Photo, Print, Drawing Diogenes looking for a man that can answer a few simple questions

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Title
Diogenes looking for a man that can answer a few simple questions
Summary
Cartoon shows inventor Thomas A. Edison, dressed in a Greek tunic, shining a flashlight on little men who flee. Edison holds a questionnaire with the following questions: "What is the influence of sun spots on prohibition?" "How many Bull Moosers are there at present?" "Are there as many Democrats?" "What is irodusanizinger?" "Who saved the Constitution and when?" "Where is Bill Haywood?" "Define priority as between hen and egg," and "Give a ten word definition of relativity." Diogenes (referred to in the caption) was a Greek cynic philosopher who was reputed to roam the land during the day with a lantern looking for an honest man. Edison, who believed in the value of practical knowledge, devised a series of questions as an intelligence test to give to prospective employees. The questions received wide publicity in the newspapers. Edison later expanded the questionnaire for use as a test for the awarding of an annual Edison Scholarship. Berryman spoofs the questionnaire, providing a list of meaningless or impossible questions.
Contributor Names
Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, 1869-1949, artist
Created / Published
[between 1921 and 1931]
Subject Headings
-  Edison, Thomas A.--(Thomas Alva),--1847-1931
-  Diogenes,--d. ca. 323 B.C
-  Examinations--1920-1940
Format Headings
Drawings.
Editorial cartoons--American.
Genre
Editorial cartoons--American
Drawings
Notes
-  Probably published in: The Evening star (Washington, D.C.)
-  (DLC/PP-1945.R1.43)
-  mm / 860122; ljr / 030516.
-  Sources: Josephson, Edison, p. 441-42; Wachhorst, Thomas Alva Edison, p. 145-49 ljr
Medium
1 drawing.
Call Number/Physical Location
CD 1 - Berryman (C.K.), no. 412 (A size)
Source Collection
Cartoon Drawings (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
acd 2a06113 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/acd.2a06113
Library of Congress Control Number
2016678705
Rights Advisory
May be restricted: Information on reproduction rights available in LC P&P Restrictions Statement.
Online Format
image
Description
1 drawing. | Cartoon shows inventor Thomas A. Edison, dressed in a Greek tunic, shining a flashlight on little men who flee. Edison holds a questionnaire with the following questions: "What is the influence of sun spots on prohibition?" "How many Bull Moosers are there at present?" "Are there as many Democrats?" "What is irodusanizinger?" "Who saved the Constitution and when?" "Where is Bill Haywood?" "Define priority as between hen and egg," and "Give a ten word definition of relativity." Diogenes (referred to in the caption) was a Greek cynic philosopher who was reputed to roam the land during the day with a lantern looking for an honest man. Edison, who believed in the value of practical knowledge, devised a series of questions as an intelligence test to give to prospective employees. The questions received wide publicity in the newspapers. Edison later expanded the questionnaire for use as a test for the awarding of an annual Edison Scholarship. Berryman spoofs the questionnaire, providing a list of meaningless or impossible questions.
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Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, Artist. Diogenes Looking for a Man That Can Answer a Few Simple Questions. , None. [Between 1921 and 1931] Photograph. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016678705/.

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Berryman, C. K. Diogenes Looking for a Man That Can Answer a Few Simple Questions. , None. [Between 1921 and 1931] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2016678705/.

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Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, Artist. Diogenes Looking for a Man That Can Answer a Few Simple Questions. [Between 1921 and 1931] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016678705/>.