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    1. 1. LITERATI – QUIZ IN THE TIME OF CHAPAATI Atharva in association with Pro-Lit_Cult Presents Researched by : Surbhi Verma & Vishwas Anand
    2. 2. Starters! 1. • It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
    3. 3. 2. • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    4. 4. 3. • Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
    5. 5. Don Quixote
    6. 6. 4. • Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
    7. 7. The Trial
    8. 8. 5. • If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
    9. 9. 6. • In 1928, Cecil B. DeMille charged X with writing a script for what would become the film Skyscraper. The original story, by Dudley Murphy, was about two construction workers involved in building a New York skyscraper who are rivals for a woman's love. X rewrote the story, transforming the professions of the rivals .The film would have ended with the protagonist throwing back his head in victory, standing atop the completed skyscraper. In the end DeMille rejected X's script, and the actual film followed Murphy's original idea, but X's version contained elements she would later use in Y.
    10. 10. X- Ayn Rand Y- Fountainhead
    11. 11. 7. • Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel X anonymously from Robert Bloch for only US$9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret. Which novel?
    12. 12. Psycho
    13. 13. 8. • He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education". • His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of American children how to spell and read, secularizing their education. • According to Ellis (1979) he gave Americans "a secular catechism to the nation-state". • His name became synonymous with "dictionary" in the United States, which was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language.
    14. 14. Noam Webster
    15. 15. 9.
    16. 16. The Great Gatsby
    17. 17. 10. • Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . . • A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - ‗X' is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by Y recently found out to be Z.
    18. 18. Robert Galbraith J.K. Rowling
    19. 19. 11. In news for or connect to an author?
    20. 20. Caroline Criado Perez • Bank of England announced that Jane Austen would be the new face of the £10 note.
    21. 21. 12. Literary Connect.
    22. 22. Sidney Sheldon
    23. 23. 13. • 1 In Edgar Allan Poe‘s 1838 story , three ship wreck survivors kill and eat the fourth man. • 2. In 1884 , three real life survivors conspire and kill the fourth compnaion. • 3. In Ang Lee‘s 2012 movie, a tiger and a teenager are the only survivors of a ship wreck. The tiger tries to kill and eat but the boy survives. • Three stories and a common link. • It is a specific 2 –word link.
    24. 24. Richard Parker
    25. 25. 14. Doodle for?
    26. 26. Franz Kafka
    27. 27. 15. • Born In Motihari , Bihar (m/) in 1903. • He adopted the nom de plume X because, as he told Eleanor Jacques, "It is a good round English name.― • X's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term X is — descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices — has entered the language together with several of his neologisms, including Cold War, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thought crime
    28. 28. George Orwell
    29. 29. 16. • X‘s first novel, Y is set mostly in Bombay in the 70s and 80s, and sets out to tell the city's secret history, when opium gave way to new cheap heroin. • X has said he wrote the novel, ―to create a kind of memorial, to inscribe certain names in stone. As one of the characters Y says, it is only by repeating the names of the dead that we honour them. I wanted to honour the people I knew in the opium dens, the marginalised, the addicted and deranged, people who are routinely called the lowest of the low; and I wanted to make some record of a world that no longer exists, except within the pages of a book.
    30. 30. Jeet Thayil Narcopolis
    31. 31. 17. • Although X originally wrote this book mostly for his followers, it grew in popularity. From the royalties, X was able to afford a Mercedes automobile while still imprisoned. Moreover, he accumulated a tax debt of 405,500 Reich mark (about US$ 8 million today, or €6 million) from the sale of about 240,000 copies by 1933. • The book was in high demand in libraries and often reviewed and quoted in other publications. • The book was given free to every newlywed couple and every soldier fighting at the front. • By the end of the war, about 10 million copies of the book had been sold or distributed in Germany
    32. 32. Hitler Mein Kampf
    33. 33. 18.
    34. 34. 19. Identify the Author
    35. 35. Adam Smith
    36. 36. 20. Poet‘s Corner, Westminster Abbey
    37. 37. • Charles Dickens
    38. 38. 21. Starry Thoughts The first Nebulas were given in 1966. The idea for such an award, funded by the sales of anthologies collecting the winning works, was proposed by SFWA secretary-treasurer Lloyd Biggle, Jr. in 1965. The idea was based on the Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America, and hosting a ceremony to present them at was prompted by the Edgar and Hugo Awards. What specific genre does this award honour?
    39. 39. • Science fiction/ fantasy
    41. 41. 23. *Night of January 16th • X believes that reason is the sole means of acquiring knowledge. • My philosophy Y is ―the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute‖. • X described their famous novel Z- ―the role of the mind in man's existence—and, as a corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self- interest‖. Identify X, Y&Z
    42. 42. • X- Ayn Rand • Y- Objectivism • Z- Atlas Shrugged
    43. 43. 24. Lost Story • X wrote ‗The House of Beauty‘, ‗Snow Upon the Desert‘ • During X‘s disappearance in 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took one of X‘s gloves to a spirit medium to find their location. The Home Secretary of that time, William Joyson-Hicks pressurized the police department to find X. Identify X
    44. 44. The story continues.. • Agatha Christie
    45. 45. 25. I said it! You see it?
