Pub Quiz Questions 16-20, plus the dreaded fill in.

The last of the pub quiz questions. How are you doing? If only you had a team to depend on.

16. The city of Boise, Idaho supposedly came by its name when a French speaking guide, overwhelmed by weeks in the desert-style terrain of what is now called southern Idaho, saw signs of what is now called the Boise river and was overcome, yelling “The Blank! The Blank!” What word, or it’s English translation was he shouting?
17. The original trivial pursuit game had the following colors of pie: blue, pink, yellow, brown, green & orange. The original categories were: Art & Literature, Entertainment, Geography, History, Science & Nature, Sports and Leisure. Match at least two colors to their correct categories.
18. The planet Uranus, aside from giving people the opportunity to say “heh” on a regular basis, has 27 moons all named after characters of William Shakespeare and also Alexander Pope. Which of the following list of characters from Shakespeare is not also a moon of Uranus? Anne, Bianca, Cordelia, Desdemona, Margaret, Oberon
Bonus: Match any of the characters listed to their play. Maximum 2 points.

19. Rob Thomas, creator of the television series Veronica Mars, originally wrote a teen detective novel with a male protagonist whose father was a Vice Principal at the high school he attended in Austin, Texas. For the television series he changed the unnamed teenage detective from a male to a named female, Veronica Mars, and the setting to Neptune California. He also changed the father’s occupation. In the television series, what was Keith Mars’ occupation?

20. This Author was born April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, MD, though she grew up in rural Kentucky. She has published novels such as The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, essays such as High Tide in Tucson, as well as non-fiction books. One of her books was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club book, another became a best-seller about eating locally. What is this author’s name?

The dreaded fill in. Or: It could be anything!

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Robert Frost
Nature’s first _________ is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a ________;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to ______.
So ________ sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to ________.
Nothing gold can stay.

Answers below:
16. Bois! Trees!
All the Boise people know this story like the back of their hand. Although I think in French I learned the word is “boit” meaning “forest.” I think.

17. Blue: Geography, Pink: Entertainment, Yellow: History, Brown: Arts & Literature, Green: Science & Nature, Orange: Sports and Leisure
There were apparently a goodly number of Trivial Pursuit players as all teams were able to match two.

18. Anne (Richard III) does not have a moon named after her.
The rest do and they are from:
Bianca, (Taming of the Shrew)
Cordelia (King Lear)
Desdemona (Othello),
Margaret (Much Ado About Nothing)
Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
The bonus question that was easier than the original question. Nearly every team correctly identified two characters in their plays. Nearly all picked Cordelia and Desdemona.
19. Private Investigator, Sheriff.
A question to reward those who love this show.

20. Barbara Kingsolver
This was one of those questions that I think would have had less correct answers with at a real pub quiz. My “pub” was packed with well-read women and I bet nearly every one of them had read at least one book by Kingsolver. My guess is the usual pub quiz crowd would not have that same demographic.

Fill in:
The dreaded fill in.
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Robert Frost
Nature’s first GREEN is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a FLOWER;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to LEAF.
So EDEN sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to DAY.
Nothing gold can stay.
As with everything, this is so much easier when you know the poem. Most teams got two or three points from this. The best rhyme was from the Wasabi Honey Bears who felt the line was “Then leaf subsides to Omar Sharif

Scoring: Two points for each right answer on the questions, one or two points for the bonus question, five points for the fill in. Total points possible this page: 17.

Post your scores. And thank you for playing.

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Pub Quiz Questions 11-15

More questions from the 10 Years in Portland pub quiz. How are you doing?

