Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Results from the Mr. Brame's Blog Challenge



The results are in.  Congratulations to Adam Remsen, winner of the Mr. Brame Challenge!  The answers and methodology follow...

First, I have to say that the challenge was a surprising success.  A special thank you goes out to Kerry at the ilovememphisblog.com, for helping me spread the word.  And now, for the winners!


FIRST PLACE: Congratulations to Adam Remsen of Memphis, Tennessee.  Adam is an independent filmmaker, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, who lists his hobbies as "photography, cooking, and identifying quotations embedded in stone."  Adam will receive a prize to be named later.


Here is a photo of Adam by Laura Jean Hocking.
SECOND PLACE: Two contestants tied for second place.  They will also receive prizes to be named later.




  • One second place price goes to James Chester, who was my roommate at Yale.  He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his spouse Paul and their two dogs Gabby and Dakota.  He teaches middle school history and English, reads compulsively and make book art and mail art.   


  • The other second place prize goes to Charlotte Hassen.  She was born and raised in Memphis, and attended high school with Kerry (of ilovememphisblog.com fame) who directed her toward this blog and contest. She left home to attend Vanderbilt University and ended up sticking around Nashville where she lives with my two roommates and my dog, Memphis.


There were 15 questions worth either one or two points a piece, plus a bonus, meaning that it was possible to make a 26 out of 25 possible points.  I allowed partial credit.


Here are the answers.


1. This comes from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. (two points possible)




2. This comes from the Apologia of Plato, in which he quotes Socrates saying, "The unexamined life is not worth living."  Only Justin Sledge got this one correct. (one point possible for the translation)




3. Pablo Picasso, Guernica (two points possible)



4. For two possible points, this is from Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."  (The poem is called "The Road Not Taken," people, and not "The Road Less Traveled."  If you get the title wrong, there is a good chance that you are missing the point of the entire poem.  But that's the English teacher in me coming out.  I'll stop.)


5. Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."  (two points) I will also accept Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass, in which the poem appeared.  (I even grudgingly accepted Alice in Wonderland, but not without a snobbish little snort.)


6. Elvis and Warhol (two points)


7. John 1:1 (one point)


8. Marx and Engles (one point for getting both of their names, zero points for anything else.)


9. Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee," or "Memphis"  (two points possible) 


10. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (two points)


11. Shakespeare from Henry V (two points) in a passage that never fails to move me.


12. Shakespeare, Hamlet (two points)


13. Lots of you got one point for identifying e.e. cummings, but very few of you got the other point for calling it "Old Age Sticks," or even "untitled."


14. Churchill (one point)


15.  Da Vinci (one point)



Extra Credit: Which of the above references stirred up enough controversy after the project was finished that it was even mentioned in The New York Times? Yes, it was "Workers of the world, unite!"  Read about it here.

The winners will be getting their prizes in the mail sometime soon.  Thanks for playing, everyone!



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