Pop Quiz: Rhymes With Cheese.

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In honor of National Poetry Month I thought I’d offer up this pop quiz: verse form or cheese?

  1. Rushan
  2. Urda
  3. Ghazal
  4. Sirene
  5. Rondelet
  6. Villanelle
  7. Tilsit
  8. Clerihew
  9. Mimolette
  10. Saga
  11. Paneer
  12. Triolet
  13. Cantal
  14. Rondelet
  15. Rodoric
  16. Limburger
  17. Limerick
  18. Havarti
  19. Haiku
  20. Sestina
  21. Sapphic
  22. Pantoum
  23. Feta
  24. Gorgonzola
  25. Vetch


20-25: The poetry reading/cheese tasting will be at your house

15-19: You took cooking as an elective while majoring in English, or vice versa

10-14: You’re good enough at guessing that I’d like to go to Vegas with you

5-9: It trips you up that the French have almost as many different verse forms as cheeses

1-4: You’re a menace in both the kitchen and the library


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  1. Ann Koplow

    Breezy, cheesy, not-so-easy, and a little sleazy.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That reminds me of an old friend whose valediction was always, “Take it sleazy”. It’s still sage advice.

  2. Margot

    I probably won’t take this quiz till I get the “all clear” from the doc on Tues. I don’t want to threaten you or end up on “1 South” at Our Lady of Peace,” either.

    In the meantime:

    ChristopherChristopherChristopher….check out Google’s homepage today!

    1. Margot

      I got a 16. I didn’t take major in Cooking or English, but I *did* study Social Sciences at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, so I definitely know what it feels like to be out of place. I started out in Food Sciences and Nutrition, but after taking a few social science electives decided to change majors. My freshman year I took the Required English class and after I’d written a few papers the professor told me I already had an A and didn’t need to attend class anymore.

      But I still want to attend the poetry reading/cheese tasting party. Give us the deets, dude.

      1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

        Wait a minute. Check please! You got to skip out on the remainder of your Required English class because your first few papers were that good. You’re the anti-Sylvia Plath, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s a detail from The Bell Jar that I’m pretty sure is one of many autobiographical ones that her heroine is such a great student she gets to skip having to take chemistry.
        Strictly speaking she was terrified it’s the one class she’d flunk so she talked her advisor into letting her audit the class and sat in the back writing sonnets and villanelles. I like to think Mad Girl’s Love Song is one of the ones she wrote.

        1. Margot

          The anti-Sylvia Plath, huh? I don’t know if I should feel honored or not. I ended up taking my philosophy class credit-no credit because I hated the teacher. And the teacher made me hate the subject. (I got an A, as it terms out). Anyway, regarding the English class, it wasn’t really that I was such a great student, it was more that I was surrounded my guys who were engineers, architects, chemists, etc. I also went to an awesome high school that got us very prepared for college.

    2. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      So I’m a little late getting back to you, but I did appreciate Google’s doodles for Earth Day. There were several but I assume the octopus was the one you had in mind. And it was impressive.

  3. Chuck Baudelaire

    This weekend I plan to compose a limburger while nibbling on some good-quality rondolet.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I look forward to reading that limburger. I’d be willing to bet it doesn’t stink.

  4. Sarah

    Damn it! I’m not sharing my score. Apparently I don’t know my cheeses all that well, which is sad given that it’s my favorite food and I live in Europe where cheese is sort of a…thing! Anyway, very clever quiz!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      To be fair they weren’t all European cheeses, although poetry is also sort of a thing in Europe. My wife used to work with a guy who was related to Eduard Mörike. As a highly regarded German poet I hope you’re at least familiar with the name.

  5. mydangblog

    I got 21. But then again, I always had a love for cheesy poetry. And cheesy jokes, haha.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      And cheese too I hope. Actually it’s one of my goals in life to try every cheese mentioned in Monty Python’s “Cheese Shop” sketch, although I think I might pass on the Venezuelan beaver cheese.

  6. michelle

    I scraped through to Vegas by the skin of my brie. I got 10. A lot of them sounded familiar but the first 10 I got almost exclusively the opposite answer to the one required; I thought verse was cheese and vice versa. Well I always did prefer limericks.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It’s good that you got as many as you did. Looking back I think that quiz was harder than I really wanted it to be. I want them to be entertaining and fun. If they’re just hard and mentally exhausting I Camembert it.


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