- What is the best-selling book of all time?
- The average person uses a vocabulary of approximately 8,000 words. How many did Shakespeare use?
- As far as number of lines is concerned, which is the most demanding of Shakespeare’s roles?
- Which English author, poet, essayist, literary critic, and playwright enjoyed taking off his clothes and climbing mulberry trees?
- All of the proceeds from which book were bequeathed to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London?
Last Week's Answers
Which was the first novel ever to be written on a typewriter?
Where did the name “Oz” come from in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz?
According to L. Frank Baum, the name Oz was thought up when he looked at his filing cabinet and noticed one drawer marked A-G, a second tagged H-N, and a third labeled O-Z.
Which famous Greek poet was supposedly killed when a bird flying overhead dropped a tortoise and struck him?
It is believed that the Greek poet Aeschylus was killed when a bird flying overhead dropped a tortoise and struck him. Birds have been known to carry shellfish to great heights and drop them in order crack the shells.
Which celebrated English author and poet was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner?
Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
Which character from the works of French poet and dramatist, Edmond Rostand, was based on a real person?
There really was a Cyrano de Bergerac. He lived from about 1620 to 1655, had a big nose and dueled. He was also a science fiction writer who was the first person in history to suggest that a rocket could carry someone into space.
**Missed out on past weeks' trivia? View them all here!