Mostly Literary - Literature Quiz

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This is a quiz that I did in my college, as well as in SJBHS. It was a direct finals. Hence, some of the questions may be really really simple.Acknowledgements:1. Mr. Arun Hiregange, whose notes were instrumental in the starting of this quiz.2. Mr. Santosh Swaminathan, for some of the comics related questions.

Text of Mostly Literary - Literature Quiz

  • Mostly Literary

  • Rules

    100 questions. We reverse at the halfway stage.

    Team size of N/3, where N is the number of


    +10 for every correct answer. Part points

    available on the discretion of the quizmaster for

    incomplete answers.

    Next question goes to the team, next to the

    team who answered the last question.

  • 1. EITHER: Id the


    OR: Id the TV show.

    OR: Give the

    movie(s) connect.

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  • Kill Bill

  • 2. Id the film for which she won an Oscar for

    Best Supporting Actress.

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  • Gone With The Wind

  • 3. Tom & Jerry episode called The Cat and The Mermouse. Tribute to which


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  • 4. Famous scene from the adaptation of a

    famous book. Id book.

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  • 5. Id the film.

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  • 6. X won his only Oscar for Best Screen-writer

    in 1948 for the movie shown. For the next two

    decades, he wrote for many TV shows, such as

    the one whose theme song as well as a

    screenshot is given, starring Barbara Eden. After

    his death, Tilly Bradshaw wrote a sequel to one

    of his works.

    Id X.

    Visuals on next slide.

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  • Sidney Sheldon

  • 7. Characters in the book act as individual

    books, because of firemen, whose job is to set

    fire to books. The title of the book, is hence a

    reference to the ignition point of paper.

    Id the book.

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  • 8. Which novel used the following

    poem? Ten little Soldier boys went out to dine;

    One choked his little self and then there were nine.

    Nine little Soldier boys sat up very late;

    One overslept himself and then there were eight.

    Eight little Soldier boys traveling in Devon;

    One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

    Seven little Soldier boys chopping up sticks;

    One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

    Six little Soldier boys playing with a hive;

    A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

    Five little Soldier boys going in for law;

    One got in Chancery and then there were four.

    Four little Soldier boys going out to sea;

    A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

    Three little Soldier boys walking in the zoo;

    A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

    Two Little Soldier boys sitting in the sun;

    One got frizzled up and then there was one.

    One little Soldier boy left all alone;

    He went out and hanged himself,

    ___ ____ _____ ____ ____.

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  • 9. The original script, had a runtime

    of around 4 hours. The first film

    version was released in 1900, and

    starring Sarah Bernhardt (it

    featured only one scene). The most

    famous film version had about 2

    hours shorn off it, and won an

    Academy Award for Best Picture.

    Id the film.

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  • 10. Id the book and author.

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  • 11. Algorithm to derive a phone-number

    from the 2003 book X:

    Step 1: Create a new SMS.

    Step 2: Change the mode to number mode.

    Step 3: Enter the word that the

    organization is responsible for.

    Step 4: End.

    The number so gotten is the phone-number

    of the organization.

    Id X.

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  • 12. Id the

    comic. /

    Id what it

    is trying

    to spoof



    NOT this


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  • 13. Carlo Lorenzini, wrote a book

    called Storia di un Burattino (The Story Of

    A Marionette), also called Le Avventure di

    _________, which was published

    weekly in Il Giornale De Bambini, one of

    Italys first newspapers for children.

    Lorenzini died, unaware of the fame

    and popularity of his work. Fill in the


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  • 14. Id the film.

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  • 15. On November 17, 1968, NBC cut off a live broadcast of

    an American Football League game between the New York

    Jets and the Oakland Raiders with 65 seconds remaining in

    favour of a pre-scheduled airing of a new film version of a

    famous novel, omitting a stunning comeback by the Raiders

    and drawing the ire of millions of fans who missed this

    thrilling match. Which novels film adaptation did this?

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  • 16. A famous illustrator, among other things, he has

    illustrated the books as well as the covers of a famous series.

    Id him and the series.

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  • Christopher Paolini, also the

    writer of the Inheritance Cycle

  • 17. Connect.

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  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy

  • 18. Common name: X

    Scientific name: Anagallis arvensis

    Claim to fame: Alter-ego of an eponymous 1903 play that

    was later novelized. The protagonist, X, was one of the

    earliest examples of a costumed hero, and served as an

    inspiration for heroes such as Zorro, Batman, the Shadow,

    Green Hornet, Lone Ranger, etc.

    Id X.

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  • 19. Hans Brinker; Or The Silver Skates tells the story about how

    a pair of siblings, Hans and Gretel try to win an ice-skating

    contest and so, a pair of silver skates. While this story may

    not be so well-known, a story within the book, called The

    Hero Of Haarlem, is much more famous, and many people

    confuse Hans Brinker as the protagonist of the other story.

    What did The Hero Of Haarlem do?

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  • 20. X, Detective is a 1886 novel, and a

    sequel to two other books featuring X.

    In this book, X attempts to solve a

    mysterious murder. Like the two

    preceding novels, the story is told using

    the first-person narrative voice of this

    characters best friend. X would next

    come in a film in 2003 film, where he is a

    year older. Id X.

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  • 21. Lead cast of a recent film adaptation of a famous novel by Noel Streatfield. The novel

    is about dancing career of three adopted sisters, Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil. Each of

    the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown (Great-Uncle-Matthew, or Gum), an

    elderly, absent-minded geologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to

    his great-niece, Sylvia and her childhood nanny. The three children aspire to become

    famous ballerinas.

    Id the film / novel. It is NOT called The Fossil Cupboard!

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  • 22. Bio of a

    person named

    Eric Knight.

    Which famous

    character did

    he create? / Id

    the book.

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  • 23. The lady shown here

    is one of the best-selling

    German novelists, after

    J.K. Rowling and R.L.

    Stine. Two of her other

    books are The Thief Lord

    (set in Venice), and Dragon

    Rider (set in South Asia).

    However, she is most

    famous for a certain

    trilogy. Id lady. / Id


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  • 24. Jenny Lind was an opera soprano.

    In 1843, X met her, and fell in love

    with her. Lind, however, treated X as

    a friend. She served as the inspiration

    for some of Xs stories, especially The


    In The Nightingale, a nightingale is

    replaced by a mechanical bird. When

    the bird gets spoiled, due to overuse,

    the owner of the bird, begins to die

    (due to the lack of music). The night

    before he would have died, the

    nightingale returns and sings a song

    to keep Death at bay, and the owner


    Id X.

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  • Hans Christian Anderson

  • 25. Xs only publication was in 1877. This was written,

    despite the fact that she was dying at the time. Id the book,

    the opening leaf of which is as shown.

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  • 26. Three books by Chris van

    Allsburg. Id ALL. NO PART


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  • 27. T.S. Elliot called this play the "worst play ever

    written". A critic, S. Clark House calculated the

    atrocities in the play and came up with this summary:

    "It (the play) has 14 killings, 9 of them on stage, 6

    severed members, 1 rape (or 2 or 3 depending on

    how you count), 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity, and 1

    of cannibalism-an average of 5.2 atrocities per act,

    or one for every 97 lines."

    The play was made into a 1999 movie, directed by

    Julie Taymor, starring Anthony Hopkins in the lead

    role as well as Jessica Lange.

    Id the play. / Id the movie.

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  • Titus Andronicus

  • 28. What has been blanked out in the

    cover (Part points for the name only,

    if no one gets what has been blanked


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  • The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe

  • 29. In 1841, New Yorkers waited for news from

    Europe concerning the fate of Little Nell. Her

    death was greeted