Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge
Academy Awards Quiz – Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge Part 1
1. The 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won four Academy Awards, including best foreign-language film. In what language was it filmed?
Answer: Mandarin Chinese.
The popular martial-arts drama, directed by Ang Lee, is set in 18th-century China.
2. In 1984 Linda Hunt won the best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as a male character in which film?
Answer: The Year of Living Dangerously.
Linda Hunt portrayed Billy Kwan, a photojournalist covering the political tumult of Indonesia in the mid-1960s.
3. “Which motion picture won the Academy Award for 1955?” is an important line in which 1990s best picture nominee?
Answer: Quiz Show.
The 1994 movie dramatizes the 1950s TV quiz-show scandals, focusing on an incident in which a contestant was instructed by the show’s producers to miss a question on purpose. The 1955 best picture winner was Marty.
4. Who won consecutive best actor Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938)?
Answer: Spencer Tracy.
Over the following 30 years, Spencer Tracy earned six additional Oscar nominations but never again won. Other performers to win back-to-back Oscars include Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn, and Tom Hanks.
5. In 2003 Meryl Streep became the most-nominated performer in Oscar history. Who held the record before her?
Answer: Katharine Hepburn.
Katharine Hepburn earned 12 nominations, all in the best actress category. She won for the films Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).
6. Which 1927 film was the first-ever best picture winner?
This silent movie tells the story of two World War I aviators in love with the same woman (played by Clara Bow).
7. Who is the only Oscar winner named Oscar?
Answer: Oscar Hammerstein II.
Best known for his stage musicals with Richard Rodgers, the songwriter won two Oscars in the 1940s, both for best original song.
8. Marlon Brando famously refused his best actor Oscar for The Godfather (1972) in protest. What was he protesting?
Answer: The film industry’s treatment of Native Americans.
When Brando was announced the winner, he shocked the audience by sending activist Sacheen Littlefeather to the stage to decline the Oscar on his behalf.
9. Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award?
Answer: Hattie McDaniel.
Hattie McDaniel won best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Cubism: Art and Artists Quiz – Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge Part 2
10. How many phases did the Cubist movement have?
There were three phases: early Cubism, Analytical Cubism, and Synthetic Cubism.
11. What type of Cubism incorporated pieces of newspaper?
Answer: Synthetic Cubism.
Synthetic Cubism introduced untraditional materials onto the canvas, and newspaper was particularly popular.
12. When were Cubist works first exhibited publicly?
Though Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were busy painting in the Cubist manner beginning in 1907, there was no formal exhibition of Cubist works until 1912, and works by Picasso and Braque were conspicuously absent from the event.
13. Who was a main source of inspiration for Cubist artists?
Answer: Paul Cézanne.
Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne introduced the idea of using basic geometrical forms to create a composition. Applying geometry and calling attention to the two-dimensionality of the painting surface were two fundamental principles of the Cubist movement.
14. Pablo Picasso developed Cubism with which other artist?
Answer: Georges Braque.
Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were the pioneers of Cubism.
15. When were the first Cubist works created?
The first Cubist works were painted in 1907, Pablo Picasso’s (in)famous Les Demoiselles d’Avignon among them.
Art of the Harlem Renaissance Quiz – Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge Part 3
16. Which photographer created some of the most memorable images of the Harlem Renaissance?
Answer: James VanDerZee.
James VanDerZee, who was one of the most successful photographers of the era, was not recognized by the greater art world until the late 1960s.
17. Which painter was influenced by African design elements as well as abstraction?
Answer: Lois Mailou Jones.
Lois Mailou Jones mastered several styles, including traditional landscapes, but later in her career abstraction and African design elements began to dominate her work.
18. Which too-little-known sculptor examined issues of race and class in her portrait busts and other works?
Answer: May Howard Jackson.
May Howard Jackson never traveled to Europe for training, as many of her African American contemporaries had, but pursued her own vision.
19. Which painter, known for landscapes and biblical themes, was an inspiration to many young artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance?
Answer: Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Henry Ossawa Tanner was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1923.
20. Who painted a series of murals collectively titled Aspects of Negro Life?
Answer: Aaron Douglas.
Aaron Douglas painted the series for the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library.
21. Which medium was artist Hale Woodruff’s specialty?
Among his other paintings, Hale Woodruff made three noted mural series.
22. Which sculptor is known for the poignant portrait bust Gamin (1929)?
Answer: Augusta Savage.
Gamin is one of a limited number of extant sculptures by Augusta Savage, many of whose works were lost or destroyed.
23. Which sculptor impressed Auguste Rodin and anticipated the Harlem Renaissance with Ethiopia Awakening (1914)?
Answer: Meta Warrick Fuller.
Meta Warrick Fuller went to Paris in 1899 and met Rodin a few years later.
24. Which painter is best known for his depictions of black social life and jazz culture in vibrant city scenes?
Answer: Archibald Motley.
A Guggenheim fellowship took Motley to Paris for a year, where he painted some of his best-known works showing Parisian nightlife.
The Simpsons – Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge Part 4
25. Which of the professional baseball players recruited to play for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s softball team actually appeared in the team’s championship game?
Answer: Darryl Strawberry.
After Mr. Burns fills the power plant’s softball roster with ringers from Major League Baseball, the players fall victim to random happenings that prevent all but Strawberry from playing in the championship. Since Strawberry plays Homer’s position, he’s kept out of the game until Burns brings him in as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, when Homer wins the game by getting hit in the head by a pitch with the bases loaded.
26. According to the Smokey the Bear display in the episode “Mountain of Madness,” only who can prevent forest fires?
Bart is given two buttons (”you” and “me”) to choose from in the display. When asked “Only who can prevent forest fires?” he presses “you,” but the Smokey display responds “You pressed ‘you’ referring to me. That is incorrect. The correct answer is ‘you.’”
