Quiz of the Month – July 2015

This is my 300th blog post. In my last “Quiz of the Month” post I looked back at past posts for my questions, and I will once again do so. You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers page.

  1. Truman Capote considered naming the protagonist of one of his works Connie Gustafson. What name did he finally give her?
  2. “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” What book contains this opening sentence?
  3. In 1872 Anna Stepanova Pirogova, the spurned mistress of a famous author’s friend, threw herself under the wheels of a train at the railway station in a small Russian town. Her grisly death was the inspiration for what great novel?
  4. Why did I begin a page called “Readings I’ve Enjoyed”?
  5. Who was known informally as “The Abominable Showman”?
  6. What are “little free libraries”?
  7. Who wrote, “It has pleased me throughout the long series of Tarzanian exploits to draw comparisons between the manners of men and the manners of beasts and seldom to the advantage of men.”
  8. In December 2013 I wrote about a musical instrument that you play without ever touching it. What is that instrument?
  9. And speaking of music, what is so unusual about the world-class British percussionist Evelyn Glennie?
  10. What was USA Today’s 2013 book of the year?
  11. Who said, “If I’m such a legend, why am I so lonely?”
  12. What set of three books has the subtitle, “Single-Sitting Summaries of All-Time Great Books”?
  13. “This Salinger, he’s a short-story guy.  And he knows how to write about kids.  This book though, it’s too long.  Gets kind of monotonous.  And he should’ve cut out a lot about these jerks and all that crumby school.  They depress me.” What book was the reviewer critiquing?
  14. Who wrote The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language?
  15. Who, according the Guiness Book of World Records, is the best selling novelist in the world?
  16. “I said once in an interview that every word she writes is a lie including ‘and’ and ‘the.’ ” What writer made that statement, and of whom was she speaking?
  17. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, where might you want to go while visiting Washington D.C.?
  18. A famous writer asked Patrick French to write a tell-all biography about him. The resulting book was a devastating portrait of that famous writer. Name the subject of French’s book.
  19. When two German Jews, Hans Augusto Reyersbach and his wife Margaret, fled Nazi-controlled France during World War II, what was one of the few things they took with them?
  20. “First There Was Pandemonium! Then All Hell Broke Loose!” is the title of a post I published last July. What is the post about?
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