u 50 questions, will reverse at 25
u Blanks not indicative of length
u Answer multiparts in sequence
u Quite a few of them
u Unlimited civilized pounces.
u When you see this dog,
please raise your hands and
wait for me to come over.
u +10 / -5 pounce, +10 direct.
Q1. Cat Bites Woman, news at 11
Martha Gellhorn, one of over fifty characteristically deformed pet cats
that live in a Key West home, spent ten days in quarantine after she bit a
tourist in August 2016. (one such cat is on the next slide if it helps)
This deformity led to such cats being killed as witches’ familiars in 16th
century England, but sailors prized them as rat hunters, as the
deformity gave them greater than usual agility aboard a sailing ship.
A ship captain gave the owner of that Key West home one such cat as
a pet. He began to collect more cats, whose descendants still live at
his home. Indeed, Martha Gellhorn is named after his wife.
What are such cats known as, named after the homeowner?
A1. Hemingway Cats, which are six toed
(also known as polydactyl cats)
Q2. ID the author and the story
This 1865 short story was the author’s first commercial success and sparked a
rush of visitors to the small Californian mining town of Angel’s Camp in
which it was set, all of them demanding to see the fabulously talented
creature that was the subject of the story.
The town promptly cashed in on the craze and started a competition that
lasts to the present day.
In 1903, the author found a French translation of the story and was angry
enough to have a special edition printed that contained the original story, its
French translation and his own translation of the French back into English.
He called it “[The Story} - in English, then in French, and then Clawed Back
into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil". ID
the author and the story.
Q3. ID the composer and composition
Osamu Tezuka’s Hinotori
(Phoenix) is an unfinished manga
series of 12 books, each a
separate story. Tezuka considered
it his "life's work". It was never
completed, due to his 1989 death.
Tezuka was said to have been
influenced to create the series
after listening to which classical
composition, by whom?
Q4. The original work, and the fictional work
The original treatise was written around 335 BC. It existed in 2 parts,
only the first of which survived through to the Middle Ages and early
Renaissance as a Latin translation of an Arabic version written by Ibn
The second part is assumed to be lost, though some have speculated
that the Tractatus Coislinianus (so named as it was found in the
collection of Bishop Henri-Charles du Camboust de Coislin during the
19th century) could be the second part.
Both parts are central to the plot of one of the pre-eminent novels of
the last 35 years. Name the original treatise, and the novel that
A4. Aristotle’s Poetics
The Name of the Rose
Book 1 of The Poetics, that covers tragedy in drama, survives.
Book 2, which focused on comedy, is lost.
The murders in The Name of the Rose were to conceal the existence of
Book 2 of the Poetics by Brother Jorge of Burgos.
Q5. Who was named after this apple?
Peter Gunnarson ________ imported a variety of greenish yellow
apple with dull red stripes from his hometown in native Sweden and it
became quite common in the Mid Atlantic US states, Oregon and
Northern California through the 19th century.
This apple was named after him. Certainly, one translation of the
Author David Morrell was wondering what to name the hero of his
1972 novel, when his wife dropped in with a basketful of these apples
that she had bought. He promptly named the hero after this apple.
Q6. What was the“twist”in this 12 chapter
1931 crime thriller?
The 1931 crime thriller, The Floating Admiral, features an interesting
twist to the conventional murder mystery construct.
While the book itself featured a 12-chapter build-up, there was also a
prologue (not to be confused with introduction or foreword) by GK
Chesterton – no, he was not the author - which was written after the
novel itself was complete.
What was this twist? [5 for the guessable fact, 10 if you give me
something more specific]
A6. Each chapter by a separate author (5)
Written by members of the Detection Club
u Canon Victor Whitechurch,
u G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole,
u Henry Wade,
u Agatha Christie,
u John Rhode,
u Milward Kennedy,
u Dorothy L. Sayers,
u Ronald Knox,
u Freeman Wills Crofts,
u Edgar Jepson,
u Clemence Dane and
u Anthony Berkeley.
Each author contributed their
own solution (sealed envelope
style) to the mystery.
These were published at the
end of the book.
