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LITERARY TRIVIA II

11) What did Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis have in common?


Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis both died on November 22, 1963, but their deaths were overshadowed by a more sensational death that same day: the assassination of U. S. President John F. Kennedy.

12) What novel ends with the following line: "It is a far better thing I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"?


Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities ends with this famous line, spoken by Sydney Carton, an English barrister who is portrayed in the beginning of the novel as a cynical alcoholic, but who ultimately becomes a selfless hero.

13) Who is the only author to publish books in 9 of the 10 Dewey Decimal categories?


Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books, including books in 9 of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System.

14) What happened to the original manuscript of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men?


Steinbeck's dog, Toby, devoured an early draft of the story, which the author had written longhand on notepaper. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, "I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically."

15) What dystopian novel by George Orwell told of life in a future totalitarian state dominated by "Big Brother"?


Nineteen Eighty-Four depicts a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime".

16) In what Philip K. Dick novel does bounty hunter Rick Deckard track down a group of rogue androids?


In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, bounty hunter Rick Deckard signs on to a new police mission to earn enough money to buy a live animal to replace his electric sheep. The mission involves hunting down ("retiring") a group of six Nexus-6 androids that went rogue and fled from Mars to Earth. The book served as the primary basis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner.

17) Which of the following characters appears in 3 of Shakespeare's plays?


Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare. In Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, he is a companion to Prince Hal, the future king. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, he is the buffoonish suitor of two married women.

18) At the beginning of Lord of the Flies, which character controls the boys' only means of making fire?


Piggy's glasses are the only means the boys have of starting a fire. When the other tribe of boys realizes this, they raid the camp and steal Piggy's glasses, leaving him unable to see properly.

19) Who is Leopold Bloom's wife in Ulysses?


Molly is the wife of Joyce's protagonist, Leopold Bloom. The final chapter of the book, often called "Molly Bloom's Soliloquy", is a long and unpunctuated stream of consciousness passage comprising her thoughts as she lies in bed next to her husband.

20) What Russian dramatist wrote The Inspector General?


Nikolai Gogol's most celebrated play was The Inspector General (1836), a comedy which told the tale of a young civil servant who finds himself stranded in a small town, mistaken for an influential government inspector. A masterpiece of dramatic satire, The Inspector General is universally respected as one of the greatest plays of the Russian theatre.


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