Tuesday Trivia

In_praise_of_flattery Flattery and Other Trivial Pursuits

New this month, Willis Goth Regier’s In Praise of Flattery looks into flattery as an element as flammable (and as taken for granted) as oxygen. Giving flattery light, attention, and care, Regier treats readers to hundreds of historical examples drawn from the highest social circles in politics, romance, and religion, from the courts of Byzantium and China to Paris, Rome, and Washington, DC.

Also new this month, our regular blog feature, “Tuesday Trivia.”  Each Tuesday, we will post trivia questions based on the subject matter of a University of Nebraska Press publication. Regier’s In Praise of Flattery is the subject of our first “Tuesday Trivia” post.  Are you game? If so, try your hand at the trivia set below.

Match the quote on flattery to the famous historical figure to which it is attributed:

1. “The two Ends of Flattery are Profit or Safety.”
    a. William Shakespeare
    b. Sir Roger L’Estrange
    c. Henry VIII
    d. George Washington

2. “[T]he philosopher has his value who flatters the intellect.”
    a. Immanuel Kant
    b. Plato
    c. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    d. Socrates

3. “To be sedulous in promoting another’s good; also to flatter, is to honour, as a sign we seek his protection or aid.”
    a. Thomas Hobbes
    b. Antoine Arnauld
    c. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    d. René Descartes
4. “After the fact of hating their enemies, what is more natural to men than flattering them?”
    a. Alexis de Tocqueville
    b. John Locke
    c. Karl Marx
    d. Niccolò Machiavelli

5. “Even in the very warmest, friendliest, and simplest relations, flattery or praise is needed just as grease is needed just as grease is needed to keep wheels going round.”
    a. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    b. William Faulkner
    c. Jane Austen
    d. Leo Tolstoy

Answers: 1-B; 2-C; 3-A; 4-A; 5-D

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