The MELA Quiz (Finals) - NSIT Quiz Fest 2014


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The MELA Quiz (Finals) - NSIT Quiz Fest 2014

  1. 1. The M-E-L-A Quiz Finals NSIT Quiz Fest 2014
  2. 2. Dry Infinite Pounce 1 • 16 Questions • Clockwise • +10 on Direct • +10/-10 on Pounce
  3. 3. 1 • Conducted between Tracy, California and Livermore, California, the event X is most known for its violence which included the killing of Meredith Hunter and 3 more accidental deaths: 2 by hit-and-run and 1 by drowning in an irrigation canal. There were several injuries, extensive property damage and numerous car thefts. Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Alan Passaro, a member of the group Y which was in charge of security for the event. Give X and Y both.
  4. 4. Ans 1 • X – Altamont Speedway Concert, 1969 where Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Rolling Stones played. • Y – The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
  5. 5. 2 • Before becoming an actor, X was an RJ for Radio Ceylon and dreamt of interviewing his favourite actress Y. The interview was arranged but seeing Y for the first time in person, X fumbled and could not utter a word in front of her and the interview was cancelled. Eventually, the two fell in love while working together in a movie and got married. X and Y?
  6. 6. Ans 2 • Sunil Dutt and Nargis
  7. 7. 3 • X contains artworks by six prominent artists from the 1960s. Forrest Myers, whose brainchild the project was, said that he found it impossible to obtain sanction for the project from Y – “They never said no, I just could not get them to say anything.” • Starting in the top center is a single line by Robert Rauschenberg. To its right is a black square with thin white lines intersecting, resembling a piece of circuitry, by David Novros. Below it is John Chamberlain's contribution, a template pattern which also resembles circuitry. In the lower middle is a geometric variation on Mickey Mouse, by Claes Oldenburg, a popular motif for the artist at that time. Myers created the work in the lower left, a computer- generated drawing of a "linked symbol" called "Interconnection". Finally, the last drawing in the upper left is by Andy Warhol. He created a stylized version of his initials which, when viewed at certain angles, can appear as a rocket ship or a crudely drawn penis. • X.
  8. 8. Ans 3 • X - The Moon Museum • Y - NASA
  9. 9. 4 • X is well known for its art deco interiors and is the only existing example in England of the brick cathedral style. Since the closure of X, there have been several failed redevelopment plans. Only in 2012 was the site sold to a consortium led by Malaysia’s SP Setia.
  10. 10. Ans 4 • Battersea Power Station
  11. 11. 5 • “A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking — or give it to someone to please them. Still — in a way — nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small — we haven’t time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time … ’So I said to myself — I’ll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flower : ‘Well — I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower — and I don’t.” • Who, talking about what?
  12. 12. Ans 5 • Georgie O’Keeffe on her flower paintings and allegations that her flowers were renditions of female genitalia
  13. 13. 6 • Created by Corey Ford, X was based on an illustration of Count d’Orsay in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The first depiction of X was as a dandy peering through a monocle. X’s last name was borrowed from Ford’s aunt which he had always found vaguely humorous, while the first name was chosen because it sounded pleasant. X?
  14. 14. Ans 6 • Eustace Tilley
  15. 15. 7 XY (meaning X of the Tayy tribe), formally X ibn Abdellah ibn Sa'ad at-Y was a famous pre-Islamic (Jahiliyyah) Arabian poet, and the father of the Sahaba Adi ibn X and Safana bin X. Stories about his extreme generosity have made him an icon to Arabs up till the present day, as in the proverbial phrase "more generous than X“. We, however, know him in a different context. Most of us got to know X in 2003 and then again in 2013 (with a slightly lower popularity) ID XY.
  16. 16. Ans 7 XY – Hatim Tai
  17. 17. 8 • Named after the book dealer who purchased it in 1912, it is an illustrated codex in an unknown writing system. It is carbon-dated to the early 15th century and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Renaissance. The text is written from left to right on vellum and contains many illustrations. Despite detailed study by WWI and WWII cryptographers, it remains undeciphered to this day.
  18. 18. Ans 8 • The Voynich Manuscript
  19. 19. 9 • Whose self- portrait?
  20. 20. Ans 9 • John Updike
  21. 21. 10 • X emerged in 1921 in a series of photographs by Man Ray. From 1922, X also appeared in a series of puns and wordplays by French surrealist poet Robert Desnos. Desnos portrayed X as a long-lost aristocrat and rightful queen of France. • Niandra LaDes, an alter ego of John Frusciante who appeared on the album cover of Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt was inspired by X. • X?
