Friday, March 02, 2007

Judge Boggs Lay Unconscious on the Bar Room Tile

This year I completely forgot to post Chief Judge Danny Boggs' (CA6) clerkship quiz. You may access it here. I'm posting the answers I got below the fold. Remember, no researching.

Last year's quiz is here.



Blogger Armen said...

4. Algeciras? Versailles: Ended WWI. Vienna: Consular rights. Glassboro?
7. Odysseus
8. Trotsky, Roosevelt, Mussolini
12. William Jennings Bryan
13. Teddy Roosevelt; Ronald Reagan
16. Athens. Because it’s where I ran half a mile from the subway station only to miss my ferry by half a second.
17. The Big Lebowski
18. No clue, maybe the one child per family law in China?
19. Bertolt Brecht: Three Penny Opera.
20. The Rainmaker
21. Joe Lieberman
23. 6 billion people at about 70 kilos on average = 420,000,000 tons. How much does a fully loaded tanker weigh? Maybe 10,000 tons? So maybe 42,000 tankers.
25. Mark. Earliest of the Gospels. Most valuable to historians.
27. Moldova is an Eastern European country that formerly belonged to the USSR, whereas I don’t know what Mordova is.
28. Harper’s Ferry: John ____ . Others, no clue
32. R. Kelly is a washed up R&B artist who likes to pee on 14 year old girls. Again, no clue on R. Crumb.
35. Dinka____; Cossacks – Asia; Uighurs – Asia; Asturians _______ .
36. Starts with an S.
37. Kasparov and Fisher
38. 15625 = 25
41. Marat/Sade ________; the Scottish Play ________; Les Miz = Les Miserables
42. Schliemann
44. Mars is Latin for Ares. Otherwise they are the same god of War.
45. Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Victor Hugo
48. Tie. Haystacks in the Winter by Monet and Sculpture of Nike
50. First person killed during the Boston Massacre.
51. Mumbai _____; Chennai _________; Myanmar = Burma
56. 1453.
58. Regan and Cornelia?

Wow, I haven't felt this stupid since Talley's final.

3/02/2007 2:33 PM  
Blogger Earl Warren said...

It'd be great if the collective knowledge of Boalties could fill this in entirely (w/o cheating) and defeat this arch-Federalist judge. I can add a few:

1. Harare
5c. Bob Dylan
6. Longtime prez of Singapore.
11: Southerner who helped draft our Constitution.
12. Armen, I actually think this is Henry Clay.
21: Armen, I actually think this is Bob Dole: He lost as VP on Ford's ticket in 76, and as President in 1996. (We're playing to my strong suit here.)
22a: Self-learner
22b: Method of sterilization found in scientific labs that uses intense heat.
29. Brutus.
39. A fictional starship from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and a swashbuckling space pirate who saves Luke from Darth Vader so he can blow up the Death Star. (Kidding.)
40. Pluto, Ceres...
47 Rudyard Kipling, India.
49. Mariana Trench
52a. Mumbai = Bombay
54. Egypt

Man, I haven't felt this stupid ever.

3/02/2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Isaac Zaur said...

Crap. This thing is humbling. Well, in the absence of knowledge, I can always fall back on opinions.

Favorite movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Favorite books of the Bible: Tie. Genesis and Job. Compare "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness brooded over the face of the Deep" with "Where were you when the foundations of the Earth were laid?"

Plus Mumbai used to be called Bombay, the Piraeus is also famous in part because Socrates liked to hang out there, John Brown captured Harper's Ferry, R. Crumb was a noir comic-book artist, the Scottish Play is Macbeth, and I'm pretty sure the Dinka live in western Africa.

3/02/2007 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Jennnnna said...

I'll add:

18. I'd go with the birth control pill

19. Gunter Grass: The Tin Drum

24. pen names of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte.

31. line b/w Germany and Poland

34. Iphigenia and Electra's mother

36. Secretariat

41. Scottish play = Macbeth

3/02/2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger Earl Warren said...

Well done Jenna! Obviously, the later you get to this thread, the harder the Qs that are left.

3/02/2007 3:43 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Holy Fu*k, the largest oil tanker carries about 570,000 tons of oil. How much does the tanker itself weigh? Well anyway, I wan off by more than an order of magnitude.

Clay ran 5 times, but was he a candidate for a major party all those times?

3/02/2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

52. Chennai=Madras

3/02/2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

Rorke's Drift was attacked by the Zulus during the Boer War in South Africa.

