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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?'
Food Services Employee
Courier
Office Worker
Statistician

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


According to the protagonist in 'The Mezzanine', how did the world change 'irrevocably' in 1970?
Drinking straws switched from being made of paper to being made of plastic.
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.
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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