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Authors: Anannya Deb, Sumant Srivathsan, Vibhendu Tewari

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    • The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Literature Quiz 2012 The Bombay Quiz Club Anannya Deb Sumant Srivathsan Vibhendu Tewari
    • WARM UPWhere in Bombay can you see this black horse statue?
    • WARM UPWHERE IN BOMBAY CAN YOU SEE THIS BLACKHORSE STATUE?
    • WARM UPAt the Byculla Zoo
    • Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Literature Quiz 2012THE PRELIMS
    • The Basics• 25 questions• Please be legible. If we can‟t read your answer, it‟s wrong.• Last names are good, unless specified. For titles of works, exact answers are required.• There is no negative scoring. Leave no question unanswered.• Starred questions will be used to break ties. Failing which, we will provide swords.• Mobile phones are detrimental to healthy quizzing. Turn them off.• There are lots of audios and videos. Silence is appreciated. All the best.
    • Prelims 1What is the opening line of Madeleine L‟Engle‟s A Wrinkle inTime, a winner of the Newbery Medal and the Lewis Carroll ShelfAward, and a runner-up for the Hans Christian Anderson Award?
    • Prelims 1 - AnswerIt was a dark and stormy night.
    • Prelims 2The lack of English translations did not stop Agatha Christie fromissuing this imprimatur - “I dont know Urdu but have knowledgeof detective novels of the Sub-continent. There is only one originalwriter - ____ ____”. Who was Christie referring to?
    • Prelims 2 - AnswerIbne Safi, meaning “the son ofthe pure”, the pseudonym usedby Asrar Ahmed
    • Prelims 3Which all-time classic of American literature inspires the recentAudi Quattro commercial? (Video Removed)
    • Prelims 3 - AnswerMoby Dick. This Audi Quattroad titled „Ahab‟ from Jan 2012reimagines Herman Melville‟sstruggle between an obsessivecaptain and an elusive whitewhale as a story of a tow-truckdriver haunted by an Audi.
    • Prelims 4For his courage in capturing the Volscian city in 493 BC,Cominius, the Roman general leading the campaign, announced toall that Caius Marcius “Wears the war‟s garland” and as he was theconqueror of the Volscian city, asked everyone to “call him, withall the applause and clamour of the host, CAIUS MARCIUS__________”.Fill in the blanks.
    • Prelims 4 - AnswerCoriolanus, the conqueror ofCorioli.
    • Prelims 5Identify the writer in the visual.
    • Prelims 5Identify this lady writer in the visual.
    • Prelims 5 - AnswerHarper Lee, in the gallery ofthe Monroeville, ABcourthouse she made famous.
    • Prelims 6Fill in the blanks.
    • Prelims 6 - AnswerRavan and Eddie
    • Prelims 7In war, when a city‟s defenders choose to abandon any furthermilitary action, the opposing forces would be expected to marchin, and not attack forces or destroy property. The goal is toprevent damage to historical monuments and loss of human life.Some famous examples from World War II include:• Brussels and Paris in 1940• Belgrade in 1941• Manila in 1942• Rome in 1943What is the term applied to towns placed under thesecircumstances?
    • Prelims 7 - AnswerOpen city
    • Prelims 8According to the British tabloid press, Pippa Middleton iscurrently in a relationship with George Percy, heir to the Duke ofNorthumberland. He is known by a nickname, derived from hisresidence, Alnwick Castle, shown below. What is this nickname?
    • Prelims 8According to the British tabloid press, Pippa Middleton iscurrently in a relationship with George Percy, heir to the Duke ofNorthumberland. He is known by a nickname, derived from hisresidence, Alnwick Castle, shown below. What is this nickname?
    • Prelims 8 - AnswerThe Earl of Hogwarts, because Alnwick Castle was used torepresent the school in the Harry Potter movies.
    • Prelims 9Penguin Ink is a series of limited edition reprints of popularnovels with new covers, launched in 2010 to commemorate 75years of Penguin. What is special about the series?
