Deadline for Event #2: Saturday 5/2, Noon PST.
Deadline for Event #3: Thursday 4/30, Noon PST.
In Celebration of Day Three, it’s
the Third Place Quiz!
a brutally challenging set of general knowledge questions about things, people, and places who are, one way or another, in third place!
There are twenty questions. Your first five correct answers are each worth three Decathlon points. Each subsequent answer is worth a single point. [Example: if you get any ten questions right, you will score (5 * 3) + 5 = 20 Decathlon points.] 25 points maximum, which means that if you get 15 right you've already maxed out. I honestly doubt it will be an issue.
No research please. Partial credit may be awarded for answers that miss the mark but show good reasoning. Answers may be posted in the comments or, if you are worried about your answers being poached, sent to M5KDecathlon@gmail.com. Answers must be in by Noon Pacific Daylight time, Thursday, April 30.
Did I mention, brutally difficult? Enjoy the challenge! It's all downhill from here...
1. Dry air from the Earth’s atmosphere consists largely of nitrogen, with most of the rest taken up by oxygen. What is the third most common element in the air you breathe?
2. The most common element in the universe as a whole is Hydrogen, with most of the rest of all matter being Helium. What is the third most common element in the universe?
3. China is easily the world’s most populous country, followed by India. What is the third most populous country?
4. Germany is easily the most populous country of the European Union, followed by France. What is the third most populous country in the European Union?
5. Russia is easily the world’s largest country in terms of land area, followed by Canada. What is the third largest country?
6. The first Pillar of Islam is the profession of faith in monotheism and Mohammed’s role as the prophet (Shahadah). The second is the requirement of daily prayers (Salah). What is the third Pillar of Islam?
7. In the creation story of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Adam and Eve are the first and second humans. Who is (apparently) the third human?
8. What is the third book of the Hebrew Bible?
9. What is the Third Commandment?
10. What is the Third Amendment of the United States Constitution?
11. What is the Third Estate?
12. What is the third book of John Updike’s “Rabbit” series?
13. What is the third book of the Harry Potter series?
14. What is the nickname of the third Beethoven Symphony?
15. “The Three Tenors” of the 1990s and early 2000s were Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and what third opera singer?
16. “I take one, one, one ‘cause you left me and
Two, two, two for my family and
Three, three, three for _________________”
17. The first James Bond movie was Dr. No. The second was From Russia With Love. What was the third?
18. The largest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. What is the third largest Australian city?
19. In 1900, New York and Chicago were the two largest cities in the United States; Los Angeles was 36th, just behind St. Joseph, Missouri. What was the third largest American city in 1900?
20. Most measures of world economies, like Gross Domestic Product, rank the United States of America as by far the world’s largest single-country economy. Japan is nearly always ranked second. What is one of the two likely candidates for third place?