Thursday, October 22, 2009

The question words quiz!

I have assembled six questions, some easy, some hard, one pretty much impossible. Click any picture for a larger version. Here we go!

Who is this?

What is this?

When is this?

Where is this?

Why is this?

How is this?

Pray, leave your answers in the comments. Also, I hereby declare this a meme and encourage others to blog their own picture quizzes for us to try.


Linda said...

1. St. John Newman
2. mercury
3. After the transverberation of her heart (St. Teresa of Avila)??
4. Rome?
5. a sorority stunt?
6. photoshop (-: !

Cathy said...

1. I agree with Linda that this is St. John Newman

3. This is a sculpture of St. Cecilia who was martyred in Rome some time around the 3rd century. She was entombed in the Catacombs of St. Callistus, and then her remains were moved to the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere in the 9th century. In 1599, her crypt was opened during a restoration of the Basilica, and her remains were found to be incorrupt. The sculptor Maderno witnessed the exhumation and made this sculpture to document her appearance and posture. If you look at her fingers, there are three together on the right hand, and one extended on the left hand. This is said to be her affirmation, as she was dying, of the Three Persons in One God.

This sculpture is at St. Cecilia's tomb in the Basilica, and there is a copy of it in the Catacombs of St. Callistus in the spot where she was originally laid to rest.

Rachel Ann said...

#2 is mercury, but the rest...?

Gary Keith Chesterton said...

1. John Henry Newman

2. Hg in its liquid state

3. Immediately after the death of Saint Cecilia. (Maderno's famous "Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia," which, if memory serves, is in Santa Cecilia, Rome)

4. I don't know

5. Because of a county fair

6. Obviously, the horse is objecting to being mounted and has been photographed in the middle of a jump.

kim said...

1. Who-St. John Newman or Miguel Pro
2. What-Mercury
3. When-1599-1600
4. Where-Israel
5. Why-They didn't have any grease.
6. How-Royal Lipizzaner stallions practice and practice some more.

Randy said...

I am thinking 4 is the tomb of Jesus in the church of the Holy seplechure(sp).

Number 5 involves a pig being mud wrestled. Why? Because humans are such strange creatures they do stuff like that for fun.

Rachel Gray said...

Thanks for guessing, everyone! Here are the answers:

1) You were all right; it's John Henry Newman in his younger days. Not a saint quite yet. :)

2) Again you're all correct that it's mercury. (And if you see mercury move, you see why "mercurial" is an apt word for that kind of temperment.)

3) All who guessed had some correct answer, but Cathy really batted it out of the ballpark-- thanks for typing all that explanation so I didn't have to. :)

4) I took this picture in one of the underground temples in the ruins of Teotihuacán in Mexico. (They had beliefs about some kind of rebirth every 52 years and built new temples on top of the old.) It fascinated me because our tour guide said that the four-petaled flower was the symbol of the Aztec God of gods, the giver of life, and it looks very much like the four-petaled flower that's right over the womb of Our Lady of Guadalupe. But when I tried to verify that with independent Googling, every single site I checked had a different interpretation of what the four-petaled flower meant to those who carved it. I suspect that even the experts don't know. And also, Teotihuacán was at its zenith more than 1500 years ago, so the temples I toured were probably ancient ruins to the Aztecs who encountered Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531. Oh well-- it's still a picture of some ancient and interesting decoration.

5. This is the question I called impossible, because I don't know the answer. :) But all your answers sound good.

6. Yup, the horse is jumping. He looks a bit like this Lippanzaner, but with his head down.

Cathy said...

Correction: Venerable John Henry Newman