Friday, December 10, 2010

John Lennon quiz with Biography Reference Bank

Wednesday, December 8 was the 30th anniversary of the shooting of the singer, sixties icon, and activist John Lennon, outside his apartment in New York. To mark this anniversary, today's Friday quiz is all about the man and his music.

As usual, you will find the answers to the quiz in Biography Reference Bank, or you can wait until later today when we will tweet them. If you are a Biography Reference Bank subscriber, we particularly recommend you check out the biography of Lennon that appeared in Current Biography in 1965, for a flavor of how the Beatles were perceived at the very height of their popularity. For example:

"Originally regarded as a manifestation of good-natured protest of youth against the established order, the Beatles have since found their place within the Establishment, as evidenced by their designation, in June 1965, as members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire."


1) John Lennon's parents were named:
a) Alfred and Julia
b) Cynthia and Sean
c) Brian and Mary

2) John began performing with Paul McCartney in the late 1950s under a name derived from British Air Force slang. What was that name?
a) The Fox Cubs
b) The Nurk Twins
c) The Two Tommys

3) Which prominent American chronicler of the Sixties called John "one of the few Englishmen whom English literati have hailed as a genius of the lower crust"?
a) Gore Vidal
b) Hunter S. Thompson
c) Tom Wolfe

4) What was the name of the 1998 album containing previously unrecorded Lennon material?
a) Reimagined
b) Diamonds in the Rough
c) Wonsaponatime

5) What was the name of the single that was released a month after Lennon's death in 1980?
a) "Woman"
b) "Starting Over"
c) "Give Peace a Chance" 

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