Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

Every Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar.

This week’s questions:

  1. By what other name is zucchini known around the world?
  2. What member of the rock band Queen is also an astrophysicist?
  3. Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha, attained enlightenment by sitting under a special tree for 49 days. What is this tree now known as?
  4. Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus is said to depict a scene featured in what classic Latin narrative poem?
  5. What is the name of the malingering girl from Shel Silverstein’s poem “Sick” who claims to “cough and sneeze and gasp and choke” and is “sure that [her] left leg is broke”?

This week’s answers:

  1. Courgettes. People in France and England, among other places, favor this term.
  2. Brian May. He completed most of his PhD in the 1970s and went back to school to earn his doctorate in 2007.
  3. The Bodhi or Bo tree. A descendant of the original tree, which was destroyed, is now an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
  4. Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In addition to Venus, the painting features gods Zephyrus and Aura, and Venus’s handmaiden Hora.
  5. Peggy Ann McKay. The poem appears in Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Source: Workman Publishing / “Page-A-Day”

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