What are the Seven Wonders of the World?: And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists--Fully Explicated (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 22, 2010 - Reference - 560 pages
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Can you name...Newton's 3 laws of motion?The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse?The 5 pillars of Islam? The 6 wives of Henry VIII?The 7 kinds of plane triangles? The 8 Beatitudes?If you're not sure about the answers to the above, this is the book for you. A compendium of 101 culturally significant particulars from the fields of mythology, religion, literature, history, science, mathematics, art, and music, What Are the 7 Wonders of the World? is a stimulating fusion of facts and fun that makes for an invaluable reference and an entertaining diversion.

Questions are grouped in sections according to the number of items in their answer (all the 3s, all the 4s, all the 5s, etc.), so that the answers are in the form of easily memorized lists. You won't find Luther's 95 theses, or the 264 Popes, for example, but you will find everything from the 3 sons of Adam and Eve all the way up to the 24 letters of the ancient Greek alphabet.

This clever format lends itself well to quizzing and guessing, which gives it a deliciously sophisticated parlor-game quality. But for those who wish to delve a little deeper, there are thoughtful essays to go with each answer that include fascinating details and place the list in its larger cultural or historical context. Much more than a book of trivia, What Are the 7 Wonders of the World? offers a grand overview of the knowledge needed to appreciate many of the finest things in our cultural and intellectual life.


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Contents

SO Which were the 6 Axis Powers in World War ll?
173
What are the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?
179
What were the works of the 7 days of Creation?
188
What were the 7 Hills of Rome?
191
What were the 7 Liberal Arts of the medieval curriculum?
194
Where do the English names of the 7 days of the week come from?
199
What are the 7 kinds of plane triangles?
201
What are the 7 main levels of taxonomic classification?
204

Who were the 3 sons of Noah?
28
What are the 3 ages of Vicos historical cycle?
30
Who were the 3 Magi and what gifts did
34
What are the 3 components of the Freudian psyche?
37
What 3 beasts confront Dante in Canto 1 of the Inferno?
39
Who were the 3 Furies?
42
Who were the 3 members of the First Triumvirate?
45
Who were the 3 members of the Second Triumvirate?
48
What are Newtons 3 Laws of Motion?
51
What were the 3 Temptations of Christ?
55
Who were the 3 Fates?
58
What were the 4 elements and their associated humors? 63
62
What are the 4 voyages of Lemuel Gulliver?
65
What are the 4 conic sections?
70
What are the 4 sections of a symphony orchestra?
73
What were the 4 Freedoms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt?
78
What were the 4 chief winds in ancient Greece?
80
What are the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism?
82
Which 4 U S Presidents were assassinatedand who were their killers?
83
What are the 4 fundamental forces?
87
Who are the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
90
Who were the Big Four and what nations did they represent at the Paris Peace Conference 1919?
93
Who were the 4 Bronte siblings?
98
Who were the 4 Evangelists and what were their symbols?
102
What are the 4 properties of a musical tone?
106
What are the 4 parts of T S E1iots Four Quartets and their associated elements?
109
What are the 4 Last Things?
113
What are the 5 Pillars of Islam?
117
What were the 5 events of the ancient Olympic pentathlon?
120
What are the 5 basic positions of the feet in classical ballet?
124
Which were the 5 Civilized Tribes?
126
What are the 5 classical architectural orders?
129
Who were the Russian composers known as the Mighty Five?
133
What were the 5 rivers of the classical underworld?
138
Who were the 6 wives of Henry VIII?
147
Who were the 6 French composers known as Les Six?
150
What were the 6 major European invasions of Russia since the days of Peter the Great?
155
What are the 6 trigonometric functions?
163
Which were the 6 Iroquois or Allied Nations?
166
What are the 6 ranges of the human voice?
169
Which 7 European nations were the main colonizers of Africa in 1914?
207
What are the 7 sacraments?
212
Who were the 7 against Thebes?
216
What are the 7 Heavens of the Muslims made of and who presides over each?
219
Who were the 7 Sages of Greece?
221
What are the 7 Deadly Sins?
230
What are the 7 Virtues?
232
What are the 7 Ages of Man according to Shakespeare?
236
What were the 7 metals of alchemy and their associated gods and planets?
239
What were the 7 French dynasties?
242
What are the 7 voyages of Sinbad the Sailor?
248
What are the 7 Last Words of Christ?
254
What are the components of the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism?
261
Who were the American artists known as The Eight?
263
What are the 8 Beatitudes?
269
Who were the 9 great gods of ancient Egypt The Great Ennead?
275
What were the 9 royal houses of England after 1066?
278
Who were the 9 Muses and what were their associated arts?
296
What are the 9 orders of angels from lowest to highest?
301
What are the 9 Confucian Classics?
305
Who were the 9 Worthies?
311
Who were the 9 Lyric Poets of ancient Greece?
318
What are the 9 planets and how long do they take to orbit the sun?
327
What are the 9 Circles of Dantes Inferno?
330
What were the 10 major U S wars and their dates?
338
What were the 10 Plagues of Egypt?
352
Which were the 11 states of the Confederacy? 359
358
What were the Latin names of the 12 monthsand what did they mean?
365
What were the 12 Tribes of Israel?
369
Who were the 12 Olympian gods and their Roman equivalents?
373
What are the 12 main branches of the Indo European language family?
385
What were the 12 Labors of Heracles?
392
sources of their names?
412
THIRTEEN
421
FOURTEEN
433
FIFTEEN
441
EIGIITEEN
471
TWENTYFOUR
495
What are the 24 letters of the ancient Greek
501

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About the author (2010)

Peter D'Epiro received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Queens College of the City University of New York, and his M. Phil. and PH.D. in English from Yale University.  At both institutions he has also studied classical and modern languages and literatures.  A former English teacher, he now works for Patient Care magazine.  He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Mary Desmond Pinkowish is the author of numerous articles on medicine and general science for physician and lay audiences.  A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she studied biology and art history, she also earned a master's degree in public health from Yale University.  She works for Patient Care magazine and lives in Larchmont, New York.


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