Q7. Which book was used to name the
Royal Navy ships? Which 1992 novel?
Apart from the fact that he is supposed to have invented the sandwich, John
Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was also First Lord of the Admiralty for several years
in the second half of the 18th century.
During his tenure, the Royal Navy expanded significantly, with a large number of
ships being built. As First Lord, Montagu had the right to name them, which he did
by simply picking a name from a book on his desk. The Navy thus ended up with
several ships named Charon, Orion, Pegasus, Leander and so on.
A precursor to the more well-known 19th century compilation of similar themes, the
1788 encyclopedia used by Lord Montagu is a handbook for teachers, dramatists and
poets for over 200 years. John Keats is said to have known the book almost by heart.
Lawrence Norfolk described the creation of this encyclopaedia in an award-winning
baroque novel in 1992. Name the encyclopaedia’s author, or Norfolk’s novel.
Q8. What minor change did Ali Sardar Jafri
make to this folktale?
Receiving the 1997 Jnanpith Award, Ali Sardar Jafri narrated a Bengali folktale, in
which a rural bangle seller sold his wares to a number of women. After they left,
a beautiful woman came up to him.
He personally put his best red bangles on her wrists, whereupon she told him
that she didn’t have any money, but her father was a priest and would pay for the
bangles. At the temple, the priest first denied even having a daughter, till he
suddenly realized that the woman was Goddess Durga herself. He lamented that
he had spent his life in devotion but the Goddess instead saw fit to appear to the
bangle seller, and even let him put bangles on her wrists. The Goddess’ hands
briefly appeared, wearing the bangles. That was the end of the original tale.
Jafri, using his knowledge of the typical Bengali bangle seller, added what further
twist to the tale, exemplifying his syncretic outlook?
A8. The Bangle Seller was a muslim and at
the end of the story, he offers namaz.
Q9. The experimental novelist’s surname
How did the other author pay him tribute?
In the 1960’s, Bryan Stanley________ wrote a series of experimental novels that
would now be considered visual writing. These included
u His first novel including a section set out as a filmscript
u His second novel including cut-through pages to enable the reader to skip forward
u A subsequent novel, The Unfortunates (1969), being published in a box with no
binding (readers could assemble the book any way they liked, apart from chapters
marked 'First' and 'Last' which did indicate preferred terminal points)
Sadly, his literary career never really took off and he committed suicide in 1973.
Another writer may have used both his name and his experimental legacy to model
a peripheral character in his own universe after him. This character, often mentioned
but never actually appearing in person, proves an enduring source of structural
comic relief. Name this character that the writer created.
Q10. Who was this polymath?
Daniel Defoe notes in his“A Journal of the Plague Year”:
“[…] it became common to have signs and inscriptions set up at
doors: 'Here lives a fortune-teller', 'Here lives an astrologer', […] and
the like; and _____ _____’s brazen-head, which was the usual sign of
these people's dwellings, was to be seen almost in every street.”
This polymath’s science was centuries in advance of his time. He had
supposedly created an automaton brass head that would “speak
uncouth aphorisms”. This scientific feat was promptly appropriated by
charlatans who flocked to England cashing in on people’s fear of the
Who was this polymath?
Q11. Who was inspired by this Erasmus
Darwin experiment, to create what?
Erasmus Darwin (Charles’ grandpa) in his book The Temple of Nature.
"Thus the vorticella or wheel animal, which is found in rain water that has
stood some days in leaden gutters … Though it discovers no sign of life
except when in the water, yet it is capable of continuing alive for many
months though kept in a dry state”
The author in question misheard this protozoan’s name as vermicelli,
and in a discussion with friends, claimed that ”Dr.Darwin had put some
vermicelli in a glass cage and experimented upon it”. Which author was
this? Name their work that was thus influenced.
Q12. Who is this orphan?
This story of an orphan is so big in Japan that the national broadcaster
NHK aired a 156-episode drama serializing the life story of Hanako
Muraoka, whose primary contribution to Japanese culture was her
translation of this book, which she titled ‘Akage no an’, in secret amidst
the bombing of Japan in WWII.
