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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.
The Shadowlands
Ruined City
The Rainbow and the Rose
On the Beach

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)
The Glass Bead Game
Breakfast of Champions
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
John Kay
Hermann Hesse
Heinrich Böll

Question 4:

Author Gabriel García Márquez stresses in this 1985 novel that love-sickness is a literal disease causing pain and other physical symptoms.
Walking with Liberty
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Of Love and Other Demons
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.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Waiting for Godot
Imaginary Friends

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)
Simone de Beauvoir
Wanda Kosakiewicz
Erica Jong
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."
Assia Wevill
Sylvia Plath
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)
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Wind in the Willows

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.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
To the Reader
The Flowers of Evil
Artificial Paradises


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