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History Lesson: Art and Architecture: Fact or Fiction Quiz

Remember school days? Those were most exciting time of school life. We studied and pored into the medieval world, artistic records and phenomenal explanations of Science, inventions and discoveries. History of events and battles of great men and women–that made our modern and free civilization of law and order today.

History of the world of diverse cultures, arts, struggles, lessons of human life and dignity that are embedded into our thousands of generations into ours and our future. We behave and value our civilized cultures, economy and protected and educated families because of events that occurred in our world’s history.

We keep going back. There’s nothing better than studying about humble men and women in our history who impacted our lives in the pursuit of happiness, prosperity, and freedom. These are the most important and persistent in our dreams and ambitions as a whole. And the pursuit of beauty in the arts, architecture and technology.

Enjoy this quiz by answering Fact or Fiction and see how you go.

  • Question 1: The first successful modern photograph was taken in the 1820s. Fact

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • In the mid-1820s, the amateur inventor Nicéphore Niépce succeeded in photographing the courtyard of his country estate. The exposure time was about eight hours! https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nicephore-Niepce https://www.britannica.com/topic/printing-publishing#ref417319
  • Question 2: The opening in the Pantheon is called the eye.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • In Latin the word for the opening in the dome of Rome’s Pantheon is the oculus. The literal meaning of the word is “eye.” https://www.britannica.com/technology/oculus
  • Question 3: Commedia dell’arte is a type of theatre.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • Commedia dell’arte is a type of comic improvisational theatre originating in Italy in the 16th century. It was usually unscripted but utilized a set of stock plots and characters. https://www.britannica.com/art/commedia-dellarte Commedia dell’arte troupe, probably depicting Isabella Andreini and the Compagnia dei Gelosi, oil painting by unknown artist, c. 1580; in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris CFL—Giraudon/Art Resource, New York Cite: https://www.britannica.com/art/commedia-dellarte/media/127742/5648
  • Question 4: In medieval architecture, gargoyles help drain water from a roof.

    • Fact
    • No
    • A gargoyle is a fancifully carved sculpture, usually representing an animal or a monster. Gargoyles were used in medieval architecture to disguise downspouts that allow water to drain from a roof. https://www.britannica.com/technology/gargoyle Image: Gargoyle on the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Athens, 5th century bc Alison Frantz Cite: https://www.britannica.com/technology/gargoyle/media/225970/5627
  • Question 5: The painting La Gioconda is better known as Blue Boy.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • La Gioconda is better known as Mona Lisa, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci. https://www.britannica.com/search?query=The+painting+La+Gioconda+is+better+known+as+Blue+Boy. Caption: Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa Mona Lisa, oil painting on a poplar wood panel by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1503–06; in the Louvre, Paris. The Print Collection—Heritage-Images Cite https://www.britannica.com/topic/Mona-Lisa-painting/media/388735/196922
  • Question 6: Most medieval cathedrals were built very quickly.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • It took several generations to build most of the great European cathedrals of the Middle Ages. For example, Chartres Cathedral in France was built over about 60 years. Boulogne Caption: Medieval castle (right) and the dome of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Boulogne, France. Stefi123 https://www.britannica.com/place/Boulogne/media/75562/155849 The ruins of St. Andrews Castle, Scotland. https://www.britannica.com/place/St-Andrews-Scotland/media/516736/13965 Photos.com/Jupiterimages Cite: https://www.britannica.com/place/St-Andrews-Scotland/media/516736/112263
  • Question 7. The Night Watch is a painting by Rembrandt.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • The Night Watch is one of the most famous works by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Rembrandt is considered to be one of the greatest visual storytellers in the history of art. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Night-Watch-by- Rembrandt/media/415000/76041https://www.britannica.com/topic/Night-Watch-by-Rembrandt/media/415000/76041
  • Question 9: Gesso is a substance used to prepare a surface for painting.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • Gesso—usually made of plaster or chalk mixed with glue—has been used for hundreds of years to create a smooth, white surface for painting. It can also be used to make sculptures. Egyptian sculpture: face from a coffin https://www.britannica.com/art/gesso Face from an Egyptian coffin, wood, gesso, and pigment, probably from Thebes, c. 1070–945 bce; in the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Photograph by Lisa O’Hara. Brooklyn Museum, New York, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2037E https://www.britannica.com/art/gesso/media/232069/136929
  • Question 10: Candlemaking is a recent art.

    • Fact
    • Fiction
    • Ancient Egyptian tombs at Thebes bear relief carvings of cone-shaped candles. The oldest known candle fragment was found in France and dates from the 1st century CE. Cite image: https://www.britannica.com/technology/candle/media/92431/119513

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the history quiz. 8/9 that’s very good! They’re indeed very interesting facts I learned. The explanation on the fill-in-the-correct-answer box was a mistake. The facts were supposed to be texts under the Fact/Fiction tick boxes. I didn’t know how to produce my very first quiz post. But I enjoyed the research. And Virily Editor has been very gracious to me as a newbie. 🙂

      Thank you.

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