Monday, February 22, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which book gets its title from a nursery rhyme that begins, "Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn /Apple seed and apple thorn…”?
  2. What is the title of Shakespeare’s lost play?
  3. Which Greek writer was described by contemporaries as, “of loathsome aspect...potbellied, misshapen of head, snub-nosed, swarthy, dwarfish, bandy-legged, short-armed, squint-eyed, liver-lipped—a portentous monstrosity?"
  4. 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” is a coin phrased by which author?
  5. Which French author was shot in the leg and left with a permanent limp by his nephew, a young man who suffered from paranoia?

Last Week's Answers

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?”

In her early drafts, Margaret Mitchell not only called her main character "Pansy O'Hara" but also referred to the O’Hara plantation as "Fountenoy Hall."

Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, how many are attributed to women?

Of the 2200 persons quoted in the current edition of
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, only 164 are women.

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?

John Irving, author of A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, and Cider House Rules was a part of the Phillips Exeter Academy wrestling program both as a wrestler and as an assistant coach.

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?

Wizard's Hall, a young adult novel by author Jane Yolen, bears many similarities to J.K. Rowling’s popular series including a wicked wizard trying to destroy the school and magical pictures on the wall move, speak, and change.

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?

Author Beverly Cleary, now 93 years old, wrote her first book Henry Huggins in 1951 while working as a librarian was in Yakima, Washington.

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