Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Wednesday Quiz was accused of corrupting an entire generation


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. Decades after his first book became a massive best-seller, he wrote this:
I was accused by Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, a well-known New York clergyman and author who supported the Vietnam War, of corrupting an entire generation. In a sermon widely reported in the press, Reverend Peale blamed me for all the lack of patriotism, lack of responsibility, and lack of discipline of the young people who opposed the war. All these failings, he said, were due to my having told their parents to give them "instant gratification" as babies.
Who is he?

2. He built one of the first and, while it lasted, most powerful multinational corporations in history through efficient and disciplined business practice, skillful risk management, aggressive aquisition of rivals, and dirty tricks. He is generally regarded as the richest person of all time, but always tithed ten percent to his church and made massive contributions to educational and public health causes, especially those that would benefit African-Americans.  Who was he?

3. What's the pink part on this map?

4. We talk about it all the time, seldom pausing to reflect that it refers to "any of a group of complex organic macromolecules that contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and usually sulfur and are composed of one or more chains of amino acids."

5. He's the guy credited with designing the green part of this map, although you shouldn't knock Calvert Vaux's share of the work.

6. It can mean a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless, or a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths, or a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake.

7. The anti-Semitic Wagner is said to have worn gloves that he would throw away after conducting the music of this composer -- a life-long practicing Lutheran -- and the Nazis banned performance of his work. After a century or so of being criticized as too musically conservative, he is now generally considered one of the major composers of the nineteenth century.

8. When she dies, her husband says
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
9. What's this here language?

10. It comes between three Books of John and the Book of Revelation.


Put your answers in the comments, unless you adhere to a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths.


Morgan said...

1. Spock
2. The oil guy that I learned about around the same time as I learned about Carnegie.
3. Qatar
4. Protein
5. some Old guy
6. Nihilism
7. Mendelssohn
8. Lady Macbeth
9. Korean
10. Jude

mrs.5000 said...

1 Dr., not Mr., Spock
2 John D. Rockefeller
3 Queens
4 protein
5 Frederick Law Olmsted
6 nihilism
7 Mahler?
8 Lady Macbeth?
9 Korean
10 James?

gS49 said...

1. Spock, Dr.
2. Rockefeller, John D.
3. Queens
4. Proteins
5. Olmsted, Frederick Law
6. Nihilism
7. Mahler
8. Lady Macbeth (Gruoch)
9. Korean
10. James

Ben said...

1. Dr. Benjamin Spock
2. John D. Rockefeller
3. Queens
4. Protein
5. O, to know who designed Central Park...
6. Nihilism?
7. Gustav Mahler?
8. Lenore
9. Korean
10. Jeremiah

Ezra Ball said...

1) Dr Spock
2) John Rockefeller?
3) Queens
4) Protein
5) Central Park
6) nihilism
7) Strauss?
8) Lady Macbeth
9) Hm. Korean?
10) Jude

Ezra Ball said...

Oh, crap, I meant Olmstead, not Central Park.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I don't have any clue what any of these answers are, but number 9 makes me want to go across the street to the China buffet and go to WORK on some egg rolls, son!!!

Christine M. said...

1. Dr. Benjamin Spock
2. dunno
3. Queens
4. dunno
5. Frederick Law Olmsted
6. nihilism
7. dunno
8. dunno
9. Korean
10. dunno

Voron X said...

1. Seuss (?)
2. Rockefeller
3. Queens
4. Protein
5. Oh, that guy who designed Druid Hill Park in Baltimore.
6. Nihilism
7. Miller (no clue)
8. Lady Macbeth
9. Korean
X. Jude

UnwiseOwl said...

I adhere to a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths.
But hey, why not:
(I got to the last question before I got one I knew, then worked back and could actually have real guesses, then whacked myself when I finally got back to 4...)
1. No idea, I claim once again my Australian bonus. for the lols, I'll say, uh, Pete Sampras.
2. John D. Rockerfeller? It starts with R.
3. Queens. First thoguht was Quebec, but that was crazy talk.
4. Proteins, baby.
5. Blah. I dunno. Onassis.
6. Nihilism
7. Mahler? He's a composer, right? Sounds German too, which is probably a plus. They really go in for calling a protestant a protestant over there.
8. Lady Macbeth, I think.
9. Bah...Korean?
10. Jude, If I recall correctly. I always forget about Jude.

mhwitt said...

1. Dr. Spock
2. Carnegie
3. Queens
4. Life
5. Olmstead
6. Existentialism
7. Bach
8. L. Macbeth
9. Korean
10. John