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Quiz: The Dalai Lama

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Test your knowledge of the Dalai Lama, whom Evan Osnos writes about in the October 4, 2010, issue of The New Yorker.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In this week’s magazine, Evan Osnos writes about the Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday. What does the Dalai Lama refer to as “a change of clothing”?
    • A. 

      Birth

    • B. 

      Aging

    • C. 

      Exile

    • D. 

      Death

  • 2. 
    How did the late New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal, who was friends with the Dalai Lama, describe his appearance?
    • A. 

      “Understated but refined.”

    • B. 

      “Solid yet airy.”

    • C. 

      “Like a middle linebacker.”

    • D. 

      “Like a smile personified.”

  • 3. 
    Which ruler has been in power for longer than the Dalai Lama?
    • A. 

      Fidel Castro

    • B. 

      Queen Elizabeth

    • C. 

      Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    How many books list the Dalai Lama as an author?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Five

    • C. 

      Thirty-four

    • D. 

      At least a hundred

  • 5. 
    What does “Dalai Lama” translate as, literally?
    • A. 

      Patient Ruler

    • B. 

      Ocean Teacher

    • C. 

      Soaring Spirit

    • D. 

      Father Son

  • 6. 
    Who chairs the board of the International Campaign for Tibet?
    • A. 

      Kerry Kennedy

    • B. 

      Elie Wiesel

    • C. 

      Richard Gere

    • D. 

      Harrison Ford

  • 7. 
    What did the Dalai Lama tell Oprah was a “stupid question”?
    • A. 

      Whether he has trouble with his celibacy vow

    • B. 

      Whether the whole world should meditate

    • C. 

      Whether he gets bored of his yellow-and-maroon ensemble

    • D. 

      Whether he has read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

  • 8. 
    The Dalai Lama’s elder brother lived for more than forty years in the town that was home to Bobby Knight and Alfred Kinsey. Where is that?
    • A. 

      Lubbock, Texas

    • B. 

      Bloomington, Indiana

    • C. 

      Lawrence, Kansas

    • D. 

      Durham, North Carolina

  • 9. 
    According to Osnos’s piece, what most concerned the young Dalai Lama about presiding over long, elaborate ceremonies?
    • A. 

      Falling asleep

    • B. 

      Boredom

    • C. 

      Forgetting his lines

    • D. 

      Bladder control

  • 10. 
    Which entertainer is NOT Buddhist?
    • A. 

      Leonard Cohen

    • B. 

      Oliver Stone

    • C. 

      Catherine Keener

    • D. 

      Goldie Hawn

  • 11. 
    Which comic-book character DOES NOT have Buddhism in his past?
    • A. 

      Wolverine

    • B. 

      Batman

    • C. 

      Green Lantern

    • D. 

      Green Arrow

  • 12. 
    In “Seven Years in Tibet,” who plays the Dalai Lama’s mother?
    • A. 

      Diki Tsering, his actual mother

    • B. 

      Jetsun Pema, his actual sister

    • C. 

      France Nuyen, who played Liat in the 1958 film “South Pacific”

    • D. 

      Li Na, one of Mao Zedong’s daughters

  • 13. 
    Neither “Seven Years in Tibet” nor Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun” was actually filmed in Tibet. Where did Scorsese film instead?
    • A. 

      Argentina

    • B. 

      Morocco

    • C. 

      Hawaii

    • D. 

      Thailand

  • 14. 
    In 1956, a man named T. Lobsang Rampa wrote a popular memoir called “The Third Eye” about his life as a Tibetan monk, including a story about having a hole drilled into his forehead that allowed him to see auras. Two years later, a private investigator determined that the book’s author was actually whom?
    • A. 

      Herb Stempel, the coached contestant turned whistle-blower from the quiz show “Twenty-One”

    • B. 

      Anthony Cox, the second husband of Yoko Ono

    • C. 

      Sam Cummings, a C.I.A. operative in the early fifties

    • D. 

      Cyril H. Hoskin, the unemployed son of a British plumber

  • 15. 
    What prompted Paul McCartney to write a letter to the Dalai Lama?
    • A. 

      The Dalai Lama’s appearance in an Apple advertisement

    • B. 

      The Dalai Lama’s performance with John Mellencamp

    • C. 

      McCartney’s conversion to Buddhism

    • D. 

      McCartney’s concern about the Dalai Lama eating meat

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