Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. During early drafts of Gone with the Wind, what was the name that Margaret Mitchell chose for the O’Hara’s plantation before settling on “Tara?”
  2. Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, how many are attributed to women?
  3. Which award-winning author both participated in (and later coached for) the Philips Exeter Academy wrestling program in Exeter, New Hampshire — a theme that appears in several of his best-selling novels?
  4. Which title published eight years before J.K. Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, features a boy named Henry who attends Wizarding School, doesn’t think he has talent, and has a good friend with red hair?
  5. Which Young Adult author got her start because she wanted to write the books that she sought out but couldn’t find herself as a child?
Last Week's Answers

In 1878, which writer attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest — an act that did not leave him seriously injured but inspired his uncle to clear his debts?
Joseph Conrad

Which author was rendered nearly blind by an eye illness that forced him to leave school — making his interest in scientific training and medicine impossibility?

Aldous Huxley

There are over 2,700 languages throughout the world, but how many dialects?

There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more than 7,000 dialects worldwide.

Which medieval word is both the longest word in English that contains only vowels and also is the word with the most consecutive vowels?

"Euouae," a medieval music term, is the longest word in English that contains only vowels. It’s also the word with the most consecutive vowels.

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