Trivial-Quadrivial Pursuits 2011

Posted: February 28, 2011

A beloved campus tradition, Trivial and Quadrivial Pursuit is the campus-wide quiz show — played on the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas — famous for its extravagant costumes and over-the-top displays of creative gamesmanship. See a slideshow from this year's event on the right.

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    Every year there are three teams, each comprised of one-third of the student body, and each named for a subject of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric). The teams each select their own theme. This year, the Rhetoricians chose Star Wars.

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    The Logicians opted for the House of Medici as their theme.

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    And the Grammarians picked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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    Questions for the game are all drawn for the College’s classical curriculum. The Grammarians, debate a response …

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    … and celebrate a correct answer.

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    Student referees manage the game.

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    Team captains get to make the case for the veracity of their responses to a panel of faculty judges.

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    Team members present judges with hors d’oeuvres and other enticements so as to elicit a favorable response …

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    … but it seldom works.

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    After a long contest, the Logicians emerge triumphant!