Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. In the Summer of 1816, how many people stayed with Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati in Geneva (when Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein)? What were their names?
  2. Tybalt, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is named after which anthropomorphic character?
  3. True or False: Heath Ledger was named after Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
  4. Which author was twice engaged to Felice Bauer, a woman who lived in Berlin and worked as a representative for a dictaphone company?
  5. Which female author, disguised as a male Abyssinian royal, participated in the Dreadnought Hoax — a practical joke thought up by Horace de Vere Cole to trick the Royal Navy into showing the HMS Dreadnought to a supposed delegation of royals?

Which author once ran for mayor of Oakland California in 1901 under the Social Party ticket?

Jack London

Who is the only author to win the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year?

In 1968, E.L. Konigsburg became the first author to win both the Newbery Medal for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and the Newbery Honor for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth.

Which author’s father left his family under the pretense of going out to buy a pack of cigarettes?

When Stephen King was two years old, his father Donald left the house to buy cigarettes and never returned, leaving his mother to raise King and his adopted older brother David by herself.

True or False: The Theban plays, Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone are a trilogy written by Sophocles.

These three plays are, in fact, not a trilogy and were never performed together. About forty years separates the first play,
Antigone, from the last, Oedipus at Colonus.

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