Anyone else see the movie Zulu?

3/02/2007 5:27 PM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

This bitch is HAAAAARD. I'll just post the ones I got that no one else has posted yet:

5. Blue Highways – William Least Heat Moon; Highwayman – Noyes

7. No right answer – I’m partial to Theseus (and as a corollary, Sinis the pine bender. Nasty stuff.)

10. Atalanta was a woman sprinter in Greek mythology. She was involved in the hunt for the Caledonian Boar, and her suitors were made by her father to compete with her in footraces. When she defeated them, they were executed. She must have been hot.

17. The correct answer is ‘Royal Tenenbaums’

20. Presumed Innocent

25. No right answer – how about Revelation? Crazy stuff.

28. Harper’s Ferry – John Brown

32. R. Kelly = purveyor of epic R&B videos; partaker of underage intimacies…R. Crumb = creator of Fritz the Cat and other strange, often pornographic comics.

34. Clytemnestra: pivotal figure in mythological Greek family trees: daughter of Zeus, sister of Helen, wife of Agamemnon. Hatcher of murderous schemes.

36. Secretariat; Citation

37. Bobby Fischer, Boris Spasky

41. a) The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Peal Marat, yadda yadda yadda (no way anyone remembers this whole title unless they were IN the play; b) Macbeth; c) Les Miserables

44. Same guy (God of War) – Ares is the Greek version, Mars the Roman

45. How about Upton Sinclair? Karl Marx (does he count?)

50. Credited as the first person killed in the American Revolution (pre-war, in the street by British redcoats). Also happened to be black.

57. I’ll name all three: Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia

(Sorry if some are repeats, I tried to delete duplicates.) The ones I was most proud of were some that other people got. Especially the Bronte sisters one. Without Greek mythology and literature I got nothin.' Do people really know the cube root of a number by looking at it? That's totally crazy.

3/02/2007 5:48 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Easy, you know it has to end with a 5. 20 is too low and 30 is too high. It took about 3 seconds to figure that one out. The real question is, what the hell is a Mordova.

3/02/2007 6:09 PM  
Blogger Willie said...

Filling in those I know that haven't been answered:

4. Vienna: there have been several, most notable was 1815 bringing an end to the Napoleonic wars and reestablishing peace in Europe.

31. It's the line marked by two rivers that was established as the border between Germany and Poland after WWII, thereby moving Poland further east.

46. I think Chou En Lai was a prominent member of the Chinese Communist Party after they took power in 1949.

48. (I know it's been answered, but it's a good question) Rodin's The Gates of Hell

52. Myanmar= Cambodia

This fucker is hard. No mas.

3/02/2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

Thanks, Armen, the quiz itself didn't make me feel dumb enough. I saw "cube root" and ran the other way.

Seriously, I'm on board with EW's plan for all Boalties to collectively amount to one super-smart person. Don't tell me only six people at Boalt are nerdy enough to know/care about this stuff. If you know even ONE answer that is not posted, help us out! Come on, I know some of you were geography and history majors!

3/02/2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger Willie said...

my bad, Myanmar is Burma, not Cambodia

3/02/2007 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of these questions test knowledge of facts, not intelligence. Nobody should feel dumb for not knowing facts which are 1) irrelevant for most purposes and 2) easy to look up in the event they become relevant.

3/02/2007 8:03 PM  
Blogger Disco Stu said...

DS would like to say this quiz is too heavily slanted towards literature and history. His contribution will thus only be in science.

40. Ceres, Pallas, Vesta and Hygen(?). Not so sure on the last one, but it does begin with an Hy.

EW, Pluto is a former planet (although this is in flux as the question states) and would probably be considered a comet, which is different from an asteroid in that asteroids orbit in the asteroid belt and comets have highly elliptical orbits.

have fun on the rest. DS has no idea.

3/02/2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

43. alea jacta est ("the die is cast"),Caesar crossing the Rubicon; dulce et decorum [est pro patria mori] ("how sweet and proper it is to die for [your] country"), originally from either Virgil or Horace (can't remember), also the title of a Wilfred Owen poem

45. Malthus

51. Ferdinand de Lesseps

3/02/2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger Earl Warren said...

Yeah, I’m not normally big on ragging on Western Culture, but this incredibly Eurocentric. It’s designed basically to find this judge a nice, white-bred Harvard classics major who “summered” overseas in his youth, where he learned all the islands of the Indonesia archipelago. I’d have a little more diversity in my quiz:

1. Who is Ras?
2. What is the First Law of Thermodynamics?
3. What’s in a cuba libre?
4. Who is Japhy Ryder?
5. What is the significance of the following numbers: 13, 22, 65, 98, 215.

