It’s been a few weeks since our last “weekly” literary trivia, but the Literary Man is a firm believer in the “better late or unpredictable than never” philosophy. This week’s installment is a little bit easier than the previous few weeks, in hopes that 10/10 champion will emerge from the vast unknown literary universe. As always, the answers appear in the first comment. So, without further ado, let’s begin this week’s contest:
Question 1: what is the name of Haruki Murakami’s newest novel, scheduled for release in October of this year?
A: THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE
Question 2: in 1996, novelist Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize for which novel?
A: THE SPORTSWRITER
B: THE FILMMAKER
C: LABOR DAY
D: INDEPENDENCE DAY
Question 3: which of the following is a palindrome?
Question 4: in Greek mythology, which mythological beast lived in the center of Cretan Labyrinth?
D: David Bowie
Question 5: Virginia Woolf’s novel MRS. DALLOWAY takes place in which city?
Question 6: what is the OED definition of the word “anodyne”?
A: a painkiller or medicine
B: diesel-based fuel
C: an empty well
D: a neurological synapse
Question 7: which of the following is NOT a novel written by James Joyce?
D: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
Question 8: what singer-songwriter’s albums include “Blonde on Blonde,” “Nashville Skyline,” and “Highway 61 Revisited”?
A: Neil Young
B: Gregg Allman
C: Eric Clapton
D: Bob Dylan
Question 9: in which 20th century war does Kurt Vonnegut’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE mostly take place?
A: World War One
B: World War Two
C: the Korean War
D: the Vietnam war
Question 10: which American author was unable to enlist in the U.S. Military because he did not meet the minimum height requirement?
A: Jack Kerouac
B: Joseph Heller
C: F. Scott Fitzgerald
D: William Faulkner