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What’s Your QQ*? #398

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 9, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones”

 

A. Renée Zellweger

B. John Lennon

C. Christopher Columbus

 

2. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

 

A. Thurgood Marshall

B. Stephen Colbert

C. Aristotle

 

3. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

 

A. Count Basie

B. Arthur Fonzarelli

C. Albert Einstein

 

4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

 

A. Plato

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Edmund Hillary

 

5. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  

 

A. Betsy Ross

B. Winston Churchill

C. Vincent Van Gogh

 

6. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

 

A. Margaret Sanger

B. Margaret Mitchell

C. Margaret Thatcher

 

7. “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

 

A. James K. Polk

B. Donald Trump

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

8. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

 

A. John Maynard Keynes

B. Bill Nye

C. Orville Redenbacher

 

9. “She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.”

 

A. Gypsy Rose Lee

B. Matthew McConaughey

C. Madison Bumgarner

 

10. “The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.”

 

A. Jerry Brown

B. Napoleon Bonaparte

C. Andy Warhol

 

 

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-C , 4-A , 5-B , 6-A , 7-C , 8-B , 9-A , 10-C

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

 (Furtick, b. 1980, is a North Carolina pastor and author.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #397

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 2, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

 

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Charlton Heston

C. Jimmy Carter

 

2. “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

 

A. Gustav Mahler

B. Michael Jordan

C. Thomas Edison

 

3. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

 

A. Art Garfunkel

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Al Gore

 

4. “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Barbara Walters

C. Sanjay Gupta

 

5. “Come away, O human child!/ To the waters and the wild/ With a faery, hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”

 

A. W. B. Yeats

B. Maya Angelou

C. Lewis Carroll

 

6. “What’s done to children, they will do to society.”

 

A. Art Linkletter

B. Marie Antoinette

C. Karl A. Menninger

 

7. “Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.”

 

A. Naomi Klein

B. Franklin D. Roosevelt

C. Neil Simon

 

8. “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”

 

A. Fiorello LaGuardia

B. Erma Bombeck

C. Imelda Marcos

 

9. “Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”

 

A. Benjamin Harrison

B. Benjamin Netanyahu

C. Benjamin Disraeli

 

10. “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.”

 

A. Chris Christie

B. Otto von Bismarck

C. Mariah Carey

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-B , 4-A , 5-A , 6-C , 7-A , 8-B , 9-C , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 BONUS QUOTE:

 “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”  ― David Foster Wallace

 (Wallace, 1962-2008, was an American writer, best known for his novel “Infinite Jest.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #378

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 22, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “If your train’s on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.”

A. Sir Isaac Newton

B. Bernard Malamud

C. Casey Jones

 

2. “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”

A. Bertrand Russell

B. Auguste Rodin

C. Henry Kissinger

 

3. “Quoth the Raven ‘Nevermore.’”

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Edgar Cayce

C. Edgar Degas

 

4. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

A. Lex Luthor

B. Mark Twain

C. Andrew Jackson

 

5. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

A. Rube Goldberg

B. William Randolph Hearst

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

6. “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

A. David Gregory

B. Noam Chomsky

C. Lucille Ball

 

7. “Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”

A. Katharine Hepburn

B. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

C. Drew Barrymore

 

8. “What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?”

A. Boz Scaggs

B. Neil deGrasse Tyson

C. George Carlin

 

9. “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.”

A. Frank Gore

B. Al Gore

C. Lesley Gore

 

10. “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Casey Kasem

C. George Washington

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-A , 4-B , 5-C , 6-B , 7-A , 8-C , 9-C , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q=Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “One can judge a civilization by the way it treats its women.” – Helen Foster Snow

(Snow, 1907-1997, was an American journalist who lived and reported from China in the turbulent 1930s.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #376

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 8, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

A. Hannibal Lecter

B. Maya Angelou

C. Ron Weasley

 

2. “Nothing can be more useful to a man than the determination not to be hurried.”

A. Justin Timberlake

B. Arnold Schwarzenegger

C. Henry David Thoreau

 

3. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

A. Isaac Newton

B. Isaac Asimov

C. Isaac Hayes

 

4. “The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”

A. Marilyn Monroe

B. James Monroe

C. James Madison

 

5. “Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.”

A. Alan Watts

B. Beatrix Potter

C. Al Gore

 

6. “It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.”

A. Carl Sagan

B. Carl Sandburg

C. Carl Karcher

 

7. “Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children

to spend their weekends with?”

A. Sandra Bullock

B. Kate Middleton

C. Rita Rudner

 

8. “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters/ Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.”

A. Arthur Murray

B. W.H. Auden

C. Jane Fonda

 

9. “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”

A. Dwight Eisenhower

B. Babe Ruth

C. Theodore Roosevelt

 

10. “God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.”

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Joel Osteen

C. Walt Disney

 

 

Answers: 1-B, 2-C , 3-B , 4-B , 5-A , 6-A , 7-C , 8-B , 9-C , 10-A

 

Scoring:              10–QQQQ = Quote-Master  

(number correct)    8-9–QQQ = Scholar                      

                                  6-7–QQ = Literate

                                 4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                0-3–No Q=Quote-Dunce

BONUS QUOTE:

 “All sweeping assertions are erroneous.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

 (Landon, 1802-1838, was an English poet and novelist.)

 

 

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