BCQC Literature Quiz Finals (january '13)

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  • 1. Finals
  • 2. Round 2 by AvaneendraWritten Round, Theme Round, Round 4 by Ranajeet
  • 3. Round 1Written Round7 minimalist posters5 points per right answer
  • 4. Exchange Sheets
  • 5. Round 219 questions on Infinite Rebound4 pounces per team
  • 6. Q1. In the movie The Hobbit: An expected journey, Gandalf is asked by Bilbo “ How many wizards are there ? ”. He says there are five, naming himself, Saruman, and Radagast, then saying he cant remember the names of the other two. Their names, Alatar and Pallando, appear in the books but still not revealed in the movie. Why ? And which book has their names mentioned.
  • 7. Answer is ….
  • 8. They don’t have the copyright to the book Unfinished Tales
  • 9. Q2. Henry William-Jones P Brooke-Haven Melrose Grainger J Walker Williams C P West -------- --------- Pen names of which famous author ? And which name is missing ?
  • 10. Answer is ….
  • 11. Pelham Grenville
  • 12. Q3. Connect. • Second king of the Maratha Empire who was detested throughout the Mughal Empire for his Scorched earth tactics • The name by which Uttam Kumar is famously known in Calcutta • Not taken away by the wind (derived from another famous literary work) • Someone with a face as beautiful as the moon • A small town near Satara, also the name of a Marathi film • The battle which took place on 14 January 1761, about 60 miles (95.5 km) north of Delhi
  • 13. Answer is ….
  • 14. Works of Vishwas Patil
  • 15. Q4. The seven-year period between when his twin children were born and when Robert Greene called him an "upstart crow“ is known as his “------ ------" because no evidence has survived to show exactly where he was or why he left Stratford for London. Several theories have been put forth to account for his life during this time, and a number of stories are given by his earliest biographers, including that he fled Stratford after he got in trouble for poaching deer from Thomas Lucy or that he wrote a scurrilous ballad about him. Who and FITB
  • 16. Answer is ….
  • 17. Shakespeare’s Lost years
  • 18. Q5. Map of which place ?
  • 19. Answer is ….
  • 20. Neverland
  • 21. Q6.** In the movie Hot Fuzz, actor Bill Bailey is shown reading books by Iain Banks and Iain M. Banks. Why ?
  • 22. Answer is ….
  • 23. Iain Banks writes science fiction books under the name Iain M Banks. Similarlyin theMovie Bill Bailey plays twins.
  • 24. Q7. This guy really lived from about 1620 to 1655, big nose dueling and all. He was a poet, a dramatist and a science fiction writer. He wrote of voyages to the moon and to the sun . He was the first person in the history to suggest one method to reach there – rockets. Who ?
  • 25. Answer is ….
  • 26. Cyrano De Bergerac
  • 27. Q8. He was flying to Los Angeles from Paris. His luggage was accidently unloaded at NY airport so he had to miss his visit to Sharon Tate. Same night she was murdered by Charles Manson and his disciples. One year later He published the book “Being There” which made into a movie starring Peter Sellers. Who ?
  • 28. Answer is ….
  • 29. Jerzy Kosinski
  • 30. Q9. Coincidentally paperback publisher of this best selling book is situated in NY, building number 666. Their emblem is a bantam (reference to a sacrificial rooster.) On September 27, 2011, it was re-released as a 40th Anniversary Edition in paperback, hardcover and audiobook editions with differing cover artwork. This new, updated edition featured new and revised material
  • 31. Answer is ….
  • 32. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  • 33. Q10.He was a baseball fan, and he wrote a poem titled "Line-Up for Yesterday",an alphabetical poem listing baseball immortals. Here is a sampling from his A to ZlistC is for Cobb, Who grew spikes and not corn, And made all the basemen Wish theywerent born.D is for Dean, The grammatical Diz, When they asked, Whos the tops? Saidcorrectly, I is.E is for Evers, His jaw in advance; Never afraid To Tinker with Chance.F is for Fordham And Frankie and Frisch; I wish he were back With the Giants, Iwish.Who ?
