Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Geeky Quizzes

One of the perks of summer vacation is going to Monday Night Trivia again. Rachel, Brian, Jenni, and I have gone twice in a row and we're doing pretty good, considering the hiatus. We tied for first place with two other teams this week. I was elected to go duke it out when the tie-breaker category of "The Bible" was announced. The quizmaster tried to consul us later when she came to take our 3rd place pictures. "I saw you were writing out the whole name. You should never do that. You had it first, but you were still writing when the other guy held up 'John the B.'"

Boo, I say!

Last week, the first time back, started off shaky with an entire round about sports. Outrageous, we declared, since the name of the game is in fact Geeks Who Drink.

We made up for it, though, when they declared a Shakespeare round. Boo-yah! Jenni's friend who had joined us that evening was nervous about that round, but Brian and Rachel assured her that I was all over that.

Heck yeah, I was. If anything, it was too easy. The goal was to name the play based on the overly-simplified plot summary. After the eight normal questions I took the score sheet up to the quizmaster for the bonus round. I was pretty sure what the answer would be, since one of the biggies had not been mentioned so far. "Damn, you write fast!" one of the other contenders said as I went back to the table to tell Brian to order the free drink I had just won him. I told my teammates that I had actually gotten the answer from the first two words of the clue - "An old".

Which led me to speculate about other one-word play summaries for Shakespeare. Which led me to make an online quiz about it, because I know many of you are fellow geeks who would probably get a kick out of such a thing.

How'd you do? Any suggestions for the plays I missed?

P.S. While I was working on mine, Rachel started writing her own quiz:

Over-achiever academics? Us? Nah.

1 comment:

  1. Some comments on Rachel's test:

    1) I should not be marked wrong for including only one "L" in Giselle.

    2) I should not be marked wrong for including "The" in "The Nutcracker" (I think that's the proper full name of the piece anyway; at least, in English).

    3) The Firebird is not a classical 19th Century ballet (it premiered in 1910), so it shouldn't be included in this test -- or the instructions should be rewritten to accurately reflect the universe of correct answers.