Quiz of the Month – January 2015

This quiz is based on questions in the Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition.  I hope you enjoy it.  You can find the answers at my Quiz Answers page.

  1. “No animals shall wear clothes,” is one of the commandments in this famous 1945 dystopian novel.  Name it and its author.
  2. The Gathering Storm is the name of the first of six volumes written by a British statesman about World War II.  Name him.
  3. What Swedish orphan in children’s literature has the middle names Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim’s Daughter?
  4. A certain 1873 novel is about a £20,000 wager made at a London Club?  The wager concerns travel.  Name both the novel and its author.
  5. In 1972 Pat Conroy wrote a memoir based on a year he spent teaching some poor children on Daufuskie Island, an off-shore South Carolina island.  Name the memoir.
  6. Name the 1948 Norman Mailer novel about some Marines who land on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei?  It was based on his experiences during World War II.
  7. Name the classic 1969 Young Adult novel by William H. Armstrong about a dog, an African-American boy, and the boy’s sharecropper parents.  The novel is named after the dog.
  8. Ayn Rand’s now-classic 1957 novel devotes over 50 consecutive pages to her philosophy called objectivism.  Name the novel.
  9. David Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for this play set in a Chicago real estate office.  Name it.
  10. In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book there is an animal named Hathi.  What kind of animal is he?
  11. Roy Hobbs is an aging baseball marvel in this 1952 debut novel.  In 1984 it was made into a movie that starred Robert Redford.  Name the novel and (for extra credit) it’s author.
  12. What New Orleans born author briefly stopped writing supernatural novels in order to pen the historical novel The Feast of All Saints?
  13. In 1921 Edith Wharton won the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction ever awarded to a woman for her novel about life among the upper-class in New York City.  Name the novel.
  14. John D. McDonald described the detective he created as a “tattered knight on a spavined [lame due to a disease called spavin] steed.”  Name the detective.
  15. What 1973 fantasy novel by William Goldman contains characters named Buttercup, Wesley, Fezzik, and Inigo Montoya?
  16. By what name do Jem and Scout address their father in Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird?
  17. In what country does the title character of Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient spend the last days of his life?
  18. Name two James Michener books that were named after nations.
  19. Name the 29 year old contemporary of Shakespeare who was stabbed to death during a dispute over a bill at a tavern.  Some people believe that he actually lived, and secretly penned some or all of Shakespeare’s plays.
  20. Psychologist Robert Buterworth has referred to this best-selling self-help author and TV personality as “like your mama, without hair.”  Who is he?
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