There are musicals, TV series, comics and magazines devoted to the
activities depicted in the book (quilting, drinking tea, nature walks etc).
A 1979 anime of the story is still shown periodically. Visiting the setting
of the book (an island) is a rite of passage and 20,000 Japanese make
this trip each year. Which book is this?
Q13. What was the original novel?
A E Van Vogt’s “Empire of the Atom” is an SF novel set 10,000 years in
the future, about a deformed child in a royal family, who rises to
become leader of the family and the empire it controls, through his
intelligence and his ability to portray himself as not being a threat to
his relatives’ intrigues. Eventually, he is able to repel an alien
civilization’s attack by means of his scientific research.
Critics noted that this was hardly an original novel from Van Vogt,
given his status as one of the pre-eminent SF writers. In particular,
they commented that it was an exact replica of a historical novel, with
the addition of a science fiction setting. Which novel did they reference?
Q14. Who was Sidney Sheldon’s friend?
Sidney Sheldon’s “A Stranger in the Mirror” is a roman-a-clef around
two of his friends. The first was Erin Fleming, a Canadian actress trying
to hold down a decent career in Hollywood. The other was an elderly
but celebrated comedian, then in the twilight of his career.
Fleming pushed this comic genius to make more public performances,
which did result in a revival of his popularity in the last 10 years of his
life. His family, however, believed that it was responsible for a further
decline in his health. Who was this genius?
A14. Groucho Marx
Like the book, real life had a sad ending – Fleming committed suicide in
2003, penniless and in-and-out of psychiatric care.
Q15. These are “Zibaldone” or “commonplace books” – renaissance era
scrapbooks filled with a random mixture of recipes, mathematical
exercises, proverbs, prayers, with whimsical illustrations and doodles,
whatever caught the maintainer’s fancy. Now look at this Zibaldone: (..2)
The page on the previous slide is from the Zibaldone da Canal – maintained
by a prominent Venetian merchant family of that name.
It contains three maths problems – Where are they adapted from?
Make me this calculation: from Venice to Ancona is 200 miles. A ship is at
Ancona and wants to go to Venice, and it goes in 30 days, and at Venice
there is another ship that is going to Ancona, and it goes in 40 days. I ask
you, if they both leave at the same time, each to go on its voyage, in how
many days will the ships come together?
The other problems are a similar one about two men travelling from Venice
to Rome and Rome to Venice, and about a tree’s rate of growth (both of
which are pictured, along with the ships, in the illustrations).
Q16. The science book that this line from a
Keats ballad inspired
Here is the first stanza of La Belle
Dame sans Merci by John Keats.
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.
The last line of the stanza led to a
two word title, which was
originally a title for one chapter in
a book. Thereafter, this chapter
title became a title for the whole
book, providing a metaphor for a
grim future, rather than a literal
chapter observing the absence of a
natural event. Name the book
thus titled, one of the 25 greatest
science books of all time.
A16. The last line of the stanza was“And no birds
sing”– inspiring Rachel Carson’s ”Silent Spring”
Q17. What is the common name of these?
The first relates to a fictional country
“featured on the cover of Time”. This
issue was specially created for the
1989 film Batman.
The issue features pictures
supposedly by photo journalist Vicki
Vale, played by Kim Basinger, who
visited this fictional country off the
south east coast of South America to
cover the aftermath of a revolution.
The country also finds mention in
multiple other parts of the DC
Q17 – part 2
The second is the protagonist (a
sailor and adventurer) of an
eponymous comic series created
by Italian comic book creator
Hugo Pratt in 1967.
This comic book hero shares his
name with the fictional country
that Vicki Vale visited in the
A17. Corto Maltese
For example here’s The Dark Knight Returns
Q18. Two authors and their creations, that,
according to Ian Fleming, influenced Bond
“_________ from the waist up and ________ ________ below”
The first blank is the pen name of the author who created a British
Boy’s Own Hero character (and an early template for Leslie Charteris’
The Saint). The author’s pen name is the term applied to a soldier who
moves in front of an advancing army, digging defensive entrenchments
under hostile enemy fire.
The second blank refers to an author who defined pulp fiction – both
from the violence and sex point of view.
