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The Meta Quiz

Test your knowledge of The New Yorker’s quizzes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The answer to the first question of the first interactive New Yorker quiz was “football.” To what, in that context, does “football” refer?
    • A. 

      What Barack Obama once thought he’d do for a living

    • B. 

      What Eli Manning auctioned for nearly a million dollars

    • C. 

      What Nancy Pelosi follows religiously

    • D. 

      What Rod Blagojevich calls his hairbrush

  • 2. 
    One quiz asked you to complete the quote “to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.” Who was the speaker, and the subject of that quiz?
    • A. 

      Winston Churchill

    • B. 

      Sarah Palin

    • C. 

      The Dalai Lama

    • D. 

      Edwin Starr

  • 3. 
    Another quiz asked whom the speaker was referring to with this quote: “We were both in our ways manipulative people.” The answer was Princess Diana. Who was the speaker, and the subject of that quiz?
    • A. 

      George W. Bush

    • B. 

      Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    • C. 

      Elvis Costello

    • D. 

      Tony Blair

  • 4. 
    Whose post as part of our “Best of 2010” package was written in the form of a quiz?
    • A. 

      George Packer

    • B. 

      Ryan Lizza

    • C. 

      Richard Brody

    • D. 

      Margaret Talbot

  • 5. 
    Which of the following musical artists has NOT been the subject of a New Yorker quiz?
    • A. 

      Brad Paisley

    • B. 

      Elvis Costello

    • C. 

      Paul Simon

    • D. 

      Kanye West

  • 6. 
    The quiz with the lowest average score corresponded with which article or special issue?
    • A. 

      The Money Issue

    • B. 

      David Mendell’s piece on Rod Blagojevich

    • C. 

      Jon Lee Anderson’s piece on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    • D. 

      Joan Acocella’s piece on Agatha Christie

  • 7. 
    The quiz with the highest average score corresponded with which article or special issue?
    • A. 

      The Food Issue

    • B. 

      Nick Paumgarten’s piece on Elvis Costello

    • C. 

      Nancy Franklin’s piece on the new television show “Detroit 1-8-7”

    • D. 

      Jill Lepore’s piece on sex-ed books for kids

  • 8. 
    In one quiz, the answer options were “Obese and Pregnant,” “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” “Little and Pregnant,” and “Paralyzed and Pregnant.” What was the subject of the quiz?
    • A. 

      Reality television

    • B. 

      Sarah Palin and Alaska

    • C. 

      Sex ed

    • D. 

      The Supreme Court

  • 9. 
    Which quiz subject earned a Ph.D. in Traffic Management?
    • A. 

      Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    • B. 

      Elvis Costello

    • C. 

      Brad Paisley

    • D. 

      Winston Churchill

  • 10. 
    If you got question No. 5 right on the White House Food quiz, you know which President ate a Milky Way bar every day for breakfast during law school. Who was it?
    • A. 

      Barack Obama

    • B. 

      Bill Clinton

    • C. 

      Gerald Ford

    • D. 

      Richard Nixon

  • 11. 
    In 1943, E. B. White wrote an unsigned quiz, the last question of which was “When will peace on earth start? Name the day.” Which group of people did he say should take the quiz?
    • A. 

      College freshmen

    • B. 

      Senators

    • C. 

      Beauty queens

    • D. 

      Journalists

  • 12. 
    In 1963, John Updike wrote an unsigned “Comment” on a two-question true-or-false quiz that Billy Hitchcock gave to whom?
    • A. 

      Film students

    • B. 

      Baseball pitchers

    • C. 

      Football linemen

    • D. 

      Buffalo Bill

  • 13. 
    Who has written a number of quizzes for this magazine’s Shouts & Murmurs section?
    • A. 

      Randy Coen

    • B. 

      William Safire

    • C. 

      Paul Slansky

    • D. 

      Steve Martin

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