Upsetting all precedents, the author offers a bad prize for a good score

Gordon Dustan’s May 15 1939


Upsetting all precedents, the author offers a bad prize for a good score

Gordon Dustan’s May 15 1939



Upsetting all precedents, the author offers a bad prize for a good score

Gordon Dustan’s

ALL THE way from Listowel. Ireland. Mr. W. Cronin writes: “I am a reader of your magazine. and found the Quiz you had in some recent numbers very entertaining. I wonder if the gentleman (thank you. Mr. Cronin) who set the questions for Quiz, knows where the word originated. In Dublin, a number of years ago. a gentleman had a bet that he would invent a word which would be in the mouths of all the citizens within three days. The word he invented was Quiz, and he hired men for three consecutive nights to chalk this word on a number of doors in different sections of the city. It excited such interest that everybody in the place was asking who or what or why was Quiz. It seems to have spread."

It has to the extent of still another hundred queries. Count, as usual, one point for each correct or satisfactory answer. To those whose scores are over ninety, the compiler helpfully suggests celebrating by hiring men. as above, for three nights. Two nights ought to satisfy the eighty-andover class, and the modest seventies should make out with one. You’ll probably get a summons for defacing property, but it may be fun while it lasts.

1. Who were:

(a) The Scarlet Pimpernel?

(b) Father Violet?

(c) The Jersey Lily?

(d) Narcissus?

(e) Little Buttercup?

2. What author:

(a) Dictated his great works while blind?

(b) Was once a bartender in New York?

(c) Boldly, and with a wicked grin, claims to be

superior to Shakespeare?

(d) Wrote in English, although born a Pole?

(e) Wrote in cipher?

3. Fill in the blanks:

(a) -painted her face and tired her head, and

looked out at a window.

(b) -walked with God. and he was not; for

God took him.

(c) -was a mighty hunter before the I^>rd.

(d) -loved many strange women.

(e) -driveth furiously.

4. What, or who. is known as:

(a) The Royal Scot?

(b) The Flying Dutchman?

(c) The Vanishing American?

(d) The Wandering Jew?

(e) The Gloomy Dane?

5. Can you name the authors of these contemporary-


(a) “We. (that’s my ship and I) . . . thought

we would try it.”

(b) “My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends,

It gives a lovely light.”

(c) “I never met a man I didn’t like.”

(d) “War alone brings up to its highest tension all

human energy, and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to face it.”

(e) “In the field of world policy, I would dedicate

this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.”

6. What do you know about stones?

(a) Who won a battle with a stone?

(b) Who stole a stone from his Northern neigh-


(c) Who dreamed a dream with his head on

(traditionally) the same stone?

(d) What dangerous female changed all who

looked upon her to stone?

(e) What stone was the object of the most pro-

longed "gold rush” in history?

7. Who was known as:

(a) The Tiger of France?

(b) The Sweetheart of America?

(c) The Divine Sarah?

(d) Bluff King Hal?

(e) Dizzy?

8. Name the combatants in these “famous victories”:

(a) Marathon.

(b) Hastings.

(c) Blenheim.

(d) Saratoga.

(e) Waterloo.

9. What do these men’s names mean, as used thus?

(a) To burke evidence.

(b) To boycott a product.

(c) To guy a stupid person.

(d) To pander to one’s likes and dislikes.

(e) To hector an opponent.

10. Here are five famous literary blunders. Can you

spot them, and tell where they occur?

(a) “King John: The cannons have their bowels

full of wrath.

And ready mounted are they to spit forth Their iron indignation ’gainst your walls.”

(b) “Like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes

He stared at the Pacific.”

(c) “Brutus: Peace, count the clock.

Cassius: The clock hath stricken three.”

(d) “The horned Moon, with one bright star

Within the nether tip.”

(e) “Scene III. Bohemia. A desert country near

the sea.”

11. What do the leaves of these trees signify?

(a) The laurel.

(b) The olive.

(c) The cypress.

(d) The maple.

(e) The fig.

12. Who, or what, were:

(a) The Good Samaritan?

(b) The Good Earth?

(c) The Good Shepherd?

(d) The Good Companions?

(e) The Good Grey Poet?

13. Who crossed:

(a) The Rubicon, to glory and death?

(b) The Ohio, on cakes of ice?

(c) The Red Sea. on foot?

