Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cultural Literacy Contest and Goats




We have a herd of Boer goats, 35 in all. Each time a kid is born, we spend a good deal of time discussing, disagreeing, debating and deciding what to name it. I thought it would be fun if I listed some of their names and see if you can figure out who they are named after. All names are well known in history, art, movies or literature. One is in the foreign language I speak (You will know which one if you read my blog regularly) but it should be easy to find out its meaning. That one is extra credit. : ) Most of the names are females, since most are nannies. But we have some males as well. Leave you answers in the comments section and in a week we will announce the winner (the one who named the most original sources correctly) and we will also post the answers. Here are their names:

1 Carmen
2 Princess Leia
3 Kızıl Ok
4 Jason Argonaut
5 Rosie Cotton
6 Catriona
7 Torfrida
8 Good Queen Bess
9 Boudicca (Boadicea)
10 Brunhilde
11 Gazelle
12 Marie Antoinette
13 Myrtle Hardbottle
14 Wendy Moira Angela Darling
15 Rose Salterne
16 Jerusha
17 Sassafras
18 Thing One
19 Thing Two
20 Bambi
21 Luthien
22 Tinuviel
23 Padme Amidala
24 Freya
25 Odin
26 Emrys
27 Castor
28 Pollux


Ready, set, GO.










7 comments:

Miss Eyebright said...

Here goes!

1. Carmen(the opera)
2. Star Wars 4,5,6
3.
4. Jason and the Argonauts
5. The Lord of the Rings
6.
7.
8. Nickname for Queen Elizabeth
9.
10. Is this from Beowulf?
11.
12. Marie Antoinette!
13. Lord of the Rings
14. Peter Pan
15.
16. A name from the Bible, is it not?
17. The name of a plant?
18. Dr. Suess
19. Dr. Suess
20. Bambi
21. Lord of the Rings
22. Lord of the Rings
23. Star Wars 1,2,3
24. A Norse goddess
25. A Norse god
26.
27. A constellation
28. A constellation

Whew! How did I do?
Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
Miss Eyebright

MarthaH605 said...

1. A character in an opera -- by Bizet, I think.

2. Star Wars character

3. ? Star Trek? (Klingon?)

4. Character in an ancient story (Iliad?) of the Golden Fleece. FYI, Jason did not have a last name. The Argonauts were the men he traveled with. "Jason AND the Argonauts."

5. The Lord of the Rings, Sam's wife or daughter, I forget.

6. No idea
7. No idea

8. Queen Elizabeth (#1, I think.)

9. Woman who lived in ancient Britain, famous for unifying the Britons, against the Romans.

10. Character from an opera

11. No idea

12. Queen of France in 1700's who was beheaded by an angry populace.

13. ??? Guessing another character from The Lord of the Rings.

14. No idea

15. No idea
16. No idea
17. No idea

18&19: Character's from The Cat in the Hat, by Seuss.

20. Character from a book of the same name -- a deer.

21. Character from The Lord of the Rings.

22. Last (or second) name of Luthien (#21).

23. A queen from Star Wars I or II.

24. Ancient Norse Goddess, I think.

25. Ancient Norse God.

26. No idea.

27 & 28: Twins from ancient Greek myth. Also stars in the constellation Gemini.

MarthaH605 said...

I can't remember whether I said that Brunhilde was one of the Valkyries from an opera by Wagner -- the Ring Cycle with Siegfried.

Michelle said...

1 from Bizet's opera
2 Star Wars
3 ?
4 ?
5 ?
6 ?
7 ?
8 British history
9 ?
10 Wagner opera
11 Gazelle
12 French aristocrat
13 ?
14 from Barrie's "Peter Pan"
15 ?
16 ?
17 herb
18 "The Cat in the Hat"
19 "The Cat in the Hat"
20 from Felix Salten's (sp?) book
21 ?
22 ?
23 Star Wars
24 Norse goddess
25 Norse god
26 ?
27 a star
28 another star

Okay, I feel slightly ignorant now! At least you know I didn't cheat. :)

Lucie said...

I know that it's more than a week later, but here goes...

1.the opera, Carmen
2.?
3.?
4. Greek mythology
5.Musician
6.?
7.?
8.Queen Elizabeth I
9.Ancient British history
10.sounds familiar...
11. The Bible
12. French queen during The French Revolution..NOT a good thing to be(let them eat CAKE!!!).
13.?
14.Peter Pan
15.?
16.Turkish for Jerusalem?
17. ?
18. Dr. Suess!
19. Dr. Suess
20. Bambi
21.Lord of the Rings
22. "
23.?
24. Norse goddess
25. "
26.Constellation
27. constellation
28.constellation

Anonymous said...

1 Carmen From the opera
2 Princess Leia Star Wars
3 Kızıl Ok turkish, but whom?
4 Jason Argonaut Greek Mythology, from Ulysses/Odysseus
5 Rosie Cotton ?
6 Catriona ?
7 Torfrida ?
8 Good Queen Bess refers to Elizabeth I, but don't know source
9 Boudicca (Boadicea) Celtic Warrior-Queen from British Isles
10 Brunhilde Viking Hero (female)
11 Gazelle ?
12 Marie Antoinette Queen to Louis XIV of France during the French Revolution
13 Myrtle Hardbottle ?
14 Wendy Moira Angela Darling ?but sound familiar
15 Rose Salterne ?
16 Jerusha Biblical
17 Sassafras ?
18 Thing One Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
19 Thing Two Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
20 Bambi Sad little dear from novel of the same name made into a pathetic Disney film.
21 Luthien ?
22 Tinuviel ?
23 Padme Amidala Star Wars again
24 Freya Viking Goddess of War?
25 Odin Viking Head god
26 Emrys ?
27 Castor Greek Mythology
28 Pollux Greek Mythology

Zee said...

1 Opera
2 Star Wars
3 Star Trek?
4 Greek Mythology
5 Lord of the Rings
6
7
8 Queen Elizabeth ?
9
10 Opera
11
12 French Queen who was fond of the guillotine
13
14 Peter Pan
15
16
17
18 Dr Seuss (Cat in the hat)
19 Dr Seuss (Cat in the hat)
20 Title character in the movie Bambi
21 Lord of the Rings
22 Lord of the Rings
23 Star Wars
24 Norse God of fertility
25 Norse God (Father of the Gods)
26
27 Greek mythology and a star
28 Greek mythology and a star