For full points, please ID the two authors and their respective creations
(2.5 points for each, and 10 in all)
Q19. Identify the author who is sharing his
strategies to cope with stress.
“Back from the Brink: Coping with Stress” is a book by an individual who managed
very high stress levels in what is known as a “boiler-room” environment. The book is
both an autobiography of sorts, as well as a set of detailed conversations with his
psychologist Ivan Tyrrell. These assert that the prolonged periods of severe stress
that affected his mental and physical health have parallels in many other people's
lives. The book details his –
u Professional environment and the status and pressures that came with it
u Relationship and family problems
u Catastrophic failure that affected everyone around him
u Struggling with debt and eventual personal bankruptcy
u Coping with colon cancer
Enough clues in here. Who’s the author?
Q20. The character and the author that
Graham Greene denied being inspired by
Graham Greene’s 1982 book Monsignor Quixote is about the
adventures of a rural Southern European priest and his unlikely friend,
the Communist mayor of his small town. Adversaries at first, they
eventually become allies in one of Greene’s lighter works, though it
does end on a sad note. The book features a road journey, very much
along the lines of Don Quixote, which is what Greene had in mind.
Yet, Greene found himself having to explain to people that he had not
taken inspiration from another Southern European fictional character
with a similar background, featured in over 300 short stories set from
1948 onwards, and almost a national hero in his country of origin.
Name this character and the author who created him.
A20. Don Camillo
For those of you who own a
Kindle, this is the ONLY book
recommendation that this
quiz will make.
Just buy the three translated
volumes that are available on
Amazon, and wait as the
remaining translations release
Q21. Which seminal 1937 book do these pay homage to?
1. A popular RTS (Real Time Strategy) game
Q21. 2. This track by Swedish industrial metal band
Raubtier from their 2009 album“Det Finns Bara Krig”
22. Who was Lord Elgin referring to?
Flashman thought he wanted a prostitute, rather than a novelist.
In George McDonald Fraser’s “Flashman and the Dragon”, Flashman, that
famous and unintentionally lucky Victorian era cad and poltroon, is an aide
de camp to Lord Elgin, who was in command of the British forces during the
Boxer Rebellion. Here is a conversation between the two.
[Lord Elgin] strode into the saloon later, threw The Origin of Species on the table
and announced: “It’s very original, no doubt, but not for a hot evening. What I
need is some ________.”
I couldn’t believe my ears, and him a church-goer, too. “Well, my lord, I dunno,”
says I. “Tientsin ain’t much of a place, but I’ll see what I can drum up … “Michel’s
been reading Doctor Thorne since Taku,” cried he. “He must have finished it by
now, surely! Ask him, Flashman, will you?”
So I did, and had my ignorance enlightened.
Q23. Who did Aldous Huxley put the
Maharaja of Kashmir in touch with?
After reading Aldous Huxley’s final novel “Island”, which features a lot
of psychedelic drugs and sex, the erstwhile Maharaja of Kashmir wrote
to him asking where the Island of Pala from his book was, where he
could obtain such interesting substances.
Huxley replied that Pala was non existent, “a kind of pragmatic dream
– a fantasy with detailed and practical instructions for making the
imagined and desirable harmonization of European and Indian
insights become a fact”, but he could and did recommend a supplier.
For the drugs, Huxley gave the Maharaja ____ ____’s address.
Q24. A till very recently unpublished bit of doggerel
written by whom in a particular style?
Released in 1996 with permission from the poet’s widow
Scribblings of the artist as a young man
King Bolo's swarthy bodyguard
Were called the Jersey lilies
A wild and hardy set of blacks
Undaunted by syphilis.
They wore the national uniform
Of a garland of verbenas
And a pair of great big hairy balls
And a big black knotty penis.
Q25. Extracts from an Agha Shahid Ali poem, retelling a
well known tale from the perspective of another of its
characters. The tale – and whose perspective?
First, grant me my sense of history:
I did it for posterity,
for kindergarten teachers
and a clear moral:
And then grant me my generous
sense of plot:
As if I, a forest-dweller,
didn’t know of the cottage
under the three oak trees
And you may call me the __ __ __,
now my only reputation.
