Culture wars

Chinese paramilitary policemen stand watch over visitors near a portrait of Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square.

Local arts and culture festival Kulture Klash returns Saturday with Mix Master Mike of Beastie Boy fame as well as other performances, food trucks and a laser show, all benefitting Lowcountry AIDS Services. In honor of the bash, we reflected on culture clashes and revolutions that shaped history. Jack Upton is our current Head2Head champ, and intern Sonia De la Cruz is his opponent.


1. Tunisia’s revolution in late 2010 led to other revolts in the region the following year, a period that is commonly referred to as what?

2. What revolutionary wrote “The Motorcycle Diaries”?

3. In what political upheaval between 1765 and 1783 did rebels reject the monarchy, declare independence and establish a new nation?

4. Garibaldi was a central figure in what country’s unification in the 19th century?

5. In 1966, what communist leader launched China’s Cultural Revolution?

6. Who sang the following lyrics, “... You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world”?

7. The period of time when machine manufacture took over an agrarian, handicraft economy in England and elsewhere from the 1700s to the mid-19th century is known as what?

8. The French Revolution lasted a decade. What year did it start?

9. What novel published in 1945 is an allegory of the Russian Revolution?

10. King James II of England was overthrown in 1688 by members of Parliament and replaced with William of Orange and his wife Mary. What was this event known as?


1. Uh, the Arab Spring?

2. Che Guevara.

3. Maybe the French Revolution.

4. Garibaldi sounds Italian so, Italy.

5. Stalin.

6. The Beatles.

7. Industrial Revolution.

8. 1802.

9. When is “Catch-22” from?

10. Treason?


1. Wasn’t Tunisia the start of the Arab Spring?

2. Che.

3. That sounds like the American Revolution.

4. Italy?

5. Mao.

6. It’s the Beatles.

7. I think it’s the Industrial Revolution.

8. It was after the American Revolution so 1787?

9. “Grapes of Wrath”? I don’t know.

10. The Orange Revolution.


A week after Jack reclaimed his Head2Head title in a tie-breaker, he loses it to Sonia, who had more revolutionary knowledge. She’ll be back next week to compete against a new opponent.


1. Arab Spring

2. Che Guevara

3. The American Revolution

4. Italy

5. Mao Zedong

6. The Beatles

7. The Industrial Revolution

8. 1789

9. “Animal Farm”

10. The Glorious Revolution