Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Who wrote the popular children's poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin?
  2. What environmentally correct gesture did publisher Harper San Francisco make in 1990 in conjunction with its publication of the book Two Minutes a Day for a Greener Planet?
  3. What do the letters in the word “SHAZAM” represent in the Captain Marvel comics?
  4. What great writer, shortly before his death at age 90, successfully defended himself against senility charges by reading his latest work in court?
  5. What famous writer bragged that he gave his talent to his work and saved his genius for his life?

Last Week’s Answers

What nineteenth-century American literary classic was labeled "downright socialistic" and banned from U.S. Information Service libraries in 1954?

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.

Who owned the land on Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau built a cabin and wrote the essays that became his book Walden Pond, or Life in the Woods?

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

According to Shakespeare, what was England's Henry VIII doing on the night his daughter, future Queen Elizabeth I, was born?

Playing cards. The game was primero, an early form of poker.

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"?

F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What writer originated the phrase "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched" in a story about a farmer's daughter?

Aesop, in his story The Milkmaid and Her Pail.

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