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#68003 - 05/10/05 06:14 PM trivia questions?
najeena62
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My sister works at an eclectic, small town bookshop, and has to come up with a smart, succinct book trivia question to post on a chalkboard in the window everyday. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, anything. Can you ladies help her out?
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#68004 - 05/11/05 03:44 AM Re: trivia questions?
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najeena62, could you give us an idea of what kinds of questions she's used in the past? Maybe post an example or two?
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#68005 - 05/11/05 02:09 PM Re: trivia questions?
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Is she looking for questions like "What book is widely considered to be the first novel in English?" (Anyone want to answer that?) Or more like "What poisoned fruit was served in The Duchess of Malfi? (If I remember that right, it was apricots.)

I'm going to move this topic to This & That, where I think it fits better, but please carry on with suggestions.

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#68006 - 05/11/05 02:32 PM Re: trivia questions?
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 Quote:
"What book is widely considered to be the first novel in English?" (Anyone want to answer that?)
Is it Aphra Behn's Oroonoko?

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#68007 - 05/11/05 02:43 PM Re: trivia questions?
JoanneMerriam
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Thought it was Robinson Crusoe.
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#68008 - 05/11/05 02:48 PM Re: trivia questions?
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I also think it is Robinson Crusoe.
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#68009 - 05/11/05 02:59 PM Re: trivia questions?
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Oops, I did not mean to derail the topic like that. I've heard varying stories about the first novel question, where you have to define 'novel' and 'English' before you can answer. I don't know that there is a definitive answer, but the two vague things in the back of my head were Beowulf (as the first work of fiction in English) or having Jane Austen as the inventor of the modern novel. It's very vague, which is why I didn't answer myself.

Back to trivia questions, please. If you want to continue to discuss forms of writing and the orgination and genesis thereof, please start a topic in the Bookworm. Thanks!

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#68010 - 05/11/05 05:07 PM Re: trivia questions?
najeena62
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Thank you, FishDreamer, for moving this to the appropriate place. I asked her for some examples of what she's looking for, and she gave me these that had been used recently-

What was the only novel written by Sylvia Plath?

How many tales are there in the Canterbury Tales?

In what year is the novel 'The Brave New World' set in?

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#68011 - 05/11/05 09:31 PM Re: trivia questions?
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So something like this:

What is the name of the narrator in Martha Grimes' Hotel Paradise? (answer: Emma)

How about writing up famous first lines of books and having people guess which author & title they are? I always love those, and sometimest the line is so famous I'll know it even if I haven't read the book.

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#68012 - 05/11/05 11:57 PM Re: trivia questions?
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Who used what pseudonym is always a rich source of trivia questions.

Who were Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell? (The Brontes)
What was George Eliot's real name? (Mary Ann Evans)
(And for something really hard) Who was widely rumored to be the person behind Wanda Tinasky? (Thomas Pynchon)

Also, sequels by other authors, like:

Gone with the Wind was succeeded by? (Scarlett)
The "prequel" to Jane Eyre, published a century later, was? (Wide Sargasso Sea)

Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, and Amy Tan are part of what musical group? (The Rock Bottom Remainders)
What author once penned a satirical, vulgar response to a group called the "Mammoth Cods"? (Mark Twain)

I suddenly feel the need to come up with a lot of these.

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