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John Ashbery's Multiple Choice Questions

John_Ashbery_in_thought_2010_ShankboneFrom John Ashbery's "One Hundred Multiple-Choice Questions":

  1. Thinking can help to solve problems because
  2. a) problems exist only in the mind
  3. b) problems must be taken seriously
  4. c) mind triumphs over matter
  5. d) not to think would be to avoid the problem
  6. e) no problem can be completely solved anyway
  7. f) it is our duty to think our way out of problems

Can't argue with that. Or this:

  1. Religious freedom means
  2. a) that God does not exist
  3. b) that God is dead
  4. c) that the individual is free to worship God as he chooses
  5. d) that we need attend church only on Sundays
  6. e) that we can do as we please
  7. f) that there is no life after death

Finally,

  1. "E=mc squared" alludes to
  2. a) the personality quotient
  3. b) the battle between the sexes
  4. c) the generation gap
  5. d) Heidi
  6. f) The Little Foxes
  7. g) all of the preceding

Give up? The correct answers are below.

-- DL

Correct answers: 1) g, 6) simon says, 68) A mazurka is a Polish dance.


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I left it
on when I
left the house
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of coming back
ten hours later
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of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
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