegedly appeared through the clouds and the sun has been a symbol of both Argentina and Uruguay ever since.
8. Usedom, also known as Sunny Island, is an island getaway location split between which two nations?

Answer: Germany and Poland

Usedom is located in the Baltic Sea in the German state of Mecklenberg-Vorpommern and the Polish voivodeship of West Pomerania where it is called Uznam. The island is known for its many spas, beaches and resorts. Usedom has been a resort destination for wealthy Europeans for centuries and is a popular destination for those overcoming illness.
9. Tonatiuh, the Aztec God of the Sun, also ruled over which direction?

Answer: East

As the sun rises in the east, it makes sense that Tonatiuh would rule over the East. It was to Tonatiuh that the Aztec would sacrifice humans so that he would continue to rise each morning. Depicted as a fierce-warlike god, Tonatiuh was also the deity of the daytime sky.
10. Of the 1957 film adaptation of his novel "The Sun Also Rises", what did Ernest Hemingway say was the best thing about it?

Answer: Errol Flynn

Hemingway hated the 1957 adaptation of "The Sun Also Rises". He claimed he walked out of the theater after about twenty minutes. He found the film campy and hated that it was filmed in Mexico instead of Spain where the book takes place and stated the setting was all wrong. All the bullfighting scenes are amongst the most iconic in the film, Hemingway did not like them. He claimed the bulls were too small to be realistic and said the horns looked fake.

Hemingway said the only good thing about the film was Errol Flynn's portrayal of Mike Campbell. Producer Darryl Zanuck fought back against Hemingway and claimed the majority of the novel was left intact when the film was produced.
Source: Author Joepetz

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