Ah, spring — and how welcome!
People have perked up, flowers are pushing their way through the moist ground, March Madness has taken over, golf clubs have moved back to car trunks, and kids and their families are enjoying spring break.
“God’s in His heaven, All’s right with the world,” wrote the poet. So let’s celebrate this wonderful season with a quiz. Spring or one of its months will be there for you. As usual, 5 points for each correct answer. Enjoy!
1. There’s a marvelous number, “Springtime for Hitler,” in a Broadway show that spoofs almost everything. What is the name of that show? It was here at the Embassy.
2. “The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la” is from what Gilbert and Sullivan musical?
3. According to Longfellow it happened on “the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five.” What was he celebrating in this well-loved poem?
4. Spring is great for you, but who was told “Beware the Ides of March”? He didn’t listen.
5. Who was the author of “Silent Spring”? She also wrote “The Sea Around Us.”
6. The poet Tennyson wrote that “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thought of ----.” Fill in the blank. (Easy quiz, huh?)
7. But one American poet wrote that “April is the cruellest month.” It’s in “The Waste Land.” Name the poet.
8. In a delightful film, we hear “It might as well be spring.” What’s the name of that Rodgers and Hammerstein musical?
9. Define “equinox.” Our weather experts refer to it frequently at this time of year.
10. Define “vernal,” which they also use connected with equinox.
11. She was a frequently seen actress of stage, screen and television, and her first name was Spring. What was her last name?
12. What is the birthstone for April?
13. And how about the birthstone for May, when everything is green again?
14. “Ode to the West Wind” contains a line that reassures us. It’s “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” Name the British poet.
15. Another English poet wrote in a sonnet, “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.” Who was he?
16. “By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled” was fired the shot heard round the world, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. Where and who were involved in this part of our American history?
17. Up there in my introduction to this quiz I quoted a line from a poem. In the poem we also read, “The year’s at the spring / And day’s at the morn.” The poem is titled “Pippa Passes.” Who wrote it?
18. We thrill to the beauty of spring flowers — daffodils, hyacinths, tulips. Ah, tulips. Who was the singer who is always identified with “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”?
19. According to mythology, she was the goddess of spring and married to Hades. Her kidnapping led to our having both summer and winter, the myth tells us. Who was she?
20. “I’ll see you again / Whenever spring breaks through again” begins a song from the musical “Bittersweet.” Who was the composer? Please remember him. This Brit wrote wonderfully sophisticated plays, including “Design for Living.”
Answers:1. “The Producers”; 2. “The Mikado”; 3.“The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”; 4. Julius Caesar, according to Shakespeare; 5. Rachel Carson; 6. Love; 7. T.S. Eliot; 8. “State Fair”; 9. The time when the sun crosses the equator and days and nights are of equal length; 10. Pertaining to spring; 11. Byington; 12. Diamond; 13. Emerald; 14. Shelley; 15. Shakespeare; 16. Lexington and the Minutemen; 17. Robert Browning; 18. Tiny Tim; 19. Persephone; 20. Noel Coward.
So there you have it. How did you do? Oh, a bonus — all right, a very easy one to push your score up. It comes in March and I associate corned beef and cabbage with it, but green beer seems to be the favorite symbol. What holiday am I referring to? St. Patrick’s Day, of course.