Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Thursday Quiz LXXXIV

The Thursday Quiz!

The Thursday Quiz is a twelve item is-it-or-isn't-it test of your knowledge, reasoning, stamina, and moxie!

Remember always the Fundamental Rules of the Thursday Quiz:

1. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. Violators will never be able to look at themselves in the mirror again.

2. Don't get all stressed out about it! It's supposed to be fun!

Gods and Goddesses II

Some of the following are gods and goddesses of various cultures, more or less accurately described. Some, however, are not! You must endure the tedium of separating the Is from the Isn't!

1. Aberystwyth -- Greek goddess of the hunt and wild things, and the moon.

2. Abundantia -- Roman goddess of good fortune, abundance, and prosperity.

3. Alerick -- the Norse god of mischief, chance, and war.

4. Amaterasu -- the Shinto goddess of the sun and, according to strict Shinto belief, ancestress of the Imperial Household of Japan. She is often thought of as the unofficial primary god of Shinto.

5. Anubis -- Greek god of war, murder, and bloodshed.

6. Aphrodite -- the Greek goddess of love, lust, and beauty.

7. Apollo -- the Roman god of god of light and the sun, archery, medicine and healing, music, poetry, and the arts.

8. Apollo -- the Greek god of music, prophecies, poetry, archery, light, and truth.

9. Ares -- Egyptian dog or jackal god of embalming who watches over the dead.

10. Astarte -- Eastern Mediterranean goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war. She was was the principal goddess of the Phoenicians, but regarded as a female demon of lust in Hebrew monotheism.

11. Aten -- the Egyptian sun god worshipped as a monotheistic deity under the Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who took the name Akhen-aten.

12. Axelqlatl -- Aztec god of mercy and the harvest.

Submit your answers in the comments.


The Calico Cat said...

You made them all up!
o.k., the ones I think I know
2 - NO
5 - NO
6 - yes
7 - Yes
8 - yes
the rest might as well be no...

La Gringissima said...

1. no
2. no
3. no
4. yes
5. no
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. yes
11. yes
12. no

Elaine said...

Oh, goodie! Another humiliation! to go with morning coffee...I think I know about three. Maybe

1. No, isn't; isn't that a Welsh name?
2. Hmm, sounds fake. Isn't
3. Loki was the mischief-maker, but isn't it time for an IS? So let's say Yes even as we doubt
4. Isn't
5. Isn't
6. Is (though I did not know about this lust part...)
7. Is not?
8. Moan...Is?
9. Is NOT
10. Is
11. Is
12. Is

mhwitt said...

Almost all of these are guesses, but what the heck.

No: 1, 4, 5, 11
Yes: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

DrSchnell said...

1. Ha! Having spent a year living in Aberystwyth, Wales, I've gotta say no on that one.
2. Nope.
3. yes
4. nope
5. nope
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. yes
11. no
12. yes.

Elizabeth said...

1. No, this is the Welsh goddess of haddock and leeks.
2. No, but only because it's too obvious, which probably means it's a yes, but I'm saying no anyway.
3. No, isn't that Loki?
4. Yes.
5. No, you tricky jackal.
6. Yes, though I think 'lust' was more a Roman attribute of Venus.
7. No.
8. Yes.
9. No.

10. Yes.
11. Yes.
12. Guessing .... no.

mrs.5000 said...

1 Welsh to me. no
2 uh, no
3 Isn't that Loki? no
4 yes
5 Egyptian. no
6 yes
7 uh, yes. He always had quite a few department heads to help out, is my understanding.
8 uh, yes. ditto.
9 ah, you switched them. no
10 yes
11 yes
12 quite plausible. no

Kadonkadonk said...

I'm still brain dead from the decathlon. All I know is that #3 is Loki, and #6 is right. So I think I'll pass this week...

Nichim said...

