May 17, 2020

From Godards big mouth to Drakes Toosie Slide: the Observer culture quiz
Test your arts knowledge with these questions from our criticsWhat can you see in every scene in David Fincher’s Fight Club?A copy of the New York TimesA knifeA Starbucks cupJean-Luc Godard is known for his pithy pronouncements on cinema. Which if the following did he not say?"The hardest thing to do is genuine simplicity.""All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.""Tracking shots are a question of morality."What do Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges have in common? They all turned down offers of roles in the Transformers series They all won Oscars but then subsequently lost the statuettesThey are all fluent in SpanishBefore Megan Fox was famous, she had a Job which required her to dress up as what?A banana Smurfette A wedge of goudaWhich Young British Artist did not exhibit in the first, pioneering Freeze show? Sarah LucasTracey EminDamien HirstJacopo Robusti is also known as…TintorettoTitianGiorgionePuccini described the disastrous premiere of one of his most popular operas as “a lynching”. Which opera?Madam ButterflyLa BohèmeToscaWhich drug-addicted fictional detective played a stringed instrument?Sherlock HolmesLord Peter WimseyHercule PoirotVillanelle, the protagonist in the book series behind the TV show Killing Eve, is the creation of which former specialist writer for a national newpaper?The Times’s crime correspondentThe chess columnist of the Washington PostThe dance critic of the ObserverThe title card (a shot with images and/or text, also known as an intertitle, inserted at segment intervals) for which UK TV series featured a penny farthing?The PrisonerTales of the UnexpectedAdam Adamant Lives!Which terrestrial channel broadcast a soap opera at 8pm on its launch night?Channel 5, Family AffairsChannel 4, Brookside ITV, Coronation StreetWhich star of the BBC con artist show Hustle recorded an audiobook of Chris Ryan’s Alpha Force: Survival?Adrian LesterRobert GlenisterRobert Vaughn Which was the first original play by a living female dramatist to be produced on the National’s Olivier stage?Top Girls Her Naked SkinBlastedWhich play contains a conjuring governess?The Cherry OrchardArcadiaThe Children’s HourWhich playwright inspired Nina Simone’s To Be Young, Gifted and Black?Lorraine HansberryAugust WilsonLangston HughesWhen asked “What is jazz?” who replied “Madam, if you don’t know by now, don’t mess with it!”?Fats WallerDuke EllingtonLouis ArmstrongOnly one member of the Beach Boys actually surfed. Was it…Dennis WilsonCarl WilsonMike LoveHow do you do the Toosie Slide, as per Drake’s recent single?“To the left, take it back now y’all, one hop this time, right foot two stomps”“Right foot uhhp, left foot slide, left foot uhhp, right foot slide”“You put your left leg in, you put your left leg out, in out, in out, shake it all about”Ed Sheeran names his guitars. Which of these is not a Sheeran axe?HerbertCyrilNigelWho designed Florence’s Pazzi Chapel?BorrominiBernini BrunelleschiWhich architectural style came first?PerpendicularEarly EnglishDecorated20 and above.Flipping heck! You'll be putting us out of a job next. Well done.16 and above.Wow, impressive stuff! Maybe next week you can hit full marks…11 and above.Pretty good stuff, hotshot! 6 and above.A solid result. But we know you can do better than solid. Come back next week to really impress us…0 and above.Uh-oh. It's fair to say you could do with a bit of work on your cultural immersion… better get revising for next week!
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