Sorry about the lack of a quiz last week. I sat down to write it, and fell asleep.
Sorry about how this quiz appeared for a while last Wednesday and then disappeared. Blogger is still, after all these years, still a little glichy.
1. This population map is a bit dated, but the pattern still holds. But what country does it show?
2. It's the one that has:
O! for a muse of fire, that would ascendand also:
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd, —
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
3. Here's a composite image very characteristic of the artist who made it! But what's his name?
4. Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal law" or the "eternal way," is sometimes called the world's oldest religion, although some people wonder if it exactly a religion, or a way of life, or a philosophical stance, or what exactly. Encompassing a wide range of belief and practice, it generally prescribes the eternal duties such as honesty, mercy, purity, and self-restraint. We commonly call it ________.
5. This simplistic diagram could only represent _____________.
6. "Many people who may never have heard any of his major works ... have nevertheless derived great pleasure from hearing or singing such small masterpieces as the carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter.'" But he's best known for The Planets.
7. The 214th movie on the imdb list has this plot summary: "A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him." What's the well-known film?
8. He studied the rings of Saturn and discovered Titan, invented the pendulum clock, and was among the foremost theorists of gravity, mechanics, and optics before Newton. He developed the wave theory of light, he was Leibnitz's math tutor, and was a dab hand on the harpsichord. Who was this unreasonably brainy Dutchman?
9. What country's stamp is this?
10. They ruled the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, and at various times were kings of Austria, Bohemia, Hungary, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Galicia, Transylvania, and seemingly everywhere else. What was the name of this strange European family?