I sat down to write a charming, lighthearted little quiz about happy couples through history, but when I finished I found that it was rather darker than I had intended. Well, that's love for you. Happy Valentine's Week!
1. Marie Sklodowska emigrated to France, studied physics and math at the Sorbonne, and married one of the lab directors. What did they do that was such a big deal?
2. The husband of Mary Wollstonecraft, of Frankenstein fame, was also a writer. What did HE write?
3. In the troubled political climate following the death of Julius Caeser, the Egyptian pharaoh had a politically dangerous and apparently rather frisky liaison with one of the men in the Roman triumvirate. What were their names?
4. In the early twelfth century, the most popular philosopher in all of Paris had an affair with his most brilliant students. When she got pregnant, her father took action to make sure it wouldn't happen a second time. Who were these young lovers?
6. After her husband died, she went into seclusion for three years, which stressed people out since she was one of the most important public figures of her day. Even after resuming her duties, she remained in mourning for the remaining 35 years of her life. Who was she?
7. One of the most famous early performance art works was 1964's Cut Piece, in which the artist knelt on a stage with a pair of scissors and invited audience members to cut pieces of her clothing off of her. A few years later, she met a popular musician whom she would marry in 1969. Name this famous couple.
8. He initially proposed they "sign a two-year lease," but instead they entered a lifelong open relationship instead. As two of Europe's most prominent public intellectuals in the mid twentieth century, they would share in the development in Existentialism. They also shared young female lovers. Who were these unconventional lovers?
9. "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King," he famously said, "as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." So sure, they were dissolute fascist sympathizers, but they did indeed have a very romantic relationship. What were their names?
10. She detested her husband Peter III, and sixth months after he succeeded to the throne she forced him to abdicate in her favor. Throughout her 34 year reign (1762-1796), she "took many lovers, often elevating them to high positions for as long as they held her interest, and then pensioning them off with gifts of serfs and large estates." She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. What do we call her today?
Answers go in the comments!
Two weeks ago, The New Monday Quiz tried out a new format which proved a bit unwieldy for an on-screen format, alas. The answers to the implicit questions were:
1. SevernPutting those together yielded "Victoria" in one of the vertical columns, at which point you were presumably off to the races. Morgan, Doc Schnell, and Susan (who had technical problems and had to write in seperately) were, anyway. Plus of course the lurkers.