How Architecturally Savvy Are You?
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1. Which of these is a Doric column?
A: A

2. What's the difference between beadboard and wainscoting?
A: C - Wainscoting refers to both a wood panel and the frame, where beadboard is simply a type of panel.

3. Where does the term "painted ladies" come from?
A. D - Writers Elizabeth and Michael Larsen used the term to refer to Victorian homes in San Francision in their 1978 book Painted Ladies: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians. 

4. What is a dormer?
A: A - A structural element of a building that protrudes from a sloping roof.  

5. What kind of roof is on the larger portion of this house?
A: B - Gambrel roof. 

6. Why are basements more prevalent on the East Coast and in the American Midwest than in southern regions?
A: D - The foundation needs to be below the frost line in colder climates to prevent building shifts. 

7. What is a newel? 
A: C - An upright post that supports the handrail of a stair banister.

8. [In honor of the Golden Girls,] what constitutes a lanai?
A: B - A roofed, open-sided veranda, patio, or porch originating in Hawaii.

9. What is the purpose of a louver?
A: D - To admit light and air but to keep air, rain, noise, and direct sunshine out.

10. Which of these are characteristics of colonial style architecture?
A: A - Symmetry. 

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