January Book Notes Quiz

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Book Notes Plus is an interesting blog written by library patron Gerald Lively. Here is the January quiz from his blog, which we hope you’ll enjoy!

These are 25 pairs of literary works that have one thing in common: The last word in the first title, and the first word in the second title are the same (disregarding words like “The,” “A,” “An,” “To,” and “And” if they represent the first word of the second title). Your job is to name the works. Here is an example: A play by Lorraine Hansberry and a novel by Ernest Hemingway is the clue. The answer would be A Raisin in the Sun and (TheSun Also Rises. A novel by Jonathan Swift and a book by John Steinbeck would yield Gulliver’s Travels and Travels with Charlie. If you can’t guess the answers, feel free to look up the works written by one or both authors.

You can find the answers on his Quiz Answers page.

  1. The first Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. A novel by Margaret Mitchell and a novel by Kenneth Grahame
  3. A novel by John Grisham and a novel by Harper Lee
  4. A novel by Gillian Flynn and the first in a trilogy of novels by Stieg Larsson
  5. A nonfiction book by Stephen Ambrose and a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. A novel by Richard Wright and a novel by Gregory Maguire
  7. A novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and an epic poem by John Milton
  8. A novel by Louisa May Alcott and a novel by D. H. Lawrence
  9. A novella by Ernest Hemingway and a nonfiction book by Rachel Carson
  10. A novel by Jack Kerouac and a nonfiction book by F. A. Hayek
  11. A novel by John Fowles and a novel by Wilkie Collins
  12. A novel by Salman Rushdie and a play by Mark Medoff
  13. A novel by Anthony Burgess and a nonfiction book by Piper Kernan
  14. A novel by Stephenie Meyer and a novel by Elie Wiesel
  15. A novel by Markus Zusak and a novel by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  16. A novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and a novel by Pat Conroy
  17. A novel by Penelope Lively (I couldn’t resist!) and a novel by Frederick Forsyth
  18. A novel by Henry Miller and a novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  19. A novel by Erich Segal and a novel by David Wroblewski
  20. A novel by Neil White and a short story by Bret Harte
  21. A novel by Mitch Albom and a nonfiction book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
  22. A nonfiction book by Sigmund Freud and an autobiography by Barack Obama
  23. A self-help book by Dale Carnegie and a novel by Geraldine Brooks
  24. A novel by Ernest J. Gaines and a nonfiction book by John Gray
  25. A children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown and a novel by W. Somerset Maugham

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July Book Notes Plus Quiz

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Book Notes Plus is a wonderful blog written by library patron Gerald Lively. Here is the July quiz from his blog, which we are sure you’ll enjoy!

Each entry below contains three words that are associated with a work of fiction, nonfiction, a play or a poem. Name the work and its author using only the three-word clues – if you can. You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers page.

  1. London, Paris, Carton
  2. Detective, Train, Stabbing
  3. Boy, Dust, Wendy
  4. Paris, Gypsy, Archdeacon
  5. Man, Bug, Transformation
  6. Dogs, Spots, Coat
  7. Savannah, Murder, Graveyard
  8. Lacks, Cancer, Cells
  9. President, Brainwash, Chinese
  10. Journey, Cyclops, Island
  11. Magician, Brave, World
  12. Atlanta, Maids, Racism
  13. Teachers, Lies, Lesbian
  14. Black, Bird, Detective
  15. Black, Bird, Nevermore
  16. Physician, Revolution, Russia
  17. Butler, War, Georgia
  18. Infant, Apes, Jungle
  19. Books, Firemen, Future
  20. Deaf, Blind, Water
  21. Lawyer, Scout, Racism
  22. Labrador, Destructive, Beloved
  23. Hospital, Nurse, Lobotomy
  24. Boys, Stranded, Piggy
  25. Boy, Slave, Raft
  26. Marooned, Footprints, Friday
  27. Submarine, Professor, Harpoonist
  28. Murder, Louvre, Symbologist
  29. Buttercup, Wish, Inigo
  30. Belted, Flayed, Lazarushian

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May Book Notes Plus Quiz

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Book Notes Plus is a wonderful blog written by library patron Gerald Lively. Here is the May quiz from his blog, which we are sure you’ll enjoy!

Below you will find passages from a number of different works – fiction, nonfiction, plays, short stories, etc. Can you name the works and their authors? In some cases I have changed the original format of the text in order to make it fit the format of my blog, and have omitted names that would give away the source of the quotes. You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers page.

