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What’s Your QQ*? #409

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published January 25, 2015 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

 

1. “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

 

A. Douglas Adams

B. John Boehner

C. Leonard Hofstadter

 

2. “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”

 

A. Eddie Rickenbacker

B. Bob Hope

C. George Bernard Shaw

 

3. “The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.”

 

A. Wolfgang Puck

B. Mark Twain

C. John F. Kennedy

 

4. “Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.”

 

A. Fran Lebowitz

B. Dr. Benjamin Spock

C. Sir Isaac Newton

 

5. “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

 

A. Tom Hanks

B. Voltaire

C. Corporal Klinger

 

6. “The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”

 

A. Whitney Young

B. Neil Diamond

C. Cleopatra

 

7. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

 

A. Boris Pasternak

B. Lewis Carroll

C. Dr. Seuss

 

8. “It is a government of the people by the people for the people no longer; it is a government of corporations by corporations for corporations.”

 

A. Bob Dole

B. Louis Pasteur

C. Rutherford B. Hayes

 

9. “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

 

A. J. K. Rowling

B. P. J. O’Rourke

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

10. “Formula for success – rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

 

A. J. Paul Getty

B. Warren Buffett

C. George W. Bush

 

 

 

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

 

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” – Shirley Jackson

 (Jackson, 1916-1965, was known for her stories and novels of the supernatural.)

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What’s Your QQ*? #379

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published June 29, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

 

A. Indiana Jones

B. Georgia O’Keeffe

C. Tennessee Williams

 

2. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

 

A. Cliff Clavin

B. Cliff Huxtable

C. Aldous Huxley

 

3. “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

 

A. Jeb Bush

B. Charles de Gaulle

C. Ann B. Davis

 

4. “Thou driftest gently down the tides of sleep.”

 

A. Lewis Carroll

B. Robinson Crusoe

C. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

5. “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

 

A. Voltaire

B. Marcus Welby

C. Jefferson Davis

 

6. “Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.”

 

A. George Bernard Shaw

B. George Washington Carver

C. George Armstrong Custer

 

7. “There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.”

 

A. Dennis Mitchell

B. Al Capone

C. G. K. Chesterton

 

8. “Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,/ Far, far away,/ Dere’s wha my heart is turning ebber,/ Dere’s wha de old folks stay.”

 

A. Stephen Foster

B. George Will

C. Kenny Rogers

 

9. “A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.”

 

A. Albert Camus

B. Gore Vidal

C. Kim Kardashian

 

10. “Sex: In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.”

 

A. Aristotle

B. Marlene Dietrich

C. Benjamin Netanyahu

 

 

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

 

 “Every scene, even the commonest, is wonderful, if only one can detach oneself, casting off all memory of use and custom and behold it, as it were, for the first time.” –Arnold Bennett

 (Bennett, 1867-1931, was an English novelist and dramatist.)

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #372

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published May 11, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.”

A. Gerald Ford

B. Coco Chanel

C. Amelia Earhart

 

2. “Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”

A. Voltaire

B. Gustav Mahler

C. Dr. Mehmet Oz

 

3. “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”

A. William Shakespeare

B. Carl Jung

C. Cinderella

 

4. “I am the people–the mob–the crowd–the mass./ Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?”

A. Mormon Tabernacle Choir

B. Jane Austen

C. Carl Sandburg

 

5. “Fake food – I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut – is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking.”

A. Julia Child

B. Paula Deen

C. Jimmy Dean

 

6. “If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work.”

A. Robert McNamara

B. Spock

C. Jacques Cousteau

 

7. “The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery.”

A. Eugene Debs

B. Clyde Barrow

C. Charles Koch

 

8. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.”

A. Yo-Yo Ma

B. Helen Keller

C. Joseph McCarthy

 

9. “Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor is provided to console him from what he is.”

A. Jerry Seinfeld

B. George Washington

C. Oscar Wilde

 

10. “There can’t be a crisis next week, my schedule is already full.”

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Henry David Thoreau

C. Henry Ford

 

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

 “Laugh, and the world laughs with you;/ Weep, and you weep alone.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 (Wilcox, 1850-1919, was an American author and poet.)

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #356

*Quotation Quotient

  (Published January 19, 2014 in the Monterey County Herald.)

1. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

A. H. G. Wells

B. Miguel de Cervantes

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

2. “My apple trees will never get across/ And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him./ He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.'”

A. Robert De Niro

B. Robert Mapplethorpe

C. Robert Frost

 

3. “Control over change would seem to consist in moving not with it, but ahead of it.”

A. Marshall McLuhan

B. Edgar Allan Poe

C. Homer Simpson

 

4. “Tar-Baby ain’t sayin’ nuthin’, en Brer Fox he lay low.”

A. Margaret Mitchell

B. Joel Chandler Harris

C. Sesame Street

 

5. “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Voltaire

C. Luke Skywalker

 

6. “Too often I find that the volume of paper expands to fill the available briefcases”

A. Chris Brown

B. Molly Brown

C. Jerry Brown

 

7. “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A. Harper Lee

B. Leonardo DiCaprio

C. Mark Twain

 

8. “When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.”

A. Herman Munster

B. Herman’s Hermits

C. Hermann Hesse

 

9.They paved paradise/ And put up a parking lot.”

A. Joni Mitchell

B. Chris Christie

C. Joan Baez

 

10. “The security we profess to seek in foreign adventures, we will lose in our decaying cities.”

A. Bill de Blasio

B. Martin Luther King, Jr.

C. James Madison

 

 

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

 

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

 (Hall, 1868-1956, wrote a biography of Voltaire, in which she wrote those words as an illustration of his beliefs.)

 

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