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Great Places
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American Architecture
It opened in 1931 and was the tallest building in the world for almost forty years. Name this New York City landmark.
Architectural Chronology
Which was built first?
A. the Eiffel Tower
B. the Pyramids at Giza
C. the Roman Coliseum
D. the cathedral at Notre Dame
E. the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings
Big Heads
The huge stone statues of Easter Island were carved by which of the three major societies of Oceania?
The Kaaba
The Kaaba is a small building sacred to Islam. Embedded in the southeast corner of the Kaaba is the Black Stone. This stone is ...
A. galena
B. obsidian
C. magnetite
D. a meteorite
E. petrified wood
Home Sweet Home
As one of the British queen's residences, it is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Name it.
Walls of Antiquity
The Wailing Wall is a relic of the Temple of Herod, destroyed in the year 70 A.D. This wall is in what city?
A. Tyre
B. Amman
C. Damascus
D. Jerusalem
E. Bethlehem
French Monuments
The Arc de Triomphe was erected to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is at the end of what street in Paris?
Historic Theaters
William Shakespeare's Globe Theater was in the shape of a(n) ...
A. square
B. octagon
C. hexagon
D. pentagon
E. septagon
Big Things
In what country is this thing located?
It is 480 feet high. Its 2.3 million
limestone blocks weigh 2.5 tons each
and are separated by joints only one
ten-thousandth of an inch wide.
Tumblin' Down
The Berlin Wall was dismantled in ...
A. 1949
B. 1959
C. 1969
D. 1979
E. 1989
Great Galleries
One has to walk some fifteen miles to visit each of the 322 galleries housing nearly 3 million works of art. Name this enormous museum in St. Petersburg that includes the Winter Palace of the czars.
Vacation Photos
Marsha was showing photographs of the Acropolis and the Parthenon taken during her vacation. What country did she visit?
A. Egypt
B. Japan
C. India
D. Greece
E. France
River Overlooks
The Tower of London, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey all overlook what river?
The Great Wall
The Great Wall extends into the deserts of central China all the way from near ...
A. Nepal
B. Burma
C. Mongolia
D. Afghanistan
E. the Yellow Sea
Ancient Wonders
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with all manner of exotic shrubs and flowers, were irrigated by water pumped from what river?
Solid Geometry
Which is shaped most like a rectangular solid?
A. the Pentagon
B. the U.S. Capitol
C. the Lincoln Memorial
D. the Washington Monument
E. the United Nations Secretariat
Originally the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was a Christian church. But the Moslems captured the city in 1453 and turned it into a mosque. They added four tall slender towers to the building called ...
St. Peter's
St. Peter's Basilica is in the same city as ...
A. the Roman Forum
B. the Forbidden City
C. Westminster Abbey
D. the Arc de Triomphe
E. the Empire State Building
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty consists of a steel frame covered with what metal that quickly turned light green due to the damp air?
The Tower of London dates back to the reign of ...
A. James I
B. Henry II
C. Queen Anne
D. Elizabeth I
E. William the Conqueror
The center of the city contains huge buildings topped with tall spires and golden domes, all surrounded by a high stone wall. In what city would you find this citadel whose name comes from the Russian word "kreml," meaning fortress?
Marvelous Monuments
It has a bulb-shaped central dome surrounded by four smaller domes, all built on a great marble slab with tall, slender minarets at each corner. Name this mausoleum.
A. Taj Mahal
B. Parthenon
C. Stonehenge
D. Eiffel Tower
E. Aqueduct of Nero
The Panama Canal
The eastern entrance to the Panama Canal lies in which ocean?
Architecture History
The magnificent stone works seen in the remains of Machu Picchu and the capital city of Cuzco were the products of which civilization?
A. Maya
B. Inca
C. Scythia
D. Mesopotamia
E. Mohenjo-Daro
Palatial Pads
It cost $50 million to build this estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was completed in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst. Name it.
Nature's Own
Which is not a man-made structure?
A. Sears Tower
B. Eiffel Tower
C. Devil's Tower
D. Tower of Pisa
E. Tower of London
This building is made of gray sandstone. It was designed by James Hoban and stands near the Potomac. Name this building that once was known as "the President's Palace."
Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in the U.S., backs up the waters of what river?
A. Missouri
B. Colorado
C. Arkansas
D. Columbia
E. Rio Grande
Architectural Wonders
This bell tower was built in the year 1350 and has been leaning ever since. In what Italian city is this tower located?
Famous Forms
The Washington Monument is one example of an obelisk. This is a form of architecture which can be traced back to which civilization?
A. Egypt
B. Persia
C. Chaldea
D. Babylonia
E. Phoenicia


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Answers to Great Places
1. Empire State Building
2. B
3. Polynesia
4. D
5. Windsor Castle
6. D
7. Champs Elysees
8. B
9. Egypt
10. E
11. Hermitage
12. D
13. Thames River
14. E
15. Euphrates
16. E
17. minarets
18. A
19. copper
20. E
21. Moscow
22. A
23. Pacific
24. B
25. San Simeon
26. C
27. White House
28. D
29. Pisa
30. A
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