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  • 1. 

    Big Ben is the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Big Ben is often mistakenly thought to be the name of the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament. In reality, Big Ben refers to the Great Bell of the clock, not the clock itself. The clock tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, and the clock inside is simply called the Clock of the Palace of Westminster. Therefore, the statement that Big Ben is the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament is false.

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  • 2. 

    In computing, a kilobyte is 1,000 bytes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect. In computing, a kilobyte is actually equal to 1,024 bytes. This is because computers use a binary system, where each unit is a power of 2. Therefore, a kilobyte is 2^10 bytes, which equals 1,024 bytes.

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  • 3. 

    The dogfish is actually a small shark.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The dogfish is indeed a small shark. While it may be commonly referred to as a dogfish, it is important to note that it is still classified as a type of shark. Dogfish sharks typically have a slender body and can be found in various oceans around the world. They are known for their sharp teeth and predatory behavior, similar to other species of sharks. So, the statement "The dogfish is actually a small shark" is true.

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  • 4. 

    The dingo, Australia's wild dog, cannot bark.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Dingoes, which are Australia's wild dogs, do not bark like domesticated dogs. They have a unique vocalization that is more like a howl or a yodel. This is because dingoes have not been selectively bred for thousands of years like domesticated dogs, so they have retained more of their wild instincts and behaviors. Therefore, it is true that dingoes cannot bark.

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  • 5. 

    Tomatoes and potatoes grow on plants belonging to the same family as deadly nightshade.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same family as deadly nightshade, which is the Solanaceae family. This family includes various plants, some of which are highly toxic. Therefore, the statement that tomatoes and potatoes grow on plants belonging to the same family as deadly nightshade is true.

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  • 6. 

    Jazz musician William Basie was better known as Duke.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because jazz musician William Basie was actually better known as Count Basie, not Duke.

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  • 7. 

    Nicotine, in its pure form, is one of the most powerful poisons known.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Nicotine, in its pure form, is highly toxic and can be lethal even in small doses. It acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. It is highly addictive and can lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it is accurate to say that nicotine, in its pure form, is one of the most potent poisons known.

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  • 8. 

    Antarctica has less annual precipitation than the Sahara desert.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Antarctica has less annual precipitation than the Sahara desert because Antarctica is a polar desert, receiving very little precipitation in the form of snowfall. The Sahara desert, on the other hand, experiences occasional rainfall and has a slightly higher average annual precipitation compared to Antarctica. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 9. 

    The Duke of Edinburgh's grandfather was King George I of Greece.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Duke of Edinburgh's grandfather was indeed King George I of Greece. This means that the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    Prince is the real first name of "The artist formerly known as Prince", the US pop star.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because "The artist formerly known as Prince" was a stage name adopted by the US pop star. His real first name was Prince, which he used before changing his name to the symbol that represented his stage name.

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  • 11. 

    Anchorage is the capital of Alaska.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Anchorage is not the capital of Alaska. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska but it is not the capital.

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  • 12. 

    All century years such as 1700, 1800 and 1900 are leap years because they divide by four.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Century years such as 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years because they do not divide evenly by four. While most years that are divisible by 4 are leap years, century years must also be divisible by 400 to be considered leap years. Since 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not divisible by 400, they are not leap years.

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  • 13. 

    Caligula, the Roman emperor, gave a consulship to his horse, Incitatus.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Caligula, the Roman emperor, famously appointed his horse, Incitatus, as a consul. This decision was seen as a reflection of his eccentric and unpredictable behavior. Although it is difficult to ascertain the exact motivations behind this appointment, it is widely believed that Caligula did this as a way to mock and ridicule the Roman Senate. This act further exemplified his despotic and tyrannical rule, contributing to his infamy in history.

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  • 14. 

    All four feet of a beaver are webbed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Beavers are semi-aquatic animals and their hind feet are webbed, which helps them in swimming. However, their front feet are not webbed. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that all four feet of a beaver are webbed.

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  • 15. 

    An emu cannot fly.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Emus are large, flightless birds native to Australia. They have strong, muscular legs that are adapted for running rather than flying. Emus lack the necessary physical characteristics such as wings and a lightweight body structure that enable birds to fly. Therefore, it is true that an emu cannot fly.

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