25 New Arts and Culture Quiz with Answers – General Online Quiz
Don’t think there is anything to know about Cleveland? Take this quiz and see how wrong you are.
1. Which Cleveland mayor was the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city?
Answer: Carl Stokes.
As mayor from 1967 to 1971, Carl Stokes sought to improve Cleveland’s declining economy and to create racial unity with his signature program Cleveland Now. He is vividly portrayed in Mark Winegardner’s novel Crooked River Burning (2001).
2. Which millionaire industrialist started in Cleveland?
Answer: John D. Rockefeller.
Sensing the commercial potential of the expanding oil production in western Pennsylvania in the early 1860s, John D. Rockefeller built his first oil refinery in 1863 near Cleveland, where he founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870.
3. Which of these movies is not set in Cleveland?
A: Major League
B: Gross Pointe Blank
C: Stranger than Paradise
D: Kill the Irishman
Major League (1989), Kill the Irishman (2011), and Stranger than Paradise (1984) all are set wholly or partly in Cleveland; Gross Pointe Blank (1997) unfolds in a Detroit suburb
4. Which of these comic-book characters operates in Cleveland?
B: Howard the Duck
C: Mr. Natural
After being transported from the planet Duckworld to the Florida Everglades on Earth, Howard the talking duck ends up in Cleveland, where he does his best to his make his way while “trapped in a world that he never made.”
5. Cleveland native Halle Berry won an Oscar for her performance in which film?
Answer: Monster’s Ball.
Before she won the Academy Award for best actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry—who grew up in Cleveland and suburban Bedford—starred as Cleveland-born singer-actress Dorothy Dandridge in an HBO biopic.
6. Which of these pro football teams was founded in Cleveland?
A: Baltimore Ravens
B: Los Angeles Rams
C: Rams, Ravens, and Browns
D: Cleveland Browns
The Rams began playing in Cleveland in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles in 1946 rather than compete with the new Cleveland Browns franchise, which in turn relocated to Baltimore in 1996, becoming the Ravens. In 1999 the NFL awarded Cleveland an expansion team that assumed the Browns’ name, uniforms, and history.
7. Which poet’s father created Life Savers candy in Cleveland?
Answer: Hart Crane.
Although primarily a chocolate maker, Hart Crane’s father, Clarence, first marketed Crane’s Peppermint Life Savers in 1912. Ironically, Crane fils died at sea, having jumped from a ship into the Caribbean and drowned.
8. In which Cleveland suburb did actor Paul Newman grow up?
Answer: Shaker Heights.
Paul Newman grew up in Shaker Heights and had his first role at age 10 in a production of St. George and the Dragon at the Cleveland Play House, the renowned regional theater that also gave Alan Alda and Joel Grey their starts.
9. Who is Cleveland’s most famous Olympian?
Answer: Jesse Owens.
Jesse Owenswas born in Alabama and in 1922 moved with his family to Cleveland, where as a senior in East Technical High School, he equaled the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash, a fitting prelude to his becoming a thorn in Adolf Hitler’s Aryan-supremacist side at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, at which Owens won four gold medals.
Name That Artist
What do you know about famous artists of the past and the present? Find out what artist invented a flying machine centuries before the Wright brothers.
10. Which artist invented the ready-made?
Answer: Marcel Duchamp.
Dada artist Marcel Duchamp came up with the concept of the ready-made, a mass-produced object presented as art. He presented his most-notorious ready-made in 1917, a porcelain urinal titled Fountain and signed “R. Mutt.”
11. Which artist designed a flying machine?
Answer: Leonardo da Vinci.
Designs for a flying machine much like the modern-day helicopter were found in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. He called it the “helical air screw.”
12. Which artist made sculptures of writers Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac?
Answer: Auguste Rodin.
Rodin made bronze portrait sculptures of Hugo and Balzac in the late 19th century.
13. Which artist invented pointillism?
Answer: Georges Seurat.
In the late 1880s Seurat invented pointillism: the practice of applying small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they visually blend together. His most-famous pointillist painting is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884.
14. Which artist chopped off his own ear?
Answer: Vincent van Gogh.
In December 1888, in a fit of rage, van Gogh severed his left ear, wrapped his head in bandages, and would have bled to death had he not been discovered the next morning.
15. Which artist’s primary medium was the quilt?
Ringgold is known for her story quilts, many of which have a political or social message.
16. Which artist died of a drug overdose at age 27?
Answer: Jean-Michel Basquiat.
American artist Basquiat, known for his graffiti-like paintings, died of a heroin overdose in 1988.
17. Which artist’s photographs were discovered only posthumously?
Answer: Vivian Maier.
Maier, who lived as a nanny in Chicago most of her life and died in 2009, was also apparently a prolific and talented photographer. A trove of her negatives and rolls of film were first discovered in 2007, and since 2010 her talent has been shared with the public through exhibitions and books.
Newspapers: Read All About It!
Test your knowledge of newspapers and news history in this quiz.
18. The term market penetration in journalism refers to what?
Answer: The percentage of households within an area of circulation that receive a newspaper.
Recording market penetration is a method of determining the success of a newspaper. By dividing the number of households that receive a copy of a newspaper by the number of total households in the area of the paper’s circulation, one can calculate the percentage of people who receive a newspaper and the average number of newspapers people receive. In the early 1900s these percentages were well over 100 percent in the United States. Since the late 1900s the percentage has dropped as low as, and lower than, 50 percent.
19. The British national newspaper The Times was first published in which year?
The Times was first published in 1785 and was the first publication to use the Times Roman font and the first to use the now-famous moniker for newspaper, “Times.” Others that have co-opted this name are The New York Times, The Times of India, and the Los Angeles Times.
20. The printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in which year?
Johannes Gutenberg developed the first printing press in the Holy Roman Empire in 1440. The printing press did not begin to spread throughout the world until the 1500s.
21. Which was the first newspaper published in the American colonies?
Answer: Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick.
Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, published in Boston in 1690 by Benjamin Harris, was the first newspaper published in the American colonies.
22. The broadsheet newspaper format is known for having what?
Answer: Long vertical pages.
The broadsheet newspaper format is the best-known and most-popular format for serious newspapers, with long vertical pages that are often folded over many times to keep the paper together. Newspapers such as The New York Times use this format.
23. Which was the first newspaper to utilize advertisements for revenue and the “penny paper” format?
Answer: The Sun.
The Sun, in 1833, became the first newspaper to earn revenue from more than just the cost of the paper itself. It was the first “penny paper,” or paper that costs little for a reader but has advertisements throughout to generate revenue.
24. One of the first types of newspapers produced was the ancient Roman Acta diurna, which translates, in English, to what?
Answer: “Daily Acts.”
The Acta diurna, or “Daily Acts,” of ancient Rome were daily-published notices by the government to keep the public informed of goings-on. These notices were not published on paper but were carved into rock, stone, and metal and placed in public spaces.
25. The term op-ed is a shortened form of which phrase?
Answer: Opposite the editorial page.
Though frequently mistaken for “opinion editorial,” op-ed is short for “opposite the editorial page.” The name is derived from the space where outsourced opinion pieces, rather than factual articles, are often placed in a newspaper.