11. An Homage to Trivial Pursuit* question: Circa 1984, what was the only NFL team to not have a logo on their helmet?

*My family plays the Trivial Pursuit often. The original box is full of out-of-date questions, referencing the USSR, people who have died, records that have been broken etc. So sometimes we have to preface our questions with “Circa 1984…”
12. In the movie Field of Dreams Kevin Costner met up with James Earl Jones, who played fictional reclusive author Terry Mann. In Shoeless Joe, the novel by W.P. Kinsella, the movie the novel is based on, what real life reclusive author did Ray Kinsella meet up with?
13. This actor was born June 28, 1966 and appeared in the movies Class, Sixteen Candles, The Journey of Natty Gann, Stand By Me, Eight Men Out and Say Anything. What is his name?
Bonus: In the movie Say Anything his character mentions three things he doesn’t want to do as a career. What are those three things?
14. Patricia and Matt recently saw the movie “Attack the Block” in which a gang of South London teenagers mugging a woman are interrupted by an alien crashing into a car near them. Soon, many other aliens are crashing to the earth near their housing project. These explosions go unnoticed by everyone else because they blend in with the fireworks that are going off around the city as part of an annual celebration that happens every year in November. What annual November celebration in Great Britain includes a lot of fireworks?
15. Patricia used to live at the corner of SW Jefferson & SW Broadway before her beautiful building was torn down by the First Christian Church to make parking spaces and “luxury apartments.” What Portland institution is still across the street from her former residence?
Answers! Coming right up!:
11. Cleveland Browns
Later, after everyone had left, Kevin told us that “Cleveland Brown” was also slang for a woman who was incredibly good looking until you got to her face. Good to know.

12. J. D. Salinger
Most everyone got this. Because how many “reclusive authors” are (or now: were) there, anyway?

13. John Cusak
13 Bonus: Sell anything, buy anything or process anything.
I think this question would have been a bit harder if the bonus question hadn’t been there. Everyone got the question, no one got the bonus question.
14. Guy Fawkes Night
Julie, hailing from England, though living here for many years now, was one of the first to reply to my invitation. “Will I know any answers?” was her question. I said that I thought she would, and to sweeten the deal I would write a question that I knew she would know. Surprisingly, nearly every team knew this too. I guess more people are up on British holidays than I originally thought.
15. The Oregonian or Higgins.
I thought this might be a difficult one, but most teams consisted of people who knew me when I lived there. Joshin asked if I would have accepted “Gifford’s Flowers” as an answer. It’s the flower shop in the basement of the building. I said I would have. So if you answered Gifford’s Flowers, give yourself points.

Scoring: Two points for each question, one point for bonus. Total points possible this round: 11.

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Pub Quiz Questions 6-10

Questions 6-10 for the 10 Years in Portland Pub Quiz. Play along at home.

6. Oregon celebrated its centennial beginning February 14, 1959. Who was governor of the state at that time?

7. Cameron Crowe’s 1992 movie Singles captures the early 90s zeitgeist of a certain US city. Name the city.
Bonus: Which of the following people did NOT appear in the movie: Kyra Sedgewick, Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Eddie Vedder.
8. The alphabet district is named after prominent (male) Portlanders of the 19th century. Name five streets in the alphabet district. (Note that in the early 2000s it was officially decided that one of the alphabet streets would be named after the slave in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, although that was already the name of the street)
9. Abigail Scott Duniway came to Oregon in 1852 and spent the majority of her life working for women’s suffrage. In what year did she finally get to vote in an Oregon election? 1892, 1901, 1912, 1922
Bonus: Which prominent (male) Oregonian is she related to?
10. Patricia has lived in four states: Idaho, Missouri, Massachusetts & Oregon. Oregon is known as the Beaver State. What are the other states known as? Name two.
Bonus: Name all three
Answers be below!
6. Mark O. Hatfield
I thought that a number of people would get this because Hatfield died recently and there was a lot of coverage of his legacy. But only one group did.

7. Seattle
7 Bonus: Kate Hudson
This may have been the only question that every team got both the main question and the bonus question correct.
8. Ankeny, Burnside, Couch, Davis, Everett, Flanders, Glisan, Hoyt, Irving, Johnson, Kearney, Lovejoy, Marshall, Northrup, Overton, Pettygrove, Quimby, Raleigh, Savier, Thurman, Upshur, Vaugh, Wilson, York.
Every team could come up with at least five.
9. 1912 (Oregon became the seventh state to pass a women’s suffrage amendment.)
9 Bonus: Harvey Scott, editor of the Oregonian.
There were a lot of 1922 guesses. Since national women’s suffrage passed in 1920 with the 19th amendment, that would be be a bad guess. But that implies you know when the 19th Amendment passed. Which would probably mean that you were a history major.