1. No
2. No (Hestia might fit this, not sure)
3. No (Loki is mischief and chance, if not also war and I don't think he'd want anyone horning in on is business)
4. It's a Japanese-sounding name, but the "mater" in the middle makes me sense a trick. No.
5. No (Anubis is the Egyptian god of the dead)
6. Yes
7. No
8. Yes
9. No (Ares is the Greek god of war)
10. Yes
11. Yes
12. No

Eversaved said...

1-N, 2-N, 3-N (I think that's Loki, no?), 4-N, 5-N, 6-Y, 7-Y, 8-Y, 9-N, 10-Y, 11-Y, 12-N. Whew, a lot of guessing this week :-(

lamanyana said...

lots of guessing (of varying degrees of educatedness) here, but..

1. No
2. No
3. No
4. Yes
5. No
6. Yes
7. Yes
8. Yes
9. No
10. Yes
11. Yes
12. No

annie said...
2. yes
3. no
4. yes
5. no
6. yes
7. yes
8. yes
9. no
10. no
11. yes

d said...


boo said...

1. Isn't
2. Isn't
3. Isn't Loki? I might be off there.
4. Isn't
5. Isn't
6. Is
7. Is
8. Isn't
9. Isn't
10. Is
11. Isn't
12. Is

I am unfamiliar with some of them and look forward to finding out more about them or if they are made up names. You are so good at that!

Michael5000 said...

Answer time.

The A-List gods are as follows:

1. Aberystwyth -- NO. It's a town in Wales.

2. Abundantia -- YES. It was supposed to be an intuitive gimme! But nobody trusts me...

3. Alerick -- NO. Aleric, no K usually, was King of the Visigoths and responsible for one of those good old fashioned sacks of Rome. Interestingly, this was my father's choice for my own name.

4. Amaterasu -- YES. And having learned this, I now know one thing about Shinto.

5. Anubis -- NO. I switched places with him and Ares.

6. Aphrodite -- ABSOLUTELY.

7. Apollo, the Roman -- YES.

8. Apollo, the Greek -- ALSO YES. I'd never noticed that before.

9. Ares -- NO. I switched places with him and Anubis.

10. Astarte -- YEP.

11. Aten -- YEP.

12. Axelqlatl -- NOPE. Just a name I made up hoping it would look Aztec. I don't think the Aztecs were big on mercy in their religious life.

Michael5000 said...

Elizabeth and Eversaved looked good with 10/12, but it turned out you needed to get 11/12 to go home with any swag today.

First across the finish line was la gringissima, who takes the TQLXXXIV Gold Star! It's the third Gold Star in her crowded trophy case.

Even more jam-packed is Quiz perennial Mrs.5000, who grabs her 10th Silver Star.

Lamanyana grabbed the Blue Star, his first, and annie took home her first Green.

Elizabeth said...

Guess I'll trust you next time ...

Nichim said...

I hereby submit that I knew Romans also paid homage to Apollo, but they had a different name for the god of the sun particularly (Helios) and so I believe that there's room for argument that my answer to 7 is correct. But since I suspected enough trickiness on your part that I got a couple of supposedly easy ones wrong anyway, I won't push the point. Of course I know this "oh, I'm not being tricky" business is just a trick - trying to get us to let our guards down so you can thwart us next time.

Elaine said...

So, there WAS an "Abundtia." O, we of little faith.
Though, M5000, you get the trust you've earned, right?

Voron X said...

1. No, that's Artemis
2. Yes.
3. Don't know. Tyr was war, Loki was mischief. Don't know this joker. Want to say yes, but we're shy on nos. So NO.
4. Yes.
5. No, that's Ares.
6. Yes.
7. Yes.
8. Yes.
9. No, that's Anubis.
10. Yes, cf. Astaroth, the Goetic "demon".
11. Yes.
12. No clue. going to guess yes.

Voron X said...

I got 11/12 too! Couldn't the last one have been about Tezcatlipoca, maybe mixing him up with Quetzlcoatl, something like, saying "Quetzlcoatl - Priests of this Aztec God of the Smoking Mirror sacrificed their victims by cutting out their hearts."