mighty fine trivia by James Callan

Tag: t.s. eliot

Quiz: Fin (Questions about endings, finales, conclusions, etc.)

Questions about endings, finales, conclusions, etc.

  1. What poem concludes with the lines “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till human voices wake us, and we drown”?
  2. What’s the popular name for the performance of the Catholic sacraments the Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament of Penance, and/or Viaticum?
  3. ITunes downloads of the 1971 Badfinger song “Baby Blue” increased 2981% after it played over the final moments of the final episode of what TV series?
  4. What company took its inspirational tagline from Gary Gilmore’s last words before being executed by firing squad in 1977?
  5. What DC superhero was presumed dead after being shot by Omega Beams in Final Crisis, though it turns out he’d just been unstuck in time like a goddamn Kurt Vonnegut protagonist?
  6. Muhammed Ali lost his last two professional fights, against Larry Holmes and Trevor Burbick. His final victory came in 1978, when he reclaimed the World Heavyweight title for a third time after defeating who?
  7. Native American chief Uncas, who appears alongside Natty Bumppo, is technically the title character of what classic American novel of the French and Indian War?
  8. What TV series ended when the mysterious and wily Fred Johnson confessed to a murder before falling to his death at an amusement park?
  9. What New York Times bestseller was based on computer science professor Randy Pausch’s lecture Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams?
  10. For a half point each, who are the two monsters at the end of the Sesame Street sequel Another Monster at the End of This Book?


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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on Nov. 18, 2008
Average score: 6.47/10 (15 teams)

Given three definitions, find the one term that fits them all.

Something you’d see on a slot machine, a U2 song, and a name you’ll hear on Must-See Thursday: Lemon

1) Part of an engine, a Chuck Palahniuk novel, and what the Patriots did in Super Bowl LXII

2) A Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album, paramnesia, and home of 1000s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones

3) A Radiohead song, a project management hazard, and the Committee to Re-elect the President

4) A kind of bowl, a kind of bunny, and the source of T.S. Eliot’s fear

5) An infantry weapon, a freshwater fish, and a starfleet captain

6) The fictional criminal agency opposed by MASK, a toxin, and a Topher Grace role

7) Mr. Wilson, a cocktail that includes an egg, and a somersault

8) Burt Reynolds’ autobiography, a Michael Keaton film, and a presidential autobiography

9) A Cirque du Soleil show, a hug, and Mr. Henry

10) A key, a Prime Minister, and a resident of Fawlty Towers

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Quiz: The End of the World

1) According to Christian tradition, which apostle wrote the Book of Revelation?
2) Which Stephen King novel was his self-described attempt to “do the Lord of the Rings with an American background”?
3) What bestselling series of novels, named after the first book in the series, includes Tribulation Force, Soul Harvest, The Indwelling, Armageddon, and Kingdom Come?
4) After writing his post-apocalyptic novel The Road, Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer Prize and had his first television interview. Who interviewed him?
5) What movie ends with these lines: “You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
6) What 1983 foreign-language song did VH1 select as #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders?
7) R.E.M.’s song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” mentions four famous people with the initials LB. Name two of them.
8) Henry Bemis had all the time he wanted to read — but now he’s “just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself.” What ironic thing happened to Henry Bemis that inspired these closing comments on The Twilight Zone?
9) “This is the way the world ends / not with a bang but a whimper” are the last lines of what TS Eliot poem?
10) In May of this year, CBS canceled Jericho. To protest, fans sent over 20 tons of what to CBS headquarters?
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