But I was no child-molester
though you’ll agree she was pretty.
I ran with that weight and fell down,
simply so children could laugh
at the noise of the stones
with a perfect sense of timing,
just when the tale
should have come to an end.
Q26. Who is this ”twentieth century savant”?
Leon Lederman's The God Particle features an interesting imaginary
conversation between Dr.Lederman and the Greek philosopher,
Democritus, who first stipulated the existence of an atomos, the
fundamental building block of matter.
During this conversation, Lederman references numerous aphorisms
from a 20th century “savant” famous for his one-liner quotes that
maintained the fine balance between aphorism and gaffe.
The conversation ends with Democritus enthusiastically proclaiming
this fellow“philosopher”to be a genius. Who was this“genius”?
Q27. Who is the poet?
This poem about McDonalds (yes, the burger gents) comes from “Boys
Don’t Cry”, a one-off magazine.
The full poem is reproduced on the next slide, for the sake of
providing the numerous hints present in the general tilt and language.
Just name the poet.
Q28. The Naval Officer and his book
While in the Royal Navy, he developed a new type of lifeboat, and in
1817, a signaling system for merchant vessels that was still being used
into the 1890s. He discovered a gastropod species Cyclostrema
cancellatum in 1818, for which he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.
He quit in 1830 to become a writer, whose works include “The White
Wolf of the Harz Mountains”, probably the first short story with a female
werewolf, and “Diary in America”, a travelogue that was so critical of the
USA that he was burnt in effigy by irate Americans. He is most famous
for a novel about four kids surviving in the wild, helped by a gypsy boy
and a kind forester – a prototype for Enid Blyton’s“The Secret Island”.
Q29. The Writer – and his only work of fiction.
5 each. Extra 5 for explaining how he lost his wife.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ is a fairy tale about three brothers on a
quest, two of whom, being selfish, fail and are turned to stone, while the
third, kind hearted brother succeeds. This was a bestseller in early Victorian
England and sold out three editions when published as a book in 1851.
It was originally written in 1841 by the writer to answer a challenge from his
12-year old female admirer that he couldn’t write a fairy tale. A work of
Christian sacrificial morality and charity, its writer was better known for his
contributions to art, not least of which was losing his wife to his protégé,
another artist, for whom she became his muse and mistress.
The writer, and the title of the book – which was reused by Terry Pratchett to
nickname a tough, self made recurring character in his books, who made his
fortune as a boy from a“tosheroon”– coins held together by muck.
The ”title” of Harry King / Piss
Harry, the junkyard owner of
Ruskin lost his wife Effie Gray
to his protégé Millais –
apparently because he was
so shocked that she, unlike
classical nudes in art, had
pubic hair, that he refused to
consummate their marriage.
Q30. Who is this writer? What is he talking
about, that considerably surprised him?
I was given the freedom of the microphone twice a week. “He will not be
asked to say anything contrary to his conscience or contrary to his duty as an
American citizen.” I thought that covered it… I thought I was fighting for a
constitutional point. I mean to say, I may have been completely nuts, but I
certainly felt that it wasn’t __________ _______.
…I thought I was fighting an internal question of constitutional government.
And if any man, any individual man, can say he has had a bad deal from me
because of race, creed, or color, let him come out and state it with particulars.
The “Guide to Kulchur” was dedicated to Basil Bunting and Louis Zukofsky, a
Quaker and a Jew…
Q31. The Author and The Book
(larger image on the next slide)
After this sarcastic 1912 reject by a London
publisher, which savagely mocked this
author’s writing style, the book remained
unpublished for over a decade.
Several excerpts from the book were
serialized by Ernest Hemingway and Ford
Madox Ford in the Transatlantic Review, but
it found no takers before finally being
published in a 1925 limited edition run.
Note the repetitive nature and the (over)use of
the present participle in the rejection letter.
Q33. Identify this pioneer of literary
journalism, and his book
A pioneer of literary journalism, this writer appeared in several strips of
the comic Doonesbury, giving an interview to radio host Mark
Slackmeyer to promote his 1981 non fiction book, which covered in
luscious detail the sexual antics of Americans in the golden age when
AIDS was yet unknown, and is named from the Decalogue.
