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Random Literary Trivia

written by: tojoyamoto
Here's some trivia with a literary theme.

Question 1:

This novel by Nevil Shute is set in the future after WWIII. Due to the nuclear fallout, only land in the southern hemisphere is inhabitable.
Ruined City
The Shadowlands
On the Beach
The Rainbow and the Rose

Question 2:

What 1973 Kurt Vonnegut novel contains this exchange:

"This is a very bad book you're writing," I said to myself.
"I know," I said.
"You're afraid you'll kill yourself the way your mother did," I said.
"I know," I said.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Breakfast of Champions
The Glass Bead Game
A Man Without a Country

Question 3:

In 1946 this author received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in Württemberg, Germany to a Christian missionary family that worked in India. He is best known for his novel Steppenwolf.
Theodor Mommsen
Heinrich Böll
John Kay
Hermann Hesse

Question 4:

Author Gabriel García Márquez stresses in this 1985 novel that love-sickness is a literal disease causing pain and other physical symptoms.
Of Love and Other Demons
Walking with Liberty
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Love in the Time of Cholera

Question 5:

Originally written in French, this 1949 Samuel Beckett play is about Vladimir and Estragon who expect a man, they barely know, to arrive.
Waiting for Godot
Imaginary Friends
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Question 6:

In 1943's She Came to Stay, this author wrote a fictionalized account of her ménage à trois relationship with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and another woman. The book's main characters are Françoise, Pierre, and Xavière.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Erica Jong
Wanda Kosakiewicz
Simone de Beauvoir
Sylvie Le Bon

Question 7:

Published in 1963, The Bell Jar is this poet's only novel. It was published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas."
Sylvia Plath
Assia Wevill
Esther Greenwood
W. D. Snodgrass

Question 8:

This 1865 book was banned in Hunan, China in 1931 because "animals should not use human language."  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Snow White
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Wind in the Willows
Sleeping Beauty

Question 9:

In Nathanial Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, the destitute Hepzibah Pyncheon lives in the house and supports her brother, Clifford, who has just been released from jail. Why was he in jail?

Question 10:

This 1857 collection of poems by Charles Baudelaire caused him to be convicted in France of offending the morals of the time, resulting in fines and the banning of 6 of the poems.
To the Reader
The Flowers of Evil
Artificial Paradises
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater


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