Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz breaks exciting new ground in the depiction of violence

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The Wednesday Quiz, in its third incarnation, is basically the same old weekly game of knowledge, intuition, inductive reasoning, and willingness to risk public embarrassment in a friendly and moderately supportive environment!!  


Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

It is very possible that answers will come out over the weekend.

1. The religion that posits a conflict between the transcendent God, Ahura Mazda, and the agent of evil and chaos, Angra Mainyu, was the state religion of the Persian Empire before Alexander the Great came along. It survives in numerous small communities today, most notably the 100,000 or so Parsis of modern India. (Also, it arguably had a big influence on the modern monotheistic religions.) What's it called?

2. Saccharomyces cerevisiae are a species of fungus that, just by being themselves, conduct the startlingly useful chemical reaction shown below. What do we commonly call these little guys?


3. A student of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and one of the founders of the Jesuit order, he traveled as a missionary in the 1540s and 1550s to modern India, Japan, and Borneo. We speak of St. Francis __________.

4. What 1969 Sam Peckinpah Western spectacular broke exciting new ground in the depiction of violence in the movies?

5. "In the Amsterdam museum, what have we here? The most soulful painter since _____________."



6. Jeremy Bentham referred to it as "the greatest happiness or greatest felicity principle," and John Stuart Mill called it "the Greatest-Happiness Principle, which holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness." Spock, a fictional character, noted that "logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." They are, perhaps, the 99%. What is the philosophical stance they are espousing?

7. Probably the best-known novel to come out of Nigeria is a 1958 book by Chinua Achebe that takes its title from the Yeats poem "The Second Coming":
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
_____________; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world....
What's the title?

8. What are the two books between Ruth and Kings?

9. This was the first of a series of books about the life of Mr. Harry Angstrom of Brewer, Pennsylvania.

10. This city is the largest in its country, and it used to be the capital, but it's not quite as well-known as its urban neighbor.  What's its name?



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Mere anarchy is loosed upon the comments.  

9 comments:

Elaine said...

1. Zoroastrianism
2. Yeast (wine yeasts, to be specific)
3. Xavier
4. Wild Bunch, The
(saw it as a first run movie; noisy!)
5. Vermeer
6. utopianism
7. -Things Fall Apart-
8. Samuel (I and II)
9. (grr) -Rabbit, Run- (totally hated that book...and Updike)
10. Quezon?

gS49 said...

1. Zoroastrianism
2. Yeast
3. Xavier
4. Wild Bunch, The
5. Vermeer
6. Utilitarianism
7. Things Fall Apart
8. Samuel I & II
9. Rabbit Run
10. Quezon

La Gringissima said...

1. Zoroastrianism
2. Yeast
3. Xavier
4. dunno
5. Vermeer
6. Utilitarianism
7. Things Fall Apart
8. dunno
9. dunno
10. dunno

Critical Bill said...

1. Zoroastronism, cant spell it.
2. Yeast
3. Xavier
4. Wild Bunch
5. Vermeer
6. Unitarionism
7. Things fall apart
8. ?
9. Rabbit Run
10. Quazon

Voron X said...

1. Zoroastrianism
2. Yeast (repeat science question)
3. Xavier
4. Westworld
5. Van Eyck
6. Utilitarianism
7. Things Fall Apart (aka "Okonkwo and his Yams" ;) )
8. 1st & 2nd Samuel
9. Really Really Small Man.
10. Quezon City

cecil said...

1. zoroastrianism
2. yeast
3. xavier
4. Wild bunch
5. Vermeer
6. utilitarianism
7. twisting
8. somethings
9. Rabbit run
10. Quezon (seems too easy the name is on the map)

eviltrouts said...

1. zoastrinism
2. brewer's yeast
3. of Assisi
4. The Wild Bunch
5. Rembrandt ?
6. pragmatism
7. Things Fall Apart
8. Chronicles 1, Chronicles 2 ?
9. no idea
10. absolutely no idea

Chuckdaddy said...

Zorastrianism
Y
X
W
Van Gough? (wow, my art knowledge is embarrassingly limited)
Utillitarianism
Things fall apart
S
Rabbit run (best book ever!)
Quezon?

Michael5000 said...

Whoopsie, the Quiz answers are really in arrears!

1. Zoroastrianism
2. Yeast
3. Xavier
4. The Wild Bunch
5. Vermeer
6. Utilitarianism
7. Things Fall Apart
8. Samuel I and II
9. Rabbit, Run
10. Quezon

I confess I blew it on the map: I removed "Quezon" but must not have hit save. Mortification, etc.