Monday, October 22, 2012

The Why Read Quiz

I used the following quiz as an ice breaker for a writing workshop I taught a few years ago.  It's pretty fun stuff.  I found it to be a better opening exercise rather than the who are you and why are you here stuff we normally get at the onset of such workshops.  I post it here for fun.  I'll post the answers next week.  Enjoy.
  1. What is a Catch-22?
  2. Who is Big Brother?
  3. Who lived next door to Nick Carraway?
  4. Who wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”?
  5. What was Alice Walker’s color?
  6. “It was the best of times and________________________”
  7. Who is Mr. Rosewater?
  8. What 1960s rock band wanted to “Break on through to the other side"?
  9. Where did they get their name?
  10. What is Soma?
  11. At what temperature does paper combust?
  12. In what book would a reader meet Piggy?
  13. What novel begins: “In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar”?
  1. Who fought the Cyclops?
  2. Lord Henry Wotton watched Basil Hallward paint a picture of whom?
  3. What was Lee Chong’s business?
  4. How were the principal figures of the lost generation?
  5. How is Clyde Wynant commonly referred?
  6. What story was told by Mr. Lockwood, or was it Nellie?
  7. 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”?

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