Czech Trivia
A Guide to Czech History
and Culture for the Casual
Conversationalist

2004
East Europeans have a sharp
sense of history, and foreign
visitors who do not know
something of that history will be
found...
Which of these is not a
distinct region of the Czech
Republic?
a) Bohemia b) Lusatia

c) Moravia

d) Silesia

1.
b) Lusatia / Sorbia
Lusatia/Sorbia

Silesia
Lusatia and Silesia
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Lusatia (Lausitz): region in
southern Brandenburg, eastern
Saxony and western Poland where
a wes...
The symphonic poem My
Country by Smetana does not
describe…
a) women’s lib
d) a castle

b) a river
e) a sea

c) a mountain...
e) a sea
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Czech Republic is a landlocked country;
thus no sea in My Country
Czechs have always been fascinated by
the...
My Country
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Vyšehrad (the castle)
Vltava (the river)
Šárka (women‟s liberation)
Z českých luhů a hájů (fields...
What year was the oldest
university in Central Europe
established?
a) 863

b) 1348

c) 1415

d) 1620

3.
b) 1348
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863 – Cyril and Methodius came to Great
Moravia with a Christian mission from
Constantinople and brought litera...
Charles IV.
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Holy Roman emperor (1355–78) and
founder of Charles University (1348).
Under his rule, Czech lands were the...
Jan Hus


Reform preacher and linguist, author of
modern Czech spelling. Burned at the
stake for heresy. Inspired the Hus...
Jan Ţiţka
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Successful military leader of the
Hussite forces. Under him, Czech
rebels defeated crusaders sent by the
R...
Jan Ámos
Komenský
(Comenius)
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*1592 - †1670
Famous educator and bishop of the
Czech Brethren, sometimes
nicknamed the ...
Orbis Pictus
Which of these words did not
originate in the Czech lands?
a) robot

b) kindergarten

c) pistol

d) dollar

4.
b) kindergarten
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robot – First coined by a Czech novelist,
Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. Derived from
Czech word robota...
Dollar’s
Predecessor from
1525
Which one of these important
people of Czech history was a
writer?
a) Čapek

b) Dvořák

c) Ţiţka

d) Masaryk

5.
a) Karel Čapek
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Karel Čapek – Leading novelist and playwright
of the „First Republic‟. Coined the word „robot‟ in
his 19...
Czech Composers



Antonín Dvořák

“From the New World” was
composed during Dvořák‟s
stay in the USA. It was first
perfor...
Czech Pre-War
Writers


Jaroslav Hašek
(1883-1923)
Writer and journalist.
Wrote satirical short
stories. During WWI
took ...
Czech Post-War
Writers



Josef Škvorecký (*1924)
Emigrated after 1968.
Currently lives in
Canada. Started and
runs publi...
What year was
Czechoslovakia founded?
a) 1948

b) 1968

c) 1938

d) 1918

6.
d) 1918
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1918 – Foundation of Czechoslovakia after the
collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
1938 – Czechosl...
Masaryk and 1918
1938 - 1945
1948
1968

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1968 – bullet-riddled National Museum after an
overnight invasion of the allied forces of the
Warsaw Pact on Augu...
1989


On November 17, 1989 the police brutally attacked a
student demonstration in downtown Prague.



This resulted in...
Velvet Revolution in
Motion

The Demonstration...

…and its results.
Picture a Revolution!
Which of these political
parties is currently not in
government?
a) Civic Democrats
c) Christian Democrats

b) Social Demo...
a) Civic Democrats
The outgoing government was
composed of a coalition of:



Social Democrats



Christian Democrats

...
Which of these personalities of
Czech culture and science did
not receive the Nobel Prize?
a) Jaroslav Seifert

b) Otto Wi...
b) Wichterle and d) Hrozný



Jaroslav Seifert
(1901-1986)

1984: Nobel Prize for
literature

Jaroslav Heyrovský
(1890 – ...
Famous Czech
Scientists



Otto Wichterle
(1913 – 1998)

