Circuit Court Judge Danny J. Boggs administers trivia tests to prospective law clerks. What follows are the answers to last year's version of the test:
1. What does the Herfindahl-Hirschman index measure? industry concentration 2. Who sprang full grown from the head of Jupiter? Who sprang from the sea foam off Cyprus? Minerva; Aphrodite 3. Who wrote the Ode to Joy? Schiller/Beethoven 4. Name one work by Margaret Atwood. e.g., The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace 5. For what was Willie Sutton noted? robbing banks 6. Who is your favorite historical figure (deceased)?
7. Complete the line: "Once upon a midnight dreary ______." while I pondered, weak and weary 8. How many U.S. states had new all-time high temperatures in the last twenty years? seven 9. Who or what were "Fat Man" and "Little Boy?" the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, respectively 10. What are the chances of ten straight of the same side coming up in ten consecutive tosses of a fair coin? 1/512 11. What country's capital is Kuala Lumpur? Malaysia 12. Who wrote Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats? T. S. Eliot 13. Freetown is the capital of what country? Sierra Leone 14. Name the most populous country in Africa; in South America. Nigeria; Brazil 15. What is measured by an anemometer? A sphygmomanometer? A hygrometer? wind; blood pressure; humidity 16. Who gave the famous speech "Ain't I a Woman?" Sojourner Truth 17. Give the decimal value of the number 212110, which is in base 3. 633 18. Distinguish Cabeza de Vaca from Vasco da Gama. Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish explorer. Vasco de Gama was a Portuguese explorer. 19. Name two works of Kipling. e.g., The Jungle Book, Kim, Gunga Din 20. Distinguish Roy M. Cohn from Roy G. Biv. Roy M. Cohn was a lawyer who worked on McCarthy's anti-Communist crusade. Roy G. Biv is a mnemonic device for remembering the colors of the rainbow. 21. Distinguish Rimsky-Korsakov from Kolmogorov-Smirnov. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer. Kolmogorov-Smirnov is a statistical test. 22. Within a factor of 2, what was the United States population at the time of the Civil War? The total number of military deaths in the Civil War? 32.3 million; 558,052 23. Why is Eli Whitney famous? He invented the cotton gin. 24. What capital of a European country is the farthest north? The farthest south? Reykjavik; Valletta 25. Name a poem that you can recite by memory. 26. Who killed: Duncan? McKinley? Cock Robin? Ron Goldman? Vaudeville? Macbeth; Leon Czolgosz; the Sparrow; unknown; radio, movies, television, stale material 27. Who wrote The Jew of Malta? Christopher Marlowe 28. Where did Michael Jordan play college basketball? University of North Carolina 29. Name three quarks. e.g., up, down, top, bottom, strange and charm 30. What countries were headed by: Amin? Kaunda? Nkrumah? Kenyatta? Uganda; Zambia; Ghana; Kenya 31. What country had a group of authors known as "The Generation of '98?" Spain 32. Name three members of Washington's first cabinet. e.g., John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, Edmund Randolph, Samuel Osgood 33. How many members are in the U.S. House of Representatives? In what year did it first have this number? 435; 1913 34. Who was Thorstein Veblen? American economist and social critic, author of The Theory of the Leisure Class 35. Who was Cinque? Symbionese Liberation Army leader who kidnapped Patty Hearst; also, a slave from Sierra Leone who led the Amistad Rebellion 36. Name two Shakespeare plays beginning with "King." King Lear, King John 37. Who was Matthew Brady? 19th century American photographer, celebrated for portraits of politicians and photographs of the Civil War 38. What work of art has most profoundly affected you?
39. Who was Hector Bywater? a western naval journalist who wrote The Great Pacific War 40. Complete the line: "Is this a dagger______?" which I see before me 41. When was Liberia founded? What was the original name of its capital? 1847; Monrovia 42. Locate: Lake Baikal; the Salton Sea; the Aral Sea; the Sea of Tranquility. Siberia; California; Central Asia; the moon 43. Name a work by H. L. Mencken. e.g., A Book of Burlesques; Damn: A Book of Calumny; Happy Days 44. Who wrote: "Sunset and evening star and one clear call for me?" Tennyson 45. Who is Eudora Welty? American short story writer and novelist; won Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist's Daughter 46. What is the capital of Chile? Santiago 47. What was the last city in Spain relinquished by the Moors? Granada 48. In what work do Caliban and Prospero appear? The Tempest 49. Who were the Burghers of Calais? Who sculpted them? six figures representing the city fathers of Calais, who offered themselves as hostages to end Edward III's siege of the city; Rodin 50. Who was the "Galloping Ghost?" Harold "Red" Grange, a football player 51. How long does it take for light from the surface of the sun to reach the earth? about 8 minutes 52. Who pardoned Debs? Nixon? Mandela? President Harding; President Ford; F. W. de Klerk released Mandela 53. Who was Atahualpa? Inca Emperor of Peru 54. How did Samson die? He pulled down the two supporting pillars of the temple and killed himself. 55. When was King Phillip's War? 1675-1676 56. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite work by that author?
57. Who said "The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line?" W. E. B. DuBois 58. Name three famous Leopolds. e.g., Aldo Leopold, King Leopold, Leopold Bloom, Nathan Leopold 59. Distinguish chukkers from Chequers from Checkers. Chukkers are periods of play in polo; Chequers is the British Prime Minister's official country residence; Checkers was Nixon's dog 60. Who dragged Hector around the Walls of Troy? Achilles 61. Who wrote "We are the hollow men. . ."? T. S. Eliot 62. Who, what, or where is Vaduz? the capital of Liechtenstein 63. What is the sum of the interior angles of a pentagon? 540 degrees 64. Who had a famous "Last Theorem?" "Last Tape?" "Last Stand?" Fermat; Krapp; Custer 65. Identify Rigoberta Menchú. Guatemalan Indian-rights activist awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1992; wrote I, Rigoberta Menchú, the accuracy of which was later disputed 66. Whose name is the first line of the following complete poem: "______/slept under the dresser./When that began to pall,/he slept in the hall?" Edward the Confessor 67. What does the Constitution say about the number of members of the Supreme Court? Article III, Section One states that there will be one Supreme Court but does not specify the number of members. The Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number at six. 68. What state currently has the third most members of Congress? Texas 69. Who wrote "The Ballad of the White Horse?" G. K. Chesterton 70. If the moon were made of green cheese, and if green cheese floats in water, what is the most that the moon could weigh (within a factor of 10)? 10 (to the 21st) pounds 71. Edit: Sam Stevens, et. ux, brought suit against their clother for selling defective suits. The suit was resolved by Stevens v. Jones, 71 F. 3d. 362. The district court had granted summery judgement against the Stevens', but on appeal, the Court decided that the plaintiff's claims deserved a trial. Sam Stevens, et ux., brought suit against their clothier for selling defective suits. The suit was resolved by Stevens v. Jones, 71 F.3d 362. The district court had granted summary judgment against the Stevenses, but on appeal, the court decided that the plaintiffs' claims deserved a trial.