  • 34. Answer is ….
  • 35. Ogden Nash
  • 36. Q11.**These two literary giants had a debate regarding religious tolerance of Tippu Sultan.In first writer’s novel Aavarana, he had accused Tippu Sultan as a religious fanaticwho would not stand Hindus in his court. He had substantiated the argument basedon the facts pointing to several historic references written in India during Tippu’s rule.One of the references was the usage of Urdu word ‘bin’ which is used to refer aperson as a "son of" in Government of Karnataka offices even today. The source ofthe word had originated during the Tippu Sultans rule, which was one of the severalmethods used to influence Islamic rules on Hindus. There are numerous instances inhis book, which stated various methods used by Tippu Sultan to convert Hindus toIslam, each of these instances clearly given with a sound historic reference in thebook.This was criticized by the second writer, who had glorified Tippu in his plays. He wasaccused of being untruthful in giving factual account of Tippu Sultan in his plays andwas suggested to read the references of the book Aavarana and understand thehistory of fanatic Islamic rulers in India before glorifying anyone by falsifying thetruth.Name both of them.
  • 37. Answer is ….
  • 38. S.L. Bhyrappa and Girish Carnad
  • 39. Q12.“I see no need for any further evolution on my behalf. I have humansfor that. Their technologies and modernization should take care ofeverything. Too many of my relatives can’t see past their whiskers inbelieving that the primary responsibility of humans is to keep us inthe style to which we ought to be accustomed. I however regard thatas secondary to their wider responsibilities in advancing our species.There are inconvenient hitches of course. Today for one. On a daywhen, at long last, the sun has succeeded in lightening Berlin’s sludgeof a sky, I have been removed from my warming window sill anddeposited in a box. My midmorning snooze was interrupted withoutso much as a please or a thank you and I was transported in anundignified, dangling midriff lift into the chilly laboratory anddumped askew into a second-hand, cardboard box.”This is the first paragraph of a story by Glynne MacLean, titledViennese _______. The story was published on Jan 31, 2009, and hassince achieved a cult status. What is the story about/ Who is thenarrator?
  • 40. Answer is ….
  • 41. Q13**.In ancient Greece the laurel was sacred to the god Apollo, andwas used to form a crown or wreath of honour for poets andheroes. This custom, first revived in Padua for Albertino Mussato,was followed by Petrarchs own crowning ceremony in theaudience hall of the medieval senatorial palazzo on theCampidoglio on the 8th of April 1341. Because the Renaissancefigures who were attempting to revive the Classical traditionlacked detailed knowledge of the Roman precedent they wereattempting to emulate, these ceremonies took on the character ofdoctoral candidatures.This tradition is still followed in 12 countries of the world. Eventhough the appointed person has different official designation ineach country their role is same.What am I talking about ?
  • 42. Answer is ….
  • 43. Poet’s Laureate
  • 44. Q14.In December 1927 he and -------- Gardner became engaged,despite theopposition of Lady Burghclere who felt that he lacked moral fiberand keptunsuitable company. Among their friends they quickly becameknownas "He-X" and "She-X".It is referred to in 2003s Lost in Translation, Anna Faris character"Kelly" uses the pseudonym X Y, suggesting that she thinks that X Y is a female.
  • 45. Answer is ….
  • 46. X - EvelynY - Waugh
  • 47. Q15. Who is Kilgore Trout ?
  • 48. Answer is ….
  • 49. Novel by Philip José Farmer, writing pseudonymously as "KilgoreTrout,"a fictional recurring character in many of the novels of KurtVonnegut.This book first appeared as a lengthy fictitious "excerpt"—writtenby Vonnegut,but attributed to Trout—in Vonneguts God Bless You, Mr.Rosewater (1965)
  • 50. Q16.These Awards are prizes given for creative achievement inAmericancomic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industrysequivalent ofthe Oscar Awards. First conferred in 1988, created in response tothe discontinuation of the X Awards after 1987. They are named inhonor of the pioneering writer and artist who is known for thecartooning studio he founded; for his highly influential series TheSpirit; for his use of comics as an instructional medium; for hisleading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form ofliterature.What are these awards called now and what is X ?