  22. 22. Ans 10 • Rrose Selavy, the alterego of Marcel Duchamp
  23. 23. 11 • In 1952, on the sets of one of her films, X fell in love with and married film director, Y, who was fifteen years older than her and was already married. X was also a very passionate poet. The ones below are dedicated to her lover-husband- director Y. • "Dil saa jab saathi paya Bechaini bhi woh saath le aaya" • "Tum kya karo ge sun kar mujh se meri kahani Bay lutf zindagi ke qissay hain pheekay pheekay" • At the time of the divorce, she wrote: "Talaaq to day rahay ho Nazar-e-qehar ke saath Jawani bhi meri lauta do Mehar ke saath" (You are divorcing me with rage in your eyes Return to me, also, my youth along with the alimony!) X and Y?
  24. 24. Ans 11 • Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi
  25. 25. 12 • X's relatively low-profile film career subsequent to his Academy Award has been widely considered an example of the "Oscar jinx". • According to film critic Leonard Maltin, professional failure following an early success is referred to in Hollywood circles as the “X” syndrome. • X rejected this notion and told Maltin, "The Oscar is the single most important event of my career. I have dined with kings, shared equal billing with my idols, lectured at Harvard and Columbia. If this is a jinx, I'll take two." In the same interview, X said, "Even though I won the Oscar, I can still take the subway in New York, and nobody recognizes me. Some actors might find that disconcerting, but I find it refreshing.“ X?
  26. 26. Ans 12 • F. Murray Abraham
  27. 27. 13 • ID the painter and the subject.
  28. 28. Ans 13 • Portrait of Anton Chekhov by brother Nikolai Chekhov.
  29. 29. 14 • Apart from his primary occupation, X was also a qualified entomologist, studying ___________ in particular. He said, “The pleasures and rewards of literary inspiration are nothing beside the rapture of discovering a new organ under the microscope or an undescribed species on a mountainside in Iran or Peru.” X has a genus and numerous species named after him. • Give X and his particular interest.
  30. 30. Ans 14 • Vladimir Nabokov • Lepidoptery – study of butterflies
  31. 31. 15 • The Y line ran from 1920 to 1948, at the height of X use in the city. The route ran down Bourbon, through the Quarter , to Y in the Bywater district, and back up to the Canal. According to journalist Jed Horne, Y is a misspelled homage to _______ Clary, a fiance of Napoleon Bonaparte. Since Hurricane Katrina, most of the apartments in Y are have been abandoned.
  32. 32. Ans 15 • X – Streetcars in New Orleans • Y – Desire Street
  33. 33. 16 • What came to life on 5 May, 1857, when Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. gathered at the Parker House Hotel in Boston?
  34. 34. Ans 16 • The Atlantic Monthly
  35. 35. Connect Round 1 • 4 Slides • +10 for each correct answer • Scoring pattern for the connect: • +30/-15 • +20/-10 • +10/-5 • +5
  36. 36. 1 • X was most known for his biography of Queen Victoria which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also produced Eminent Victorians, a work on four eminent personalities of the Victorian era: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold and General Gordon. X was played by Jonathan Pryce in the 1995 film Carrington, for which we won the Best Actor award at Cannes while the film won the Jury Prize.
  37. 37. 2 • X was an artist and art critic and was credited with coining the term Post-Impressionism. In 1913, he organized a group of young artists into a collective called the Omega Workshops. The goal of the collective was to incorporate the aesthetics of Post-Impressionism into the design of everyday functional objects. In 1933, he was appointed to the much sought after Slade Professorship of Fine Arts at Cambridge.
  38. 38. 3 • The title of X’s magnum opus borrows from a poem in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: _______, O soul, __ _____! Eclaircise the myths Asiatic—the primitive fables. Not you alone, proud truths of the world! Nor you alone, ye facts of modern science! But myths and fables of eld—Asia’s, Africa’s fables! The far-darting beams of the spirit!—the unloos’d dreams! The deep diving bibles and legends; The daring plots of the poets—the elder religions; —O you temples fairer than lilies, pour’d over by the rising sun! O you fables, spurning the known, eluding the hold of the known, mounting to heaven! 25 You lofty and dazzling towers, pinnacled, red as roses, burnish’d with gold! Towers of fables immortal, fashion’d from mortal dreams! You too I welcome, and fully, the same as the rest; You too with joy I sing.
  39. 39. 4 Dearest, I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. • Whose words and to whom?
