Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. What famous nineteenth-century French novelist published a plagiarized work under the pseudonym Bombet?
  2. Under what title do we know the book that was originally published as Murder in the Calais Coach?
  3. Where did the word "dunce” originate?
  4. Which famous American playwright choked to death on an eye drop bottle cap?
  5. The first Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1771, devoted its first volume to "A" and "B." How many additional volumes did it take to cover "C" through "Z"?
Last Week's Answers

Who used the pen names Acton, Ellis, and Currer Bell?

Anne, Emily and Charlotte Bronte.

Lolly Willowes, a novel about a spinster who realizes her vocation as a witch, won what unique honor when it was published in 1926?
The book, by British author Sylvia Townsend Warner, was the first offering of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

What was the name of French writer Alexandre Dumas' home in Paris?
Monte-Cristo, after his famous novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

What was Goldilock's name when the hungry little girl was first introduced in the famous children's fairy tale The Three Little Bears over a hundred years ago?
Silver Hair, From that she became Golden Hair, and finally Goldilocks.

What English word derived from Greek translates to the phrase “goat song?”
The word "tragedy" is derived from two Greek words meaning "goat song."

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