  • 51. Answer is ….
  • 52. Eisner AwardsX – Kirby as in Jack Kirby
  • 53. Q17.**• The protagonist may discover in his or her investigation that a mad scientist or evil genius and his secret organisation are using futuristic technology to further their schemes.• The protagonist may be issued and use their own futuristic technology such as weapons, exotic means of transport, and detection devices that have not been invented as of yet.• The setting and the protagonist, may actually be in the future.• The science fiction device may be a MacguffinExamples of which genre ?
  • 54. Answer is ….
  • 55. Spy-Fi
  • 56. Q18.Reiner named the company in honor of thefictional Maine town that serves as the settingof several stories by Stephen King who hadnamed the town so after the book “Lord Of TheFlies.”King was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft who createda series of fictional small towns in New Englandcalled Dunwich, Innsmouth, Kingsport and -------.Give me name of the company and FITB.
  • 57. Answer is ….
  • 58. Company is Castle Rock and the missing town isArkham.
  • 59. Q19. Patrick Branwell Brontë was a painter, and writer and poet, the only son of the Brontë family. Contrary to urban legend, he did not die "standing up leaning against a mantelpiece, in order to prove it could be done"; this well- circulated myth is actually part of an intentionally-absurd quote by a very famous author. Who and in which book has this quote ?
  • 60. Answer is ….
  • 61. Theme Round6 questions10 points per correct answerThe theme is a mere pointer. Keep it simple.Theme scoring mentioned on respective slides.
  • 62. Q1. +30 / -15Michael Palin did a lot of travel series in the late 80sand early 90s. Barring the first, they are as follows:Pole to Pole (travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole)Full Circle (circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim)Hemingway Adventure (following in the footsteps of ErnestHemingway)Sahara (travelling around and through the Sahara Desert)Himalaya (travelling around the Himalayas)New Europe (travelling around Eastern Europe) Brazil (travelling through Brazil).The first one shares its name with a 1873 book allof us have heard of. Name it.
  • 63. Q2. +25 / -12Commander of the Royal Victorian Order is anhonorary position awarded to a person who hasdone a favour or service to the Royal Family. Abook by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi speaksof a certain winner of this honour and his ratherunusual service to the sovereign before WorldWar II. Name the book.
  • 64. Q3. +20 / -10The Commonwealth War Graves Commissionstates :An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians alsodied in the course of the project, chiefly forcedlabour brought from Malaya and the DutchEast Indies.Pierre Boulle himself was a prisoner of theJapanese in South-east Asia where he metFrench officers who had worked on theproject. In the book, however, he used Britishofficers. Name the book or the projectmentioned.
  • 65. Q4. +15/ -7The book title compares the act of the title character to that ofthe 950 year old father of Shem, Ham and Japeth.We may know it because of this.
  • 66. Q5. +10 / -5Seven Pillars ofWisdom is anautobiographicalaccount of a BritishLiaison Officer duringthe Arab Revoltagainst the OttomanTurks. Give me thename of the author.
  • 67. Q6. +5 / no negativesIn the book, the protagonist is RamMohammad Thomas and his profession is awaiter, not a chaiwala. Salim is not thebrother but a friend and fellow orphan. Theromantic interest is Nita and the show host isPrem Kumar. The chapter names are amountsof money in progressively increasing order.Which book?
  • 68. EXCHANGE SHEETS
  • 69. Q1.Michael Palin did a lot of travel series in the late 80sand early 90s. Barring the first, they are as follows:Pole to Pole (travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole)Full Circle (circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim)Hemingway Adventure (following in the footsteps of ErnestHemingway)Sahara (travelling around and through the Sahara Desert)Himalaya (travelling around the Himalayas)New Europe (travelling around Eastern Europe) Brazil (travelling through Brazil).The first one shares its name with a 1873 book allof us have heard of. Name it.
