Quiz of the Month – June 2016

The Intellectual Devotional

The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim is essentially a trivia book that is filled with interesting information for each day of the year.  The book is broken into 52 weeks with different categories for each day of the week.  The seven categories are: Personalities (Monday), Literature (Tuesday), Music (Wednesday), Film (Thursday), Ideas and Trends (Friday), Sports (Saturday and Pop (Sunday).  I probably found it interesting because I have lived through much of the time period covered by the authors.  All of the quiz questions below are based on information contained in this book.  At least one question comes from each of the seven categories.   As always, you will find the answers to the quiz on my Quiz Answers page.

  1.  This man probed the psyches of his patients using a concept he invented called psychoanalysis.  Name him.
  2.  This well-known Russian author suffered from epileptic seizures and was a compulsive gambler.  What was his name?
  3.  This Russian composer is remembered for his operas and symphonies as well as for the ballets Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Who was he?
  4.  This famous amusement park is located on the southern edge of Brooklyn.  The first word in its name is the Dutch word for “rabbbit.”  Name this amusement park.
  5.  This German-born physicist was named Person of the Century by Time magazine in 2000.  Name him.
  6.  This composer is best known for his ragtime compositions which had an influence on the development of jazz.  A version of his composition, “The Entertainer” was used in the 1973 movie The Sting.
  7.  This film pioneer is best remembered (though not fondly by many) for his very popular, very racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation.  In response to the criticism this film received, he directed Intolerance in 1916 which focused on intolerance throughout human history. Who was this famous/infamous man?
  8.  This derogatory word refers to people who harbor a hatred of technology.  It refers to a group of disgruntled English textile workers who rebelled against new technologies that threatened their jobs.
  9.  He was born Denton True Young on a farm in Ohio in 1867.  He received his nickname after throwing a number of warm-up pitches at a wooden fence.  Someone said the fence looked like a cyclone had hit it.  A famous baseball award is named after him.  Name the award.
  10.  The American film director Hal Roach created this gang of children that is still fondly remembered.  Alfalfa was probably the best known of the bunch.  Name the group.
  11.  She and her lover, Alice B. Toklas, entertained many of the most famous writers and artists of their time in their apartment in Paris.  She also wrote several books.  Who was she?
  12.  This English novelist was controversial for the sexual themes of many of his novels.  His last work, about a married woman who has an affair with someone outside her social class, was published in 1928, but was banned from the United States until 1959.  Name the author and the novel.
  13.  He is considered one of the greatest American songwriters who ever lived though he was born in Russia.  Two of his best loved compositions are “White Christmas,” and “God Bless America.”  His real name was Israel Isidore Balene, but he changed his name later.  By what name do we know him?
  14.  This 1927 classic movie is often referred to as the first “talkie” though most of it was your standard silent movie.  Al Jolson played a Jewish cantor’s son who wanted to sing popular music.  Name the movie.
  15.  In the early part of the twentieth century Henry Ford mass produced an automobile and thereby revolutionized not only the auto industry, but many other industries as well.  He sold about 15 million of the first car model that he produced.  What was that car called?
  16.  He was “born” in a 1928 Walt Disney cartoon, though his name in it was Steamboat Willie.  By what name did this iconic Disney character later become known?
  17.  The Eighteenth Amendment created it, and the Twenty-First Amendment did away with it.  What was “it”?
  18.  One of the most moving documents to come out of World War II was the diary of a young Jewish girl in the Netherlands.  Found after her death, it became a book, a play, and a movie.  Name the girl.
  19.  In 1935 this brother team – one a composer, the other a lyricist – created a work that some consider a Broadway musical though it is actually the first American opera.  Name the brothers and the opera.
  20.   “While working one day, [Pennsylvania engineer Richard] James accidentally dropped one of his springs and watched it smoothly step from his shelf to a stack of books to a tabletop and on down to the floor where it coiled back into a perfect cylinder.”  He immediately thought this spring would make a wonderful toy.  He showed it to his wife who gave it its name.  What name did she give it?
  21.  This well-known American chef and writer moved to Paris in 1948, attended le Cordon Bleu cooking school and wrote a series of cookbooks including the very popular Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  She also appeared on public television for many years and won an Emmy Award.  Who was this talented woman?
  22.  This composer/conductor was responsible for introducing millions of children (and adults) to classical music through his Young People’s Concerts which aired on CBS between 1958 and 1972.  Some of those concerts are still available on DVDs.  Who was the creator of those concerts?
  23.  Her 1962 book about the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT on birds and other wildlife was largely responsible for bringing the hazards of chemicals on ecosystems to the attention of millions of Americans.  One group of animals that was being effected, she claimed, was birds.  What was her name, and what was the name of her influential book?
  24.  This Edward Albee play about a battling husband and wife was made into a 1966 motion picture starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  What is the name of Albee’s disturbing (in my opinion) play?
  25.  In 1980 at the end of the second season of the extremely popular TV series Dallas, someone shot the evil J. R. Ewing while he was in his office.  Throughout the summer everyone, or so it seemed, was talking about who they thought shot the rat.  Even the cast members didn’t know because every major cast member filmed a scene in which he/she was shown as the shooter.  On November 21, 1980 the assailant’s identity was disclosed to over 40 million viewers – including many cast members who didn’t know because a decision wasn’t made until the last minute.  Now, answer the question that was on everyone’s lips: Who shot J. R.?
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