Also, two teams wrote the answer to the bonus as “Scott” which was very clever on their part. I gave both of them the opportunity to tell me the rest of the Scott name and they could have the point. They both were abel to.
10. The Gem State, The Show Me State, The Bay State.
The genesis of this question? Here was my though process. “Oh! State names. Excellent. I can build it off of states I have lived in. Oregon, that one we will just tell people as they probably already know. Idaho. Tricky for people who haven’t lived in Idaho. Missouri, easy as it’s fairly unique. Then Massachusetts. The–. Huh. What the heck is Massachusetts?”

So not even the quiz master knew all the answers right off. After I looked it up, it was a duh moment. “Bay Staters” is a term used in Massachusetts like “Oregonian” is used in Oregon.

Score: Two points for each question answered correctly, one point for each bonus question answered correctly. Total points possible: 12. Post your scores below.

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Pub Quiz Questions 1-5

Pictures from the pub quiz are here, but below are the actual questions asked.

These are the first five questions (of twenty) from the Pub Quiz I hosted to celebrate 10 Years in Portland. How well would have you done? Would you have been an asset to your team? Answers below.
1. Bon Jovi’s album New Jersey produced five Billboard “top 10” singles, which is the most top 10 hits for a rock album to date. Name one of those singles.

Bonus: Name the New Jersey City John Bon Jovi called home. (Probably useless hint: the song “Raise your hands” from the album “Slippery When Wet” ends with the name of this city.) New York, Detroit, Vancouver, London, (insert name here)
2. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie Series of books chronicles the journey of the Ingalls family across frontier America. Laura, one of the characters in the books, as well as the author, had three sisters. Name all four Ingalls girls.
Bonus: Name the books in which the sisters first appear.
3. In 1946, 1967, 1975, & 1986 this American League Team lost the World Series. Name the Team.
4. In 1804, the Lewis & Clark expedition set off to map the Louisiana Territory. On their journey, they established relationships with two dozen indigenous tribes as well as wintering at what we now call the Oregon Coast. They brought with them mapping equipment, scientific materials, journals as well as a Newfoundland dog and a slave. Along the way they “hired” an Indian interpreter who gave birth along the journey. Name at least two of the following: the dog, the slave, the Indian interpreter, her baby. (Identify who was who: Robert the dog, Mary the slave etc.)
Bonus: Name all of them.

5. Currently, only one person has ever won an Academy Award for both writing and acting. Who was this person, who won for adapted screenplay in 1995 (from a book by Jane Austin) and won an acting award in 1993 in a movie based on an E.M. Forester novel.
Are you ready for answers?
Question 1: Bad Medicine, I’ll be there for you (both hit #1,) Born to be my Baby, Lay your Hands on Me, Living in Sin

Question 1 Bonus: Sayerville, New Jersey
Notes from the evening: Only one team (of five teams!) could correctly name ONE song from the New Jersey album. This astounding lack of knowledge about Bon Jovi has ensured that there will ALWAYS be a Bon Jovi question on every single pub quiz I write.

Question 2: Mary, Laura, Carrie, Grace
Notes from the evening: Every team could cough up Mary, Laura and Carrie, but only one team remembered Grace. Poor Grace. I’m guessing she wasn’t in the TV show?
Question 2 Bonus: Mary, Laura. Little House in the Big Woods. Carrie, Little House on the Prairie. Grace. By the Shores of Silver Lake.
(Note that there was a general hue and cry that Carrie was in the Little House in the Big Woods. I did a skimming of the book before the quiz to check my work and did not find her there, but if someone tells me a page number, I will retract this statement.)

Question 3: Boston Red Sox
An easy question for anyone who has spent any time in Boston, even if they are not a baseball fan.

Question 4: Seaman the dog, York the slave, Sacajawea the Indian Interpreter, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau a.k.a. Little Pomp, or Pompy, her baby.
There were enough “born in Idaho, Oregon or Washington” people to ensure that many teams got all of these.

Question 5: Emma Thompson. (Acting: Howards End, Writing: Sense & Sensibility)
Interesting guesses (all men) and one team got it right!

Score two points for each question and one point for each bonus question. Total points possible this page: 12.