(d) The Alps, with elephants?

(e) The mountain, for sight-seeing purposes?

14. What have these kings in common:

(a) Louis XVII of France and Edward V of


(b) Wilhelm II of Germany and Alfonso XIII of


(c) George I of England and George I of Greece?

(d) Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Louis XIII

of France?

(e) Haile Selassie of Abyssinia and Ozymandias

of Egypt?

15. What flowers:

(a) Turn on their god when he sets the same face

that they turned when he rose?

(b) Toil not, neither do they spin?

(c) By any other name, would smell as sweet?

(d) Are “the little children’s dower”?

(e) Come before the swallow dares, and take the

winds of March with beauty?

Questions continued on page 32


—Questions continued from page 22

16. What were the objectives of :

(a) Coxey's Army?

(b) The Salvation Army?

(c) The Contemptible Little


(d) The Grand Army?

(c) The Grand Army of the Republic?

17. What are:

(a) The Land of the Midnight


(b) The Land o’ the Leal?

(c) The Land of Nod?

(d) The Land o' Cakes?

(e) The Land of the Free?

18. What do you call the young of:

(a) Swans?

(b) Frogs?

(c) Salmon?

(d) Geese?

(e) Pigeons?

19. In what languages were these written:

(a) “The Rubaiyat of Omar


(b) “Anna Karenina”?

(c) Paul’s Letter to the


(d) "Don Quixote”?

(e) “A Study in Scarlet”?

20. What well-known story is about:

(a) A shipwrecked man’s struggle

for existence on an island?

(b) What happened when a city

was overwhelmed by a volcanic eruption?

(c) The pursuit of a particularly

cunning and ferocious whale?

(d) A hypocritical clergyman?

(e) A philanthropical young lady

in colorful headgear, who learns the peril of talking to strangers, however innocent in appearance.

Answers on page 49


Answers to questions on pages 22 and 32

1. (a) The English hero of Baroness

Orczy’s tales of the French Revolution.

(b) Napoleon, during his exile in Elba,

was so nicknamed by his followers, who believed he would return in the spring.

(c) Lillie Langtry, noted English

beauty of the nineties.

(d) The youth who became enamored

of his own reflection.

(e) The contralto bumboat woman in

‘‘H.M.S. Pinafore.”

2. (a) John Milton.

(b) John Masefield.

(c) George Bernard Shaw.

(d) Joseph Conrad.

(e) Samuel Pepys.

3. (a) Jezebel, the wife of Ahab. (II

Kings, ix, 30.)

(b) Enoch, father of Methuselah.

(Genesis v, 24.)

(c) Nimrod, the son of Cush. (Genesis

x, 9.)

(d) Solomon. (I Kings, xi, 1.)

(e) Jehu, the son of Nimshi. (II

Kings, ix, 20.)

4. (a) Crack London-Scotland express of

the L.M.S. Railway.

(b) A famous phantom ship; subject of

one of Wagner’s operas.

(c) The American Indian is so called.

(d) Legendary character doomed to

Vander until Christ returns.

(e) Hamlet.

5. (a) Charles Augustus Lindbergh.

(b) Edna St. Vincent Millay, in "A

Few Figs From Thistles.”

(c) Will Rogers.

(d) Benito Mussolini. (Written for the

“Italian Encyclopedia.”)

(e) Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Inaugural

Address, 1932.)

6. (a) David, who slew Goliath.

(b) Edward I carried off the Stone of

Scone, which still remains part of the coronation chair of Great Britain.

(c) Jacob, father of Joseph. The Stone

of Scone was believed by the Scots to be the very one on which he rested his head while dreaming of the ladder to heaven. (Genesis xxviii, 12.)

(d) Medusa, the Gorgon.

(e) The Philosophers’ Stone, for which

generations of medieval alchemists searched, believing it to have the power of transmuting base metals into gold.

7. (a) Georges Clemenceau.

(b) Mary Pick ford.

(c) Sarah Bernhardt.

(d) Henry VIII of England.

(e) Benjamin Disraeli.

8. (a) The Greeks defeated the Persians,

490 B.C.

(b) The Normans defeated the English,

10you know.

(c) The English and Austrians defeated

the French, 1704.

(d) The Americans defeated the Eng-

lish. 1777.

(e) The English and Prussians de-

feated the French, 1815.