    46. 46. Ernest Hemingway
    47. 47. 26. ―Amuse me!‖ ―Very Well, Sir‖
    48. 48. 27. Observation of Trifles • X‘s first words: "How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive?― • 'You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.'
    49. 49. • Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson in ‗A Study in Scarlet‘
    50. 50. 28. A Comedy of Places • What is the only Shakespearean play whose title contains an English place name? • ―Here will be an old abusing of God‘s patience and the king‘s English‖ • ―It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love‖
    51. 51. The Merry Wives of Windsor
    52. 52. 29. ―Fantasy for Grown Ups‖ • X was selected as one of 2011 Time 100 list of most influential people. • X's work has been described by the Los Angeles Times as having "complex story lines, fascinating characters, great dialogue, perfect pacing",while the New York Times sees it as "fantasy for grown ups― • It goes beyond princely control
    53. 53. George R.R. Martin
    54. 54. 30. A Question of Luck • I walked across the road and then stopped. Thud! I then remembered that I almost forgot, and then forgot what I almost remembered. I just had a : _ _ _ _ _ _- X • Genius happens almost magically with X even as bad luck would have it.
    55. 55. • Stroke
    56. 56. 31. Seek Me Out! • A Lawmaker Shies Pile • A Narrator Bead Night • Adorable Pun • A Wisdom Whorl Twirl
    57. 57. • William Shakespeare • Rabindranath Tagore • Pablo Neruda • William Wordsworth
    58. 58. 32. An Indian Flavour • T. S. Eliot praised X‘s ‗indigenous‘ book for using a mythical method in place of the old narrative method. • X was President of the Cambridge Humanists from 1959 until death and a member of the Advisory Council of the British Humanist Association from 1963 until death.
    59. 59. • E.M. Forster
    60. 60. 33. Telling Tales Her daughter X won the 2006 Man Booker Prize for her novel Y. Identify X,Y.
    61. 61. • X- Kiran Desai, Y- Inheritance of loss
    62. 62. 34. Societal Dynamics • X is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities. The word was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book X, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean
    63. 63. 35. ‗Is my verse alive?‘ Significance of ‗Called Back‘?
    64. 64. • Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
    65. 65. 36. Penning it • Charles Lutwidge Dodgson- Wrote a famous novel, where a fantasy world was populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures • Paul French 
    66. 66. • Lewis Carroll • Isaac Asimov
    67. 67. 37. Spell the Misspelled • Serusiphone : A wind instrument resembling the oboe but made of brass. • Biezelbub- The Devil; Satan • Hyatometer- A device for measuring rainfall
    68. 68. • Sarrusophone • Beelzebub • Hyetometer
    69. 69. 38. Author and Connect
    70. 70. • Charles Dickens • HG Wells • Ernest Hemingway • Connect- Last words
    71. 71. 39. • Rustichello da Pisa, also known as Rusticiano and Rustigielo (fl. late 13th century), was an Italian romance writer • Rustichello had written a work in French known as the Roman de Roi Artus (Romance of King Arthur) or simply the Compilation, derived from a book in the possession of Edward I of England, who passed through Italy on his way to fight in the Eighth Crusade in 1270-1274. The Compilation contains an interpolation of the Palamedes, a now-fragmentary prose account of Arthur's Saracen knight Palamedes and the history of the Round Table • But Best known for ?
    72. 72. • Rustichello da Pisa was best known for cowriting Marco Polo's autobiography while they were in prison together in Genoa.
    73. 73. 40. • X — meaning "don't speak" in Chinese — is a very famous pen name. In an interview X explains that name comes from a warning from his father and mother not to speak his mind while outside, because of China's revolutionary political situation from the 1950s, when he grew up.The pen name also relates to the subject matter of X‘s writings, which reinterpret Chinese political and sexual history.
    74. 74. Mo Yan
    75. 75. 41. • In June 2011, a Chilean judge ordered that an investigation be launched, following suggestions that X had been killed by the Pinochet regime for his pro-Allende stance and political views. X's driver, Manuel Araya, stated that doctors administered poison as the poet was preparing to go into exile. In December 2011 Chile's Communist Party asked Chilean Judge Mario Carroza to order the exhumation of the remains of the poet.
    76. 76. Pablo Neruda
    77. 77. 42. • Biologist Richard Dawkins dedicated his book The God Delusion (2006) to X, writing on his death that "Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender."
    78. 78. Douglas Adams