So you've seen the spacious skies and the waves of grain, but could you point out the most majestic purple mountain on a map? How about the most fruited plain? Take our US geography quiz and see how much you know.
Fortunately for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the man with the golden arm and silver helmet, the voting for the National Football League's annual MVP award takes place before the playoffs begin. Otherwise, it's possible he might not now have the distinction of being the first unanimous choice for the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Some voters might have had second thoughts, and possibly moved Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers ahead of him on their ballots. Brady, after all, was off his game against the New York Jets, who eliminated the favored Patriots in their one-and-done postseason. Rodgers, meanwhile, is the hottest QB of the moment, and might just take the Packers all the way in Sunday's Super Bowl. As it is, Brady now joins Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Kurt Warner as two-time MVP winners. The all-time leader is the Colts’ Peyton Manning with four. Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, and Brett Favre have three. Just how much do you know about this season’s top regular-season player? Take this quiz to find out:
South America is home to 19 countries and an incredibly diverse geography. The site of ancient civilizations, European colonies and emerging world powers, South America will play an increasingly large role in the 21st century and beyond. But can you distinguish between Guyana and Guyane? Can you sort your -guays? It's time to brush up on your knowledge of South America. This is the perfect place to start.
The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. How much do you know about the Steelers? Take the second installment of our quiz on the team – the 2.0 Version – to find out.
Super Bowl XLV will feature the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6. How much do you know about the Packers? Take the second installment of our quiz on one of the Super Bowl teams – the 2.0 Version – to find out.
February marks the 36th anniversary of Black History Month, which highlights the actions and achievements of African Americans throughout US history. Other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also celebrate their own black history months. Here's a quiz to test your knowledge of the facts.
Europe may be the world's second smallest continent, but it consists of 50 countries. Sure, you know the big ones. You could probably pick out Germany and Spain from a map. But can you identify their smaller neighbors? Do you know enough about Europe to score 100 percent our geography quiz?
The Middle East has long been a major center of human affairs. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, the Middle East was home to the world's earliest civilizations and is the spiritual center of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Yezidi, Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and the Bahá'í Faith. Do you have a good enough understanding of the Greater Middle East to complete this geography quiz? Identify each country pictured:
Africa is the world's second-largest continent and the cradle of humanity. Its vast diversity includes deserts, rainforests, savannas, and everything in between. The continent is home to 53 countries, thousands of languages, and a long and rich history. But for many, Africa is not familiar. How much do you know about Africa?
Diplomats working for the US Foreign Service are responsible for carrying out the policy of the United States. In order to serve at one of the 265 US diplomatic missions around the world, applicants must pass a series of examinations. The tests consist of a job knowledge test, English language test, essays, oral exams, and a qualifications panel. Our 20 questions are modeled after the job knowledge portion of the Foreign Service Officer's test. The real examination consists of 60 questions and is administered over 40 minutes. Think you know enough to become a US diplomat? Take our quiz.
OK, you know there's been no better Super Bowl team than the Pittsburgh Steelers with six victories. With Sunday's 24-19 win over the New York Jets, the Steelers move on to another Super Bowl in Dallas on Feb. 6. But how high, really, is your Steeler IQ? Take our quiz.
Do you know who delivered the longest State of the Union speech? The shortest? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
On Sunday in Chicago, the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 in the NFC championship game. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. How much do you know about the Green Bay Packers? Take our quiz.
It’s pop quiz time. Historically speaking, there’s a lot of ground to cover in prepping to watch Sunday’s NFC title showdown between the Bears and Green Bay Packers. The teams first met in 1921, have combined to win 21 NFL championships, but will now meet in Chicago for just the second time in postseason play. To help you find out what your Bears IQ is, try taking this introductory exam. Then, if Chicago makes it to the Super Bowl in Dallas on Feb. 6, look for a 2.0 version follow-up quiz on one of the league’s charter franchises.
Edgar Allan Poe, one of America's most celebrated poets, was born 202 years ago today. How well do you know Poe’s writing? Here are 8 questions.
Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday. It honors the slain civil rights leader. How much do you know about him? Here are 10 questions.
Number one Auburn meets number two Oregon Monday night in Glendale, Arizona in the BCS national championship game. The current process of selecting college football's top team hasn't been around all that long. Test your BCS title game knowledge by taking our quiz.
As the University of Oregon prepares to take the field tonight in this season’s BCS football championship game against Auburn in a battle of unbeatens (ESPN, 8:30 p.m ET, in Glendale, Ariz.), here’s your opportunity to prove your grasp of Oregon gridiron-ology. Get more than half right in this quiz and you’re surely no quack fan.
As Auburn University prepares to take the field tonight in this season’s BCS championship game against Oregon in a battle of unbeatens (ESPN, 8:30 p.m, in Glendale, Ariz.), here’s your opportunity to prove your grasp of Auburn gridiron-ology. Get more than half right in this quiz and you surely know your stuff.
The biggest one-day sporting event in the land has developed into a national party. From bobble heads to chicken wings to big screen TV's, it's easy to forget that one of the guests of honor needs to win a football game to become the champ. Test your Super Bowl knowledge and impress your friends at this year's bash.
With the ceremonial reading of the US Constitution in Congress and with debate heating up over the proper role and meaning of America's founding documents, the Monitor thought a quick quiz might be in order. Test your knowledge of the US Constitution.
For someone who once described herself as 'just an average hockey mom,' Sarah Palin's life has been far from ordinary. In the space of eight years, the former beauty pageant contestant has gone from the mayor of a tiny Alaska city to becoming the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket and has emerged as a formidable political force.
With 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' about to premiere, it might be time to brush up on your Harry Potter knowledge. Can you tell your Boggarts from your Bat-Bogeys? Your Golden Snitch from your Grindylow? Take our quiz to find out: (Though the Fidelius Charm protecting these books has already expired, those who have yet to finish reading the Harry Potter series should beware of spoilers ahead.)
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right. How will you do on the quiz?
For many years, the National Football League has given the Wonderlic aptitude test to rookie players. The test has 50 questions with a 12-minute time limit. Put three minutes on the clock and try our shortened version of the test, created with sample questions from ESPN.com and testprepreview.com. Multiply the number of right answers you get by 3.85 to compare with full test results. Can you do better than NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (35) or Tom Brady (33) or Peyton Manning (28)? How about Colin Kaepernick (37) or Joe Flacco (27)? The average NFL quarterback scores 24 on the test, according Paul Zimmerman, author of "The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football."