Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Wednesday Quiz recognizes the Taijitu.

It's:


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. It's why ambulances sound different once they've gone by, and it's the concept that allows our very brainiest physicists to infer the age and size of the universe. What is this property of light and sound waves?

2. What 1974 film noir follows the mishaps of a private detective who finds himself embroiled in violent struggles over water use in 1930s Los Angeles?

3. This fellow lost three U.S. Presidential elections, resigned as U.S. Secretary of State because he thought that Woodrow Wilson was too hard on Imperial Germany about the Lusitania, championed Prohibition, and ended his career trying to discredit evolution.


What's his name?

4. This painting of Carolina parrots is characteristic of what American artist?



5. Theodor Herzl was an influential leader in the 1890s, but he was never able to reach a strong accord with the Ottomans, and it was Chaim Weizmann who got the U.K. to enact the Balfour Declaration in 1917. We're talking about the __________ Movement.

6. Sure, you recognize the Taijitu.

But do you know what principle it represents?


7. Only ruins and the remnants of a city wall remain at Kublai Khan's summer capital. As far as Alph, the sacred river, Coleridge just made it up. Still, it was apparently a pretty hopping town back in the day. What was its name?

8. It happened for the first time in Chamonix, France, in 1924. It happened in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, in 1956, in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964 and 1976, and in Salt Lake City in 2002. What is it?

9. Because we live on a magnetized planet, we are surrounded by zones of radioactive particles that can be tough on high-orbit satellites or passing astronauts. What are they called?

10. In Kazuo Ishiguro's novel "The Remains of the Day," we are meant to understand the novel's narrative as clearly distorted by the political, emotional, and occupational prejudices of the first-person character. This makes Stevens the butler, along with Lolita's Humbert Humbert and The Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield, classic examples of the "________ __________."

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Record your answers, clearly distorted by political, emotional, and occupational prejudices.  

9 comments:

gS49 said...

1. Doppler Effect
2. Chinatown
3. Bryan, Wm Jennings
4. Audubon, John James
5. Zionist
6. Yin and Yang--the principle of balanced opposites
7. Xanadu
8. Winter Olympics
9. Van Allen belts
10. Unreliable narrator

mrs.5000 said...

1 doppler effect
2 Chinatown
3 William Jennings Bryant
4 Audobon
5 Zionist
6 yin-yang
7 Xanadu
8 Winter Olympics
9 Van Allen belt
10 unreliable narrator

Elaine said...

1. doppelganger effect
2. Chinatown
3. William Jennings Bryan
4. Audubon
5. Zionist
6. Yin/Yang dichotomy
7. Xanadu
8. World's Fair? Some kind of World thing....poker game?
9. Voron X ?
10. Unenlightened protagnoist?

Elaine said...

Tee hee...I did mean doppler effect, but then my evil twin made me type the wrong thing...

Critical Bill said...

1. Doppler Effect
2. Chinatown
3. Bryan
4. Audubon
5. Zionest
6. Yin & Yang
7. Xanadu
8. Winter Olympics
9. Vann rings
10.Unguarded narrative.

Voron X said...

1. Doppler shift/effect
2. Chinatown
3. Bible-Thumper
4. An American Avian afficianado artist.
5. Zionist
6. Yin-Yang
7. Xanadu
8. Winter Olympics
9. Van Allen Radiation belts
10. Unsympathetic Protagonist

Voron X said...

Oh, Audubon, duh. I grew up near an Audubon trailer park where all the streets werde named after birds.

Ben said...

1. Doppler effect
2. Chinatown
3. Oh, let's say... Baldwin
4. Audubon
5. Zionist?
6. Yin Yang
7. Xanadu! (just saw the 1980 pop culture phenomenon for the first time last week--I still like the Rush song better than Olivia Newton John's version though)
8. Winter Olympics
9. Vortices
10. unheroic protaganist (I just made that up--can you tell?)

Michael5000 said...

gs49 nailed it out of the gate:

1. Doppler Effect
2. Chinatown
3. Bryan, Wm Jennings
4. Audubon, John James
5. Zionist
6. Yin and Yang--the principle of balanced opposites
7. Xanadu
8. Winter Olympics
9. Van Allen belts
10. Unreliable narrator


"Doppleganger Effect" wins special prize for "Best Justification of an Error, 2011."