Inventor of substance from which
contact lenses are made as well...
Which one of these Czech
sporting heroes is still
professionally active?
a) Emil Zátopek

b) Věra Čáslavská
c) Martina Nav...
c) Martina Navrátilová
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Former number 1 of World Tennis

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Multiple Wimbledon winner

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Took part in 2004 Semifinals
d...
Czech Sporting
Heroes


Emil Zátopek

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Long-distance runner:
multiple Olympic winner;
1952: the only person in
history ...
Recent Czech
Sporting Successes
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Football (Soccer)
Canoeing
Javelin
Ice Hockey
Decathlon
Acrobatic ski
jumpin...
Which two of these famous
people were born in the Czech
lands?
a) John Kerry

b) Madeleine Albright
c) Miloš Forman

d) An...
b) Albright and c) Forman
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Andy Warhol was born in Slovakia.

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John Kerry was born in the US but his
ancestors come fr...
Find 10 famous Czechs
in this puzzle
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Thanks for your
attention!
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  • Quiz Explained Marketa, Dominik and Jerome will guide you through the quiz with the aid of ultra-modern technology. In case you don’t know already, Jerome is the patron of the CHP (Collegium Hieronymi Pragesis). He was a Czech reformist priest of the 15th century, burned at the stake for his preaching. He was well known throughout Europe after having studied and lectured at European universities such as: Sorbonne in Paris, Heidleberg, Vienna, Jerusalem, Cologn, Oxford. Marketa and Dominik are less well known but who knows what the future has in store for us… especially Marketa is well known for her aversion to being burned at stake despite the fame it may bring in later years. Procedure We will go step by step through the quiz. After each question we will take a poll of your guesses. Then we’ll give you the correct answer. You will add up your score yourself. We will also give you some background for each point on the quiz.
  • Czech Culture And History Presentation (2004)

