Good afternoon, oh literarians! Welcome to this week’s literary quiz, brought to you by the now-forty-five minute late delivery of the Literary Man’s thai food. Wasn’t it Hemingway who said something to the effect of: there’s nothing quite like art on an empty stomach? Admittedly paraphrasing here, but you get the point. Thus, without any further flim-flam, let’s jump right into this week’s trivia contest, which has a vaguely Asian theme to it (because lunch is on the brain here). As always, answers are contained in the comments.
Question 1: Margurite Dumas’ novel THE LOVER takes place in Vietnam; but when the story takes place Vietnam was actually a colony of which European nation?
Question 2: which of the following is NOT a book written by Haruki Murakami?
A: WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING
B: KAFKA ON THE SHORE
C: A PERSONAL MATTER
D: THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE
Question 3: which of the following is NOT an example of onomotopoeia?
D: Hong Kong
E: these are *kind of* all examples of onomotopoeia, with the *kind of* obviously coming from Hong Kong, which could really go either way.
Question 4: Graham Green’s novel THE QUIET AMERICAN takes place in which Asian country?
Question 5: what is the name of the James Hilton novel where several characters survive a plane crash in the Himalayas, only to discover what they believe to be Shangri-La?
A: PARADISE LOST
B: PARADISE REGAINED
C: LOST HORIZON
D: SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
Question 6: if MOBY-DICK were remade into a movie today –as in, some time this decade — who would you want to play Ahab?
A: Brad Pitt
B: Daniel Day-Lewis
C: unknown first-time actor with actual wooden leg
D: Neil Patrick Harris, and it would — incredibly — be MOBY-DICK THE MUSICAL.
E: these are all worthy options.
Question 7: in the novel MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, inspector Hercule Poirot boards a train in Instanbul but immediately notices an alarming number of suspicious people and activities surrounding him. Who wrote this book?
A: Sherlock Holmes
B: Encyclopedia Brown
C: Agatha Christie
D: Stephen King
Question 8: the following four letters — S I AA — can be rearranged into the correct spelling of a continent. What is the name of the continent?
A: North America
B: South America
D: Really, you need a fourth option on this?
Question 9: what is the name of the James Jones’ novel that features the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor?
A: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
B: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
D: A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Question 10: W. Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece THE MOON AND SIXPENCE is loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin, who, in real life, and in the novel, spent many years of his life on which South Pacific island?
D: American Samoa