From Michelangelo to Mozzarella: The Complete Italian IQ Quiz

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Overview

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO BE ITALIAN.

BUT YOU DO NEED TO KNOW MANICOTTI FROM ARMANI.

Who was Luigi Pirandello? How about Giorgio Vasari? What are the ingredients in risotto? Is Jack Nicholson Italian? The truth is, being Italian means being an heir to a rich, sprawling culture that goes back thousands of years, encompassing ancient mythology, modern cinema, religion, fashion, science, and most of all-the world's most beloved cuisine. This book is a fun, fact-filled guide to everything Italian, from how to make focaccia to discovering the Italian heritage of your favorite celebrities. Composed entirely in an easy-to-read question-and-answer format, this book contains such amusing, thought-provoking, and fascinating queries as:

Which Roman god stands watch over the Trevi Fountain in the center of Rome?

What is the largest church in Venice?

Who lived in Italy before the Roman Empire?

Where was Frank Sinatra born and raised?

What famous rock stars are Italian? (You'd be surprised!)

For the first time, here is a compendium of everything you ever wanted to know about being Italian-plus a whole lot more you never would have asked!

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  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
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Meet the Author

Stephen J. Spignesi is the best-selling author of thirty books, including What's Your Red, White, and Blue IQ?, Cefhe Italian 100, The Lost Work of Stephen King, The UFO Book of Lists, and The Complete Titanic. He lives in East Haven, Connecticut.
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First Chapter

From Michelangelo to Mozzarella

The Complete Italian IQ Quiz
By Stephen J. Spignesi

CITADEL PRESS

Copyright © 2007 Stephen J. Spignesi
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8065-2854-0


Chapter One

Italian Cities

QUIZ 1

Rome

* * *

1. True or False: Rome is the capital of Italy.

2. True or False: Rome is the largest city of Italy.

3. In Roman mythology, who were the original founders of Rome? (Choose 2.) a. Tiberius

b. Romulus

c. Remus

d. Aeneas

4. Fill in the blank: Rome is surrounded by the ___ Hills.

5. How many churches are there in Rome?

a. Close to 100

b. Precisely 250

c. Over 900

d. Approximately 2,000

6. True or false: The Rome Metro is Europe's only aboveground monorail.

7. True or False: Tourism is Italy's biggest industry, and Rome is the second most popular tourist destination in the country. 8. Which Roman god stands watch over the waters in the middle of the Trevi Fountain in the center of Rome?

a. Pluto

b. Dianablank: Rome is often referred to as the ___ City.

QUIZ 2

Venice

* * *

1. What is Venice's nickname?

a. Rome of the North

b. The City of Olives

c. The City of Canals

d. The City of Wind and Boulders

2. True or False: Napoleon conquered Venice in 1797.

3. Fill in the blank: The traditional Venetian rowing boat is called a ___.

4. How long is the Grand Canal of Venice?

a. 1 mile

b. 2 miles

c. 5 miles

d. 10 miles

5. True or False: Artesian wells in Venice were banned in the 1960s because they were causing the city to sink.

6. What is the name of the 1831 novel about Venice written by American writer James Fenimore Cooper?

a. The Bravo

b. The Red Rover

c. Precaution

d. The Water-Witch

7. Who is Venice's patron saint?

a. St. Joseph

b. St. John the Baptist

c. St. Mark the Evangelist

8. True or False: Venezuela means "little Venice."

9. Which of the following people are natives of Venice?

a. Pope Paul II

b. Marco Polo

c. Tintoretto

d. Antonio Vivaldi

e. Tomaso Albinoni

f. All of the above

g. None of the above

10. How many bridges are there in Venice?

QUIZ 3

Florence

* * *

1. True or False: Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region of Italy.

2. Florence was long ruled by what famous Italian family?

3. Who was Florence's first martyr?

a. St. Stephen

b. St. Florence

c. St. Minias

d. St. Anselm

4. Fill in the blank: In the thirteenth century, Florence issued its own gold currency, known as the ___. 5. Who built Florence's most famous architectural landmark, the Duomo?

