Monday, March 30, 2015

The New Monday Quiz XI

1. The 1911 painting La Tasse is fairly representative of what artist?

2. This brainy French guy was a leading figure in such schools of literary theory as semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism. His most famous essay, La mort de l'auteur ("The Death of the Author"), was a brilliant and seminal piece of literary criticism, despite being a bit silly. Well, that's litarary theory for you. What's his name?

3. La Casa Rosada, the Pink House, is the Presidential palace in the second-largest South American city.  What is the city?

4. The Militia United in Righteousness was a disciplined anti-Christian militia. Their slogan was "Support Qing government and exterminate the foreigners," and they had an unfortunate belief that they were invulnerable to foreign weapons. Eventually, they provoked Qing government into defiance of the "Eight-Nation Alliance" of Japan, Russia, the UK, France, the United State, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, and no good came of it.

What do we usually call the Militia United in Righteousness??

5. It initially was a box-office disappointment and attracted lukewarm critical reviews, but the reputation of this 1982 film grew rapidly in subsequent years.  I took the title out of the poster so that you can use it in your answer.

6. What's Element #4?  

No, you don't get any other hints!  It's only #4!  Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, then what?

7. Here is a climatic map of a place!  But what place?

8. Who was King Solomon's mom?

9. Here is one of the best known monuments of a major European city.  What monument?  What city?

10. When it was released in 1970, this jazz double album received a mixed response, due to the album's unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, it gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians.  Here's the cover art.  What's the record?


Elizabeth said...

1. What it represents is my complete inability to remember artist's names, despite voting for them in the IAT.
2. Um. Baudelaire?
3. Can't think of any B city other than Buenos Aries (sp?) so that's what I'll go for.
4. I think that's related to the Boxer Rebellion, so the Boxers?
5. Blade Runner! Have you ever seen the director's cut? It's fantastic.
6. Berrylium (sp?) is the only one that comes to mind.
7. I'm going to say that's Belize.
8. Bathsheba? or maybe Beersheba?
9. Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate?
10. No idea, but I expect the word "Blue" might be in there somewhere.

Christine M. said...

1. Braque
2. Baudrillard
3. Buenos Aires
4. Boxer Rebellion
5. Blade Runner
6. Boron
7. Brazil
8. Bathsheeba
9. Berlin
10. Bitches' Brew?

Christine M. said...

Oops. missed the naming of the gate. The Brandenburg Gate.

Ben said...

I only know a couple of these. Others, I'll guess on (or not):

1. You know, the guy that does the paintings like these...
3. (looks more orange than pink to me)
5. Blade Runner
6. Beryllium
7. Brazil
8. Bathsheba
9. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
10. Bitches Brew

Eavan Moore said...

1. Once again, art history defeats me.
2. I.. can't remember. I know this. I know this. I can't remember his name.
3. Buenos Aires
4. Boxers
5. Blade Runner
6. Boron
7. Brazil
8. Bathsheba
9. Brandenburger Tor in Berlin <3 <3 <3
10. Dunno! Sounds interesting, though.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I see Blade Runner and Bitch's Brew!

mrs.5000 said...

1 Braque!
2 Roland Barthes? I have a feeling it's someone else whose name is refusing to surface, but really, how many French semioticians could start with a B?
3 I believe that's Buenos Aires
4 I was going to give up and say Bad Guys, but then I thought, ah! Boxers!
5 Bladerunner. And I saw it when it first came out, and liked it, so I must be cool. Or at least, you know, old.
6 Boron
7 Bah....Botswana?
8 Bathsheba. I'll be darned.
9 the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin
10 I bet that's Bitches' Brew

mrs.5000 said...

You know, I thought that was Brazil at first sight, and somehow reasoned myself out of it. What a numbskull. I might have noticed "Am,"for instance. Belize was my second thought, so at least I'm in good company.

mrs.5000 said...

Do you think I worry about these things too much when I should be drawing up people's houses?

DrSchnell said...

1. Bracque (sp?)
2. Roland Barthes
3. Buenos Aires
4. Boxers
5. Blade Runner
6. Boron
7. Brazil
8. "You crazy baby Bathsheba, I wantcha"
9. Brandenburg Gate
10. Bitches' Brew

DrSchnell said...

#9: missed the city - Berlin!

Anonymous said...

1 - Braque
2 -
3 - Bogeta
4 - Boxer Rebellion
5 -
6 - Boron
7 -
8 - Bathsheba
9 - Brandenburg Gate
10 -
Lots of blanks here, alas. Susan

gS49 said...

1. Braque?
2. Barthes
3. Buenos Aires
4. Boxers
5. Blade Runner
6. Boron
7. Brazil
8. Bathsheba
9. Brandenberg Gate
10. dunno