9. (a) Suppress, or smother, after the method used by Burke and Hare, the Edinburgh murderers of the last century.

(b) Refuse to have dealings with, from

the name of an agent of the Earl of Eme, in Ireland, so treated.

(c) Make fun of, from the custom of

parading the effigy of Guy Fawkes on the fifth of November.

(d) Minister. The word is from Pan-

darus, a character in Chaucer’s “Troilus and Creseide,” and other stories on the same theme.

(e) Bully, from a false conception of

the character of the Trojan hero. The word is quite distinct from “heckle,” to catechize severely. Yes. sorry, it was a mean trap.

10. (a) Cannons were not in use in Europe

in the time of John. The lines are from Shakespeare’s “King John,” Act II, Sc. 1.

(b) Cortez was not, as Keats implies in

the famous sonnet, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s ‘Homer,’’’the discoverer of the Pacific. He meant Balboa.

(c) Mention of the clock is an anach-

ronism. Clocks were not invented for centuries after the time of this scene from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”

(d) The moon may at times appear

crescent-shaped, but no star could be seen in the position the Ancient Mariner describes in Coleridge’s famous poem.

(e) Another of Shakespeare’s errors

Bohemia, then as now, possessed no sea coast. “The Winter’s Tale,” Act III.

11. (a) Victory or distinction.

(b) Peace.

(c) Mourning.

(d) Canada.

(e) Overdone modesty, or prudery.

12. (a) The man who helped the Jew who

had fallen among thieves. (Luke x, 33, etc.)

(b) Novel by Pearl Buck (and movie

from it) about Chinese peasant life.

(c) Subject of one of the most beautiful

of the parables of Christ.

(d) Novel by J. B. Priestley, describing

the adventures of a travelling English concert party.

(e) A nickname given often to Walt

Whitman, American poet.

13. (a) Julius Caesar, in 49 B.C.

(b) Eliza, in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

(c) The Israelites, fleeing from Egypt.

(d) Hannibal of Carthage, in 217 B.C,

(e) The bear (“to see what he could

see” Old Song).

14. (a) Neither lived to be crowned. Ed-

ward was one of the princes murdered in the Tower, and Ix>uis was the son of the ill-fated Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

(b) Both were driven into exile by


(c) Neither could speak the language of

the country over which he ruled.

(d) In each case a powerful commoner,

Mussolini and Cardinal Richelieu, markedly lessened the king’s power.

(e) Each appropriated the title “King

of Kings,” and where did it get

him? Ozymandias is the subject of a well-known sonnet by Shelley.

15. (a) The sunflower, according to Tom

Moore’s song. “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms.”

(b) The lilies of the field. (Matthew

vi, 28.)

(c) “That which we call a rose."

(“Romeo and Juliet,” Act II, Sc. 2.)

(d) The buttercup, according to

Browning in, "Home Thoughts From Abroad.”

(e) Daffodils. (“The Winter’s Tale,”

Act IV. Sc. 3.)

16. (a) Legislation to relieve unemploy-

ment was the object of the march on Washington under J. S. Coxey in 1894.

(b) Revival of religion among the


(c) Holding back the German march

on Paris in 1914.

(d) The capture of Moscow and sub-

jugation of Russia were Napoleon’s object when he led the Grand Army eastward in 1812.

(e) The Grand Army of the Republic

was formed of Union veterans of the American Civil War. For a time the organization wielded great political power, but most of its members are now dead.

17. (a) Norway.

(b) The land of the blessed departed.

Song by Lady Nairn.

(c) Country to which Cain fled. (Gene-

sis iv, 16.) More usual, and connected with the Biblical name only by the rather charming pun. is its use as a figurative expression for sleep.

(d) Scotland.

(e) “And the home of the brave.”

The United States.

18. (a) Cygnets.

(b) Tadpoles (or pollywogs).

(c) Grilse.

(d) Goslings.

(e) Squabs.

19. (a) Persian.

(b) Russian.

(c) Greek.

(d) Spanish.

(e) English.

20. (a) "Robinson Crusoe.” by Daniel


(b) "The Last Days of Pompeii,” by-

Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

(c) “Moby Dick,” by Herman Mel-


(d) “Elmer Gantry.” by Sinclair Lewis,

(e) “Little Red Riding Hood.”


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