Sunday, May 23, 2010
Climate change quiz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart quiz, Canada quiz
- Sea level rise, diminished water supplies, severity of storms, rise in cost of living.
2. Describe how our economy and way of life are dependent on fossil fuels.
- Americans depend on coal for their electricity and petroleum to fuel their cars.
3. Describe the problems developing countries face in trying to modernize.
- There is a conflict between the goals of providing people with comforts - such as cars, highways and nice housing - and the maintenance of the environment.
4. Describe how U.S. policy toward global warming changed between the Kyoto Protocol and the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Bali.
- During the Kyoto bargaining the US position was "We participate only if our work is equaled by the developing nations." During the Bali conference the US compromised and agreed to work with the majority decision, or the consensus.
5. Why is the expression “America is addicted to coal” true?
- Some 80% of our electricity comes from coal-fired plants and there is no substitute power in sight.
6. Why is “clean coal” technology going to be difficult to implement as an environmentally acceptable fuel for producing electricity?
- Clean coal requires burying the CO2 underground; that's a dubious plan.
7. Historically, what has been the U.S. automakers’ policy on fuel-efficient cars?
- Detroit will make cars fuel efficient when forced to by government policy.
8. How has this policy benefited the automakers and cost the American consumer?
- The car makers have concentrated on short-term profit, leaving the overall health of the company - and the country's environment - in jeopardy.
9. Explain how the oil industry’s attitude toward renewable energy is similar to the U.S. automakers’ attitude toward fuel-efficient cars?
- The oil industry tends to concentrate on short-term sales of petroleum rather than on serious investing in renewable sources of power, says the PBS program Frontline.
10. Describe the lesson learned after the Clinton administration’s attempt to encourage U.S. automakers to produce fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Automakers such as GM offered only a temporary commitment to efficiency.
11. With all the evidence indicating that fossil fuel consumption contributes to global warming, why do you think Congress is still unable to come up with a plan to address the problem?
- Political polarization is part of the problem. When the major political parties are in an uncompromising war for power, legislation is slowed. Additionally, some conservatives have decided to dispute the legitimacy of research in regards man's role in climate change.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -
1. In which century did Mozart live? a) 1500's b) 1600's c) 1700's d) 1800's.
2. In which century did Mozart live? a) 15th b) 16th c) 17th d) 18th.
3. Mozart produced over 600 works. But he did not have a long life. He lived for __ years: a) 35 b) 45 c) 55 d) 65.
4. Mozart was born and raised in a) Vienna b) Munich c) Zurich d) Salzburg.
5. The affluent part of Europe: a) Western b) Eastern c) both parts.
6. Austria: a) Western b) Eastern.
7. Greece: a) Western b) Eastern.
8. Poland: a) Western b) Eastern.
9. Italian developer of the pianoforte: a) Ferdinand de Medici b) Count Orsini-Rosenberg c) Amerigo Vespucci d) Bartolomeo Cristofori.
10. Exhilaration! excitement! One of these words does not refer to such liveliness.
a) euphoria b) effervescence c) elation d) abjection.
11. The culture indicated when one mentions a Harem, the inner sanctum and women's area of the palace: a) Hindu b) Christian c) Jewish d) Muslim.
12. Composer from the Republic of Venice who worked as the Austrian imperial Kapellmeister from 1788 to 1824. He was one of the most important and famous musicians of his time: a) Giuseppi Verdi b) Antonio Salieri c) Count Orsini-Rosenberg d) Don Giovanni.
13. Mozart's father was his teacher and first manager. He was __ Mozart. a) Nannerl b) Maximilian c) Leopold d) Antonio.
14. The sister of Emperor Joseph of Austria becomes quite famous as a European queen: a) Eleanor of Aquitane b) Anne of Austria c) Madame de Maintenon d) Marie Antoinette.
1. late 1700's 2. 18th 3. age 35 4. Salzburg, Austria
5. Western 6. Western 7. Eastern 8. Eastern 9. Cristoforte
10. abjection 11. Muslim 12. Salieri 13. Leopold 14. Marie Antoinette
Vancouver to Quebec: the Canada quiz
T 1. Canada’s population is about one tenth of the US population, although it is slightly larger than the US in area. T / F
A 2. An island in Eastern Canada came under British rule with the Treaty of Utrecht (1713). This resulted in a serious change in the population of a) Nova Scotia b) Quebec c) Massachusetts
B 3. Canadians often speak 2 languages, owing to their nation’s ethnicity: a) English & German b) English & French c) English & Inuit d) English & Canadianne.
B 4. Born and raised in Montreal: a) Michael Cera
b) Sieur d’Iberville c) Beausoleil d) Celine Dion.
A 5. The French who were born in Louisiana colony were called a) Creoles b) Acadiennes c) Cajuns d) Gumbo.
D 6. Between their impoverished life in Western France and their impoverished life as pioneers in Louisiana, the French colonists spent about 150 years in a) the Caribbean b) British Columbia c) Toronto d) Acadia.
B 7. Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier founded a) Canadian Waste Disposals Systems b) Cirque de Soleil c) the rock band Rush d) Quebec City.
C 8. The nation’s capital: a) Quebec b) Montreal c) Ottowa
D 9. The Great Lakes connect to the Atlantic via the
a) Illinois-Michigan Canal b) Erie Canal c) Niagra Falls
d) St Lawrence River.
T 10. Part of Canada is an archipelago. T / F
B 11. “Canada is also geologically active, having many earthquakes and potentially active volcanoes,” says Wikipedia. This would refer to __ Canada. a) Eastern b) Western c) Northern d) Southern
D 12. The coordinates are 45N, 73W: a) Toronto b) Winnipeg c) Detroit d) Montreal.
B 13. Land area: which is larger, the a) US or b) Canada?