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  • 3. In her book The Autobiography of __(X)__ (1932), __(Y)__ described the making of this picture: "Picasso had never had anybody pose for him since he was sixteen years old. He was then twenty-four and __(Y)__ had never thought of having her portrait painted, and they do not know either of them how it came about. Anyway, it did, and she posed for this portrait ninety times. There was a large broken armchair where __(Y)__ posed. There was a couch where everybody sat and slept. There was a little kitchen chair where Picasso sat to paint. There was a large easel and there were many canvases. She took her pose, Picasso sat very tight in his chair and very close to his canvas and on a very small palette, which was of a brown gray color, mixed some more brown gray and the painting began." When someone commented, __(Y)__ did not look like her portrait, Picasso famously replied, "She will." Acting as confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer, __(X) __ remained a background figure, chiefly living in the shadow __(X)__ and __(Y)__ were a couple from 1907 until the latter's death in 1946.
  • 4. AND THE ANSWER IS X - Alice B Toklas Y - Gertrude Stein
  • 5. 2 The bust on the left is Gaius Mucius Scaevola Above is a famous movie still. Lawrence extinguishes a match with his thumb and forefinger. Seeing this, the character Potter tries it. Potter: "Ow! It damn well hurts!" Lawrence: "Certainly it hurts." Potter: "Well what's the trick then?" Lawrence: "The trick, William Potter, is ...” Put Fundae to fill in the blanks
  • 6. AND THE ANSWER IS not minding that it hurts Video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYNElueJj_w (in case)
  • 7. 3 Identify this photojournalist who covered iconic moments from the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II, the 1948 ArabIsraeli War and the First Indochina War. In 1947, he co-founded this international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices located in New York, Paris, London and Tokyo.
  • 8. AND THE ANSWER IS Robert Capa Magnum Photos
  • 9. 4 The essay "Notes on ____" by her, codified and mainstreamed the cultural connotations of the word ____, and identified it's evolution as a distinct aesthetic phenomenon. To start very generally: ___ is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. That way, the way of ____, is not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice, of stylization. The ultimate ___ statement: it's good because it's awful Random Examples: Zuleika Dobson, Tiffany lamps, Scopitone films, The Enquirer headlines and stories, Swan Lake, Bellini's operas, Visconti's direction of Salome and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, certain turn-of-the-century picture postcards, the old Flash Gordon comics, women's clothes of the twenties (feather boas, fringed and beaded dresses, etc.), stag movies seen without lust.
  • 10. AND THE ANSWER IS Susan Sontag Notes on ‘Camp’
  • 11. 5 He was one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. Originally a conscientious objector, but later drafted. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers, and capturing 132 others. This action occurred during the U.S.-led portion of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France. Was the subject of the 1941 Howard Hawks film, with Gary Cooper in the title role in an Oscar winning performance, that told about his life and Medal of Honor action.
  • 12. AND THE ANSWER IS Sgt. Alvin C York or Sergeant York
  • 13. 6 This 1969 triptych was sold recently for $142.4 million, the highest price attained at auction for a work of art when not factoring in inflation. Margaret Thatcher described the artist as "that man who paints those dreadful pictures". The subject was his close friend and rival. Identify both artists.
  • 14. AND THE ANSWER IS Francis Bacon Three Studies of Lucien Freud
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  • 16. AND THE ANSWER IS Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • 17. 8 Identify this weapon originally used by the burgher militias of Medieval Flanders in the 14th century. Essentially a combination of a club with a spear. Used with great effect against heavily armoured French Knights in 1302 during the Battle of the Golden Spurs. Accompanied with a greeting to sweeten the blow.
  • 18. AND THE ANSWER IS Goedentag (from the Dutch for ‘Good Day’)
  • 19. 9 Connect
  • 20. AND THE ANSWER IS Paro
  • 21. 10 Identify
  • 22. AND THE ANSWER IS Bob Dylan Allen Ginsberg
  • 23. 11 Dear Mr. ____, I saw your films Open City and Paisan, and enjoyed them very much. If you need a _____ actress who speaks English very well, who has not forgotten her German, who is not very understandable in French, and who in ____ knows only “ti amo”, I am ready to come and make a film with you. ____ ______ Connect the letter to the two images shown
  • 24. AND THE ANSWER IS Stromboli
  • 25. 12 Identify OD5839484E09 ____, Alex J. 548 Primrose Ln, Detroit, MI Grade: 1 00 33 Service: 7 Merit: Miranda Award GD Conduct BRVRY 1. 2. 3. 4. Serve the public trust Protect the innocent Uphold the law Classified
  • 26. AND THE ANSWER IS Robocop
  • 27. 13 In 1943, _____ attempted to buy out his contract, offering band leader Tommy Dorsey $60,000 to dissolve their relationship, but Dorsey turned him down. He wasn't about to sell his golden goose. That's when Dorsey received an unexpected visit from three gentlemen who made the bandleader an offer he couldn't refuse. Dorsey abruptly changed his mind and agreed to rip up the contract in exchange for one dollar. ____ played the diminutive Maggio who is beaten to a pulp by a vindictive sergeant played by Ernest Borgnine in a career changing performance. Mario Puzo remained coy when it came to the topic of ____ and never actually came right out and said that this character wasn't based on ____, but it's a connection that is hard to deny. Identify both.
  • 28. AND THE ANSWER IS Frank Sinatra Johnny Fontane
  • 29. 14 They are known for their short stature, green hair, orange skin, and white pants with protruding knees. In early editions of the novel, they are shown as African pygmies. Following growing controversy and criticism, in later editions of the book, they are white skinned and golden haired. Originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets". This was changed just before the publication of the book. They come from a small isolated area in West Africa. They would end up being preyed upon or attacked by Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers, which also lived there if it were not for him. He ended up inviting them to work at his factory and get away from their natural predators. In the book, they are the only people he will allow to work in his factory, because of the risk of industrial espionage committed by his rivals. They are only knee-high, with astonishing haircuts, and are paid in their favourite food, cacao beans, which were extremely rare in their island. They insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing (in the 1971 film, they wore Germanic clothing with striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants, in the 2005 film, they wore tribal clothing in their native land and typical factory worker uniforms in the factory). They are mischievous, love practical jokes and singing, and are very good at improvising, sing moralizing songs accompanied by a drum beat, and tend to speak in rhyme.
  • 30. AND THE ANSWER IS Oompa-Loompas Willy Wonka
  • 31. 15 Produced by the Ministry of Information of the British government in 1939, several months before the beginning of the Second World War and was intended to raise the morale of the British public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. "Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might" "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" It had only limited distribution with no public display, and thus was little known until it was rediscovered in 2000. As it’s popularity in various media has grown, innumerable parodies, imitations and co-optations have also appeared, making it notable. What Pop Culture Phenomenon?
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