Are we in a rut?
Since its debut on Feb. 15, 2004, every GeoQuiz has been fill-in-the-blank or multiple choice. This time, one of our
zillions of loyal readers suggested, you should make it an essay test.
The GeoQuiz brain trust promptly convened to discuss the issue, got sidetracked playing foosball and pingpong, broke up
for the evening and never reconvened.
So we'll remain in our rut for now.
All right, if you really want to you can write a 200-word answer to this question: What is the best city and the best
venue to see a music concert?
A promise from the good folk here on the 48th floor of the GeoQuiz monolith in downtown Durango: We will look at every
essay and read it if we agree with your answer.
Now, speaking of music, how about a GeoQuiz on famous bands? What we've cooked up for you today is a test involving
rock and roll bands. We name the bands; you name their countries of origin. It'll take you back in time, and it'll be
(Answers on Page 11C.)
1. We'll pretty much give this one away. Two of the Rolling Stones' founding members went to primary school in
Dartford, which is a town just outside what city in what country?
2. You'll find it southeast of Indonesia. Here's an interesting fact if you didn't know it: Peter Garrett, the lead
singer for Midnight Oil, is now this country's environment minister.
3. Do the words Rock You Like a Hurricane" mean anything? Heavy metal band The Scorpions rocked the '80s and '90s. The
band's founder, Rudolf Schenker, was born in Hildesheim.
4. U2 is from a country whose tip is north of 55 degrees latitude. It's slightly bigger than West Virginia. Travel
note: Bring an umbrella.
5. Radar Love." Some of you know the answer already, don't you? The band Golden Earring had a couple of huge hits,although it's unclear how they padded out the rest of their live shows. The country borders the North Sea. The last
name of the band's drummer is Zuiderwijk - does that help?
6. The Dave Matthews Band is American-based. But Matthews himself was actually born on another continent, in a country
where you'd find the Cape of Good Hope. Name the country.
7. Everyone knows where ABBA's from, right? It's the land of Volvos and Saabs, and its second-largest city is
8. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell grew up here, although they jumped the border in the 1960s. The music of Rush,Loverboy, Crash Test Dummies and other illustrious bands followed in the '70s, '80s and '90s. By land mass, it's the
largest country in its hemisphere.
9. What country are the bands Boston and Kansas from? Is this perhaps a trick question?
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