27. Why does Ralph Wiggum like sleep?
Answer: That’s where he’s a Viking.
The colorful Ralph Wiggum enjoys his sleep because, as he notes in the episode “Lisa the Vegetarian,” “that’s where I’m a viking!”
28. Who founded the town next to Springfield after he had a falling out with Jebediah Springfield over whether their settlement should allow people to marry their cousins?
Answer: Shelbyville Manhattan.
Manhattan and Springfield planned to establish a settlement together, but the former founded his own town—named Shelbyville—after Springfield refused to make the freedom to marry one’s cousins (”because they’re so attractive,” according to Manhattan) one of the town’s founding principles.
29. What is Homer’s “secret shame?
Answer: He eats flowers.
After Mr. Burns places hidden cameras in the Simpsons’ house in the episode “Burns’ Heir,” Bart learns that Homer occasionally steals off into the bathroom to discreetly eat flowers. When an angry Bart throws a bouquet at Homer and tells him to “go eat some flowers,” Homer laments, “my secret shame!”
30. What words are tattooed on Sideshow Bob’s chest?
Answer: DIE BART, DIE.
At a parole hearing, Sideshow Bob is questioned about his chest tattoo, which he says is simply German for “the Bart, the,” prompting one of the parole board members to note that “no one who speaks German could be an evil man,” and Bob’s parole is then granted.
31. Who shot Mr. Burns?
Answer: Maggie Simpson.
In the two-part episode that ended season six and kicked off season seven, Chief Wiggum tries to figure out who shot Mr. Burns. While many residents of Springfield had a reason to do so, it turns out that he was accidentally shot when his own gun fell out of his holster and into Maggie’s hands during a struggle over a lollipop.
32. Which mustachioed man is mistaken for Homer in disguise by Moe the bartender?
Answer: Guy Incognito.
In the episode “Fear of Flying,” Guy Incognito—who looks just like Homer wearing a fake mustache and speaks with an odd accent—walks into Moe’s Tavern shortly after Homer is banned from the establishment. That unfortunate timing leads to Guy getting beaten by patrons of the tavern and thrown out into the street as the real Homer walks by.
33. What event convinces Lisa to become a vegetarian?
Answer: A visit to a petting zoo.
In the first seasons of The Simpsons, Lisa is an omnivore like the rest of her family, but, after an interaction with an adorable lamb at a local petting zoo during the show’s seventh season, she decides to forgo meat, a character development that she maintains throughout the remainder of the series.
Classic American Comic Strips Quiz – Arts and Culture in Different Places – General Knowledge Part 5
34. What were the names of the Katzenjammer Kids, who wreaked domestic havoc in the funny pages beginning in 1897?
Answer: Hans and Fritz.
The twin boys of a German American immigrant family were incorrigible practical jokers, making life miserable for their Mama and Der Captain.
35. Which comic, first published in 1908, was set in a rural community and featured a ramshackle old trolley that twisted and turned through the landscape?
Answer: Toonerville Folks.
The Toonerville Trolley did not actually appear in the strip until 1916, but eventually it became one of the most recognizable parts of Toonerville.
36. Which comic strip, which began running in the Chicago Tribune in 1919, featured a baby named Skeezix?
Answer: Gasoline Alley.
Lead character Walt Wallet adopted a foundling and called him Skeezix, a term used by cowboys for orphaned calves.
37. In which comic strip did Popeye the Sailor first appear, 10 years after the strip’s 1919 debut?
Answer: Thimble Theatre.
Popeye was introduced in 1929 when Olive Oyl’s brother Castor hired him as crew for a planned sea voyage.
38. Which comic strip began (1925) as a daily lesson on good manners?
Answer: Etta Kett.
Originally intended as instruction for teenagers in the ways of polite behavior, Etta Kett evolved into a strip about the life of its title character, a well-behaved teenage girl.
39. Which long-running strip featured a pair of physically opposite friends who met at a mental hospital?
Answer: Mutt and Jeff.
It began life as A. Mutt in 1907, but in early 1908 the tall man Augustus Mutt met the diminutive Jeff on a visit to the institution. (Jeff’s name derived from his belief that he was former heavyweight champ James J. Jeffries.) The title was soon revised to Mutt and Jeff.
40. George Herriman’s brilliant Krazy Kat took place in which real-life location starting in 1916?
Answer: Coconino County, Arizona.
The sweetly eccentric and all-too-trusting Krazy (Krazy’s sex was never clear: sometimes male, sometimes female), together with his/her “Li’l Dollink”—the brick-throwing mouse, Ignatz—and friends like the cop “Offissa” Pupp and Don Kiyote, inhabited a strange, rather surreal desert landscape in the American Southwest.
41. Which comic strip did newspaper syndicate King Features start in 1929 in response to the popularity of rival Chicago Tribune Syndicate’s Little Orphan Annie?
Answer: Little Annie Rooney.
In the cutthroat world of newspaper comics in the 1920s, it was only logical that the red-haired orphan adopted by Daddy Warbucks would soon have an imitator. Little Annie Rooney, also a feisty orphan, was looked after by relatives.
42. Winnie Winkle, which started in 1920, was one of the first strips about the adventures of a young single working girl. What was another?
Answer: Tillie the Toiler (1921).
Tillie was a secretary but also a part-time model. The strip’s creator saw to it that Tillie always wore the most up-to-date fashions.
43. What was the real title of the comic strip usually known as Maggie and Jiggs (or Jiggs and Maggie), which began running in 1913?
Answer: Bringing Up Father.
One of many comics centering on America’s immigrant population of the early 20th century, Bringing Up Father wrung comic plots from the life of a newly wealthy working-class Irish family—a former mason and his socially ambitious wife and daughter.