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LITERARY TRIVIA III

21) What is the name of the student in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment who commits a cold-blooded murder?


Raskolnikov is the student in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment who commits a cold-blooded murder and afterwards, tormented by his own conscience, seeks sympathy from a prostitute.

22) What poet wrote To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960), Transformations (1971), and The Death Notebooks (1974)?


Anne Sexton wrote To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960), Transformations (1971), and The Death Notebooks (1974), as well as Live or Die (1967) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1974, despite a very successful writing career, she lost her lifelong battle with depression and, at the age of 46, committed suicide.

23) What play by Tennessee Williams contains characters named "Big Daddy" and "Big Mama"?


One of Tennessee Williams greatest plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, contains characters named "Big Daddy" and "Big Mama." These roles were played in the original Broadway production by Burl Ives and Mildred Dunnock.

24) What was the original title of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?


Ray Bradbury and his publishers thought The Fireman was a boring title, so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature paper burned at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold while they burned a book, then reported back, and the rest is history.

25) Who did C.S. Lewis base the protagonist of his Space Trilogy on?


Elwin Ransom, the protagonist of C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945)), is an expert in languages and medieval literature, unmarried, wounded in World War I, and apparently based on Lewis' friend and fellow Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien.

26) Why was playwright Joe Orton sent to prison in 1962


In 1962, Joe Orton was sentenced to six months in prison for removing books from several local public libraries and modifying the cover art or the blurbs before returning them to the shelves.

27) What novel features characters named AYLA, BROUD, CREB, and IZA?


The Clan of the Cave Bear is a historical novel by Jean M. Auel that tells the story of Ayla, a five-year-old girl adopted by a tribe of Neanderthals.

28) What is the smallest book in the Welsh National Library


The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. The miniscule volume is one of only 85 copies printed by Scottish publishers in 1985 and can only be read using a microscope. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.

29) What was the first book sold on Amazon.com?


In July 1995, the company began service and sold its first book on Amazon.com: Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

30) What word did Robert A. Heinlein introduce into the English language in his book Stranger in a Strange Land?


In his 1961 science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein coined the term Grok which means "to understand intuitively or by empathy".


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