Saturday, February 11, 2012

More on Mastermind

So Mary was on Mastermind yesterday. I have been sent a .wma file of the sound. I played it with VLC, but can't see how to embed it here. Hmm.  Episode 14 is available on iPlayer for a month, if your computer is deemed to live in the correct jurisdiction.

First in the spotlight is Catherine Goodwin [Godwin?], a teacher from Newcastle. Her subject is one of the first feminist campaigners and writers, Mary Wollstonecraft....

She did well in the face of those quick-fired questions from John Humphrys, but alas not well enough.

The questions were:

  1. Who famously described her as a "hyena in petticoats", following the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792?
  2. To which friend in Beverley, daughter of a philosopher and a lecturer, did the 14 year old Wollstonecraft write her earliest surviving letter?
  3. In which London church did she marry the anarchist and novelist William Godwin on 29 March 1797?
  4. In  A Vindication of the Rights of Men, whose definition of English liberty did she attack as "security of property"?
  5. Which young woman, slender and elegant of form, whom Wollstonecraft met in 1775, is thought to be the principal model for Anne in the novel Mary?
  6. In the conclusion of Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman, Maria says the conflict is over, and then says she will live for whom?
  7. Which writer and artist provided illustrations for the second edition of  Wollstonecraft's Original Stories from Real Life?
  8. In the 15th of her Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, Wollstonecraft says her thoughts darted from earth to heaven when she saw what sublime waterfall?
  9. With which political group, sometimes known as Brissotins, was she closely involved during the French Revolution?
  10. Which institution is described in Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman, as "the most insufferable bondage for minds governed by superior principles"?
  11. In her early Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, which animal story by Dorothy Kilner did she recommend to amuse and instruct?
  12. Which other celebrated writer was present at the dinner party of Joseph Johnson where Wollstonecraft met her future husband William Godwin?
  13. To which politician and former churchman was A Vindication of the Rights of Woman dedicated?
  14. According to the Letters, the design of the deity throughout the whole of nature appears to be the preservation of what?
  15. Who registered Wollstonecraft as his wife at the American Embassy in Paris to give her protection when war broke out between Britain and revolutionary France?
  16. Wollstonecraft jumped off which bridge over the Thames in an attempt to commit suicide in 1795, following the breakdown of her relationship with Gilbert Imlay?

Answers tomorrow.

The black chair, from the BBC Mastermind page. It is famous, apparently.

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