1) “The priest rose to take the crucifix; then she stretched forward her neck as one who is athirst, and gluing her lips to the body of the Man-God, she pressed upon it with all her expiring strength the fullest kiss of love that she had ever given. Then he recited the Misereatur and the Indulgentiam, dipped his right thumb in the oil, and began to give extreme unction. First upon the eyes, that had so coveted all worldly pomp; then upon the nostrils, that had been greedy of the warm breeze and amorous odors; then upon the mouth, that had uttered lies, that had curled with pride and cried out in lewdness; then upon the hands that had delighted in sensual touches; and finally upon the soles of the feet, so swift of yore, when she was running to satisfy her desires, and that would now walk no more.”

2) “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”

3) “Sure,” the Boss had said, lounging easy, “sure, there’s some graft, but there’s just enough to make the wheels turn without squeaking. And remember this. There never was a machine rigged up by man didn’t represent some loss of energy.”

4) “If you bethink yourself of any crime unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace, solicit for it straight . . . I would not kill thy unprepared spirit. No, heaven forfend! I would not kill thy soul.”

5) “I will proceed with my history, telling the story as I go along of small cities, of men no less than of great. For most of those which were great once are small today; and those which used to be small were great in my own time. Knowing, therefore, that human prosperity never abides long in the same place, I shall pay attention to both alike.”

6) “Has there ever been a child like Eva? Yes, there have been; but their names are always on grave-stones, and their sweet smiles, their heavenly eyes, their singular words and ways, are among the buried treasures of yearning hearts.”
7) “I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place, and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.”
8) “Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich, he will grope his way toward a foreign soil, a stick tapping before him step by step. Revealed at last, brother and father both to the children he embraces, to his mother son and husband both–he sowed the loins his father sowed, he spilled his father’s blood!”
9) “Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the City limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.”

10) “ ‘Which is it today,’ I asked, ‘morphine or cocaine?’ He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. ‘It is cocaine,’ he said, ‘a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?’ ”

11) “Well, I’m your guardian. We both know that, so there’s no need of much discussion there. Now, your father says you’re to be reared as a Protestant. I’ve no objection to that, I’m sure, although it does seem a shame that you should be deprived of the exquisite mysteries of some of the eastern religions. However, your father always was a stick-in-the-mud about some things. Not that I mean to speak ill of my own brother.”

12) “Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.”

13) “A dry martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet . . . Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”

14) “Aro paid no attention to our exchange. He leaned his head to one side, fascinated. ‘I hear her strange heart,’ he murmured with an almost musical lilt to his words. ‘I smell her strange scent.’ Then his hazy eyes shifted to me. ‘In truth, young Bella, immortality does become you most extraordinarily,’ he said. ‘It is as if you were designed for this life.’ ”

15) “Old Man Warner snorted. ‘Pack of crazy fools,’ he said. ‘Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while. Used to be a saying about “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.” First thing you know, we’d all be eating stewed chickenweed and acorns. There’s always been a lottery,’ he added petulantly. ‘Bad enough to see young Joe Summers up there joking with everybody.’ ”

16) “Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!—no, no! They heard!—they suspected!—they knew!—they were making a mockery of my horror!—this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die!—and now—again!—hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!— . . . ‘Villains,’ I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!’ ”

17) “ ‘Well,’ she said. ‘You know everything now, M. Poirot. What are you going to do about it? If it must all come out, can’t you lay the blame upon me and me only? I would have stabbed that man twelve times willingly.’ ”

18) “. . . He was afraid for the minute, but it is impossible for a mongoose to stay frightened for any length of time, and though _____ had never met a live cobra before, his mother had fed him on dead ones, and he knew that all a grown mongoose’s business in life was to fight and eat snakes. Nag knew that too and, at the bottom of his cold heart, he was afraid.”

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April Book Notes Plus Quiz

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Book Notes Plus is a wonderful blog written by library patron Gerald Lively. Check it out! Here is the April quiz from his blog, which we encourage you to visit:

You remember Trivial Pursuit don’t you?  It was a board game created in 1979 by a Canadian named Chris Haney.  It contained six categories of questions, one of which was Arts and Literature.  The first 22 questions below are based on that category in the original game.  Questions 23 through 35 are based on the Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition (2004) which I also own.  The six categories in that edition are: Beloved Children’s Books, Popular Classics, Riveting Non-Fiction, Book Club Favs, Favorite Authors, and Book Bag Surprises.  You will probably find the questions from the Book Lover’s Edition much harder than those from the original Trivial Pursuit.  You can find the answers to all 35 questions on my Quiz Answers page.