3/02/2007 11:36 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

Mr. Smarty-pants-judge misspelled Argenteuil and asteroids.

3/03/2007 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

14) Van Gogh painted at Arles.

And that's all I got right now.

3/03/2007 3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

35: Asturias = Spain
53: James L. Tiptree Jr.--one of the bst Sci-fi writers ever, and she's a she. Y'all took the rest of mine...

(except for the opinion ones. And even that--Job, for sure. Prometheus, ab fab (what can I say, I'm a pessimist). Best movie? Argh. too many to pick. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.)

3/03/2007 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, also 39: the Han are, I believe, a Chinese ethnic group and there's also the Han Dynasty. My guess is that the Yamato is a Japanese ethnic group.

3/03/2007 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pluto is a planet. Period.

3/04/2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger McWho said...

The Yamato was a WWII of Imperial Superships if I recall. The Han may have been a sister ship, or something else.

3/04/2007 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Harare

2. A marriage b/w two people of (usually) unequal social standing in which the man's titles, etc. don't pass to the wife and children of the marriage. Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the guy whose assassination started WWI) and his wife, Archduchess Sophie had a morganatic marriage

3. Merrill

4. Versailles ended WWII
Vienna --Conference on human rights?

5. Blue Highways -- William Least Heat-Moon
The Highwayman -- Alfred Noyes


7. Diana

8. Trotsky, Roosevwlt, Mussolini

9. Althea from Prison -- R. Lovelace
To A Louse -- Robert Burns

10. Atalanta was the mythical runner who lost the race because she kept stopping to pick up golden apples.

11. Charles Pinckney was an antebellum South Carolina statesman

12. Adlai Stevenson?

13. youngest --Teddy Roosevelt (youngest elected is JFK)
oldest -- Reagan

14. Arles -- Van Gogh
Argentuil -- Monet

15. Ouimet was a golfer

16. Greek port city famous for its lion statue (no longer there)

17. Bring It On


19. Brecht -- Threepenny Opera
Grass -- The Tin Drum

20. Bleak House

21. ??

22. autodidact -- someone who is self-taught
autoclave -- used to sterilize things
autoharp -- stringed musical instrument


24. The Bronte sisters

25. Bhagavad Gita

26. Say's Law -- no demand without supply
gresham's Law -- ?
Lex Talionis -- an eye for an eye .. retribution/retaliation

27. Moldova is an independent country that once was annexed by Russia. Mordova is a Russian province

28. Harper's ferry -- John Brown

29. Brutus

30. ??

31. german-Polish border -- established as a boundary by Allies after WWII

32. RKelly is an R&B singer, RCrumb is a satirist and cartoonist

33. Ezra Pound

34. wife of Agamemmnon

35. Dinka --Africa?
Cossacks-- Asia
Asturians -- Europe

36. Secretariat?

37. Bobby Fisher


39. Japanese provinces?


41. Marat/Sade?
The Scottish Play -- Macbeth
Le Miz -- Les Miserables

42. Schlictman?

43. alea jacta est -- the die is cast

honi soit que mal y pense -- shame on him who thinks evil of it

dulce et decorum -- it is sweet and becoming

44. Ares is the Greek analog of Mars, the Roman god of war

45. 1. William Julius Wilson
2. Orlando Patterson
3. Charles Murray


47. Rudyard Kipling -- India

48. Guernica


50 African American slave killed in Boston Massacre

51. ?

52. Mumbai -- Bombay
Myanmar -- Burma

53. Alice Bradley Sheldon

54. Egypt?

55. Cebu, Kalimantan

56. ??

57. Regan and Goneril

58. The Sad Night -- Cortex and the Spaniards were almost masscred by Aztecs.

I wish I'd applied to this guy. All that classics training finally came in handy.

3/04/2007 9:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

very minor... but to finish up question 35 the Uighurs are from China

3/05/2007 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is another typo in the quiz...Charlotte Bronte's pen name was "Currer" Bell, not "Currier"

3/05/2007 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't wish you had applied to this guy. He is reputed to be an awful judge to clerk for. He is also a right-wing ideologue (maybe a good thing on this blog) and a big contributor to his court's very uncollegial atmosphere.

3/06/2007 11:38 PM  

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