One Easy One Hard by BringMoreLegos

Champion(s):

VenguswamyK
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi


Runner(s)-Up:

Abhi
Let's have some fun with quizzes!


Quiz Description

Here's an experimental quiz of sorts, inspired by a couple of recent LL questions asking for either of two answers, with one answer being widely familiar, the other significantly more obscure.

This quiz contains twelve such questions, asking for either of two pieces of information, one easier than the other. But there's a twist. At grading, I will randomly select six of the questions and accept only the more difficult answer. Therefore it is in your best interest to provide the tougher piece of information on as many questions as possible. PROVIDE ONLY ONE ANSWER; RESPONSES CONTAINING TWO ANSWERS WILL BE MARKED INCORRECT! You'll have to gamble if you wanna take a guess at the toughie.

NOTE: Given possible wild variations of opinion regarding which answer is easier, I consider the "harder" answer to be the second one requested in the writing of the question.

Full Results:

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Questions:

Historically, as commerce developed between nations, trade languages facilitated communication between speakers of mutually unintelligible tongues. What is the name of the Mediterranean trade language now used as a common term for all such languages, OR the regional ethnic group who utilized the only major trade dialect that is a sign language?

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LINGUA FRANCA or PLAINS NATIONS / NATIVE AMERICANS

Click below to view the diagram. What is the numeric value of f'(c), that is, the function's derivative at point c, or the name of the mathematician associated with the theorem being illustrated?

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0 or MICHEL ROLLE

The same song was a number-one hit in America for Patti LaBelle and, decades later, a supergroup of Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink. What is the title of this song, or the name of the English girl group that hit number one on the UK singles chart with their version just three years before Christina and company?

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LADY MARMALADE or ALL SAINTS

HBO recently announced they may revive True Detective with the aid of the man who created such shows as NYPD Blue and Deadwood. What is the name of this venerable, if gambling-prone, writer-producer, or his short-lived 2007 show about a family of surfers visited by a mysterious young Ohioan?

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DAVID MILCH or JOHN FROM CINCINNATI

One of Earth's natural wonders is in mortal danger from a process called bleaching, the result of warming sea temperatures. What is this world-famous ecosystem, or the phylum of its foundational inhabitants?

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GREAT BARRIER REEF or CNIDARIA

An act signed into law in 1997 reauthorized the minting of US $1 coins featuring the image of Susan B. Anthony until a new design for the dollar coin could be produced, which featured another famous woman and her infant son. What was her name, or the name of her child?

(For the child, either his complete given name or family name will be accepted.)

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SACAGAWEA or JEAN-BAPTISTE CHARBONNEAU

A longtime icon of gay culture and popular culture at large, known among other things for the film Beaches and its accompanying song "Wind Beneath My Wings," is currently starring in the title role of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, this season's hot-ticket revival. Who is this "divine miss," or the author of the play on which Hello, Dolly! is based?

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BETTE MIDLER or THORNTON WILDER

In the late 1960s, Jared Kass and fellow college students developed a new team sport combining elements of football, basketball, and soccer with a unique sporting implement. What is the (somewhat arrogant) name of this sport, or the private liberal arts college attended by Kass and his classmates?

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ULTIMATE (FRISBEE) or AMHERST

Two modern alcoholic beverages claim a desire to combat malaria as the impetus for their invention. What mixed drink found favor among the army of the British East India Company, or what aperitif answered a call by the French government to fortify the Foreign Legion in north Africa?

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GIN AND TONIC or DUBONNET

Eliot Rosewater, Dwayne Hoover, Bokonon, Billy Pilgrim, and of course Kilgore Trout are all creations of an influential American author. Who is this author, or what was his first novel, a prescient commentary on the automation of the workforce?

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KURT VONNEGUT or PLAYER PIANO

The work of artist Jeff Koons includes many strange things, from a playful sculpture which reigns as the most expensive work sold at auction by a living artist ($58.4 million) to sexually explicit depictions of him and his then-wife, a pornographic model. What is the title (color not required) of the record-setting auction item, or the absurdly self-aggrandizing sex installation?

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BALLOON DOG or MADE IN HEAVEN

What is the capital of Suriname, or the country of origin of its largest ethnic group?

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PARAMARIBO or INDIA