Wednesday, June 4, 2008

book quiz

Time for another quiz--this one could be trickier. Rather than pop culture, the topic this time is literature. As I tell my students when they ask me if my class is hard, It's not hard to pass, but it's hard to get an A. Good luck.

1. Name the author of the Holocaust memoir Night. (1 pt.)

2. Which of the following books features a protagonist whose name is a palindrome? (1 pt.)
a. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
b. Tuck Everlasting
c. Holes
d. A Day No Pigs Would Die

3. To find the title of this novel, fill in the blanks: Shug says to Celie, "I think it pisses God off if you walk by _____ _____ _____ in a field somewhere and don't notice it." (1 pt.)

4. Name 3 movies based on Nick Hornby novels. (1 pt. each)

5. The authors of which of the following books became good friends while growing up in Alabama? (1 pt.)
a. The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby
b. To Kill A Mockingbird and In Cold Blood
c. Empire Falls and She's Come Undone
d. The Innocents Abroad and Walden

6. Name Richard Russo's most recent novel. (1 pt.)

7. Twelfth Night is the only Shakespeare play with an alternate title. What is it? (1 pt.)

8. In an episode of Seinfeld called "The Subway," Jerry tells George not to whistle in an elevator and continues to call George "Biff" throughout the episode. To what play is he alluding? (1 pt.)

9. Who wrote The Giving Tree? (1 pt.)
a. Dr. Seuss
b. Roald Dahl
c. Beatrix Potter
d. Shel Silverstein

10. I'm currently reading a book called Love Marriage by _____. (1 pt.)
a. V. V. Ganeshananthan
b. C. C. Sabathia
c. J. J. Abrams
d. H. H. Holmes

11. The following is the last line in which novel? (1 pt.)

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

a. The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
b. Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White
c. Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver
d. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

12. Two novellas from Stephen King's collection Different Seasons were adapted for the screen. What were they? (HINT: They are two of my Top 10 Movies of All-Time.) (1 pt. each)

13. The movie Fight Club is based on the book written by _____. (1 pt.)
a. Chuck Palahniuk
b. Chuck Klosterman
c. Chuck Rosenthal
d. Chuck Klein

14. What book features characters named Crooks, Slim, Candy, Curley, and Curley's wife? (1 pt.)

15. Who wrote "anyone lived in a pretty how town"? (1 pt.)

16. Catch-22 was written by _____. It takes place on the island of _____. The protagonist's name is _____. (1 pt. each)

17. The following is the last line from which novel? (1 pt.)

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

a. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
b. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
c. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
d. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

18. The narrator of The Great Gatsby is _____. (1 pt.)

19. In The Scarlet Letter, what is the letter? (1 pt.)

20. "Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago..." What is that gentleman's real name? (1 pt.)

There you go. Twenty questions for 25 points. Answers coming tomorrow.

Later gators.

2 comments:

Stacy said...

I'm awesome. Except for my knowledge of Catch-22 and Richard Russo.

1. Elie Wiesel
2. c
3. The Color Purple
4. About a Boy, Fever Pitch, High Fidelity
5. b
6. Um, Straight Man? :)
7. Or What You Will
8. Death of a Salesman
9.d
10.a (YEA! You all should read it!!!)
11.d
12. The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me (that's the one where the kid pukes, right?)
13. a
14. Of Mice and Men
15. e e cummings
16. Joseph Heller... and no idea. Major Major Major or something weird is a character....
17.b
18. Nick Carraway
19. a
20. Alonso Quijano

The Ben Show said...

Incidentally - I probably shouldn't admit this - I had never read "the giving tree" and picked it up to read to Ben recently. Wow - I couldn't get through it. Depressing, much? Now you're going to tell me it's not depressing b/c in the end they are together. I don't care. I couldn't even get through it reading it aloud. I'm a weeper.