These strips, a couple of which are shown on the next slides, depict
him wearing a pith helmet. The imagery is deliberate, representing his
journey into dangerous journalistic terrain.
In recent times, his style has finally caught up with him, with claims of
compromising on research in favour of literary embellishment.
Q34. Name this non existent book, which is best
known from a famous“quote”from 1967
At the outset, this book does not exist. The concept that the fictional
book discusses dates back to 17th century Japan. The word / concept
was introduced to the West after an 1899 book by Nitobe Inazo, which
described this ”book”as
“unuttered and unwritten…an organic growth of decades and centuries
of military career…”
The fictional book became hugely popular after 1967, on the basis of a
memorable quote from it. However, the quote itself betrays ignorance,
as the creature referenced is not found in Japan.
What is this“book”? How was it erroneously referenced in 1967?
A34. Bushido. Opening shot of“Le Samourai”
This quote is impossible – no tigers in Japan
“There is no solitude greater than a Samurai's, unless
perhaps it is that of a tiger in the jungle."
Q35. Who worked these references into his nine canto
”philosophical poem”with seventeen“notes”? Why?
From Canto III
Now to the meal
Of silence, grandeur and excess he drags
His palled unwilling appetite. If gold,
Gleaming around, and
numerous viands culled
From every clime could force
the loathing sense
To overcome satiety
From Canto VIII
‘The lion now forgets to thirst for blood;
There might you see him sporting in the sun
Beside the dreadless kid; his claws are sheathed,
His teeth are harmless, custom’s force has made
His nature as the nature of a lamb.
A35. Percy Bysshe Shelley
He was a Vegetarian.
Q36. Name this Pirandello one act play.
What was it selected for in 1930?
This play is an one act, half an hour long
“dialogue” in a bar, between a man dying of
an epithelioma tumour and another man
who is idly getting a drink, waiting for a train.
The play is short, has only three characters
(including the dying man’s wife), and is set
entirely within the bar. Given these
characteristics – what was it selected for, thus
becoming the the first of many?
What was the play called, based on the
characteristic appearance of an epithelioma?
A36. The Man With The
Flower In His Mouth
First BBC Television Play
Q37. Which author is this, chronicling the
filming of which of his novels?
Director Tad Danielewski “brushed aside my comments and went on with his own
explanation of what I must have had in mind when I created such and such
character. I began to realise that monologue is the privilege of the filmmaker, and
that it was futile to try butting in with my own observations. [..] they seemed to
need my presence, though not my voice. I must be seen and not heard.”
Meanwhile, the crew met in hotel pools, an elaborate set constructed on a floodplain
got washed out and the heroine didn’t want to be kissed (“the hero, for his part, was
willing to obey the director, but he was helpless, since kissing is a collaborative effort”)
Bosley Crowther, in a February 1965 NYT review, wrote about the heroine: “Miss
______, too, is unable to fulfill the nature of her role, which is that of a flighty little
creature with no talent save to dance and make love. Miss _______, beautiful and
stately, is aptly decorative and poised, but she is no more the _______ of the context
than she is a libidinous Peter Pan.”
Q38. What poem is this pilot quoting?
As you can see in this frame
from a Commando Comic, a
Soviet Air Force pilot has just
shot up a German tank that is
passing through a wood, and
left it in flames.
As he flies away, which famous
poem does he remember the
very apt opening line of?
Q39. What was the second case due to
which this new court was established?
The Court of Criminal Appeal was an English appellate court for criminal
cases, established in 1907. It superseded the Court for Crown Cases
Reserved, to which referral had been solely discretionary and which could
only consider points of law. This new court was primarily set to up review
earlier verdicts which had caused disquiet in legal circles. In particular, this
was because of two controversial verdicts.
The first, the case of one Adolph Beck, was proven to be a case of wrongful
conviction by mistaken identity, erroneous eyewitness testimony, and a rush
to convict the accused.