a. Brunelleschi

b. Ghiberti

c. Verrocchio

d. Michelangelo

6. Fill in the blank: In the center of Florence stands the Fountain of ___.

7. In 1301, what famous Italian writer was sent into exile in the Uffizi?

a. Petrarch

b. Dante

c. Manzoni

d. Pirandello

8. True or false: Michelangelo's David was once on display outdoors at the Uffizi in Florence.

9. True or false: The tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli are in Florence.

10. True or false: One of Florence's "sister cities" is Philadelphia.

QUIZ 4

Turin

* * *

1. True or false: Turin is the capital of Italy's Tuscany region.

2. What is the name of the road that links the two piazzas in the heart of Turin, Piazza Castello and Piazzo San Carlo?

a. Via Torino

b. Via Roma

c. Via Alpina

d. Via Juvarra

3. True or false: One of the most famous landmarks in Turin, the Mole Antonelliana (which now houses the Museo del Cinema (the Museum of Cinema), was originally intended to be a Jewish synagogue.

4. Where in Turin is the Shroud of Turin?

a. The Mole Antonelliana

b. The Museo Egizio

c. The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

d. The Superga Basilica

5. Who is the patron saint of Turin?

a. John the Baptist

b. St. Stephen

c. St. Peter

d. St. George

6. True or false: The Turin coat of arms is a blue bull on a yellow background.

7. What famous nihilist philosopher and writer had a mental breakdown in 1889 on the Piazzo Carlo Alberto in Turin?

8. What popular confection was invented in Turin at the end of the eighteenth century by a Frenchman named Doret, allowing companies like Hershey's and Nestlé to addict sweet-toothed consumers around the world?

9. What famous automobile manufacturer is based in Turin?

a. Ferrari

b. Fiat

c. Maserati

d. Lamborghini

10. What 1969 movie starring Michael Caine, remade in 2003 with Matt Damon, was set in Turin?

QUIZ 5

Milan

* * * 1. True or false: Milan is in Italy's Lombardy region.

2. What was the 1629-1631 Great Plague of Milan?

a. Smallpox

b. Bubonic plague

c. Polio

d. Influenza

3. True or false: Milan gets no snow.

4. What is the famous opera house in Milan?

5. True or false: Milan has subways. 6. What color are Milan's taxis?

a. White

b. Yellow

c. Red

d. Green 7. What family took over Milan in the fifteenth century?

a. The Ambrose family

b. The Visconti family

c. The Medici family

d. The Sforza family

8. Who is the Patron Saint of Milan?

a. Ambrose

b. Stephen

c. Peter

d. Paul

9. Fill in the blank: The famous Milan opening course "Risotto alla Milanese" is rice made with the herb ___.

10. TRUE OR FALSE: The Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni was born in Milan.

QUIZ 6

Naples

* * * 1. True or false: Naples was founded around the sixth or seventh century by the Greeks.

2. Naples is the birthplace of the Pizza Margherita. What is a Pizza Margherita?

a. A pizza made with tomato, mozzarella, and basil, the ingredients' red, white, and green colors representing the colors of the Italian flag

b. A pizza only made in the small village of Margherita on the outskirts of Naples

c. A pizza served with a tequila margarita

d. A breakfast pizza served at the Villa Margherita hotel in Levanto

3. True or false: Naples is the home of Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest active opera house in Europe.

4. What is the name of the secret crime organization in Naples that has been compared to the Sicilian Mafia?

a. The Camorra

b. La Cosa Nostra

c. La Famiglia

d. The Camorristi

5. What active volcano (the only active volcano on the European mainland) is visible from Naples?

6. Fill in the blank: At the end of the fifteenth century, Charles VIII of ___ invaded Naples.

7. The Santa Maria del Popolo degli Incurabili hospital, which was constructed in 1521 and is still operating in Naples, was originally built to treat patients with what then-deadly disease?

