Nihilanth 2011 - finals with answers


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Nihilanth 2011 - finals with answers

  1. 1.  An IIM Calcutta Presentation QM: Satyajit Chetri
  2. 2.  12 questions 2 points per correct answer.
  3. 3.  The following lines written in 1590 by Sir Edmund Spenser from Book 3 of his epic The Faerie Queene: o It was upon a Sommers shynie day, o When Titan faire his beames did display, o In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew, o She bathd her brest, the boyling heat tallay; o She bathd with ____ ____, and ___ ____ , o And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.
  4. 4.  Roses red, violets blue.
  5. 5.  Connect..
  6. 6.  Connect..
  7. 7.  Composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s (partial) filmography: o Amores perros (2000) o The Insider (1999) o 21 Grams (2003) o Brokeback Mountain (2005) Winner, Academy Award for Original Music Score o Babel (2006) Academy Award for Original Music Score o Into the Wild (2007) His first release for the year 2011 is due to release on January 21.
  8. 8.  The PrimeSensor design includes an advanced visual data processing middleware optimized for mass-market CE products called NITE, which provides the algorithmic framework for the development of rich natural interaction applications. The product portfolio contains the PrimeSensor Reference Design, PrimeSense SoC, which acts as the backend SoC for the entire system. Why is this technology developed by an Israeli company in the news in 2010?
  9. 9.  Identify the person in the centre.
  10. 10.  Charles Perrault
  11. 11.  Punchtantra -- Value Statements on Business and Life Management has been written by P C Balasubramanian, and Raja Krishnamoorthy, both involved in human resources for different organizations. The book examines a bunch of guidelines, the tag-line being: o From a coolie to a CEO, from a small time entrepreneur to a big business man, these simple yet insightful lines have been quoted by many to communicate their views in a simple but powerful manner!. What is this book all about?
  12. 12.  German Expressionist Cinema
  13. 13.  Chogyal Palace, Sikkim. Satyajit Ray’s Sikkim was screened this year, after a government ban was withdrawn for the first time.
  14. 14.  The word trompe loeil is French for deceive the eye, an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions. Joanne Gair painted this famous example at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood in a week-long stint, using a pinstriped three-piece as reference. Despite accusations of plagiarism, critics compared it to Botticellis works such as Primavera. What famous painting?
  15. 15.  Identify the person on the bed. Why is Akshay Kumar visiting him?
  16. 16.  R K Laxman. Part of the promotion for Khatta Meetha, where Akshay Kumar plays the Common Man. (insert eye-roll here)
  17. 17.  16 visuals. Non-exhaustive ( I had to pick and choose, ok? ) Please write down what you see, because after the theme is out, bonus points for identifying the individual connects. The points you stand to make, and lose, are included in every slide.
  18. 18.  Movies titles that are different from the books they are based on.
  19. 19.  This is where you are supposed to write them down. One bonus point if you mention which two movies are based on books by the same author. Two more bonus points if you mention the name of the author.
  20. 20. Movie BookVinyl Clockwork OrangeStand By Me The BodyMillion Dollar Baby Rope BurnsSchindler’s List Schindler’s ArkBlade Runner Do Androids Dream of Electric SheepApocalypse Now Heart of DarknessGoodfellas The Wiseguys21 Bringing Down The HouseClueless EmmaPrecious PushThere Will Be Blood Oil!The King and I Anna and the King of SiamWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryDie Hard Nothing Lasts ForeverManhunter Red DragonSocial Network Accidental Billionaires
  21. 21.  7 questions. Exhaustive. The theme however is not an ‘ent’ variable. Normal 2 points for cracking the directs. Theme points shown on the slide.
  22. 22.  A very hard, clean sliver of wood had been treated by fire and herbs and was slid down so that it just entered the hole in my head. I felt a stinging, tickling sensation.…. Suddenly there was a blinding flash. For a moment the pain was intense. It diminished, died and was replaced by spirals of colour. As the projecting sliver was being bound into place so that it could not move, the Lama Mingyar Dondup turned to me and said:" You are now one of us, ____. For the rest of your life you will see people as they are and not as they pretend to be. Excerpt that describes a process, from a book that bears the title of the process. What book?
  23. 23.  The Third Eye, by T Lobsang Rampa.
  24. 24.  Two sisters, who performed at Mumbai and Delhi in late November/early December. Identify.
  25. 25.  Tegan and Sara.
  26. 26. Heimdall, according to Norse Myth, is also known as the WhiteGod. He possesses the resounding horn Gjallarhorn, owns thegolden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth, and is the sonof Nine Mothers. Heimdallr is attested as possessingforeknowledge, keen eyesight and hearing, and keeps watchfor the onset of Ragnarök while drinking fine mead where therainbow bridge meets heaven.The Council of Conservative Citizens in the USA is supporting aBOYCOTT THOR website because of something about theupcoming Thor movie. What?
  27. 27.  The White God is being played by a black guy.
  28. 28.  Christina Ricci
  29. 29.  Danish singer Sannie Charlotte Carlson peaked with a chartbusting single in 1994, under a single-word pseudonym ____ that she used as a tribute to her piano teacher, went on to publish 4 albums that have the same name (as versions I, II, III and IV). She has since changed her performance name to Naan, and has written and sung dance songs with Benny Benassi and DJ Favretto. What was the pseudonym she’s most known for?