    • Prelims 9Penguin Ink is a series of limited edition reprints of popularnovels with new covers, launched in 2010 to commemorate 75years of Penguin. What is special about the series?
    • Prelims 9 - AnswerThe covers have all been designed by leading tattoo artists.
    • Prelims 10Name this famous amateur lepidopterist.
    • Prelims 10Name this famous amateur entomologist.
    • Prelims 10 - AnswerVladimir Nabokov
    • Prelims 11In the Dastangoi universe of sub-continental folklore and also inArabic fantasy literature, Koh-e-Kaf is the land of djinns (genies)and paris (fairies). Historians put the location of Koh e-Kaf to anarrow strip of 1,000 km by 600 km somewhere around theCaspian Sea and the Black Sea, fitting into the Caucasus rangespread over Russia, Romania and Armenia/Turkey. The literaltranslation of Koh-e-Kaf is very similar to what a 20th Centuryauthor decided to call a geographical feature in his fictionaluniverse.What does Koh-e-Kaf translate to?
    • Prelims 11 - AnswerKoh-e-Kaf translates to Mountain of Mist.In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-Earth, the Misty Mountains runbetween Eriador and the valley of the Anduin, and from MountGundabad to Methedras.
    • Prelims 12Queen Olympia tells the Oracle of Dodona of a dream that shehad, of a snake entering her and leaving its seed inside her. TheOracle interprets this by saying that her child would be theoffspring of Zeus. Thus begins which trilogy, the first volume ofwhich was published in 1998?
    • Prelims 12 - AnswerThe Alexander trilogy by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
    • Prelims 13Ukiyo-e, the predominant artistic genre in Japan, is a form ofwoodblock printing and painting that gained prominence in the17th Century. In his Ukiyo Monogatari, Asai Ryōi defines ukiyo as: … Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; … refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the ________ _____…The titular narrator of a novel set in post-WWII Japan is apractitioner struggling to come to terms with changes to his society,with decadence and pleasure becoming a thing of the past. Namethe novel.
    • Prelims 13 - AnswerAn Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Prelims 14The author says “On a walk through Mochudi, north of Gaborone, I met a woman who gave a chicken to the people with whom I was staying. I remember thinking at the time: This is a remarkable woman – I wonder what her life story is. I never found out, but this meeting made me think that one day I would like to write about such a woman – resourceful, amusing, and intelligent. Then, out of my subconscious, knocking on the door so to speak, came ________ ________. I wrote a short story about her, and then discovered that I liked her and wanted to continue to record her life.”Which author, and the character? (No Part Points)
    • Prelims 14 - AnswerAlexander McCall Smith andMma Ramotswe from his No 1Ladies Detective Agency series
    • Prelims 15Identify the author.
    • Prelims 15Identify the author.
    • Prelims 15 - AnswerTheodore Geisel, better knownas Dr. Seuss.
    • Prelims 16The following quotes are by two writers who have explored thesame myth, one in a 1959 Marathi novel, and the other in a 1961Kannada play.Name the title and the two authors.
    • Prelims 16 The following quotes are by two writers who have explored the same myth, one in a 1959 Marathi novel, and the other in a 1961 Kannada play.______‟s tale is a subsidiary part of the As I said, my first play ______ was aboutMahabharata. It is not the central theme. A Name the title and the two authors.myths. And the first play I wrote on my waywriter of fiction would be guilty of to England, ______ is very much liketransgression if he made any basic change Antigone, although at that time it seemedin the character of Rama and Sita or to me that I picked up the theme fromKrishna and Draupadi. But the same rule nowhere. Now I find it had a certaindoes not hold in respect of secondary relevance. The relevance was that it ischaracters…It is for this reason that the about adults, the elder generationShakuntala of Kalidas is a little different demanding of younger generation that thefrom that of Vyas. The Rambhadra of younger generation should sacrifice itself,Bhavabhuti is not the Rama of the first should give its use. ______ is a king whopoet. Thus it is that ______ the novel is in the prime of his life is cursed to old agedifferent from ______ the character in and goes around asking people, “Will youMahabharata. take my old age?”
