Lobbyists have been much in the news of late. Here's a quiz on lobbyists, lobbies, vestibules, loitering, hanging on and hanging around. Thanks to the staff of the Free Library's Parkway Central for helping us ensure accuracy.

1.

There's roughly 1,200 of them left in the world, but almost all of them seem to have survived China's massive earthquake. What are they? Hint: They are not made of terra-cotta.

2.

What do Eric Burgeson, Doug Davenport, Doug Goodyear, Tom Loeffler and Craig Shirley have in common?

3.

About 3.5 billion of these common household items end up in landfills each year - which is a shame, because they are made of recycled material and are themselves easily recyclable. What are they? Hint: Think of this quiz's theme.

4.

Which of the following parts of the human anatomy have vestibules?

a. Ear.

b. Foot.

c. Larynx.

d. Mouth.

e. Nose.

5.

The Web site OpenSecrets.org ranks industries according to the amount they spend on lobbying in Washington. Below are six of the industries in the top 13 (not consecutive in the list, but they're all big spenders). Can you arrange them in their proper order according to what they spent from 1998 to 2008?

a. Agribusiness.

b. Defense.

c. Energy and natural resources.

d. Finance, insurance, real estate.

e. Health.

f. Lawyers and lobbyists.

6.

OK . . . this word "lobby" or "lobbying" . . . according to the BBC, where were the original hallways or lobbies located where the original lobbyists lobbied?

7.

What do bats and sloths have in common?

8.

Speaking of things that hang on (things, not people), which presidential candidate (we're not saying whether major or minor) recently told an audience at Google that he does not even use a computer? And what did he say he uses instead?

9.

True or False: Those who have registered to be lobbyists to Congress must file reports every six months.

10.

Read the following phrase from a famous poem aloud:

alone and palely loitering.

Yay, assonance. It describes a knight who isn't feeling so hot. By whom was this loitering line written?

a. Geoffrey Chaucer.

b. Emily Dickinson.

c. Robert Frost.

d. John Keats.

e. Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Answers, C6