  • 70. Around the World in 80 Days
  • 71. Q2.Commander of the Royal Victorian Order is anhonorary position awarded to a person who hasdone a favour or service to the Royal Family. Abook by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi speaksof a certain winner of this honour and his ratherunusual service to the sovereign before WorldWar II. Name the book.
  • 72. The King’s Speech
  • 73. Q3.The Commonwealth War Graves Commissionstates :An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians alsodied in the course of the project, chiefly forcedlabour brought from Malaya and the DutchEast Indies.Pierre Boulle himself was a prisoner of theJapanese in South-east Asia where he metFrench officers who had worked on theproject. In the book, however, he used Britishofficers. Name the book or the projectmentioned.
  • 74. The Bridge Over River KwaiORBurma-Siam Death Railway will also do
  • 75. Q4.The book title compares the act of the title character to that ofthe 950 year old father of Shem, Ham and Japeth.We may know it because of this.
  • 76. Schindler’s ArkThe image is of the actual Schindler’sList
  • 77. Q5.Seven Pillars ofWisdom is anautobiographicalaccount of a BritishLiaison Officer duringthe Arab Revoltagainst the OttomanTurks. Give me thename of the author.
  • 78. T.E. Lawrence
  • 79. Q6.In the book, the protagonist is RamMohammad Thomas and his profession is awaiter, not a chaiwala. Salim is not thebrother but a friend and fellow orphan. Theromantic interest is Nita and the show host isPrem Kumar. The chapter names are amountsof money in progressively increasing order.Which book?
  • 80. Q&A
  • 81. THEME CONNECT :Books adapted into movies which have won theAcademy Award for Best Film1. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)2. The King’s Speech (2010)3. The Bridge Over River Kwai (1957)4. Schindler’s List (1993)5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • 82. Round 4
  • 83. Round Reversal19 questions on Infinite Rebound.4 pounces per team.
  • 84. Q 20. A special stamp celebrating 150 years of ‘The Christmas Carol’ was released in 1993 depicting the characters Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig. The designer of the stamp is the first ever Children’s Laureate. He is even more popular though as an illustrator for a massively popular children’s author. One can see similarities in his illustrations for the author’s books and the characters on the stamp. Who designed the stamp? (image on next slide)
  • 85. Quentin Blake
  • 86. Q 21.Two successful collaborations with Govind Nihalaniand Om Puri won him three Filmfare Awards (2 BestScreenplay, 1 Best Story) and a National Film Awardfor Best Screenplay. Arguably his most popular play, apolitical satire on Shiv Sena which was rising to powerin 1976, uses the real-life historical character of NanaPhadanvis. The film adaptation, for which he wrotethe screenplay himself, is the debut film of Om Puri.Identify this legend.
  • 87. Vijay Tendulkar
  • 88. Q22. In Robert Graves’s ‘I Claudius’ Augustus’s granddaughter Julilla is exiled because she is convicted of adultery and many other debaucheries. The reason for her corruption is said to be ‘Ars Amatoria’ or ‘The Art of Love’. This is really just an excuse to distance Julilla and Postumus, Augustus’s grandson from Rome. The poet of this work is also exiled for his corruptive influence but is later reprieved by Tiberius. Who is this poet whose real name was Publius ____ius Naso.
  • 89. Ovid
  • 90. This is the profile of the fictitious Pradeep Mathew, whois the mysterious bowler being searched for in ShehanKarunalatika’s ‘Chinaman’
  • 91. Q 24.Tomas Transtromer became (well?) known in India lastyear after his Nobel Prize win. However, Indians haveanother reason to have known his name because ofsomething that happened nearly 30 years ago.Transtromer flew out to India immediately after heheard the news about this incident. The poet K.Satchidanandan took part in a poetry recital along withhim and recounted his experience last year in aninterview. What ‘event’ or incident are we talking about?
  • 92. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy
  • 93. Q 25. This is a picture of the author in captivity in a concentration camp. He went on to write a three volume book about his imprisonment and exile and compared the forced labour camps in his country to a chain of islands. Who?