    1. 1. Czech Trivia A Guide to Czech History and Culture for the Casual Conversationalist 2004
    2. 2. East Europeans have a sharp sense of history, and foreign visitors who do not know something of that history will be found wanting. Visitors to the region will find it prudent to learn something of that history and how it has shaped the characters of the people they will encounter. Yale Richmond, From Yes to Da
    3. 3. Which of these is not a distinct region of the Czech Republic? a) Bohemia b) Lusatia c) Moravia d) Silesia 1.
    4. 4. b) Lusatia / Sorbia Lusatia/Sorbia Silesia
    5. 5. Lusatia and Silesia   Lusatia (Lausitz): region in southern Brandenburg, eastern Saxony and western Poland where a west-Slavonic language (Sorbian or Wendish) is spoken by up to 100.000 people Silesia: mostly a part of Poland but a tip extends into northern Moravia where some Silesian (Polish dialect) is spoken
    6. 6. The symphonic poem My Country by Smetana does not describe… a) women’s lib d) a castle b) a river e) a sea c) a mountain f) fields and woods 2.
    7. 7. e) a sea   Czech Republic is a landlocked country; thus no sea in My Country Czechs have always been fascinated by the sea: Czech national greeting is Ahoj (from the naval ahoy!)  Richard Konkolski was the first person from a landlocked country to circumnavigate the world single-handed (only 37th in total) 
    8. 8. My Country       Vyšehrad (the castle) Vltava (the river) Šárka (women‟s liberation) Z českých luhů a hájů (fields and woods) Tábor (mountain) Blaník (mountain)
    9. 9. What year was the oldest university in Central Europe established? a) 863 b) 1348 c) 1415 d) 1620 3.
    10. 10. b) 1348  863 – Cyril and Methodius came to Great Moravia with a Christian mission from Constantinople and brought literacy to the Slavs.  1415 – Jan Hus, a popular preacher, reformer and a follower of Wyclif was burned at the stake.  1620 – A battle of White Mountain started the 30-year war and ushered in “300 years of darkness” (i.e. Hapsburg rule over Czech lands).
    11. 11. Charles IV.  Holy Roman emperor (1355–78) and founder of Charles University (1348). Under his rule, Czech lands were the political and cultural center of Europe. Map of Europe of that time
    12. 12. Jan Hus  Reform preacher and linguist, author of modern Czech spelling. Burned at the stake for heresy. Inspired the Hussite movement.
    13. 13. Jan Ţiţka   Successful military leader of the Hussite forces. Under him, Czech rebels defeated crusaders sent by the Roman emperor. Famous for directing battles despite his blindness. Became a symbol of Czech ingenuity and independence.
    14. 14. Jan Ámos Komenský (Comenius)   *1592 - †1670 Famous educator and bishop of the Czech Brethren, sometimes nicknamed the „Teacher of nations‟. Wrote the first modern compendium of pedagogy. Was exiled during 30Year War and worked on the educational systems of Sweden and Holland.
    15. 15. Orbis Pictus
    16. 16. Which of these words did not originate in the Czech lands? a) robot b) kindergarten c) pistol d) dollar 4.
    17. 17. b) kindergarten  robot – First coined by a Czech novelist, Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. Derived from Czech word robota meaning forced labor.  pistol – From Czech word píšťala flute, a name of a deadly canon-like weapon used by the Hussite fighters in the 15th century.  dollar – Adopted from German (Tahler) name of coins produced from the silver mines of Jáchymov.
    18. 18. Dollar’s Predecessor from 1525
    19. 19. Which one of these important people of Czech history was a writer? a) Čapek b) Dvořák c) Ţiţka d) Masaryk 5.
    20. 20. a) Karel Čapek  Karel Čapek – Leading novelist and playwright of the „First Republic‟. Coined the word „robot‟ in his 1921 play „R.U.R.‟  Antonín Dvořák – World-famous composer. Spent several years in the United States, where he wrote his most famous symphony „From the New World‟.  Jan Žižka –Military leader of the Hussite forces. Under him, Czech rebels defeated crusaders sent by the Holy Roman emperor.
    21. 21. Czech Composers  Antonín Dvořák “From the New World” was composed during Dvořák‟s stay in the USA. It was first performed at Carnegie Hall in 1893.  Bedřich Smetana Symphonic poem Šárka, part of the popular My Country cycle, depicts a mythical Czech story of women fighting men.
    22. 22. Czech Pre-War Writers  Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923) Writer and journalist. Wrote satirical short stories. During WWI took part in the Russian Revolution. Creator of “Good Soldier Švejk” a popular satire from WWI translated into many over 20 languages including English.  Karel Čapek (1890-1938) Writer, journalist and playwright. His 1928 sci-fi drama R.U.R. first used the word robot. His other works include War of the Newts, White Plague, The Macropulos Thing, Krakatit.
