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The HELP! Quiz (March 2020) : History, Entertainment, Literature, Paintings

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The HELP! Quiz
A stay-at-home season Special
History | Entertainment | Literature | Paintings | Everything else!

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The ninth studio album by this artist, it came 4 years after his last released in 1991.
During this period, his image ha...

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The HELP! Quiz (March 2020) : History, Entertainment, Literature, Paintings

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A short, accessible set of 20 questions on history, entertainment, and the arts during this stay-at-home COVID season. Hope you all like it.

A short, accessible set of 20 questions on history, entertainment, and the arts during this stay-at-home COVID season. Hope you all like it.

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The HELP! Quiz (March 2020) : History, Entertainment, Literature, Paintings

  1. 1. The HELP! Quiz A stay-at-home season Special History | Entertainment | Literature | Paintings | Everything else!
  2. 2. 1 The ninth studio album by this artist, it came 4 years after his last released in 1991. During this period, his image had been marred with all sorts of controversies and he wanted to set the record straight – something that is reflected in the lyrics of many of the songs on the album and by its name "_______ : Past, Present and Future, Book I". If it helps, the album had two discs titled "_______ Begins" and "_______ Continues". Fill in the blank (exactly the way it's written on the album) and name the artist.
  3. 3. Answer follows
  4. 4. HIStory; Michael Jackson
  5. 5. 2 If you thought being left out for the lack of knowledge of English (à la English Vinghlish) was an Indian thing, even a prominent painter of the western hemisphere X suffered the same plight as far back as the 1930s/40s. A supporter of communism, he convinced the President of his country to give refuge to exiled politician Y and along with his wife, Z hosted him. During this time, Y and Z became intimate and would slip love notes into books they shared with each other in English – a language that X struggled with and Y's wife did not know. Even though she was jailed for supporting Y, Z would not relent and continued her support even after their split through her own works (image on the right). For full points, identify X, Y, and Z.
  6. 6. Answer follows
  7. 7. Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo
  8. 8. On the right is a poem written by Nissim Ezekiel titled "_____ __________ Instructions" inspired by one of his many visits to his favourite and now defunct Bastani and company. Complete the title. The fact that Ezekiel belonged to Mumbai should give you a clue. 3 Please Do not spit Do not sit more Pay promptly, time is valuable Do not write letter without order refreshment Do not comb, hair is spoiling floor Do not make mischiefs in cabin our waiter is reporting Come again All are welcome whatever cast If not satisfied tell us otherwise tell others GOD IS GREAT
  9. 9. Answer follows
  10. 10. Irani Restaurant Instructions • Points also for Irani Cafe
  11. 11. 4 In the picture is John Wojtowicz, a veteran of the Vietnam war whose marriage to a certain Elizabeth Eden led him to attempt a bank robbery on a hot day in 1972. Elizabeth needed a medical procedure for which the couple did not have money – of course, a failed bank robbery wouldn't help – you'd think. But in some strange way, it did. How?
  12. 12. Answer follows
  13. 13. Inspired the film Dog Day Afternoon • The royalties were enough to pay for Elizabeth's gender reassignment procedure • Ironically, she married someone else after
  14. 14. 5 In the Spanish TV Series Money Heist (La casa de papel), <spoiler alert> a group of thieves rob the Royal Mint of Spain led by a mastermind who everybody calls the Professor. Each of the robbers has a city as their codename – Helsinki, Berlin, Rio and so on. When one of the robbers called Denver saves the life of a hostage called Monica Gaztambide, she starts to develop feelings for him. Life isn't simple and she's already pregnant with her boss's illegitimate child. Things take their course and she ends up joining the band of robbers along with her lover, Denver. What, appropriately, does Denver christen Monica while inducting her into the group?
  15. 15. Answer follows
  16. 16. Stockholm • After the Stockholm Syndrome, of course
  17. 17. 6 In a Looney Tunes retelling of a classic novella, Daffy Duck is the stingy owner of the Lucky Duck Superstore and treats his employees like crap. After making them work on Christmas eve, he expects them back at work at 5 AM even on Christmas day… Porky Pig is Bob Cratchit, Sylvester the Cat Jacob Marley, and of course there are the three ghosts… you get the drift. What play on a two word phrase from the original work is the title of this cartoon?
  18. 18. Answer follows
  19. 19. "Bah, Humduck!", from "Bah! Humbug" in A Christmas Carol
  20. 20. 7 In international maritime signal flags, the plain yellow flag has historically been used to represent this, though in the current system it refers to the opposite. Called Quebec or Q, another name for it is yellow jack. What are we talking about?
  21. 21. Answer follows
  22. 22. Quarantine Now used, however, to request free pratique
  23. 23. 8 How do the persons on the left connect with the images on the right? For full points, identify either both images on the left or right, and also the connection.
  24. 24. Answer follows
  25. 25. Language institutes founded by respective national governments Instituto Cervantes for Spanish Goethe-Institut for German