The second case was reflective of racist bias and involved a local solicitor
being tried and convicted for attacks on domestic and farm animals. He was
later exonerated in 1906, after a public personality had intervened,
“investigated” and proved that he could not be guilty. You can just give me
the first names of the public personality and the accused.
Q40. What was this“distinctive type of a
New Yorker”known as?
To New Yorkers of this Author and Journalist’s generation, a "_____
_______ character" evoked a distinctive type from Brooklyn or
He wrote funny and sentimental short stories about the underbelly of
New York - gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters with names like
"Nathan Detroit", "Benny Southstreet", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time
Charley", "Dave the Dude", or "The Seldom Seen Kid”, who spoke in a
mixture of formal, even pompous speech and colorful slang, almost
completely in the present tense.
E C Bentley (of Clerihew fame) once claimed that he had seen one
actual instance of a word in past tense in the author’s work, though he
also said that it was surely a misprint.
Q41. Which book, named from a Chinese
term for“patterns of organic energy”?
This 1979 book was a popular science work exploring modern physics,
and, in particular, quantum phenomena.
An award winner at the 1980 U.S. National Book Awards, it attracted
attention for using Eastern spirituality to explain quantum phenomena
and, as such, has been considered to be more of a“New Age”work.
The central term that forms part of the title is allegedly a translation of
the word "physics" in Chinese; meaning "patterns of organic energy."
As the term is an atonal pinyin phrase, it can also be read as
“"Nonsense", "My Way" and "I Clutch My Ideas” – all of which are
chapter names in this work, which you have to name.
Q42. The original work and the famous
poem about the work
An English dramatist, translator and poet, he has also been suggested as one
candidate for the Rival Poet of Shakespeare's sonnets. He was a successful
playwright of satires (one of which got him arrested for lampooning the
Scots, and another riled the French ambassador).
He wrote what he is best known for over almost two decades from 1598-
1616, publishing it in several instalments, partly because what he was doing
also involved a change in meter from the original work, as well as more
descriptive detail and moral interpretations. This however fetched him very
little money, more so because his main patron died before he completed the
work, and he died in poverty.
After reading and being disappointed with Alexander Pope's version of a
similar work, ____ _____ read this man's version and was moved to compose
one of his most famous poems about the work. ID the original work being
referenced, and also the famous poem about the work.
A42. Chapman’s Homer, John Keats ‘On
First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer’
Q43. What threat did Conan Doyle predict
in 1914 and what solution did he propose?
In Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1914 short story “Danger!”, the threat was from the country of
Norland (a fictionalized Germany) which, through means of a certain strategy,
defeated Britain in a matter of weeks. Military experts all agreed that the threat was
theoretically possible, but they were convinced that no European power would
stoop to such a dastardly measure.
History would however prove Conan Doyle right – a German minister said in 1917:
"The only prophet of the present economic war was […] Conan Doyle."
What had he predicted in 1914 that nearly crippled Great Britain in both World Wars?
In order to nullify this threat, the story recommended that Britain achieve self
sufficiency in food, and also recommended a ”crackpot” idea dating back to the 19th
century. Conan Doyle tried to get it off the ground, but it fizzled out due to
engineering and financial challenges. What was this second suggestion?
A43. Submarines, Channel Tunnel
The threat was that of submarine warfare against merchant shipping.
Military thinking of the time still considered European wars a
Gentlemanly conflict of sorts, in which no nation would stoop to
attacking civilian targets. Germany did so in both World Wars.
Conan Doyle proposed “the immediate construction of not one, but
two double lined railways under the channel” - something that was
not achieved till the Chunnel came into being.
Q44. Who co authored these thrillers?
Send Him Victorious (1968), about a Tory prime minister attempting to
suppress the white settler rebellion in Rhodesia, only to face an attempted
coup by his party’s right wing.
The Smile on the Face of the Tiger (1969), about a Chinese ultimatum for
the immediate end of British occupation of Hong Kong and its handover.
Scotch on the Rocks (1971), about a political crisis in Scotland in which the
Scottish National Party emerged as a serious force, and its fringe paramilitary
organisation, the Scottish Liberation Army, staged a military rising.
