Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What nineteenth-century American literary classic was labeled "downright socialistic" and banned from U.S. Information Service libraries in 1954?
  2. Who owned the land on the banks of Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau built a cabin and wrote the essays that became his book Walden Pond, or Life in the Woods?
  3. According to Shakespeare, what was England's Henry VIII doing on the night his daughter, future Queen Elizabeth I, was born?
  4. What American literary figure wrote his daughter: "Worry about cleanliness, courage, efficiency and horsemanship, but don't worry about the past, the future, boys, mosquitoes and popular opinion"?
  5. What writer originated the phrase "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched" in a story about a farmer's daughter?

Last Week’s Answers


What did Robert Browning use to wean and cure his wife, Elisabeth Barrett Browning, from her addiction to laudanum?

Chianti.



What famous writer is credited with originating the expression "rain cats and dogs"?

Jonathan Swift, in A Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation, which he originally had published under the pseudonym Simon Wagstaff, Esquire.


What early American writer used the pen names Geoffrey Crayon and Jonathan Oldstyle?

Washington Irving author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, used the pen names Geoffrey Crayon and Jonathan Oldstyle.



What famous entertainer wrote the best sellers The Man in Black in 1975 and Man in White in 1986?


Country singer Johnny Cash. Black is an autobiography; White, a novel about the apostle Saint Paul.



What popular children's book was written by Ian Fleming, creator of British secret agent James Bond?


Ian Fleming is also author of the charming children's classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Magical Car.


2 comments:

Jason(at)PrestwickHouse said...

Man oh man that is some tough trivia.

Jason(at)PrestwickHouse said...

What did Robert Browning use to wean and cure his wife, Elisabeth Barrett Browning, from her addiction to laudanum?

Chianti.



I love that. It is a fact that I will never ever forget.