Another Thanksgiving Day Readers' Quiz
Most everyone should enjoy this family-oriented, cross-generational quiz. There are twenty-one challenging questions, designed to entertain and recall our American past. Choose teams and write down your answers. No fair looking up the answers on an iPhone hidden under the table. Answers are linked below. Good luck -- you will need it!
1. What baseball player played for San Francisco, Cleveland, Texas, San Diego, New York, Atlanta, Seattle, and Kansas City, and hit home runs in three different decades? The "Moon Shots" were hit in what stadium? To left field or right field? Has there ever been a 2-5-3-1 triple play? Two points for each correct answer.
2. One term does not belong on this list: till, eskar, delta kame, thalweg, lateral moraine, outwash. Five points for the correct answer.
3. Name the movie and the character that speaks the quote. One point for the movie's name, one point for the character's name, and one point for the year the movie was first released.
a) "Once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary - The American Navy. For forty years, your fathers before you and your older brothers played this game and played it well. But today the game is different. We have the advantage."
b) "Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is ________, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."
c) "It's not impossible. I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters."
d) "The way I had it figured, Toruk's the baddest cat in the sky. Nothing attacks him. So why would he ever look up? That was just a theory."
e) "We would have been all right if there hadn't been any mess. But you can't handle mess. You need everything neat and easy. I don't know. Maybe you can't love anybody. It was so much Buck. When Buck died, it was like you buried all your love with him, and I don't understand that, I just don't know, I don't... maybe it wasn't even Buck; maybe it was just you. Maybe, finally, it was the best of you that you buried. But whatever it was... I don't know who you are. I don't know what we've been playing at. So I was crying. Because I don't know if I love you any more. And I don't know what I'm going to do without that."
4. a) Who were Mike Strank, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, and Jon Bradly? b) Who was Alan Turing? c) Hiram Johnson? d) Edmund Charles Tarbell? e) Frank Luke? Two points for each correct answer.
5. Name the speaker of the quotation. Three points for each correct answer.
a) We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's Day.
b) I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this,
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
c) Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
d) My hour is almost come
When I to sulphrous and tormenting flames
Must render up myself.
e) I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.
6. a) Put these geological time periods in their correct order, oldest to youngest: Triassic, Permian, Tertiary, Jurassic, Mississippian, Silurian, Cambrian. Seven points for the correct sequence.
b) The boundary between the Mesozoic and the Cenozoic occurred how many millions of years ago? Three points for the correct answer.
7. a) Was Sandy Koufax born before or after Bob Gibson?
b) Did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Mt. Everest before or after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed?
c) Did V-E day occur before or after V-J Day?
d) Was George Patton born before or after Dwight Eisenhower?
e) Was Woodrow Wilson elected President before or after the Titanic sank?
f) Was Cary Grant born before or after Bing Crosby? One point for each correct answer.
8. NFL Records -- name the player. One point for each correct answer.
a) Most seasons active
b) Most field goals missed in a career
c) Highest passer rating in a season
d) Most Super Bowl wins without a loss (team)
e) Most consecutive home games won (team)
f) Name the Fearsome Foursome for the NY Giants in 1957. One point for each correct name.
g) Name the Fearsome Foursome for the LA Rams in the mid-1960s. One point for each correct name.
9. Fill in the blanks. One point for each correct word.
But, in a larger _____, we can not dedicate -- we can not _________ -- we can not ______ -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our ____ power to add or detract. The world will ______ note, nor long ________ what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the _____ _____ remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full _______ of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new _____ of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not ______ from the earth.
Extra Credit: Two point for the correct month and one point for the correct year this Address was given.
10. In 1962, NASA announced Astronaut Group 2 or the "New Nine" astronauts. One point for each correct name.
11. Define these items: a) clafouti, b) obsttortenform, c) paratha, d) barding strips, e) Stilton, f) Granton edge. Two points for each correct answer.
12. Name the title where we read this passage. Three points for each correct answer.
a) "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."
b) "Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, how ever measured or far away."
c) Name the author, not the title, of this passage. "Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris."
d) "Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor -- but they have few followers now."
e) "The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings."
13. According to Box Office Mojo, which of these films earned more money, adjusted for inflation? One point for each correct answer.
a) ET or Titanic
b) Ben-Hur or Avatar
c) Grease or The Graduate
d) Goldfinger or Bambi
e) Rocky or The Rocky Horror Picture Show
14. N2 + 3 H2 ⇌ 2 NH3 (ΔH = -92.22 kJ·mol-1)
a) What are the two names forever linked to this process?
b)What does this process produce?
c) Why did this process create a large unemployment problem in Chile? Two points for each correct answer.
15. a) The 1964 Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode, "The Project Strigas Affair," is notable in TV history for what reason?
b) In the fall of what year was the following the CBS Saturday night TV lineup? All In The Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Carol Burnett Show
c) Who was older, DeForest Kelley or James Doohan?
d) According to TV Guide, what is the worst show in television history, edging out My Mother the Car for first place? Two points for each correct answer.