a. Diabetes

b. Tuberculosis

c. Syphilis

d. Measles

8. True or false: Naples was the least-bombed city in Italy during World War II.

9. Who is the Patron Saint of Naples?

a. St. Bartholomew

b. St. Gennaro

c. St. Elizabeth

d. St. Paul

10. How many strings does the traditional Neapolitan mandolin have? From Michelangelo to Mozzarella

Chapter Two

Italian Regions

QUIZ 7

* * *

1. True or false: One-third of the entire Abruzzo region is designated by Italy as national or regional park area.

2. What body of water borders Abruzzo's coastline?

a. The Mediterranean Sea

b. The Adriatic Sea

c. The North Sea

d. The Black Sea

3. What mountain range borders Abruzzo on the west?

a. The Apennines

b. The Alps

c. The Pyrenees

d. The Carpathians

4. True or false: In ancient times, the Abruzzo region of Italy was known as Samnium.

5. Which of the following are provinces of Abruzzo?

a. L'Aquila

b. Teramo

c. Chieti

d. Pescara

e. All of the above

6. True or false: The main entry for international tourists visiting Abruzzo is Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.

7. The flag of Abruzzo consists of a centered emblem in white, green, and blue on a solid color background. What color is the background?

8. What famous Italian novelist, poet, screenwriter, and author of the 1898 play Cilia Morta, which he wrote for actress Sarah Bernhardt, was born in Abruzzo?

9. What world-famous male porn star was born in Abruzzo?

a. Ron Jeremy

b. John Holmes

c. Peter North

d. Rocco Siffredi

10. True or false: Alan Alda's real name is Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo and he was born in Abruzzo, Italy.

QUIZ 8

Calabria

* * *

1. True or false: The region of Calabria is known as the "heel" of the Italian boot-shaped peninsula.

2. What is the capital of Calabria?

a. Bruttium

b. Catanzaro

c. Cosenza

d. Caserta

3. FILL IN THE BLANK: The Calabria region is separated from Sicily by the Strait of ___. 4. True or false: Calabria was conquered by Garibaldi in 1860.

5. What region borders Calabria to the north?

a. Basilicata

b. Abruzzo

c. Piedmont

d. Lombardy

6. True or false: The traditional Calabrian soup Licurdia is made with onions.

7. FILL IN THE BLANK: The Italian writer Gabriele d'Annunzio called the Sicily-facing seafront at Reggio "The most beautiful ___ in Italy."

8. What does the Pythagorean theorem (the sum of the squares of the lengths of the sides of a right triangle is equal to the square of the length of the hypotenuse) have to do with Calabria?

9. What is the name of the children's book series by Tomie dePaolo set in Calabria? 10. What unique lemon-scented fruit flourishes in Calabria better than anywhere else in the world?

QUIZ 9

Campania

* * *

1. True or false: There is an entrance to the underworld in Campania.

2. What sea borders the Campania region?

a. The Mediterranean Sea

b. The Black Sea

c. The Tyrrhenian Sea

d. The Adriatic Sea

3. Which of the following towns are in the Campania region of Italy?

a. Ariana Irpino

b. Ogliastro Cilentro

c. Circello

d. All of the above

4. Fill in the blank: One of the Campania region's most acclaimed cheeses is their world-renowned ___ mozzarella.

5. True or false: The Campania region is known for the celebrated Lacryma Christi (i.e., "tear of Christ") wine, produced near Mount Vesuvius.

6. Which of the following Italian islands are considered part of the Campania region?

a. Ischia

b. Capri

c. Procida

d. Elba

7. What is the name of the unified transportation system in Campania?

8. True or false: One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Campania region is Greek.

9. What is the capital of Campania?

10. TOUGH ONE: Name the Italian poet and dramatist who was born in Campania in 264 BC, served in the first Punic War, and wrote what is considered the first Latin epic, De Bello Punico.

QUIZ 10

Lombardy

* * * 1. True or false: The highest skyscraper in Italy is in the Lombardy region.

