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Posted at 5:36 PM on March 14, 2006 by Don Lee

Here's a multiple choice, complete-the-sentence quiz:

There is a connection between Handel's aria "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from his oratorio Messiah and...

A) William Pitt the elder
B) The abolition of public execution by hanging in England in 1868
C) Boston, Lincolnshire, England
D) Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament, London

You'll find the answer here on a Web site called funtrivia.com. The quiz is called "classical connections." Each of the questions calls on you to make tangential, often obscure associations between a piece of music and a person, place, event, etc., etc. It's the most interesting of several quizzes I discovered in an online article by musician and writer Drew McManus. If you like classical music and trivia, prepare to get sucked in for an hour or two.

I made my day by edging "Joe Somebody" 10 to 9 in a composer trivia face-off at another Web site McManus recommended. Now I may enter the NCAA office pool after all.