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Random Literary Trivia

written by: tojoyamoto
Here's some trivia with a literary theme.

Question 1:

This novel by Nevil Shute is set in the future after WWIII. Due to the nuclear fallout, only land in the southern hemisphere is inhabitable.
The Rainbow and the Rose
The Shadowlands
On the Beach
Ruined City

Question 2:

What 1973 Kurt Vonnegut novel contains this exchange:

"This is a very bad book you're writing," I said to myself.
"I know," I said.
"You're afraid you'll kill yourself the way your mother did," I said.
"I know," I said.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Breakfast of Champions
A Man Without a Country
The Glass Bead Game

Question 3:

In 1946 this author received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in Württemberg, Germany to a Christian missionary family that worked in India. He is best known for his novel Steppenwolf.
John Kay
Heinrich Böll
Theodor Mommsen
Hermann Hesse

Question 4:

Author Gabriel García Márquez stresses in this 1985 novel that love-sickness is a literal disease causing pain and other physical symptoms.
Love in the Time of Cholera
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Walking with Liberty
Of Love and Other Demons

Question 5:

Originally written in French, this 1949 Samuel Beckett play is about Vladimir and Estragon who expect a man, they barely know, to arrive.
Imaginary Friends
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Waiting for Godot

Question 6:

In 1943's She Came to Stay, this author wrote a fictionalized account of her ménage à trois relationship with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and another woman. The book's main characters are Françoise, Pierre, and Xavière.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Simone de Beauvoir
Erica Jong
Wanda Kosakiewicz
Sylvie Le Bon

Question 7:

Published in 1963, The Bell Jar is this poet's only novel. It was published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas."
Sylvia Plath
Assia Wevill
W. D. Snodgrass
Esther Greenwood

Question 8:

This 1865 book was banned in Hunan, China in 1931 because "animals should not use human language."  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
The Wind in the Willows

Question 9:

In Nathanial Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, the destitute Hepzibah Pyncheon lives in the house and supports her brother, Clifford, who has just been released from jail. Why was he in jail?

Question 10:

This 1857 collection of poems by Charles Baudelaire caused him to be convicted in France of offending the morals of the time, resulting in fines and the banning of 6 of the poems.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
The Flowers of Evil
Artificial Paradises
To the Reader


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