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Quiz about Two of Hearts
Quiz about Two of Hearts

Two of Hearts Trivia Quiz


I was listening to the radio and the song 'Two of Hearts' came on. I hadn't heard it in a while and it has inspired me to write this quiz about cards ...

A multiple-choice quiz by lones78. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
lones78
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
342,612
Updated
Apr 01 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1266
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Question 1 of 10
1. 'Collection of Miscellanea at Duyang' is the first known reference to playing cards and card games. 'Yezi Gexi' was the first known book about cards and card games. They were both written in the Tang era of which ancient civilization? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Ancient Chinese 'money cards' had four 'suits' although these were not the 'standard' hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades. What picture was used to represent each particular 'suit'? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. It is believed that the first deck of cards ever printed was represented by each of the 21 combinations of a pair of dice. What was this deck called? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The widespread use of playing cards in Europe can be traced back to about 1377, with evidence of use and restrictions prior to this date. The Mameluke deck has suits similar to the tarot, yet contained 52 cards with the ten 'spot' cards and three 'court' cards similar to that we see today. Listed below are the names of those court cards, all except one. Which was NOT a court card? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Some early cards were printed using a woodcut technique (using a carved block of wood covered in ink then pressed onto paper). From about the early to mid-1400s one artist, known as the 'Master of Playing Cards', created cards using which newly invented printmaking technique? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Modern cards have the suits: hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs (although this isn't always the case). These suits originated in the late 1400s in which European country? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The court card modern standard became 'King of Spades', 'Queen of Hearts', 'Knave of Diamonds', etc. Each of these court cards has a traditional Parisian name and whilst the 'King' names are quite well known, the 'Queen' and 'Knave' are not. Of the following listed, which is NOT one of the traditional Parisian 'Queen' card names? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which French eighteenth century innovation was part of a major design change for court cards, making it harder for players to tell which cards their opponent was holding? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Jokers were introduced to the modern card deck in the late nineteenth century by the United States. They were introduced to join the 'Jack' (formerly 'Knave') cards as a bower (bauer) for which popular card game?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A standard 56-card deck of cards has an extra court card (compared with the standard 52-card deck). The King, Queen and Jack are there but what is the designation of the fourth court card? Hint



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1. 'Collection of Miscellanea at Duyang' is the first known reference to playing cards and card games. 'Yezi Gexi' was the first known book about cards and card games. They were both written in the Tang era of which ancient civilization?

Answer: Chinese

The invention of the playing card came at about the same time as the development of paper in sheets instead of on rolls. Several ancient Chinese scholars refer to card games existing and being played since at least the mid-Tang dynasty (618-907).
2. Ancient Chinese 'money cards' had four 'suits' although these were not the 'standard' hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades. What picture was used to represent each particular 'suit'?

Answer: Coins, coin strings, myriads, tens of myriads

The four 'suits' of ancient Chinese money cards was coins, strings of coins (because of the crude drawings, this 'suit' may have been misinterpreted as 'sticks'), myriads (groups of coins or groups of strings of coins), and tens of myriads (a myriad is equal to ten thousand). It is believed that the first cards may have also been paper currency with players playing for the 'card', as in modern trading card games.
3. It is believed that the first deck of cards ever printed was represented by each of the 21 combinations of a pair of dice. What was this deck called?

Answer: Domino deck

Domino cards were printed in the Tang dynasty alongside the first printed books. It is believed that the design of Mahjong tiles were likely derived from early playing card designs. It is thought that tarot cards originated in Mameluke Egypt sometime before the late 1300s before reaching Europe in the mid to late fourteenth century.
4. The widespread use of playing cards in Europe can be traced back to about 1377, with evidence of use and restrictions prior to this date. The Mameluke deck has suits similar to the tarot, yet contained 52 cards with the ten 'spot' cards and three 'court' cards similar to that we see today. Listed below are the names of those court cards, all except one. Which was NOT a court card?

