The CRI Trivia Quiz is back

Sponsored by Edmonds Community College, Creative Retirement Institute classes are open to all adults, regardless of educational background.
By John Nadeau | Aug 16, 2012

It’s time to sharpen your wits and your number 2 pencils, though not necessarily in that order.

The first CRI Trivia Quiz of the academic year is ready to stimulate your brain cells. Also, it is supposed to promote – in a thinly disguised manner – some of the nifty courses this lifelong learning program will offer during the fall term.

Those of you who are not faithful readers of this column should be alerted that this quiz has an unusual format.

The answer to each question comes right after the question – not at the very end in an annoying upside-down box. After each answer, the name of the relevant CRI course appears.

That means you have to slide your hand down the page as you respond to the questions.

No cheating allowed! The penalties are severe.

Q. What scientific interest did Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler share?

A. Astronomy (Astronomy Through the Ages)

Q. Who is the Swedish screenwriter and director whose best known films are “Wild Strawberries,” “The Seventh Seal,” “Persona,” and “Cries and Whispers”?

A. Ingmar Bergman (Four Classic Ingmar Bergman Films)

Q. Which novel by Charles Dickens, often considered his masterpiece, focuses on a seemingly endless law case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce?

A. “Bleak House” (Dickens’ Anatomy of Society)

Q. What do Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism have in common?

A. They are all major modern art movements. (Dames: 20th Century Women Artists)

Q. Which religion has two main divisions: the Sunni and the Shia?

A. Islam (The Many Faces of Islam)

Q. Who is the French author whose novel “Madame Bovary” represents the transition from romanticism to realism?

A. Gustave Flaubert (Flaubert and Gide: Simple Hearts – Complicated Hearts)

Q. What is the term for the night in 1938 when rampages by storm troopers, the SS, and Hitler Youth resulted in violence against Jews and their property?

A Kristallnacht (The Holocaust: Rarely Discussed Topics)

Q. What do “The Bandwagon,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “and “The Pajama Game” have in common?

A. They were all classic Broadway musicals. Also, each made a successful transition to film. (Broadway to Hollywood: Four Classic Musicals)

Q. What is the term for the upper layer of Earth that includes the crust and the uppermost mantle?

A. Lithosphere (Elements, Minerals, and Rocks – Oh, My!)

Q. Which long narrative poem in English famously attempts “to justify the ways of God to man”?

A. “Paradise Lost” (Milton’s “Paradise Lost” – Part I)

There you have 10 questions and answers inspired by 10 courses the Creative Retirement Institute has scheduled for the fall term.  There are about 20 more, all dealing with the sciences and the humanities as well as current trends, all designed to appeal to older adults.

Courses typically last a month, and they aren’t expensive.

Want to learn more? Phone 425-640-1830 and ask for a free brochure.

Sponsored by Edmonds Community College, Creative Retirement Institute classes are open to all adults, regardless of educational background.




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