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1 The aftermath of whose visit is depicted in the painting (right)? What is the significance of the shoes?
2 a) Which of these Puccini operas – Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West – ends happily (ie suicide-free)?
b) Upon which historical events did John Adams base his operas Nixon in China and The Death of Kling- hoffer? Give the dates of the events.
3 a) “Oh I get it, you don’t really want to be cute anymore,” Bob Dylan said when Paul McCartney played him an acetate of a song that ended up on which Beatles album?
b) Tacitus is one of Dylan’s favourite authors – true or false?
4 a) Which artist bought a vast gothic mansion in the English countryside this year with the intention of filling it with his own and other people’s art?
b) Also this year, which art collector decided to remove his collection from the Edwardian baroque former seat of London’s government after a falling-out with the landlord?
5 Where does career progression involve graduating from a coryphée to a sujet?
6 Which of the following films – Road to Perdition, Ghost World, A History of Violence, Batman Begins – was not adapted from a graphic novel?
7 a) Name the actresses pictured below and rank them in order by fee per film, according to Hollywood estimates, starting with the highest earner.
8 Name the architectural details pictured below.
9 a) Which Hollywood star had his star stolen last month?
b) Which Hollywood tough guy has put a $1m bounty on Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?
10 If this novel were a child it would work hard for a living. What is it?
11 Which Nobel prize laureate played the part of a “sophisticated artist” in Agatha Christie’s play, Murder at the Vicarage in 1954? Hint: seven years previously, a local newspaper critic saw the same laureate appear in a school production of Shakespeare and praised him for acting “a more eloquent, more obviously nerve-racked Macbeth than one or two professional grown-ups I have seen in the part”.
12 Which composer wrote a testament, which was discovered after his death and opens by addressing his brothers: “Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me”?
13 a) Which fruit links Sergei Prokofiev, Anthony Burgess and REM?
b) What connects the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning, Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, hard-rocking axe god Eddie Van Halen and Mata Hari, the courtesan?
c) What do the titles of Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore and Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go have in common? And what is the difference between them?
14 Artists’ wives: who painted their spouses in the portraits below?
15 a) Which Nobel prize-winning dramatist and scourge of his country’s government is hoping to become mayor of his hometown in elections next year?
b) Which town made Clint Eastwood its mayor? And which half of a pop duo was mayor of Palm Springs, California?
16 A worried Steven Spielberg was relieved to see the reaction of an audience member at a preview of Jaws in 1975. “That’s when I knew we had a hit,” he remembered afterwards. What did the audience member do?
17 Name the female stars pictured below and the film noir in which they’re shown.
18 Which new technologies are the following about?
a) “This dwarfs our emerald country by its trek
So tall with prophecy:
Dreaming of cities
Where often clouds shall lean their swan-white neck.”
b) See picture right.
c) “I’m satisfied because I’ve got my babe’s address,
Here pasted in the lining of my hat
I am mighty scared ‘cause if the wires get crossed, ‘Twill separate me from my baby mine,
Then some other guy will win her, and my game is lost,
So each day I shout along the line,
Hello! My baby, hello! My honey, hello my ragtime gal,
Send me a kiss by wire, baby my heart’s on fire!”
d) “We will rush on without fear
Let the goal be far, the flight be fleet!
For we carry the Heavens with us, dear,
While the earth slips from our feet!”
19 Who in 1953 became the first American to conduct opera at La Scala in Milan?
20 a) Which novelist did Frédéric Chopin shack up with in a Mallorcan monastery?
b) Which gilded Hollywood couple own a Mallorcan estate that once belonged to a Habsburg archduke?
21 a) Which television playwright nicknamed the cancer that eventually killed him “Rupert” after Murdoch?
b) Murdoch co-financed a film about a battle witnessed by his father, Sir Keith Murdoch, who was working as a war correspondent. Which battle was it?
22 “Gould. On A Bend Sables, a Speare of the first steeled argent. And for his Creast or Cognizance a falcon, his winges displayed Argent. Standing on a wrethe of his Coullors. Suppourting a Speare Gould. Steeled as aforesaid sett upon a helmet with mantelles and tasselles.” Whose coat of arms is this?
23 Rifts and rows:
a) A cast member of a US television show denied reports of on-set rifts, saying that on the contrary the co-stars went on “serious shopping forays” together. “People have been waiting and have been wanting us to fight from the beginning. Why do they think there’s going to be a catfight?” the thespian added. Name the show.
b) The show must go on: which plucky trouper bit back the tears and appeared on stage in London’s West End on the day her famous fiancé’s infidelity was exposed?
c) Who sparked a rift with 50 per cent of the human race by suggesting that “innate” differences between men and women might explain the dearth of female scientists?
24 Who are these pop stars better known as?
a) Charles Hardin Holley
b) Vincent Furnier
c) Georgios Panayiotou
d) James Todd Smith
25 Whose self-portraits are shown below?
26 Name the dance styles pictured below.
27 Rank the items pictured below in order of value, highest first.
28 Which is the real episode from the television series CSI?
a) Grissom leads an investigation into an empty, blood-spattered apartment while his colleagues Nick and Catherine examine the case of a dead scuba diver discovered at the top of a tree in the desert. The investigators find that things are not what they seem.
b) Grissom leads an investigation into the discovery of a dead man found buried beneath a mound of fish in an empty swimming pool. Meanwhile his colleagues Sara and Warrick examine the case of an amnesiac found at the scene of a hit-and-run involving a stretch limousine. The investigators find that things are not what they seem.
29 What or who is the first creature Lucy encounters in Narnia?
30 What irritated the FT’s critics this year?
a) “Not now!” I wanted to cry out. “If you must drop your trousers, can’t you wait for five minutes?” That is the trouble with video in opera ….. Anything going on between the singers seemed minuscule compared with the larger-than-life images demanding attention on Bill Viola’s video screens …. The real news about this production was not the video at all, but the singers – those old-fashioned participants in opera that some trendy producers rather wish did not have to be there.”
b) “Based on the late-1970s TV series about vehicle abuse in the Deep South, it screeches along wrecking cars, setting up misfiring jokes and providing cameo employment for Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson. Both look a little stunned throughout, though in Reynolds’s case that may be the effect of extreme cosmetic surgery.”
c) “And there it all is. Again. The ceaseless babble. The hectoring and loud-mouthed brunette…The disjointed, aggressive activities and the cast forming lines of regimented angst (so very Deutsch). Four Alsatian hounds, one of whom moaned – an apprentice critic no doubt. A man chopping onions…and 10m (or however damn many) carnations like the child in the Thurber cartoon, I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.”
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