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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Halloween Rare Books Quiz!

Welcome to our Halloween Rare Books Quiz!  

Answer the (mostly) spooky questions below to be entered to win swag from the bookstore!

The most correct entry wins $25 worth of swag from the Law School bookstore (t-shirts, mugs, hats, keychains, etc., or a combination), with a drawing in case of ties. UMN law students only are eligible.

1. How many accounts, published in 1850, do we have in the rare books collection related to the notorious Webster-Parkman murder case? (search library 'catalog only,' and scope 'law library rare books')

2. The image below is from the first English statute to define witchcraft as a felony, passed in 1542 in the reign of Henry VIII.  To read the full penalty here at the end of the act, write out the last three lines correctly (preserving spelling in the text), after "and suffer such peines of death, losse and..."

3. This last item is a (characterically) whimsical gift we recently received from The Green Bag.  Short answer: tell us why these images (cat, dog, flower) were printed on the balloons, using the clues on both sides:

1. Green balloon - Cat - First Amendment - 915 F.3d 1120 (7th Cir.. 2019)

2. Orange balloon - Dog - Patent No. 1,780,104 - 7 F.Supp. 401 (D.N.J. 1934)

3. Yellow balloon - Flower - Trespass - 19 Johns. 381 (N.Y.  Sup. Ct. 1822)

*4. Blue balloon - Ship - Citizenship - 3 Dall. 133 (1795) 

(*Fun bonus question only: this quiz is long enough!)

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