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LITERARY TRIVIA

1) Who was the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?


In 2000, Gao Xingjian, author of Soul Mountain and The Other Shore, became the first Chinese writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His novels and plays have been banned in China since 1986.

2) What was the working title of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone With the Wind?


Believe it or not, Ba! Ba! Black Sheep was one of several working titles Margaret Mitchell used for her most famous novel, Gone With the Wind. She also considered the titles Tote the Weary Load, Bugles Sang True, Not In Our Stars, and Tomorrow is Another Day before finally settling on a phrase that she had used in the critical scene where Scarlett returns to Tara and asks, "Was Tara still standing? Or was Tara also gone with the wind which had swept through Georgia?"

3) What famous literary character offers this sage advice: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"?


In Hamlet (Act I, Scene III), Polonius offers the sage advice "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" to his son Laertes who is about to leave home.

4) What novel is set on a desert inhabited by giant sandworms?


Set in the distant future in which noble houses, in control of individual planets, owe allegiance to the Padishah Emperor, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis.

5) Which Stephen King novel takes place mostly in the fictional Overlook Hotel?


The Shining tells the story of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel.

6) What is the best selling novel of all time?


With over 500 million copies sold, Don Quixote is the best selling novel of all time.

7) Which of Shakespeare's plays features a sorcerer named Prospero?


In The Tempest, Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, whose usurping brother, Antonio, put him and his three-year-old daughter to sea on "a rotten carcass of a butt." Prospero and Miranda find themselves stranded on a small island, and Prospero learns sorcery from his books in order to help them survive.

8) Who is the protagonist of The Hunger Games?


The narrator and protagonist of The Hunger Games is Katniss Everdeen who becomes the "tribute" from District 12 and is forced to battle tributes from other districts in a deadly televised game show.

9) Which of her own characters did Agatha Christie call "a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep"?


One of Christie's most famous and long-lived characters, Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 novels, one play, and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

10) What poet wrote the following lines: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ... I took the one less traveled by"?


Robert Frost finished his famous poem "The Road Not Taken" with the following lines: I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence: / Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.


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