  • 94. Aleksandr Solzenitsyn
  • 95. Q 26. Two books by two different authors together complete a famous quote from Act 4 Scene 1 of Macbeth; a line by the second of the three witches. One book which takes the first line of the quote as its title was published in 1968 with protagonists surnamed Beresford seen in 4 novels and a collection of short stories by the author. The other book, taking its title from the second line, is a fantasy and horror work about two boys having a scare at a travelling carnival published in 1962. The author is a legend in the science-fiction genre. Name both books to get the quote and also name the authors.
  • 96. “By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha ChristieSomething Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury
  • 97. Q 27.The novel is set in a universe parallel to ours with the author’susual dose of magical realism but this isn’t revealed till the secondhalf. In the novel, many real life incidents are used with theauthor’s own spin on them. For example, John F Kennedy is shownto survive his assassination attempt in Dallas but is killed lateralongside Robert Kennedy. The Watergate scandal is a novelfeaturing a fictional President Nixon. Many songs are miscreditedlike ‘Satisfaction’ to John Lennon, Roy Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman’ toThe Kinks. The Who are presented under their original name TheHigh Numbers.Another musical connect is with U2, who aren’t mentioned in thebook but have a song written by the author with the same title asthe novel in their 2000 album. Which novel?
  • 98. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
  • 99. Q28. The Wikipedia entry about a certain book said that the protagonist of the book, Coleman Silk, was based on the critic Anatole Broyard and the plot of the book was inspired by Broyard’s life. The author, however, said this was completely inaccurate and the book was based an incident in the life of his friend Melvin Tumin, when he called a couple of students ‘spooks’ which was a pejorative term for African-Americans in the 1960s and the students happened to be black. Wikipedia Administator replied to the author saying that ‘though the author is the greatest authority on his work, we require secondary sources’. This incited the author to write an open letter to Wikipedia which was published in The New Yorker on 7th September 2012. Who?
  • 100. Philip Roth
  • 101. Q 29.The Ghost of ___ ____ is the 11th album by Springsteen and the firsttrack of the same album. It takes inspiration from Woody Guthrie’sThe Ballad of ___ ____. Springsteen said he was more inspired bythe multiple Oscar winning movie than the book, though he used adirect reference to the character from the book in the third verseusing the linesMom, wherever theres a cop beatin a guyWherever a hungry newborn baby criesWhere theres a fight against the blood and hatred in the airLook for me mom Ill be thereWherever theres somebody fightin for a place to standOr a decent job or a helpin handWherever somebodys strugglin to be freeLook in their eyes Mom youll see me.
  • 102. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • 103. Q 30. Excerpt from a letter by the author of a ‘Great American Novel’ to his friend and contemporary author. “Shall I send you a fin of the _____ by way of a specimen mouthful? The tail is not yet cooked -- though the hell-fire in which the whole book is broiled might not unreasonably have cooked it all ere this. This is the books motto (the secret one), -- Ego non baptiso te in nomine -- but make out the rest yourself.” Name both people involved and name what the letter talks about.
  • 104. One of the many letters written by Herman Melville toNathaniel Hawthorne about Moby-Dick.
  • 105. Q 31.The three possible reasons that may have caused thedeath in the book are :1) Poisonous gas let in through the air conditioning ofthe plane.2) A scratch on the wrist from the sword dipped in kraitvenom.3) X.
  • 106. A Case of Exploding Mangoes
  • 107. Q 32.Whose appearance on The Simpsons?
  • 108. Q33._________ was started in 1954, on the 50th anniversary ofthe events in the novel, when John Ryan and the novelistBrian ONolan organized what was to be a daylong pilgrimagealong the X route. They were joined by Patrick Kavanagh,Anthony Cronin, Tom ______ (a dentist who, as the author’scousin, represented the family interest) and AJ Leventhal.Ryan had engaged two horse drawn cabs, of the old-fashioned kind, which were used by the character in thebook to attend a funeral along with his friends.
  • 109. The party were unable to complete the ‘pilgrimage’ asthey called it as it ended with most of the membersending up inebriated at Bailey pub. This, however,began a tradition still followed on a particular day byfans of the novel all over the world.Put fundae and fill in the (first) blank.
