Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of Three Brothers” is based on which famous tale?
  2. The moons of Uranus are named after characters from the works of which two famous writers?
  3. While in grammar school, which famous African American writer was elected class poet at his Lincoln, IL school?
  4. Which American writer, along with Leon Mendez Solomons, performed experiments on Normal Motor Automatism — a phenomenon hypothesized to occur in people when their attention is divided between two activities, like writing and speaking?
  5. Which author completed a four-year apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant before choosing to become a writer?
Last Week's Answers

  • Filled his/her pockets with rocks and went swimming — Virginia Woolf
  • Stuck his/her head in a gas oven — Sylvia Plath
  • Mauled by a pack of wild dogs owned by Archelaus, the King of Macedonia — Euripides
  • Stabbed in the head over his right eye in a fight about a bar tab Christopher Marlowe
  • Trapped in a fire while a patient in an asylum for the mentally ill — Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Killed by doctors during a "blood letting" attempt to cure malarial fever.Lord Byron
  • Froze to death at a railway station after giving away his/her entire fortuneLeo Tolstoy
  • Shot with a .22 rifle by an insane dishwasherMaxwell Bodenheim
  • Killed self by drinking disinfectantVachel Lindsay
  • Suffered an abdominal hemorrhage at his/her mother’s home in St. Petersburg, Florida, while watching "The Galloping Gourmet" Jack Kerouac
  • Fell off a bar stool during a bout of heavy drinkingLionel Johnson
  • Died from complications of peritonitis in his/her colon after ingesting a toothpick along with a hors d’oeuvre at a cocktail partySherwood Anderson
  • Cut wrists and wrote a final poem in his/her own blood titled "Goodbye my friend"Sergei Esenin
  • While en route to New York aboard the S.S. Orizaba, he/she leapt into the Caribbean Sea; reputedly said "Good-bye everybody" Hart Crane
  • Run over by laundry truck outside the College de France Roland Barthes

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