    • Prelims 16 - AnswerYayati.V. S. Khandekar‟s 1959 Sahitya Akademi Award winning noveland Girish Karnad‟s 1961 debut play
    • Prelims 17Ismat Chughtai‟s novel Ajeeb Aadmi (A Very Strange Man) isabout a suicidal actor-director Dharam Dev, his doomed passionfor his discovery Zarina Jamaal, a dancer from Madras whom hegrooms into a great actress, and Dev‟s playback-singer wifeMangala.What three-word phrase best describes such a novel?
    • Prelims 17 - AnswerRoman à clef, French for "novelwith a key", is form of literatureabout real life, overlaid with afaçade of fiction, popularisedby Madeleine de Scudery in the17th Century through her thinlyveiled stories featuring politicaland public figures.Chughtai‟s novel is about GuruDutt, Waheeda Rehman &Geeta Dutt.
    • Prelims 18On 11 March 1963, Col. Jean-MarieBastien-Thiry became the lastperson in France to be executed byfiring squad. The crime of which hewas convicted forms the prologue ofa work of fiction. The rest of thenovel is a fictional account of eventsthat aimed to achieve what he hadfailed to do.Name the novel.
    • Prelims 18 - AnswerHe attempted and failed toassassinate Charles de Gaulle.What follows is the plot ofFrederick Forsyth‟s The Day ofthe Jackal.
    • Prelims 19This is a file photo of a bureaucrat, shot in a setting which, severalyears later, became the milieu of his debut novel. Identify him.
    • Prelims 19This is a file photo of an acclaimed debut novelist shot in a settingwhich became the milieu of his book. Identify him.
    • Prelims 19 - AnswerJamil Ahmad, author of The Wandering Falcon
    • Prelims 20Identify both men.
    • Prelims 20Identify both men.
    • Prelims 20 - AnswerLawrence and Gerald Durrell, brothers and writers.
    • Prelims 21A Bench by the Road is a 2006 project established in honour of alitterateurs 75th birthday. The project‟s name is inspired from thenovelist‟s remarks in an 1989 interview: "There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves … There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. Theres no 300-foot tower, theres no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesnt exist … the book had to.“Name the novelist, and the book.
    • Prelims 21A Bench by the Road is a 2006 project consisting of roadsidebenches in honour of a litterateurs 75th birthday. The project‟sname is inspired from the novelist‟s remarks in an 1989 interview: "There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves … There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. Theres no 300-foot tower, theres no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesnt exist … the book had to.“Name the novelist, and the book.
    • Prelims 21 - AnswerToni Morrison, Beloved
    • Prelims 22David Peterson, a language expert, explains his process forcreating a new language based on a small sample of words presentin a series of books for a warrior tribe whose world revolvesaround their horses. What language was he building for use in thetelevision adaptation of the same series of books?(Question Modified / Audio Removed)
    • Prelims 22 - AnswerDothraki, for HBO‟s adaptation of George R. R. Martin‟s TheGame of Thrones, the first book in his A Song of Ice and Fireseries.
    • Prelims 23Identify the writer of the poem heard in this classic Levi‟s “YourLife…” commercial.(Question Modified / Video Removed)
    • Prelims 23 - AnswerCharles Bukowski. The poem is The Laughing Heart.
    • Prelims 24Name the character and the poem from this still(Question Modified / Video Removed)
    • Prelims 24Name the character and the poem.
    • Prelims 24 - AnswerAllen Ginsberg, played by James Franco, reciting Howl in the filmof the same name.
    • Prelims 25Name the Nobel Prize winner who wrote these lines based on thephotograph? The reader is reading from a translation of theoriginal poem.(Question Modified / Audio Removed)
    • Prelims 25Name the Nobel Prize winner who wrote these lines? The readeris reading from a translation of the original poem.
    • Prelims 25 - AnswerWislawa Szymborska – Photograph from September 11,translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislav Baranczak.