16. Which historical figure was born first? Two points for each correct answer.
a) Xerxes I of Persia or Alexander the Great
b) Hammurabi or Ramesses II of Egypt
c) Henry I of England or Henry I of France
d) Leonardo da Vinci or Henry the VIII of England
e) Cornelius Vanderbilt or Abe Lincoln
17. The Constitution. Fill in the blanks. One point for each correct answer.
a) The ______ amendment repeals the ______ amendment.
b) _______ 1, _______ 1 states, "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
c) No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of
twenty five Years, and been _______ Years a Citizen of the United States, and who
shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be
d) No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty
Years, and been ______ Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not,
when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
e) No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at
the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office
of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not
have attained to the Age of ______-_____ Years, and been _________ Years a
Resident within the United States.
f) Article ____ "The Ratification of the Conventions of ____ States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same."
18. a) According to The Doctor, how many Time Lords has he killed?
b) Who is the girl in the fireplace?
c) Which was introduced first, the Silurans or the Sontarans? Two points for each correct answer.
19. Which is larger in square miles? One point for each correct answer.
a) Israel or New Jersey
b) Massachusetts or Hawaii (includes water)
c) Italy or New Mexico
d) California or Sweden
e) Chile or Texas
20. a) Name Noah's three sons.
b) David had eight wives; which wife bore him Solomon?
c) What prophet confronts David and says, "Why have you despised the word of God, to do what is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife?"
d) Who was Potiphar?
e) Where did Moses die? Two points for each correct answer.
21. Name the title, author, and the decade the book was first published, where we read this passage. One point for each correct answer.
a) "But we have received a sign, Edith - a mysterious sign. A miracle has happened on this farm... in the middle of the web there were the words 'Some Pig'... we have no ordinary pig." "Well", said Mrs. Zuckerman, "it seems to me you're a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider."
b) "In the great green room, there was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of a cat jumping over the moon..."
c) "He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him."
d) "For some time prior to the opening of our story ships at sea had been met by an enormous object, a long thing shaped like a spindle and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale. At times it was phosphorescent."
e) "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well."
1. Gaylord Perry, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, left field, yes - in 1962.
2. These are all terms associated with glaciers, except thalweg, which describes a sinuous imaginary line following the deepest part of a stream.
3. a) The Hunt For Red October, Marko Ramius, 1990.
b) Alien, Ripley, 1979
c) Star Wars. Luke Skywalker, 1977
d) Avatar, Jake Sully, 2009
e) Ordinary People, Calvin "Cal" Jarrett, 1980
4. a) The six men who raised the flag over Iwo Jima. b) Turing was the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. c) Johnson was the Progressive governor and Senator from California in the early 20th century. d) Tarbell was an influential American Impressionist painter. e) Luke was a WWI fighter ace (18 kills) and the first airman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
5. a) Henry V, b) Othello c) Marc Antony d) Ghost (Hamlet) e) Shylock
6. a) Cambrain, Silurian, Mississippian, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Tertiary
b) Any answer between 61 and 72 million years ago is correct.
7. a. After, b. before c. before d. before e. after f. after
8. a) George Blanda b) George Blanda c) Aaron Rodgers d) San Francisco (5) e) New England Patriots (30) 2008-20011 f) Andy Robustelli, Jim Katcavage, Rosie Grier, and Dick Modelewski g) Rosie Grier, Lamar Lundy, Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones.
9. sense, consecrate, hallow, poor, little, remember, great task, measure, birth, perish November, 1863.
10. Armstrong, Borman, See, Lovell, Stafford, White, Young, McDivitt, and Conrad.
11. a) A French dessert baked with fruit and a light batter. b) a tort or cake pan, when inverted, leaves a large depression in the middle that can hold fillings. A "Mary Ann" pan also receives a point. c) a flacky Indian flatbread that is sometimes fried. d) the strips of bacon or fat that are placed over meat or game during the cooking process to add moisture and flavor. e) A veiny English cheese loaded with pencillium roqueforti mold. f) A knife blade that has a row of identical dimples or scallops that have been ground into each side of the blade. A Granton edge allows better slicing and food release from the blade.
12. a) To Kill a Mockingbird b) Walden c) Isaac Asimov d) Childhood's End e) "The Library of Babel" ["La Biblioteca de Babel"]
13. a) ET b) Ben-Hur, c) The Graduate d) Goldfinger e) The Rocky Horror Picture Show made $437,251,200. Rocky was very close behind with $437,017,400.
14. a) Haber-Bosch b) nitrogen fertilizer in the form of anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate and urea c) the ".....natural nitrate mines [in Chile] were no longer profitable and were closed, leaving a large unemployed Chilean population behind."
15. a) William Shatner's and Leonard Nimoy's first TV appearance together. b)1973, c) Kelley was born about 40 days earlier than Doohan, in 1920. d) The Jerry Springer Show.
16. a) Xerxes, b) Hammurabi c) Henry I of France d) da Vinci e) Vanderbilt
17. a) 21st, 18th b) Article, Section c) seven d) nine e) thirty- five, fourteen (this is a three point answer) , f) VII, nine
18. a) "All of them"
Author's note: I checked with two serious Whovians and both agreed with these answers. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
19. a) New Jersey b) Hawaii c) New Mexico d) Sweden e) Chile
20) a. Shem, Ham, and Japheth b) Bathsheba c) Nathan d) an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard, who bought Joseph and made him overseer of his house. e) Atop Mt. Nebo
21. a) Charlotte's Web, E.B. White, 1952 b) Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, 1947, c) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain, 1876 d) Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne, 1870 e) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 2007