Monday, October 29, 2012

The Why Read Quiz: The Key

The key to last week's quiz.  I used this only as a springboard for discussion.  It was meant to a fun icebreaker.  After all, who's going to take a writing workshops facilitator serious who has this introduction: "Welcome in, I thought we'd get started with a quiz."?  Incidentally, anyone who got question 13 really amazed and pleased me.

  1. What is a Catch-22? A circular problem, term coined by Joseph Heller in Catch-22.
  2. Who is Big Brother? Party leader in George Orwell’s 1984.
  3. Who lived next door to Nick Carraway? Jay Gatz, AKA Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  4. Who wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”? Henry David Thoreau in Walden.
  5. What was Alice Walker’s color? Purple, in The Color Purple.
  6. “It was the best of times and_it was the worst of times.In Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities.
  7. Who is Mr. Rosewater? He makes appearances in many of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels.
  8. What 1960s rock band wanted to “Break on through to the other side? Jim Morrison’s The Doors.
  9. Where did they get their name? Aldous Huxely’s The Doors of Perception, and he got the title of the book from a William Blake poem.
  10. What is Soma? A drug used by residence of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
  11. At what temperature does paper combust? 451 degrees, a book by Ray Bradbury.
  12. In what book would a reader meet Piggy? Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.
  13. What novel begins: “In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar”? In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan.
  14. Who fought the Cyclops? Odysseus, in Homer’s The Odyssey.
  15. Lord Henry Wotton watched Basil Hallward paint a picture of whom? Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  16. What was Lee Chong’s business? Groceries in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
  17. How were the principal figures of the Lost Generation? Any of them including; Hemingway, Stein and Fitzgerald.
  18. How is Clyde Wynant commonly referred? The Thin Man in Dashell Hammet’s novel of the same name.
  19. What story was told by Mr. Lockwood, or was it Nellie? Wuthering Heights by Emily B ronte
  20. In what book would a reader find: “What has happened will happen again, and what has been done will be done again, and there is nothing new under the sun”? The Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible.

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