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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Places of Education. Answers here.

This week's brainteaser is about places of education: schools, colleges and universities - real and fictitious.

1. Cambridge is the second oldest university in England. Is this true or false?
2. What was the name of the school in the "Harry Potter" novels by J. K. Rowling, dedicated to the teaching of Magic and Wizardry?
3. What was the first college (also known as a university) established in the United States?
4. What was the name of the school in Charles Dickens's "Nicholas Nickleby" run by Mr Wackford Squeers?
5. The Duke of Wellington is credited with saying that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of...which school?
6. In 1933, the debating society of which university passed the motion "This House will in no circumstances fight for its King and its Country"?
7. What is the name of the radical progressive school in Leiston, Suffolk, England, founded in 1921 by A. S. Neill, with no compulsory attendance at classes?
8. "Sorbonne" is the common name for the University of which city?
9. Thomas Hughes set his book "Tom Brown's Schooldays" in a somewhat romanticized version of which school that he himself had attended?
10. In England, what kind of school was started in 1780 by Robert Raikes for factory children in Gloucester?

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