Mr. Gula’s 1982 General Knowledge Test – November 2013


During 18 years teaching at Groton, Bob Gula became known for the General Knowledge Tests that he created and proctored each spring. Students didn’t have to take the test, but took it anyhow because it was fun and challenging. Test your knowledge with questions from 1982:

1. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to break into major league baseball. In 1947, he began playing for ? (name the team)
Answer: Brooklyn Dodgers

2. In February, 1945, the “big three” met for a conference at Yalta. Who were the big three?
Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin

3. In electricity, what do the abbreviations of AC and DC stand for?
Answer: AC/DC stands for alternating current/direct current. An AC electrical current alternates directions. A DC electrical current does not change directions.

4. What are the three basic types of clouds?
» Cirrus – high-level, wispy clouds that resemble feathers
» Cumulus – fluffy clouds; these are the most familiar clouds they look like heaps of cotton.
» Stratus – grey, shapeless sheet of cloud extending in all directions across the sky

5. What is the difference between manslaughter and murder?
Answer: The general distinction is that if you set out to kill someone, deliberately do something very dangerous which is likely to result in someone’s death or unintentionally kill someone while knowingly performing a criminal act, then it’s murder. If someone dies as a result of your actions or failure to act where you have a duty to do so, or your mental capacity is impaired at the time of the killing (other than through alcohol or drugs) then it’s manslaughter.

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