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The Mezzanine - a Novel of Trivia

written by: skyblu1
 
Author Nicholson Baker is a master of minutia, and nowhere is this fact more evident than in his novel, 'The Mezzanine.' How much do you know about this celebrated author's first novel? Take this quiz and find out!

Question 1:


What is the name of the protagonist in the novel, 'The Mezzanine?'  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 2:


What is the protagonist's occupation in the novel, 'The Mezzanine?'
Courier
Office Worker
Food Services Employee
Statistician

Question 3:


When does the action in the novel, 'The Mezzanine' take place?
Spring of 1987
During the protagonist's morning commute to work
During the 10 A.M. coffee break
During the protagonists lunch hour

Question 4:


Where does most of the action in the novel 'The Mezzanine' take place?
In line at the office supply store.
In the protagonist's mind
On a park bench outside the office.
On the escalator in the Mezzanine.

Question 5:


Which of the following does not happen with the protagonist in the novel, "The Mezzanine?'
He buys shoelaces at CVS.
He eats a hamburger
He sits on a park bench across from the office.
He rides an escalator.

Question 6:


Why does the protagonist buy new shoelaces in the novel, 'The Mezzanine?'
He did it on impulse.
His wife asked him to.
He's buying them for a co-worker.
He broke one earlier that morning.

Question 7:


What object in the men's room does the author discuss in great detail in the novel 'The Mezzanine?'
The hand drying air machine.
The toilet handle.
The faucets on the sink.
The mirror above the sink.

Question 8:


How much time elapses diegetically ( within the story ) in the novel 'The Mezzanine?'
2 to 3 minutes.
1 hour
5 days
2 - 3 months

Question 9:


According to the protagonist in 'The Mezzanine', how did the world change 'irrevocably' in 1970?
New TV's increased the number of pixels, leading to greater picture quality and resolution.
The rise of the Women's Movement in the US changed workplace ethics in the office forever.
Drinking straws switched from being made of paper to being made of plastic.
Introduction of the B-747 jet aircraft shrunk the globe in terms of air travel.

Question 10:


Much attention is paid to the common stapler in the novel 'The Mezzanine.'
False
True

 


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