  • 110. ‘Bloomsday’ celebrationswere thus started on June 16every year; the date onwhich Ulysses is set.
  • 111. Q 34.In Umberto Eco’s ‘The Name of the Rose’ he paystribute to many contemporary and past authors andworks. To give a few examples, he named the characterJorge of Burgos after Jorge Luis Borges, the protagonistWilliam of Baskerville was clearly modeled on SherlockHolmes. William’s companion and the narrator of thebook is the simple minded Adso. This is a wordplay on acharacter from one of Galileo’s 17th century book. Namethe book and put fundae.
  • 112. Adso is a reference to Simplicio (Ad Simplicio meaning ‘toSimplicio’) from Galileo’s ‘Dialogue’.
  • 113. Q 35.“Off to one side is a guy about 40 with a lot of muscles, asyou can see because he has no shirt on—just a pair ofkhakis and some red leather boots on and his hell of abuild—and he seems to be in a kinetic trance, flipping asmall sledge hammer up in the air over and over, alwaysmanaging to catch the handle on the way down with hisarms and legs kicking the whole time and his shouldersrolling and his head bobbing.”This guy had a brief second act in American literature,depicted as the helmsman of X’s epic 1964 cross-countryjourney in “___ ________ ____ ___ ____ ____.” Heserved as a kind of totem for X’s Pranksters, who drewinspiration from the 1957 novel.
  • 114. Neal Cassady a.k.a Dean MoriartyX is Ken Kesey and the book is Tom Wolfe’s ‘TheElectric Kool-Aid Acid Test’
  • 115. Q 36.A few examples of words in this language, inventedby the author, are:embleer: Stinking, the word for the smell of a fox.homba: A fox. Plural hombil.hraka: Droppings, excreta. Used as a curse.endri: A badger.silflay: To eat above ground; to graze.thlay: FurThere is also a lingua franca called ‘hedgerow’which features in the book. Name the language andthe book.
  • 116. Lapine language spoken by the rabbits inWatership Down.
  • 117. Q 37.From ‘Life and Writings of Blessed ______ ____’ by T.E. Bridgett,1913.The following is taken from a 1519 letter in which Erasmusdescribes his good friend ______ ____.“He seems born and framed for friendship, and is a mostfaithful and enduring friend. He is easy of access to all; but if hechances to get familiar with one whose vices admit nocorrection, he manages to loosen and let go the intimacy ratherthan to break it off suddenly Hence he amused himself withcomposing epigrams when a young man, and enjoyed Lucianabove all writers. Indeed, it was he who pushed me to write the‘In Praise of Folly’ that is to say, he made a camel frisk.‘Morias Encomium’ can also be read as ‘In praise of ____.’”
  • 118. This description, however, is contrary to how thischaracter has been portrayed in Hilary Mantel’s doubleBooker winning series. In Wolf Hall, the character isshown to be the diagonal opposite of ‘easily accessible toall’ and is shown a very staunch Catholic.Name him.
  • 119. Thomas MoreMorias Encomium which is “In Praise of Folly” is apun on his name and can be read as “In Praise ofMore”.
  • 120. Q 37.50 Cent was to release his film in 2011 when he wasforced to alter the title of his movie which shared its titlewith a 1958 bestseller by the author. 50 Cent thenoffered him $ 1 million but the author was insulted bythis and his legal team released this statement.“The novel with the said title was initially produced in1958 (that is 17 years before 50 was born.) "It is listed asthe most-read book in modern literature pertaining tothis continent, and wont be sold for even £1bn."The film was renamed by adding “All” before the originaltitle.
  • 121. Q 38.The author did not make a conscious effort to amassthese trinkets from various sources. He did it like anyother ______ would do; over a period of time. The______ as he would like to call it was opened in April2012 and is open to the masses. The name of thenovel, too, is not consciously decided because ofthese collections. Free entry is provided to anyonewho has read the book. It is situated in the city whichwas the European Capital for Culture 2010 along withEssen and Pecs.
  • 122. This is the actual ‘Museum of Innocence’ by OrhanPamuk which he accumulated as he wrote the book.