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The Usual Suspects – A Quiz

1. Angela Lansbury played Laurence Harvey’s politically ambitious- and murderous-mother in what 1962 thriller?

2. What wisecracking criminal, nicknamed Gotham City’s “clown prince,’ taunted the authorities by leaving playing cards at the scene of his crimes?

3. What black-clad woman sought revenge on her sister’s accidental death by threatening that she “could cause accidents too”?

4. What criminal mastermind enjoyed having old friends for dinner-especially “with fava beans and a nice Chianti”?

5. What rogue scientist and self-described Prometheus is obsessed with annihilating his high-flying nemesis, obliterating Metropolis, and ruling the planet?

6. Who’s the two-toned, fur-loving, evil diva who is so cruel that her country home is nicknamed “Hell Hall”?

7. What brilliant professor and mathematician, known as the Napoleon of Crime, hides an air rifle in his cane?

8. What Asian villain with “a face like Satan”, created by British author Sax Rohmer, was the inspiration for James Bond’s nemesis, Dr. No?

9. What is the name of the squat, toadlike woman whose interests in the dark arts include taking sadistic pleasure in terrorizing her students?

10. What 1988 action film features Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, a techno-terrorist who plots to steal bank bonds from the vault of a skyscraper?

Answers:

1. The Manchurian Candidate
2. The Joker (Batman)
3. The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)
4. Hannibal Lector (The Silence of the Lambs)
5. Lex Luthor (Superman)
6. Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)
7. Professor Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)
8. Dr. Fu Manchu
9. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
10. Die Hard

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Culture Vultures – A Quiz

Art, Ballet, Classical Music

1. Where would you go to see Michelangelo the Pietà ?

2. The works of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms belong to what musical genre?

3. What Dadaist artist submitted an actual urinal, titled Fountain, to an art exhibit in 1917?

4. In what city is the Museo del Prado located?

5. What author of Dover Beach wrote that having culture means to “know the best that has been said and thought in the world”?

6. The Thinker is one of the most recognized sculptures in the world. Who was the sculptor?

7. What French artist is well known for his paintings of ballet dancers?

8. “Jaunty John joked about the jolly jack-o’-lantern.” Is that an example of assonance, alliteration, or onomatopoeia?

9. Who wrote The Rape of Lucrece?

10. Jacques Derrida founded (and coined the term for) what process in literary criticism and philosophy?

11. The Temple of Athena on the Acropolis of Athens is better known by what name?

12. Grand jeté is a part of what art form?

Answers:

1. St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City)
2. Classical music
3. Marcel Duchamp
4. Madrid
5. Matthew Arnold
6. Auguste Rodin
7. Edgar Degas
8. Alliteration
9. William Shakespeare
10. Deconstruction
11. The Parthenon
12. Classical ballet

 

Name the Famous Novel – A Literature Quiz

Name the famous novels in which the characters appear

1. Rachel Verinder, Sergeant Cuff, Dr. Candy, Drusilla Clack, Indian jugglers
2. Cyrus Trask, Alice Trask, Samuel Hamilton, Cathy Ames
3. Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Mike Campbell, Count Mippipopolous
4. Lin Kong, Shuyu, Manna Wu
5. Terry Lennox, Philip Marlowe, Harlan Potter, Eileen Wade
6. Lines, Squares, Triangles, Pentagons
7. Tom Rath, Betsy Rath, Ralph Hopkins
8. Quentin Compson, Dilsey, Dalton Ames, T.P.
9. Miss Mackay, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Lloyd, Sandy
10. Jurgis Rudkus, Marija Berczynskas, Phil Connor, Jack Duane
11. Wang Lung, O-lan, Lotus Flower, Pear Blossom
12. Mr. Utterson, Mr. Enfield, Edward Hyde, Mr. Poole
13. Buck Mulligan, Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom
14. Arthur McHenry, Mike Slattery, Whit Hofman, Joe Chapin
15. Father Jean Marie Latour, Father Joseph Vaillant, Zeb Orchard, Buck Scales
16. John Grady Cole, Lacey Rawlins, Jimmy Blevins
17. John Converse, Ray Hicks, Dieter
18. Narrator, Chris, John and Sylvia Sutherland
19. Josef Kavalier, Sam Klayman, Tracy Bacon, Bernard Kornblum
20. Robert Leffingwell, James Morton, Senator Orrin Knox

Answers:
1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
4. Waiting by Ha Jin
5. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
6. Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott
7. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson
8. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
9. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
10. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
13. Ulysses by James Joyce
14. Ten North Frederick by John O’Hara
15. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
16. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
17. Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
18. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
19. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
20. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

Last Lines of Famous Novels Quiz

1. When they entered, they found hanging upon the wall a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty.

2. It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea…

3. One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, “Poo-tee-weet?”

4. ‘Oh Jake,’ Brett said, ‘we could have had such a damned good time together.’

5. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

6. ‘You really don’t suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?’

7. To do this he had employed every means of conveyance—steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading-vessels, sledges, elephants.

8. ‘…but let us cultivate our garden.’

9. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can’t stand it.

10. It was noticed that his spinal column was crooked, his head seated on his shoulder blades, and that one leg was shorter than the other.

11. ‘I’ll shoot him if you can’t, but either way, we’ve got it to do.’

12. ‘We shall bear down the opposition, we shall sweep it before us – and Chicago will be ours!’

13. Everybody began to leave nice and quiet while I laid there with my glazzies closed, slooshying the lovely music.

14. In this vessel, after a long voyage, I arrived in England the 11th of June, in the year 1687, having been thirty-five years absent.

15. ‘God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world,’ whispered Anne softly.

16. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.

17. ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’

18. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries.

19. In your rocking chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel.

20. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

21. “Might I trouble you then to be ready in half an hour, and we can stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way?”

22. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.

23.  Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.

24. Later on he will understand how some men so loved her, that they did dare much for her sake.”
JONATHAN HARKER

25. But since ’tis as ’tis, why, it might have been worse, and I feel my thanks accordingly.”

26. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.

27. The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.

28. He loved Big Brother.

29. He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.

30. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

Answers:

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
2. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
3. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
8. Candide by Voltaire
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
11. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
12. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
14. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
15. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
16. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
17. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
18. The Stranger by Albert Camus
19. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
20. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
21. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
23. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
24. Dracula by Bram Stoker
25. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
26. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
27. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
28. 1984 by George Orwell
29. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
30. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Name the Famous Author Quiz

Name the Famous Author

This English author, born in 1824, wrote The Moonstone (1868), The Woman in White (1860), and The Black Robe (1881). 1
This bestselling author wrote Airport (1968), Hotel (1965) and Wheels (1971) 2
This author, who died in 1950, wrote Tarzan of the Apes (1912), Tarzan at the Earth’s Core (1929), and Tarzan and the Forbidden City (1938) 3
Three of this Canadian’s best known works are Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne of Avonlea (1909), and Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) 4
This American author wrote the novels The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), Mildred Pierce (1941), and Double Indemnity (1943) (first published in Liberty Magazine, 1936) 5
This author’s famous works include Marjorie Morningstar (1955), The Winds of War (1971), and War and Remembrance (1978) 6
This Scottish novelist, who died in 2006, wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Girls of Slender Means (1963), and The Driver’s Seat (1970) 7
This English author’s works include A Clockwork Orange (1962), The Eve of St. Venus (1964), and Abba Abba (1977) 8
This former Detective Sergeant wrote The New Centurions (1971), The Onion Field (1973), and The Choirboys (1975) 9
This prolific writer of crime and suspense novels wrote Pale Gray for Guilt (1968), The Long Lavender Look (1970), and The Empty Copper Sea (1978) 10

Answers:

1. Wilkie Collins
2. Arthur Hailey
3. Edgar Rice Burroughs
4. Lucy Maud Montgomery
5. James M. Cain
6. Herman Wouk
7. Muriel Spark
8. Anthony Burgess
9. Joseph Wambaugh
10. John D. McDonald

Cultural Knowledge Quiz

Cultural Knowledge Quiz


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the new world, this city staged a massive world’s fair in 1893.
1
Although it remains this author’s only well-known work, Catch-22 (1961) holds a place among the greatest war novels of all time. 2
Born in 1802, this nurse and social reformer led numerous campaigns seeking humane treatment for the mentally ill in the 1840s and 1850s. 3
This dance, inspired by rock and roll music, became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s. 4
The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 5
This 15th President of the United States was the last president born in the 18th century. 6
Widely known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”, the 1958 NFL Championship Game was played between these two teams on Dec. 28, 1958. 7
The Orrery by Joseph Wright of Derby, is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark; an example of an artistic technical term known as this. 8
Published in April of 1974, this philosophical novel by Robert M. Pirsig, is subtitled An Inquiry into Values. 9

Famous for filming the Kennedy assassination, he’s the man seen here.
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Answers
1. Chicago
2. Joseph Heller
3. Dorothea Dix
4. The Twist
5. Claude Monet
6. James Buchanan
7. Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17 (It was the first ever NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime)
8. Chiaroscuro
9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
10. Abraham Zapruder