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What’s Your QQ*? #415

(Published March 8, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle, Interactive version)

 

1. “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

 

A. Plato

B. Sarah Palin

C. Auguste Rodin

 

2.  “The world itself is but a large prison,out of which some are daily led to execution.”

 

A. Sir Edmund Hillary

B. Sir Paul McCartney

C. Sir Walter Raleigh

 

3. “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

 

A. Carl Sandburg

B. Britney Spears

C. John Dillinger

 

4. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

 

A. L. Frank Baum

B. J.R.R. Tolkien

C. J.D. Salinger

 

5. “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.”

 

A. Sylvia Browne

B. Sylvia Plath

C. Sylvia Panetta

 

6. “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Jack Nicholson

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

7. “A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

 

A. Lyndon B. Johnson

B. Al Gore

C. Millard Fillmore

 

8. “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/

And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.”

 

A. John Lennon

B. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

C. John Steinbeck

 

9. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.”

 

A. Steven Wright

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Mr. Magoo

 

10. “If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.”

 

A. Neil Patrick Harris

B. Neil Diamond

C. Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

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

 “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.” -Simon Newcomb (1888)

 (Newcomb, 1835-1909, was a Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, and co-founder of  the American Astronomical Society.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #401

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 30, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “A child should always say what’s true,/ And speak when he is spoken to,/ And behave mannerly at table;/ At least as far as he is able.”

 

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

B. W. C. Fields

C. Dr. Seuss

 

2. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”

 

A. Angelina Jolie

B. Manuel Noriega

C. Phyllis Diller

 

3. “I hate being placed on committees. They are always having meetings at which half are absent and the rest late.”

 

A. Dilbert

B. Harry Belafonte

C. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

4. “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Joyce Kilmer

C. Cyrus McCormick

 

5. “There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind, that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.”

 

A. Larry King

B. Michel de Montaigne

C. Rosie O’Donnell

 

6. “Words can be deceitful, but pantomime necessarily is simple, clear and direct.”

 

A. Teller

B. Marcel Marceau

C. Erica Jong

 

7. “Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio.”

 

A. Thomas Malthus

B. Isaac Newton

C. Garrison Keillor

 

8. “Because of their age-long training in human relations — for that is what feminine intuition really is — women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise.”

 

A. Agatha Christie

B. Bill Murray

C. Margaret Mead

 

9. “A man’s maturity–consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.”

 

A. James Buchanan

B. Friedrich Nietzsche

C. Macaulay Culkin

 

10. “I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.”

 

A. John Oliver

B. John Quincy Adams

C. John F. Kennedy

 

 

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

 

“Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.” – George Jean Nathan

 (Nathan, 1882-1958, was the leading American drama critic of his time.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #392

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published September 28, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

 

A. Ellen DeGeneres

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Bashar al-Assad

 

2. “Fame is a fickle food/ Upon a shifting plate.”

 

A. John Edwards

B. Ryan Seacrest

C. Emily Dickinson

 

3. “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

 

A. H.L. Mencken

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Lindsey Graham

 

4. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. ”

 

A. Richard Nixon

B. Thurston Howell III

C. Vince Lombardi

 

 5. “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

 

A. Anthony Weiner

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. Jillian Michaels

 

6. “When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

 

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. George Lopez

C. George Zimmerman

 

7. “Music begins to atrophy when it gets too far from the dance…poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.”

 

A. William Shakespeare

B. John Goodman

C. Ezra Pound

 

8. “Poems are made by fools like me,/ But only God can make a tree.”

 

A. Joyce Kilmer

B. Joyce Brothers

C. James Joyce

 

9. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Angelo Di Girolamo

C. Rand Paul

 

10. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

 

A. Timothy Leary

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

C. Nikita Khrushchev

 

 

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

“The college was not founded to give society what it wants.  Quite the contrary.”  — May Sarton

 (Sarton, 1912-1855, was an American poet, novelist and memoirist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #364

*Quotation Quotient

(Published March 16, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

A. F. Lee Bailey

B. F. Scott Fitzgerald

C. F. Murray Abraham

 

2. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

A. John  F. Kennedy

B. Al Bundy

C. H. G. Wells

 

3. “The longing for certainty… is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.”

A. Eartha Kitt

B. Oliver Wendell Holmes

C. Ring Lardner

 

4. “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

A. Theodore Roosevelt

B. Franklin Roosevelt

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

5. “It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work – the night watchman.”

A. Bruce Willis

B. Tallulah Bankhead

C. Marie Antoinette

 

6. “Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop bam boom.”

A. Mick Jagger

B. Pat Boone

C. Little Richard

 

7. “Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.”

A. Leonardo da Vinci

B. Robin Thicke

C. Stephen King

 

8. “I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.”

A. George M. Cohan

B. Margaret Mead

C. Noah Webster

 

9. “A cult is a religion with no political power.”

A. Pope Francis

B. Laura Ingalls Wilder

C. Tom Wolfe

 

10. “As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space–it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.”

A. Hubert H. Humphrey

B. Louis XVI

C. Neil Armstrong

 

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

 “There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves but strive to keep everything else so … their position is almost laughably hopeless.” – Odell Shepard

 (Shepard, 1884-1967, was an American professor, politician, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.)

 

 

 

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