Monday, July 13, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. In what writer's work did author Isabel Fairfield Andrews find her famous pseudonym Rebecca West?
  2. What American Writer, while acting as a war correspondent, is credited with single-handedly capturing a town during the Spanish-American War?
  3. How many Shakespearean plays include mention of America?
  4. Which award-winning Jerzy Kosinski novel was repeatedly rejected by publishers which it was resubmitted under a different title 9 years after its original publication?
  5. In the English language, what are the days of the week named after?

Last Week's Answers

What writer contemporary to T.S. Eliot nicknamed him "Old Possum"?

Ezra Pound, a poet, critic, and a major figure of the Modernist movement, famous for his work with major contemporaries such as Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and especially T. S. Eliot gave Eliot the nickname “Old Possum.” Eliot later used the nickname in his work Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

In later versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the wicked Queen falls off a precipice and dies. How does she meet her end in the original Grimm brothers fairy tale?

She was condemned to dance in red-hot iron shoes until she died.

Where does the word abracadabra come from?

The word "abracadabra" originated in Roman times as part of a prayer to the god Abraxas.

What book was once banned by the Eldon, Missouri library because it contained 39 "objectionable" words?

The American Heritage Dictionary.

What cultural phenomena did psychiatrist Fredric Wertheim link to juvenile delinquency in his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent?

Comic books. His book led to Senate hearings and the establishment of the Comics Code Authority, which banned "all scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, and masochism."

1 comment:

Stephanie Polukis said...

5. Norse gods or celestial bodies.

Monday -- Moon
Tuesday -- Tyr
Wednesday -- Wodan (Odin)
Thursday -- Thor
Friday -- Freya
Saturday -- Saturn
Sunday -- Sun