  40. 40. Answers
  41. 41. Ans 1 • Lytton Strachey
  42. 42. Ans 2 • Roger Fry
  43. 43. Ans 3 • E.M. Forster
  44. 44. Ans 4 • Virginia Woolf to Leonard Woolf
  45. 45. • Connect: • The Bloomsbury Group
  46. 46. Dry Infinite Pounce 2 • 16 Questions • Anti-Clockwise • +10 on Direct • +10/-10 on Pounce
  47. 47. 1 • According to biblical accounts, X convinced her husband to King Ahab to abandon Yahweh worship and worship Baal and Asherah instead. X is said to have persecuted prophets of Yahweh, for which she was thrown out of the window by members of her own court and her corpse left for stray dogs to devour. Her dressing in finery and putting on makeup before her death led to the association of use of cosmetics with “painted women” or prostitutes. X?
  48. 48. Ans 1 • Jezebel
  49. 49. 2 • X originally meant “a place or scene of ostentation or empty, idle amusement and frivolity”—a reference to the decadent fair in John Bunyan’s 1678 book, The Pilgrim’s Progress. By the 19th century, however, author Y made X his own, borrowing the term to christen his widely read 1848 satirical novel, which was serialized at the time in Britain’s Punch magazine. X and Y.
  50. 50. Ans 2 • X – Vanity Fair • Y – William Makepeace Thackeray
  51. 51. 3 • X debuted Off-Broadway in 1969 and in London in 1970. It created controversy due to its full frontal male and female nudity. The title of the production takes its name from a painting by Clovis Trouille, which itself was a pun on the French translation of “What a behind you have!” X?
  52. 52. Ans 3 • Oh! Calcutta!
  53. 53. 4 • X had been working on a translation of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound for Lord Byron in 1816. That summer, X and his lover, Y, and others stayed with Lord Byron in Switzerland. As a contest, Byron suggested that they each write a ghost story. Y began writing her Gothic novel Z; or, The Modern Prometheus, which was declared the winner of the contest. The fact that she overtly subtitled the novel shows that she wished to show that she was inspired by the story of Prometheus and wanted to draw attention to the "metaphorical parallels". • X, Y and Z.
  54. 54. Ans 4 • X – Percy Shelley • Y – Mary Shelley • Z - Frankenstein
  55. 55. 5 • Missing text?
  56. 56. Ans 5
  57. 57. 6 • X, known to have a penchant for firearms. X was a proponent of “shotgun art”, which he described as thus: There is no exact process. If you want to do shotgun art, you take a piece of plywood, put a can of spray paint in front of it, and shoot it with a shotgun or high powered rifle. The paint’s under high pressure so it explodes! Throws the can 300 feet. The paint sprays in exploding color across your surface. You can have as many colors as you want. Turn it around, do it sideways, and have one color coming in from this side and this side. Of course, they hit. Mix in all kinds of unpredictable patterns. This is related to Pollack’s drip canvases, although this is a rather more basically random process, there’s no possibility of predicting what patterns you’re going to get.” • X’s love for rifles ultimately led to him shooting his wife dead in a drunken game of William Tell. • X?
  58. 58. Ans 6 • William S. Burroughs
  59. 59. 7 • Celebrated on June 16 every year, X involves readings, dramatisations and pub crawls. Participants often dress in Edwardian costumes. Although only celebrated in one country initially, it has spread to numerous countries around the world over the years.
  60. 60. Ans 7 • X – Bloomsday • Celebration of James Joyce. • 16 June chosen as the events of Ulysses take place on 16 June 1904.
  61. 61. 8 • X was an orphanage by the Salvation Army located in Woolton, Liverpool. It opened in 1936, providing for 3 family units of 12 children each. • The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose-built home for children which opened in the early 1970s. • It closed in early January 2005 and is now a church and prayer centre. The famous gates marking its entrance were removed and replaced with replicas in 2011.
  62. 62. Ans 8 • Strawberry Field
  63. 63. 9 • ID
  64. 64. Ans 9 • Original cast of SNL
  65. 65. 10 • The song was written by X about Y, after he saw pictures of Y riding on her pony Macaroni. However, it was only in 2007, when X performed the song for Y at her 50th birthday, that he revealed the song was about her. • X and Y.
  66. 66. Ans 10 • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond • Caroline Kennedy
  67. 67. 11 • What is the primary inspiration behind the Peter Gabriel song Fourteen Black Paintings?
  68. 68. Ans 11: The Rothko Chapel
  69. 69. 12 • X in 1968 had planned to make a film on the life of Y, having spent two years researching Y. However, the project was cancelled by the studio after poor reception of another French film on Y. X later said: • “Y himself once remarked what a great novel his life would be. I'm sure he would have said "movie" if he had known about them. His entire life is the story, and it works perfectly well in the order it happened.” • In 2013, Steven Spielberg announced he would develop a TV miniseries based on X’s script. • X and Y.
