Monday, August 1, 2016

The New Monday Quiz, Summer Edition

Another Quiz for the endless summer of 2016, with a special Question #6 to help you Beat the Heat! 

1. This 1883 best-seller, according to the Wiki,
is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is also noted as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality... unusual for children's literature. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.
What's the book?

2. Name the 1999 Summer blockbuster!

3. What artist painted... er, made... these... things?

4. Voltaire said he was a savage with sparks of genius which shine in a horrible night.  Charles Darwin tried to read him, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. Robert Graves said that the remarkable thing about him is that he is really very good — in spite of all the people who say he is very good.  Jane Austen thought that one gets acquainted with him without knowing how.... His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them every where, one is intimate with him by instinct.  But Lord Byron predicted that his reputation may depend upon it, stands absurdly too high and will go down. He had no invention as to stories, none whatever. He took all his plots from old novels, and threw their stories into dramatic shape... That he threw over whatever he did write some flashes of genius, nobody can deny; but this was all.
Who were they all talking about?

5. What's the island?  Or, for half marks, what country is it part of?

6. Here's another famous painting!  Do you know the artist, the title, or anything else interesting about this one?

7. Of all the cities I've been to, I found this one to be the... loudest.  Where is this postcard from?

8. It is 36 years today since the day that Vigd√≠s Finnbogad√≥ttir became the world's first democratically elected female head of state. And, her 16-year term of office is still the longest on record for an elected female head of state.  Of what state was she the head?

Last week's Summer Quiz answers were, to quote Susan: "1 - Shogun  2 - Grease  3 - Vermeer  4 - Virginia Woolf  5 - Belgium  6 - Bruegel - Hunters in the Snow -- Painting has been used as proof of the cold weather in the "Little Ice Age"*  7 - Istanbul  8 - Mozart."

And thus, the Summer Quiz Cup is snatched away from DrSchnell and pfly. 

*This interesting detail is correct, but was not required for full marks since she had the title, too.


DrSchnell said...

1. Treasure Island
2. The Sixth Sense
3. Robert Smithson?
4. Shakespeare
5. Hokkaido, part of Japan
6. Oh hell, I've voted for it in the IAT, but can't remember
7. Chicago?
8. Looks Icelandic to me

Morgan said...

1. Treasure Island
2. The Sixth Sense
3. I dunno, Goldsworthy?
4. Shakespeare?
5. Hokkaido, in Japan
6. Friedrich, right?
7. Chicago?
8. The suffix "dottir" implies something in northern Europe. The accent marks are throwing me off, though. Is it Norway?

pfly said...

1. The "most frequently dramatized" made me want to say Peter Pan. But, the X marks the spot treasure map thing makes me stick with my first thought of Treasure Island.
2. Oh I don't know. Is that the "I see ghosts" kid?
3. Goldsworthy
4. I haven't the faintest. Shakespeare??
5. Hokkaido, or however it is spelled.
6. That' it Church? I think it is some other name but I can't get past Church in my head. Someone whose name starts with C-? Anyway, an interesting thing is the ruined ship trapped in the ice there. It's a depiction of a real event, although I'm not certain exactly which. Maybe Franklin's arctic expedition?
7. I think that is Chicago?
8. Her name is extremely Icelandic. So yea, Iceland.

Anonymous said...

1 - Treasure Island
2 - The Sixth Sense
3 - Andy Goldsworthy
4 - Shakespeare
5 - Japan
6 - Caspar David Friedrich -- The Sea of Ice?
7 - Chicago
8 - Iceland

Christine M. said...

1. Treasure Island
2. The Sixth Sense
3. Andy Goldsworthy
4. Shakespeare
5. Hokkaido, the northen island of Japam
6. Caspar David Friedrich, a German Romantic painter
7. Chicago
8. Iceland