Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz comes between Habakkuk and Haggai


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!!  With a minor twist that will probably make it rather difficult at first!  

Traditionally, it is a closed-book quiz.

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

1. Fans often lament that this writer only published five novels, although a sixth, Maurice, was published posthumously in 1971. Who is this famous Britith author?

2. The reputation of Belgiam's most famous painter suffers because he painted less, and less inovatively, as he aged. On the other hand, he seems to have spent his later years enjoying his life, which should count for something. Who painted "The Entry of Christ into Brussels" and this one, "Dangerous Cooks"?

3. It seems to account for about a quarter of all that exists in the universe (whereas the ordinary matter that seems so important to you and me is only represents about 5% of the universe). We first suspected its existence in 1934, and we still have only the vaguest idea of its nature. But it seems like it might be important. What is it?

4. He said "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself." In about 500 B.C., he was the Justice Minister of the State of Lu. And ever since, people have differed over whether his legacy is religious or philosophical in nature. Who was this influential thinker?

5. The 8th most populous country in the world is also one of the most densely populated. It has more people than either Russia or Japan, and packs them into an area roughly the size of Louisiana. What is this crowded place?

6. So, this concept is nebulous and argued over in musicological circles, but let's say it refers to music that does not have a key (e.g. C minor) -- that, unlike most music that we're familiar with, it is not constructed around a single pitch or set of pitches.

7. It comes between Habakkuk and Haggai.

8. When he saw the Wasach Front, he said "This is the place."

9. What is the Greek name for this letter? [Note: this question subverts Quiz conventions.]

10. This is not one of the best known pieces of its 20th Century American artist, but it is fairly typical of his approach. Who's the artist?


Put your answers, and your five novels, in the comments.  


Elaine said...

It is very possible that you are trying to discourage my participation. Humiliation is one thing, but this...
1. F
2. Erte
3. Dense matter
4. Confucius
5. Bangladesh
6. Atonal
7. Zacharias
8. Yoda
9. Xi (chi?)
10. Warhol

La Gringissima said...

1. E.M. Forster
2. James Ensor
3. dark matter
4. Confucius
5. Bangladesh
6. atonal
7. z-something
8. Brigham Young
9. Chi
10. Andy Warhol

Voron X said...

1. F*** if I know, since neither Faulkner nor Fitzgerald are British.

2. Even the most famous Belgian painter is unknown to me.

3. Dark Matter (not to be confused with Dark Energy, which comprises a MUCH greater percentage (70+%?) of "stuff".)

4. Confucius

5. Bangledesh has come up before I think.

6. Atonic? (Atonic attack! Cover your ears!)

7. Zachariah?

8. Young, Brigham

9. I'm going to put chi, but that's the english name for the greek letter. The greek name required the use of the letter itself, which I can't type without going all google-internet on you to copy-paste the greek characters, and looks like xi, (Chi-Iota), and pronounced "Hee" where the "H" is an unvoiced velar fricative (k is velar), or slightly further back from a velar fricative (like an unvoiced fricative "q" in english - is that an alveolar?"

10. Worhol

11. Bonus Q: what country's flag has a "swirlie"? A: Vanautu

Elizabeth said...

Dark matter.
Atonal ... ism.
Yul Brynner.

Critical Bill said...

1. Forster
2. Erasmus
3. Dark Matter
4. Confucius
5. Bangladesh
6. Atonal
7. Zon Kippor
8. Young, Brigham
9. Xeta
10. Warhol

Ben said...

1. Whoever he was, he must have had a lisp.
2. If I really zoom in, it looks like "Ensat" or something like that. Since I don't recognize that name, it's a real shot in the dark. Which brings me to the next answer...
3. Dark matter
4. Confucius
5. Burma
6. Atonal
7. Ze correct answer ees...
8. Young, Brigham
9. Chi
10. Warhol, Andy

mrs.5000 said...

1 E.M.Forster
2 James Ensor
3 dark matter...but now, the other 70%? whatsamatter?
4 Confucius
5 Bangladesh
6 atonal
7 Zachariah?
8 Brigham Young
9 oh, blast you for subverting quiz conventions. Chai?
10 Andy Warhol

pfly said...

1. Fred of Forth
2. Euripedes!
3. Dark bunnies
4. Confucius
5. Brunei?
6. Atonal
7. Zsa Zsa
8. Young, Brigham
9. Chi
10. Warhol?

cecil said...

1 Fee? fi? fo? FUM
2 escher
3 dark matter
4 Confucious
5 Bangladesh
6 atonality
7 zed
8 Young, Brigham
9 Chi
10 Warhol

Voron X said...

Wow. Nobody got Zephaniah for the Bible question!

Michael5000 said...

And people say I never remember to give the answers!

1. E.M. Forster
2. James Ensor
3. dark matter
4. Confucius
5. Bangladesh
6. Atonality
7. Zephaniah
8. Brigham Young
9. Chi
10. Andy Warhol