These were bestsellers, and drew their realism and authenticity of plot from
their authors’ diplomatic and military experience. One of the authors was
Andrew Osmond, a former Gurkha officer and diplomat turned editor of
Private Eye Magazine. His co-author, a man with even more experience in
international diplomacy, was much more well known. Name him.
A44. Douglas Hurd, UK Foreign Secretary
under Thatcher & John Major
Q45. This phrase, which titled a 1979 book
The earliest use of this phrase meaning a combination of ambition,
determination and courage comes from 1848. In a letter by Herman
Melville to his first publisher, John Murray of London:
“The arrangement you propose for my next book is not altogether
satisfactory to me. At the least, I shall want the advance doubled. It shall
have ____ _____ _____ …to redeem its faults, tho’ they were legion.”
This phrase was used to title a 1979 book about the early years of the
US space program.
Q46. Which book was Fielding’s“Joseph
Andrews”a parody of?
Henry Fielding’s “Joseph Andrews” (1742) started off as a parody, but
developed into a novel in its own right. This quixotic tale is the story
of a footman's adventurous travels with his friend and mentor.
The novel followed from another parody by Fielding, which took aim
at what he saw as the hypocrisies of a literary sensation from another
author in 1741 – a tale of virtue’s triumph over immorality. This
popular book formed the initial background for “Joseph Andrews”, by
way of his familial ties to the central character of that book.
What was this book? And what familial tie that linked the two?
A46. ’Pamela’, by Samuel Richardson
Joseph Andrews was her brother.
Q47. Name the character (or the novel)
This 1921 novel by Jaroslav Hašek was one of the first anti-war novels,
predating Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. Joseph Heller has
been quoted as saying that he could not have written Catch 22 without first
reading this unfinished World War I satire.
The protagonist displays such enthusiasm about faithfully serving the
Austrian Emperor in battle that no one can decide whether he is merely an
imbecile or is craftily undermining the war effort.
The novel proved so popular that Bertolt Brecht wrote a play about the
further adventures of this character in WW2. The character’s name has
become an idiomatic Czech expression for military absurdity.
His name is even to be found in English dictionaries, defined as "A person
likened to the character of _______, pictured as an unlucky and simple-
minded but resourceful little man oppressed by higher authorities”.
Q48. Name this book
____ _____ is a 1999 bestseller that followed on the heels of the protests
outside the 1999 WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle. It rapidly became
one of the most influential books about the alter-globalization movement.
The book focuses on branding and is set in 4 parts. The first 3 parts are
The 4th part is also the title of the book, and discusses various movements
that have sprung up during the 1990s, such as the culture-jamming
movement, Reclaim the Streets and so on, as well as the various movements
aimed at putting an end to sweatshop labour. What is the title of the book?
Q49. Either name the poet OR
Quote the first and last lines of the poem
The authorship of this Elegy has been disputed, and attributed to various others
such as Sir Walter Raleigh. It was printed soon after the 1586 Babington plot, in a
book to celebrate Queen Elizabeth I's survival and to attack the plotters. Scholars
generally recognize that the poet was one of the plotters.
Confined in the Tower of London, on the eve of his execution by evisceration,
hanging, drawing and quartering, he wrote a letter to his wife that contained 3
stanzas of poetry - the Elegy. It is a dark look at a life cut short and is a favorite of
many scholars to this day, with its heavy use of antithesis on almost every line.
Two other poems by this poet are known –“To His Friend”and“The Housedove”.
You can either name him, or quote either the (famous) first or the last line from the
elegy. This IS a serious lit quiz, after all, and should reward both factual information
as well as actual knowledge of the poem.
Q50. The book and its author
The title of this 1855 book derives from the traditional call of wherries
(boat taxis) on the Thames, which would call "________ __!" and
"________ __!" to let passengers know of their destination. The
second blank is an interjection, part of the call to attract passengers.
A favourite of children’s literature, this book recounts the adventures
of a young man who follows Sir Francis Drake to sea, has various
adventures in the Caribbean sea and Venezuela seeking gold, and
eventually returns to England at the time of the Spanish Armada.