Answer: Jack

The answers given are the English translation of the court cards as used in the Mameluke deck. The 'suits' of the Mameluke deck are: swords, coins, polo sticks, and cups. Suits consisted of ten cards, each marked with the corresponding number of 'spots' or 'pips', and three 'court' cards (King, Viceroy or Deputy King, and Second or Under-Deputy). Although the Mameluke cards held the name of military officers, the images depicted were not that of people but were abstract designs.
5. Some early cards were printed using a woodcut technique (using a carved block of wood covered in ink then pressed onto paper). From about the early to mid-1400s one artist, known as the 'Master of Playing Cards', created cards using which newly invented printmaking technique?

Answer: Engraving

The 'Master of Playing Cards' was either a German or Swiss engraver and possibly also a painter. His engraving technique is more related to that of a painter (or someone with a background in drawing) than a goldsmith, as with other engravers of his time. It is not known who the 'Master of Playing Cards' was although he has been referred to as 'the first personality in the history of engraving' and is considered the first major master in the history of printmaking (Wikipedia).

Lithography was invented in around 1796 in Germany and used by artists such as Delacroix, Dégas and Manet. Scrimshaw is carvings (most commonly) made on whale tooth or bone and began on whaling ships around the mid-seventeenth century. The laser printer was invented in the late 1960s at Xerox.
6. Modern cards have the suits: hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs (although this isn't always the case). These suits originated in the late 1400s in which European country?

Answer: France

It is thought that the design of the 'club' was copied from the German 'acorn' and the 'spade' from either the German 'leaf' or the Italian 'sword'. Europeans changed the 'court' card in the fifteenth century to represent European royalty and attendants, with the original cards being 'king', 'chevalier' (knight) and 'knave'. Some 56-card decks contained four court cards per suit: King, Queen, Knight, and Valet.
7. The court card modern standard became 'King of Spades', 'Queen of Hearts', 'Knave of Diamonds', etc. Each of these court cards has a traditional Parisian name and whilst the 'King' names are quite well known, the 'Queen' and 'Knave' are not. Of the following listed, which is NOT one of the traditional Parisian 'Queen' card names?

Answer: Marie

Pallas is the Queen of Spades, Judith the Queen of Hearts, Rachel the Queen of Diamonds, and Argine the Queen of Clubs.

Ogier the Dane (Holger Danske) is the Knave of Spades, La Hire the Knave of Hearts, Hector the Knave of Diamonds, Judas Maccabeus (or Lancelot) the King of Clubs.

In case you are unaware of the Kings (or if you're like me and can never remember): David is the King of Spades, Charles the King of Hearts, Julius Caesar the King of Diamonds, and Alexander the Great the King of Clubs.
8. Which French eighteenth century innovation was part of a major design change for court cards, making it harder for players to tell which cards their opponent was holding?

Answer: Reversible images

Reversible images allowed for a player to see the 'top half' of the card, no matter which way they were holding it. This reduced the temptation to turn the card around thereby indicating to astute opponents that they were holding a court card. Although this innovation came from France, the French government (the controllers of playing card design) banned the printing of this particular design.
9. Jokers were introduced to the modern card deck in the late nineteenth century by the United States. They were introduced to join the 'Jack' (formerly 'Knave') cards as a bower (bauer) for which popular card game?

Answer: Euchre

In Euchre, the highest trump card (right bower) is the Jack of the trump suit, with the left bower being the Jack of the suit in the same colour as trumps. The Joker was introduced as the third trump (best bower) and ranked higher than both the left and right bower.

The Joker is removed from the deck prior to playing most popular card games.
10. A standard 56-card deck of cards has an extra court card (compared with the standard 52-card deck). The King, Queen and Jack are there but what is the designation of the fourth court card?

Answer: Knight

In a standard 56-card deck the Knight appears in all suits as ranked between the Queen and Jack. This deck closely relates to the French suited tarot deck and the minor arcana cards.

There are other, non-standard 56-card decks available but they are very rare. The elevenal deck of cards contains ace through eleven with Jack, Queen and King court cards in each suit.
Source: Author lones78

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