  26. 26. 9 Painter X was commissioned by a Vatican law official to paint Virgin Mary for his family chapel in Rome. His treatment of the subject, given the maverick that he was, was too much for the times, portraying a raw and human picture of the mortal remains of Mother Mary. This was quite the opposite of the standards of the time which held Biblical figures too sacred to fill them with reality. Naturally, the clergy rejected the painting. What caused a greater stir, it is believed, was the painter's choice of model for the subject. For full points, name the painter and who he chose as a model.
  27. 27. Answer follows
  28. 28. Caravaggio; used a prostitute as a model
  29. 29. 10 If Peter, Francis, and Jack complete their journey on the Bengal Lancer, where did they begin it?
  30. 30. Answer follows
  31. 31. The Darjeeling Limited
  32. 32. 11 With a history that goes back almost a 100 years, it is no doubt that several people have contributed to this image. Bette Davis wrote about one in her biography "The Lonely Life". An early version even had the American flag. An interesting change was brought about when Coca Cola became involved with a famous acquisition in the 1980s. The shape was smoothened to resemble the Coke bottle. The current face of the image Jennifer Joseph has remained so since 1992. She explained in an interview “So we just scooted over there come lunchtime and they wrapped a sheet around me and I held a regular little desk lamp, a side lamp." What are we talking about?
  33. 33. Answer follows
  34. 34. The Columbia Pictures' lady with a torch
  35. 35. 12 Anyone who has traversed the waters of project management or management consulting knows that scope creep is a real problem. When the scope of a project starts to expand unreasonably, it virtually ends up becoming an impossible problem to solve. The corporate world of course has its own vocabulary – and a metaphor for this. This is attributed to American entertainer Will Rogers, who in an interview during WW1 suggested a way to deal with the stealthy, menacing German U-Boats – to simply ____ ___ _____ . FITB.
  36. 36. Answer follows
  37. 37. Boil the ocean
  38. 38. Crispin and Crispinian were Christian saints and brothers who were persecuted by a Gallic governor for their faith – tied to a tree and eventually, beheaded. Their feast is celebrated on 25 October, a day associated with many battles. The most famous among these is one that features in a play by Shakespeare with an eponymous king making a famous speech on this day at the eve of a battle. He urges that the soldiers who fight with him on the said St. Crispin's day would become his brothers – a band of brothers. Which play? Which famous battle? 13
  39. 39. Answer follows
  40. 40. Henry V; The Battle of Agincourt
  41. 41. 14 Artistic inspiration can come from strange things. Ask vocalist Dan Nobacon, you probably won't because who remembers a band from the 1990s which really just had one big hit. Well, not too bad – Dan gets up again even if he's knocked down. Anyway, he imagined two washrooms and strange signs on them. What did this inspire? Wamba ?
  42. 42. Answer follows
  43. 43. Chumbawamba
  44. 44. 15 A spec ad or speculative ad is a great way for recent graduates to break into the advertising industry. With little or no experience to show for in one's portfolio, prospects often imagine what they would create if they had been hired to write an ad for a brand. On the next slide are three such speculative ads by a certain Mr. Marco Sodano, for Lego. In each case, identify the painting that has inspired the creative. Also identify the painter.
  45. 45. Answers follow
  46. 46. 1. The Son of Man – Rene Magritte 2. American Gothic – Grant Wood 3. Lady with an Ermine – Leonardo da Vinci
  47. 47. 16 The roots of this go as far back as the 1800s when it was considered by some as a mental illness. Classified as a dance form, it has had a world championship since 1996. Typical contests include 2 rounds, with the first being a 60 second performance for a song of the contestant's choice and the second involving a surprise song for contestants to improvise. That said, all musical equipment is strictly forbidden on stage. When not visiting Yerwada (or perhaps, even then), Sanjay Dutt takes a keen interest in this and has even won contests for it. He gave the world a sample of his skills in the music video for "Yeh Hai Meri Kahaani" by Pakistani band Strings for Baba's movie "Zinda". What are we talking about?
  48. 48. Answer follows
  49. 49. Air Guitar
  50. 50. 17 From one quirky hobby to another, chef Renato Viola is a champion in pizza acrobatics – which involves throwing pizza dough into the air and spinning it. But enough about these silly tricks. When Renato decided to bring his style of cooking to India, he started a chain of restaurants that serve wood-fired pizzas called 1441. Why the name?
  51. 51. Answer follows
  52. 52. Lat-long of Naples, the birthplace of the pizza
  53. 53. 18 Identify the person.
  54. 54. Answer follows
  55. 55. Anton Chekhov ('s gun)
  56. 56. 19 The elite of this US city typically trace their origins to Protestant British families and are associated with cultural pursuits and education in top universities – most symbolically, Harvard. What is the alliterative two word name given to this group, the first word being the name of the city itself and the second word a class of society in a different part of the world?
  57. 57. Answer follows
  58. 58. Boston Brahmins
  59. 59. 20 The idea behind the this was to depict the title of the subject in an innovative manner. But when the photographer Robert Freeman looked at the initial arrangement of the group of 4, it didn't please his eyes. He chose aesthetics over correctness. Few would recognize this factual inaccuracy for the image conveyed the sense that was intended. Interestingly, the UK and US versions had different arrangements - neither correct, of course. Which album? What was the flaw?
  60. 60. Answer follows
  61. 61. "Help!" album art (The Beatles)
  62. 62. FIN.

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