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 V.18 No.51 | December 17 - 23, 2009 

Art Quiz

Match the Famous Artists to Their Beliefs

Happy Hanukkah, everyone! I mean: Merry Christmas! Joyous Kwanzaa. Happy Islamic New Year. Blessed Solstice. Super Pancha Ganapati, all. Join us in celebrating the range of winter holidays with our Match the Famous Artists to Their Beliefs quiz. Reductionist? Maybe. Neat fun? You bet!

Art News

Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card

Artists, Writers, Musicians

1) Orson Scott Card

Science fiction author of Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead

2) Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz trumpeter, band leader, composer. Known for scat singing and inflated cheeks.

3) Laurie Anderson

Renowned experimental musician and performance artist. Married to Lou Reed. Coolest person maybe ever.

Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie

4) J.D. Salinger

Reclusive author of the classics The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey

5) Margot Adler

Author and NPR journalist. Host of the now defunct "Justice Talking."

6) Mark Rothko

Pioneer in abstract expressionism who painted such seminal works as “Untitled” and “Untitled”

Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

7) Margaret Atwood

Canadian author of feminist and dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale

8) Judy Chicago

Artist. Creator of the groundbreaking The Dinner Party.

9) Mos Def

J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger

Rapper, actor and artist. Once starred in a detective show called "The Cosby Mysteries.”

Margot Adler
Margot Adler
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood
Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago
Mos Def
Mos Def


a. Buddhism—Religious philosophy centered on such concepts as karma, samsara and nirvana

b. Atheism—No gods. Just us.

c. Humanism—And if it is just us, that's cool, but we are responsible for each other.

d. Mormonism—Sect of Christianity that follows the teachings of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon

e. Islam—Follows the Quran as the word of God, the same God as in Judaism and Christianity

f. Judaism—Began with the covenant between God and Abraham and extends to Mel Brooks

g. Bahá'í—Monotheistic faith originating in 19th-century Persia. Emphasizes the spiritual unity of all people.

h. Hinduism—Considered to be the oldest religion, it's super-complicated and has lots of gods.

i. Wicca—Modern faith based on pre-Christian British nature paganism.


1) D. 2) G. 3) A. 4) H. 5) I. 6) B. 7) C. 8) F. 9) E.


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