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"Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" and Me

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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and Me game quiz
"Tackling "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" (translated by Joscelyn Godwin) is quite the challenge, my dictionary is getting a workout. How about yours?"

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1. As "the Strife of Love in a Dream" begins, I come to my first puzzling words as Poliphilo gives his introduction describing things he saw. Which words mean "architectural elements decorated with reliefs and often decorative in nature"?
    zophori and friezes
    parapet and crenellation
    antebellum and clerestory
    googie and madi


2. Poliphilo's dream continues and he sees Phoebus rise from the ocean during sunrise. Phoebus was being transported by something meaning a "two wheeled chariot pulled by four horses." What was Phoebus riding?
    barouche
    troika
    cabriolet
    quadriga


3. Poliphilo enters a forest in his dream and begins to worry that he will fall into a stinking ditch. What word means, "offensive to the smell, noxious"?
    aromatic
    mephitic
    redolent
    ambrosial


4. Poliphili encounters a pyramid in his travels and it is wonderous to behold. So much so, he describes it in detail. Parts of the pyramid are made of a Greek metal that is thought to be a gold and copper alloy. What metal was Poliphili describing?
    amalgam
    chromoly
    orichalcum
    elinvar


5. Poliphili spends a large amount of time staggering around his dream describing architectural elements. I spent a lot of time looking them up since it was all Greek to me. Luckily, this word wasn't architectural, but the name given a "red or purple hard, igneous rock."
    komatiites
    porphyry
    basalt
    rhyolite


6. In his dream, Poliphili wanders into the country and becomes somewhat lonely. To his delight, he is greeted by some beings that bestow "their holy guidance" upon him. What is the Latin word for "guardian spirit" that became Poliphili's guide (or guardian angel)?
    genius
    seraphim
    cherub
    archangel


7. A typical guy, even asleep, Poliphilo finds himself bathing in a fountain with a bunch of women that tease and taunt him. He begins to be suspicious that their actions have an ulterior meaning, describing it like a "soothing preparation applied to sores and scrapes, an oily ointment" that he doesn't know he can trust. What word does he use to describe such an ointment?
    plaster
    poultice
    unguent
    potion


8. Poliphilo's hunch might not have been totally without merit, because his contact with the fountain women created within him "inordinate and unhealthy sexual desire" that incited him to "desires I had never felt before." What had overcome him?
    chastity
    prurience
    abstinence
    continence


9. Poliphilo escapes the fountain women and continues on his journey in his dream. Eventually he escapes a dragon and is congratulated by a regal Queen that he describes as a name of a month meaning, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur." What month did he use?
    July
    November
    September
    August


10. During Poliphilo's visit with the Queen, servants bring in a large statue that Poliphilo begins to describe in detail. The top of the statue is adorned with a tree bearing fruit. What fruit is a type of apple from a European tree?
    sorb
    olive
    mimusops
    jujube


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Compiled Jan 05 15