Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Literature Quiz 6

1. When told he had to pay a large sum of money for a needed operation, who sighed, 'I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means?
Ans. Oscar Wilde

2. Robert Altman interwove a selection of Raymond Carver stories for his film Short Cuts. Tom Waits and Lily Tomlin portrayed characters from which Carver story?
A. They're Not Your Husband

3. Which fictional character links these actors: Alain Delon, John Malkovitch, Matt Damon and Dennis Hopper?
Ans. Tom Ripley

4. In this film about building a wall - in which the author makes a brief appearance - the ending differs from the novel. Who is the author?
Ans. Paul Auster

5. A novel that made an especially successful jump to the screen in 1962 contains a creepy character whose name was later picked up by a band. The character's name is . .
Ans. Boo Radley

6. Which actor recently portrayed the character of Maurice Bendrix in the film adaptation of a Graham Greene novel?
Ans. Ralph Fiennes

7. Edna Ferber is the author, the novel set in Texas. The film adaptation featured a sex symbol who died before its completion. The name of the character whom the actor played is . . .
Ans. Jett Rink

8. Whose life ends tragically when her well meaning, but misguided, father forced her to marry Edred Fitzpiers rather than the man she truly loves?
Ans. Grace Melbury

9. What is the name of the young hero in "Treasure Island"?
Ans. Jim Hawkins

10. In this British novel, adapted for film, the chief mate of a ship jumps overboard when it threatens to sink. What's the title?
Ans. Lord Jim

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Literature Quiz 5

1. This novel describes the love of a New York lawyer for the separated wife of a Polish count. Who is the actress who played the countess in the 1993 film adaptation?
Ans. Michelle Pheiffer

2. Which literary character has been played in over fifty films by actors including an Olympic shot-putter, a U.S. footballer, a British naval officer and the son-in-law of the character's creator?
Ans. Tarzan

3. The nude wresting scene was a famous first in this film based on a classic British novel. What's the title?
Ans. Women in Love

4. What word connects Citizen Kane and Samuel Taylor Coleridge?
Ans. Xanadu

5. Which one of the following characters, from literature and film, is purely fictitious?
Ans. The Prisoner of Zenda

6. The 1991 novel "Scarlett" by Alexandra Ripley was a sequel to which other novel?
Ans. "Gone With The Wind"

7. Which of the following authors had more of their books borrowed from libraries in the UK in the year 2000 than the others? Danielle Steel, Ruth Rendell or Patricia Cornwell
Ans. Danielle Steel

8. By what name was Percy Blakeney better known in a novel by Baroness Orczy?
Ans. The Scarlet Pimpernel

9. What is the name given to the system for categorizing library books?
Ans. Dewey Decimal System

10. For what novel did J. K. Rowling win the 1999 Whitbread "Children's book of the year" award?
Ans. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

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Literature Quiz 4

1. Who is raised by his maternal uncle, Nikolai Vedenlapin, after his mother dies and he's abandoned by his alcoholic father?
Ans. Yuri Zhivago

2. This popular stage play turned film, set on a New England college campus, features a game called "Humiliate the Host." Who is the character who initiates the game?
Ans. Martha

3. What character, created by Charles Dickens, dies of spontaneous combustion?
Ans. Mr. Crook

4. The following taboo phrases were used by which writer?
"I fart at thee", "shit on your head', "dirty bastard"
Ans. Ben Johnson

5. Whose life ended in tragedy, in part, because the letter she slipped under the door went under the carpet, instead?
Ans. Tess Derbeyfield

6. When a new bride's honeymoon in Rome failed to go as planned, who took pity on her and became her second husband?
Ans. Will Ladislaw

7. Who sells his wife, Susan and baby daughter, Elizabeth-Jane to a sailor for 5 guineas at a county fair?
Ans. Michael Henchard

8. Who consoled herself with writing after suffering a serious back injury while tightening the saddle on her horse?
Ans. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

9. This author said: "You'd have to kill me and prop me up in the seat of my car with a smile painted on my face to get me to go near Hollywood," but he enjoyed the 1982 film version of one of his novels just before he died. That film, now a classic, reduced the original six-word title to just two. Name the film.
Ans. Blade Runner

10. What novel centres on Anne Elliot's regret at having been talked out of marrying the man she loves?
Ans. Persuasion

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Literature Quiz 3

1. Who traveled from West Africa to Wisconsin to propose to Jane Porter?
Ans. Tarzan

2. In what novel do we find the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes battling over ownership of a country house?
Ans. The Remains of the Day

3. What author survived a bullet to the throat while fighting in the Spanish Civil War?
Ans. George Orwell

4. Name the book which opens with the line 'All children, except one grew up'?
Ans. peter pan

5. A southern poet wrote the novel and Burt Reynolds starred in the film. Name the title and author.
Ans. Deliverance, James Dickey

6. What novel revolves around the tension between Britons and Indians in Chandrapore when a doctor is put on trial for assault?
Ans. A Passage to India

7. What Southern American writer's final short story, 'Judgment Day' is a completely rewritten version of his/her first, 'The Geranium?
Ans. Flannery O'Conner

8. Behind Shakespeare, who is the second most published author of all time?
Ans. Charles Dickens

9. What character's 'corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears' when he smiled?
Ans. Gabriel Oak

10. What is the book 'Lord of the Flies' about?
Ans. school boys on a desert island

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