Archive for the ‘History’ Category

A Coleopterist Goes to War

In History, Science, Species Seekers on November 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Napolean’s first aide-de-camp, Col. Pierre Francois Marie Auguste Dejean, was also a coleopterist.  What was his specialty?

1.  He made precision rifle sights.

2.  He collected beetles.

3.  He was a battlefield engineer, adept at reading the land by studying the foliage.

4.  He designed a new form of artillery.



An Arctic Explorer and his Rather Large Find

In History, Science, Species Seekers, Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

In 1773, Capt. Constantine John Phipps, 2nd Baron Mulgrave took two ships on a voyage towards the North Pole.  What was the mission’s outcome?

1.  He found the Northwest Passage.

2.  He saw a polar bear.

3.  He was a spy and brought back early evidence of revolutionary sentiments in the American colonies.

4.  He had to be rescued from the ice.


Splitsville with Constantine Rafinesque

In History, Science, Species Seekers, Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:06 am

Constantine Rafinesque (1783-1840)was a notorious “splitter.”  What did he split?

1.  He split his specimens for easy storage.

2.  He split established species into several new species.

3.  He split wood.

4.  He split collections to sell to different museums.



In History, Uncategorized, Yale on November 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

Yale has lots of things packed away in the attic.  Which of these treasures is not in their collections?


1.  A rose kissed by Alice B. Toklas

2.  A piece of the True Cross

3.  Alfred Lord Tennyson’s hair

4.  William Howard Taft’s underpants


Handsome Dan

In History, Sports, Uncategorized, Yale on May 11, 2009 at 9:18 am

Which Handsome Dan was truly a standout?

  1. Handsome Dan X
  2. Handsome Dan XII
  3. Handsome Dan I
  4. Handsome Dan XVI


Breaking Ground

In Architecture, History, Sports, Uncategorized, Yale on May 8, 2009 at 10:16 am


What were they building in 1913?





  1. The polo pony barns
  2. The tunnels for the Yale Bowl
  3. Barracks for ROTC
  4. Chemical weapons testing sheds



In History, Science, Student Life, Uncategorized, Yale on February 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

What did students observe from the tower of the Athenaeum in 1835?


  1. P.T. Barnum’s circus coming to town.
  2. The first sighting of Halley’s Comet.
  3. “Life” on the moon.
  4. Charles Darwin on the Beagle.



Temples of Cloacina

In Arts, History, Yale on February 13, 2009 at 10:39 am

 What were John Trumbull’s “Temples of Cloacina?”

  1. A painting of Roman temples
  2. Follies constructed on his estate
  3. Outhouses behind the Brick Row
  4. A poem he wrote after visiting Rome




In History, Science, Yale on February 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm


What does this “thunder house” in the Peabody’s collection of Historical Scientific Instruments do?






  1. Predicts the weather
  2. Tells time
  3. Lights up
  4. Explodes




In History, Science, Yale on February 5, 2009 at 3:26 pm

After the original inhabitant passed on, this shell served what function?



conch trumpet




1. Mastodon skin scraper.

2. Grain scoop.

3. Musical instrument.

4. Fish scaler