1) What are the first three words in the Bible?

2) What is the last word in the Bible?

3) What does a librocubicularist do?

4)Who is Sherlock Holmes smarter (or at least older) brother?

5) What 1956 novel by Grace Metalious was on the best-seller list for two years, and (for extra credit) what was the name of its 1961 sequel?

6) What best-selling cookbook was penned by Irma Rombauer and illustrated by her daughter, Marion Rombauer Becker? 

7) What 1960s self-help book was aimed at people who wanted to feel OK?

8) What George Bernard Shaw play inspired the Broadway musical My Fair Lady?

9) What word was printed on the lower right-hand corner of the front cover of Life magazine’s final weekly issue (December 29, 1972)?  (You can see an image of the cover in my post of the answers to this month’s quiz.)

10) What book was the basis for the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor?

11) What was Lady Chatterley’s first name?

12) What epic poem by Homer chronicles events near the end of the Trojan War?

13) What’s the magic cave-opening phrase in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves?

14) Which immortal Spanish and English writers died on April 23, 1616?

15) What was Captain Ahab’s peg leg made of?

16) Who wrote the 1957 best-seller Kids Say the Darndest Things?

17) What Henri Charriere best-seller describes his escape from Devil’s Island?

18) Who was the first novelist to present a typed manuscript to his publisher?

19) Who, beginning in 1908, wrote a total of 54 western novels?

20) Who is the most-translated English author after Shakespeare?

21) What playwright had four plays running simultaneously on Broadway in 1966?

22) What U.S. president’s mother wrote an autobiography titled Times to Remember?

23) Name the 1991 novel by James Michner about the publishing business that is told from the points of view of the writer, the editor, the critic, and the reader.

24) What 1965 Thomas Pynchon novel introduces a heroine named Oedipa Maas?

25) Who took time off from writing tales of the high seas to pen Picasso: A Biography and Joseph Banks: A Life?

26) What John Fowles novel brings a Hollywood writer back to Oxford to bury a college friend?

27) What novelist and philosopher was known as Alyssa Rosenbaum in her native St. Petersburg before changing her name when she moved to America?

28) What quadriplegic sleuth uses police officer Amelia Sachs as his “legs and eyes” in a number of Jeffrey Deaver thrillers?

29) What Barbara Robinson children’s book describes what happens when “the worst kids in the history of the world” misinterpret the Christmas story?

30) What incendiary how-to book did author William Powell later renounce as “a misguided and potentially dangerous publication”?

31) What Mark Medoff play features a teacher at a school for the deaf engaged in a sign-language battle of wits with a defiant kitchen maid?

32) What detective from Michael Connelly’s books was named after a 15th century Flemish painter?

33) What novel did Sylvia Plath initially publish under the pen name “Victoria Lucas,” because she felt it wasn’t a serious work?

34) Which fictional spy was based on decorated Scottish World War II commando Patrick Dalzel-Job?

35) What type of dog is Tock, who wears a clock face on his side, in The Phantom Tollbooth?

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Pride and Prejudice Bicentennial

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by Louise Hilton


What better way to celebrate our recent designation of April as Reread a Book Month than to revisit that perennial favorite Pride and Prejudice by the veddy British Jane Austen? This January marked the 200th anniversary of its publication and it endures today as one of the most popular English-language novels of all time. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers around the Bennet family, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters, in Regency England. Mrs. Bennet’s primary focus is making a good match for her girls, and despairs a bit at her second daughter Elizabeth’s independent spirit and sharp tongue. Elizabeth is, of course, the heroine of the novel, and it is such a treat to watch her relationship with the seemingly haughty (but secretly perfect for her) Mr. Darcy evolve.

The Library has loads of Austen fun to offer, including the movie and television adaptations of her beloved novels (who can forget Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries version of P&P? Swoon….), as well as a number of modern novels based on her beloved characters (A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, anyone?). And don’t forget to check out our All about Austen guide for everything Austen!

For more, check out these great links about the bicentennial:

Happy Two-Hundredth Birthday, Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at 200: Looking Afresh at a Classic

Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen Interactive

Pride and Prejudice at 200: The Best Jane Austen Small-Screen Adaptations

Pride and Prejudice at 200: Is It Time for a Videogame?

Pride and Prejudice Quiz: Know Your Bingleys from your Bennets?