  30. 30.  Whigfield
  31. 31.  This practice was started in American newspapers in the early part of the 20th century to showcase a new technology. Examples of strips that adopted it are The Phantom, Buz Sawyer, Gasoline Alley and Terry and the Pirates. Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant was a slight exception – it was however the last of its kind until 1970. Strips like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes utilized a variant, because of their popularity, but all in all, ads killed this practice, even though some historians attribute its loss to WWII shortages. What practice?
  32. 32.  The full-page newspaper comic strip
  33. 33.  The character appears in the last few minutes of the first movie, and then becomes the primary antagonist for nine movies that follow? The most memorable artifact associated with the character was introduced in the third movie, and it would go on to become one of the most recognizable elements of pop culture. Identify the franchise and the character.
  34. 34.  Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees.
  35. 35.  Days of the week. T Lobsang Rampa’s full name is Tuesday Lobsang Rampa. Tegan and Sara are singing the song Monday Monday Monday Thor - Thursday Ms Ricci plays Wednesday Addams in the Addams family. Whigfield’s most famous hit was Saturday Night. The full page strip appeared in color on Sundays, hence also called the Sunday strip You want me to connect Friday the 13th to the theme? Really?
  36. 36. The movie is a sleeper hit of 2009, and the singer is theactress herself, who fronts a band called She & Him.Identify the movie and the original singer of the song.
  37. 37. ID artist, and what’s the song about? ( It’s called ‘D.O.A’)
  38. 38.  What the eff is going on here? ( song + funda)
  39. 39.  _____ are the friends who sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay. Theyre the people who wear t-shirts silk-screened with quotes from movies youve never heard of and the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer. They sport cowboy hats and berets and think Kanye West stole their sunglasses. Everything about them is exactingly constructed to give off the vibe that they just dont care. Time magazine, 2009.
  40. 40.  This is an iconic photo of an 80s band who are known for performing their live shows this way.
  41. 41. 1. Romantic comedies Zoeey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer2. Actors who are not really actors Santosh Sivan3. Biopics Edith Piaf, Inception4. Electronic bands from the 80s Kraftwerk5. Contemporary Hip hop Jay Z, Auto-Tune6. Poster plagiarism Anjaana Anjaani7. Silent films Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton8. Enterminology Hipsters9. Weird Indian music Aruhc Ayil – Chura Liya in reverse.
  42. 42.  12 questions 2 points per correct answer. Yeah, that’s about it.
  43. 43.  Director D and composer X: So when we were scouting we found out the whole idea of the Henley Royal Regatta was based on an Edwardian- period garden party. I didnt know anything about Edwardian-period garden parties, so I called sound designer Ren Klyce and asked him for an example of an Edwardian composer. Ironically, we ended up with __ ___ __ __ __ ____ ____. First, I was too embarrassed to call X about it. [laughs] But then I asked him, "What do you think about doing like a Wendy Carlos version of __ __ ___ __ ___ ____ _____?" And it was off my plate.
  44. 44.  David Fincher, Trent Reznor. Talking about adapting In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg as part of the rowboat sequence in The Social Network.
  45. 45.  One of X’s last appearances in the Hindi film industry was in Manorama Six Feet Under as self. Recently back in the limelight because of the NGO Child Reach International, after working on an album due to release in 2011.
  46. 46.  The term ______ originated in the 1780s and means two different things in German & French. In German it means – a passage of opera with music In French it means – a passage in which characters say nothing but the music conveys/says everything.
  47. 47.  Melodrama
  48. 48.  This is a track called ‘Baba Yetu’, by composer Christopher Tin. It was nominated for a Grammy this year. What’s the significance of the nomination?
  49. 49.  The title track of Civilization 4. The first piece of music composed for a video game to be nominated for a Grammy under any category.
  50. 50.  The Aurora Teagarden series, where a professional librarian belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. The Lily Bard series, a series of mysteries set in the town of Shakespeare, Alabama. _______ The Harper Connelly series, where a 24-year old girl has the ability to detect dead people.
  51. 51.  Which character took his name from the title of this song? ( the character wore this band’s T-shirt in the movie adaptation)
  52. 52.  What is this sequence a tribute to?
  53. 53. 1. genus Geococcyx of the cuckoo family, Cuculidae, native to North and Central America.2. Skull of the Canis latrans.
  54. 54.  Graphic novels by an NY Times best-selling author, whose first novel was made into a movie starring Eric Bana, and her second book Her Fearful Symmetry, got a $5 million advance.
  55. 55.  Someone reciting a poem by someone else. Identify both.
  56. 56.  Where would you hear this? Who’s singing? Original singer?
  57. 57.  Liza Minelli covering Beyonce Knowles in Sex and the City 2. Yes, there was a Sex and the City question in Nihilanth. Deal with it.
  58. 58.  What’s the missing item in the middle? What’s the connect?
  59. 59.  Larry David.
  60. 60.  X was fired from Disney in 1994, and began working on an animated movie Y on a same topic as something already in production Z, with the release date of Y scheduled to Ocober 1998, to spite Disney. X offered to stop development of Y if Disney moved the release date of Z, which was coming out opposite another release from his company. Disney refused, Y came out before Z, but Z still managed a higher profit. ID X, Y, and Z.
  61. 61.  Sai Paranjype’s Katha
  62. 62.  I could not get a question, so here’s a visual instead, which connects to the theme.
  63. 63.  Designs for Prada by an artist. Name the artist.
  64. 64.  James Jean
  65. 65.  Aesop’s Fables