In 1956-57, TV game-show audiences were riveted to their sets during Charles Van Doren's 14-week reign on NBC's Twenty-One. The bookish champ became an unlikely national hero -- until it was revealed that he had been fed answers to the show's often obscure questions, a scandal dramatized in the new film Quiz Show. Could today's intellectuals handle actual questions asked of Van Doren? Without cheating? Time put these five to the test:
1. Identify the main Balearic Islands.
-- Vos Savant: "Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza." ((correct))
-- Ambrose: "These were the islands surrounding Atlantis?" ((wrong))
-- Hirsch: "Don't know."