  70. 70. Ans 12 • X – Stanley Kubrick • Y – Napoleon
  71. 71. 13 • After graduating from Harvard, X worked for the Washington Post and Newsweek before working as a speechwriter for Lyndon B Johnson at the White House. • After reading some of his articles, Doubleday editor Tom Congdon called X to discuss the possibility of publishing a book. However, Congdon was more impressed by his ideas for fiction than non-fiction. What resulted?
  72. 72. Ans 13 • Jaws
  73. 73. 14 • The X was founded in 1970 by University of Washington professor and activist Michael Lerner and carried out many political anti-war protests from 1970 to 1971. After carrying out a demonstration at a Federal Courthouse, it was ultimately charged with conspiracy to incite a riot, with its members serving 3 months in prison on grounds of contempt of court. Y, a prominent member of X served as the inspiration for the protagonist of 1998 film W. • X, Y and W.
  74. 74. Ans 14 • X – Seattle Seven or Seattle Liberation Front • Y – Jeff Dowd • W – The Big Lebowski
  75. 75. 15 • In his book X recalled that some people in his circle believed that "Like a Rolling Stone" contained hostile references to him; he was told, "Listen to 'Like a Rolling Stone'—I think you're the diplomat on the chrome horse, man.“ • X?
  76. 76. Ans 15 • Andy Warhol
  77. 77. 16 • Landscape is nothing but an __________, and an instantaneous one, hence this label that was given us, by the way because of me. I had sent a thing done in Le Havre, from my window, sun in the mist and a few masts of boats sticking up in the foreground. ... They asked me for a title for the catalogue, it couldn't really be taken for a view of Le Havre, and I said: 'Put __________.‘ FITB.
  78. 78. Ans 16 • Impression
  79. 79. CONNECT 2 4 Slides +10 for each correct answer +40/-20 +30/-15 +20/-10 +10
  80. 80. 1 <Video>
  81. 81. 2 • In order to get convincing performances, X hypnotized the entire cast of Heart Off Glass (1976) and had them perform their lines whilst under hypnosis. The finished film is one of the most unique ever made. • Despite getting shot with an air rifle whilst shooting a BBC TV program X refused to end the interview. • He released 11,000 rats in the German city of Delf whilst fliming Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Each of the 11,000 rats had been individually dyed grey for the scene, and were recaptured when filming ended. • To propose to his wife, X walked a thousand miles across the Alps, because “that is what a manly man does”.
  82. 82. 3. ID the voice. <Video>
  83. 83. 4 • X) was a pioneer of American independent film by writing and directing over a dozen movies, some of which he partially self- financed, and which pioneered the use of improvisation and a realistic cinéma vérité style. He studied acting with Don Richardson, using an acting technique based on muscle memory. • X was never interested in working with actors who were more concerned with their images than with that of the characters whom they were portraying, which is why he rarely had actors of note (other than Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara) in his films. • Y, X’s son, also an actor, appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974) as a child. Y also appeared on Entourage as a daredevil director who did his own stunts. • X and Y.
  84. 84. 5. Who is he talking about?
  85. 85. Answers
  86. 86. Ans 1 • John Huston
  87. 87. Ans 2 • Werner Herzog
  88. 88. Ans 3 • Orson Welles
  89. 89. Ans 4 • John Cassavetes
  90. 90. Ans 5 • Quentin Tarantino
  91. 91. • Connect: Directors who have starred as villains in other directors’ movies • John Huston in Chinatown • Werner Herzog in Jack Reacher • Orson Welles in The Third Man • John Cassavetes in The Fury • Quentin Tarantino in From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror
  92. 92. EDIBLE ART ROUND +10 for each correct answer
  93. 93. 1
  94. 94. 2
  95. 95. 3
  96. 96. 4
  97. 97. 5
  98. 98. 6
  99. 99. 7
  100. 100. Answers
  101. 101. Ans 1 • Ocean Park #122 • Richard Diebenkorn
  102. 102. Ans 2 • Piet Mondrian
  103. 103. Ans 3 • Rothko No. 14, 1960.
  104. 104. Ans 4 • Amylamine • Damien Hirst
  105. 105. Ans 5 • Josef Albers • Homage to the Square
  106. 106. Ans 6 • Untitled, 1964 by Donald Judd
  107. 107. Ans 7 • Jackson Pollock
  108. 108. Fin.