    23. 23. Czech Post-War Writers  Josef Škvorecký (*1924) Emigrated after 1968. Currently lives in Canada. Started and runs publishing firm 68‟Publishers. Major works: The Cowards, Sins for Father Knox, Swell Season, Tank Platoon.  Bohumil Hrabal (1914-97) Major works: I Served the King of England, Larks on a String, Closely Watched Trains, Too Loud a Solitude.  Milan Kundera (*1929) Emigrated after 1968. Currently lives in France. Wrote his last novel in French. Major works: The Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Laughable Loves, Immortality.
    24. 24. What year was Czechoslovakia founded? a) 1948 b) 1968 c) 1938 d) 1918 6.
    25. 25. d) 1918     1918 – Foundation of Czechoslovakia after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 1938 – Czechoslovakia loses part of its teritory to Germany after the Munich Treaty. Slovakia breaks off, start of the so-called „Second Republic‟. 1948 – Communist government takes power for 41 years. 1968 – Prague reforms stopped by invasion of allied armies of East-Bloc countries.
    26. 26. Masaryk and 1918
    27. 27. 1938 - 1945
    28. 28. 1948
    29. 29. 1968  1968 – bullet-riddled National Museum after an overnight invasion of the allied forces of the Warsaw Pact on August 21.
    30. 30. 1989  On November 17, 1989 the police brutally attacked a student demonstration in downtown Prague.  This resulted in massive protests from the entire nation and ultimately led to the fall of the communist government and election of Václav Havel as president of Czechoslovakia on December 27, 1989.  The changeover was called Velvet Revolution because it was carried out without violence.
    31. 31. Velvet Revolution in Motion The Demonstration... …and its results.
    32. 32. Picture a Revolution!
    33. 33. Which of these political parties is currently not in government? a) Civic Democrats c) Christian Democrats b) Social Democrats d) Freedom Union 7.
    34. 34. a) Civic Democrats The outgoing government was composed of a coalition of:  Social Democrats  Christian Democrats  Freedom Union
    35. 35. Which of these personalities of Czech culture and science did not receive the Nobel Prize? a) Jaroslav Seifert b) Otto Wichterle c) Jaroslav Heyrovský d) Bedřich Hrozný 8.
    36. 36. b) Wichterle and d) Hrozný  Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1986) 1984: Nobel Prize for literature Jaroslav Heyrovský (1890 – 1967) 1959: Nobel Prize "for his discovery and development of the polarographic methods of analysis" 
    37. 37. Famous Czech Scientists  Otto Wichterle (1913 – 1998) Inventor of substance from which contact lenses are made as well as an alternative to nylon.  Bedřich Hrozný (1879 – 1952) Deciphered the Hittite language and discovered its Indoeuropean roots.
    38. 38. Which one of these Czech sporting heroes is still professionally active? a) Emil Zátopek b) Věra Čáslavská c) Martina Navrátilová d) Antonín Panenka 9.
    39. 39. c) Martina Navrátilová  Former number 1 of World Tennis  Multiple Wimbledon winner  Took part in 2004 Semifinals doubles at Wimbledon aged 47.
    40. 40. Czech Sporting Heroes  Emil Zátopek  Long-distance runner: multiple Olympic winner; 1952: the only person in history to win 5km, 10km and the Marathon. Věra Čáslavská Gymnast: multiple Olympic winner; twice won all gymnastic discipline in European championships; 1968: four Olympic gold medals;  Antonín Panenka Footballer: celebrated goal-scorer, member of Czech team won 1976 European Championships.
    41. 41. Recent Czech Sporting Successes       Football (Soccer) Canoeing Javelin Ice Hockey Decathlon Acrobatic ski jumping
    42. 42. Which two of these famous people were born in the Czech lands? a) John Kerry b) Madeleine Albright c) Miloš Forman d) Andy Warhol 10.
    43. 43. b) Albright and c) Forman  Andy Warhol was born in Slovakia.  John Kerry was born in the US but his ancestors come from Bohemia. Miloš Forman Film Director Madeleine Albright Politician Emigrated after 1968. People vs. Larry Flint, Amadeus, Hair, One Flew Over Cuckoo Nest, Firemen’s Ball, Loves of a Blond. Emigrated after 1948. Former US Ambassador to the UN, former US Secretary of State.
    44. 44. Find 10 famous Czechs in this puzzle M Č W K A O K Ţ D A A T O J L I C V S P Ď M H Ţ Ţ I O A E K E A H I M Ř R K Q N Š A Ţ R Á Y H U S E V K M K K W A K K E A A H Y X F Ý Q L L N W G T K A R E L IV. L
    45. 45. Find 10 famous Czechs in this puzzle (solution) M Č W K A O K Ţ D A A T O J L I C V S P Ď M H Ţ Ţ I O A E K E A H I M Ř R K Q N Š A Ţ R Á Y H U S E V K M K K W A K K E A A H Y X F Ý Q L L N W G T K A R E L IV. L
    46. 46. Thanks for your attention! Also see Czechly.com

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