2. What is the capital of the Lombardy region?

a. Busto Arsizio

b. Mele

c. Milan

d. Brescia

3. True or false: The four largest airports in Lombardy are in Milan, Brescia, and Bergamo.

4. What country borders the northern edge of Lombardy?

5. Tough one: What does Dante's The Divine Comedy have to do with Lombardy?

6. One of Italy's most famous cheeses is named for a commune in the province of Milan in Lombardy. What is this cheese?

7. TRUE OR FALSE: The Alps are in Lombardy.

8. The city of Cremona in southern Lombardy is famous for making what musical instrument?

a. Violin

b. Piano

c. Flute

d. Tuba

9. True or false: The electric battery was invented in the Lombardy region of Italy.

10. What is the world-famous and extremely popular rice dish that originated in a city in Lombardy?

QUIZ 11

Piedmont

* * *

1. What two European countries border the Piedmont region of Italy?

a. Switzerland

b. Austria

c. France

d. Slovenia

2. True or false: The capital of the Piedmont region is Turin.

3. How long is the Piedmont coastline?

4. What European dynasty is most associated with the Piedmont region of Italy?

5. True or false: In 1986, as a response to fast food, the "Slow Food" movement was launched in the Piedmont region.

6. For which of the following gastronomic delicacies is the Piedmont region famous around the world?

a. The white truffle

b. Caviar

c. Snails

d. Foie gras

7. What does the name of the Piedmont region mean? a. God's land c. Heaven on earth b. At the foot of the mountain d. Land of industry

8. True or false: Piedmont has 1,206 municipalities (communes).

9. What two famous Italian writers are from the Piedmont region?

10. True or false: The Piedmont region is in southern Italy.

QUIZ 12

Tuscany

* * *

1. Tuscany: north, south, or central Italy?

2. In what famous '90s sitcom did a house rental in Tuscany play a role in one episode?

a. Frasier

b. Friends

c. Seinfeld

d. Mad About You

3. Which of the following Italian cities are in the Tuscany region?

a. Pisa

b. Potenza

c. Ancona

d. Arezzo

e. Massa

f. All of the above

g. None of the above

4. Fill in the blank of this 2003 movie title: Under the ___ Sun.

5. Most Tuscan beaches require that guests rent an ombrellone. What's an ombrellone?

6. Fill in the blank of this ancient Tuscan spa: The Museum of ___.

7. This quotation about Tuscany from the novel Daughter of Silence is by what Australian novelist? "It was a bright noon, high summer, in the upland valleys of Tuscany: a torpid time, a season of dust and languor, of stripped flax and larks in the wheat stubble, and the new wines coming to vintage in the country of the Elder Gods."

a. Colleen McCullough

b. Geraldine Brooks

c. Patrick White

d. Morris L. West

8. Fill in the blank of this ancient Tuscan healing place: The Thermal Springs of ___.

9. What famous Italian scientist wrote a letter to Madama Christina of Tuscany in 1615 asserting the accuracy of Copernican science called "Concerning the Use of Biblical Quotations in Matters of Science"?

10. True or false: It can be said that Tuscany's most famous export is its red wine, Chianti.

QUIZ 13

Sicily

* * *

1. True or false: Sicily is the smallest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

2. Fill in the blank: Sicily is separated from the Italian mainland by the Strait of ___.

3. Sicily has an active volcano. Name it.

4. True or false: When completed, the planned bridge connecting Sicily to the Italian mainland will be the world's longest suspension bridge.

5. Which of the following are airports in Sicily?

a. Palermo International Airport

b. Guglielmo Marconi International Airport

c. Catania-Fontanarossa Airport

6. What are the two colors of the Sicilian flag?

a. Red and green

b. Blue and white

c. Red and yellow

d. Red and white

7. The flag of Sicily shows the head of what Greek mythological monster?

a. Cyclops

b. Medusa

c. Hydra

d. Basilisk

8. The "Sicilian School" refers to what? a. A group of thirteenth-century poets known for poems of courtly love b. A clandestine training school for mob hit men c. A culinary school in Palermo d. A group of eigth-teenth-century women painters

9. True or false: Sicily boasts the largest opera house in Italy and the third largest in the world.

10. Tough one: Why is Salvatore "Totò" Cuffaro famous in Sicily? From Michelangelo to Mozzarella

(Continues...)



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