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Friday, 25 June 2010

Quiz Night at The Writers' Arms 25 June 2010

Have a crack why don't you at The Writers' Arms absolutely first ever Quiz Night. Simply send your answers to the following questions - in the right order - to by midnight BST next Thursday, 1 July. The winner of the first set of correct answers that we receive will get a (secondhand) Penguin paperback copy of Malcolm Lowry's Dark as the Grave wherein my Friend is Laid by snailmail from the Landlord's very own library. And we'll even pay the cost of posting and packaging. In all matters of dispute the Landlord's decision is final. Answers will be displayed next Friday, 2 July.

1 - Charles Dicken's novel A Tale of Two Cities begins with the famous words "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." Which of his books ends with the words "God bless us, every one"?

2 - When describing the size of a book, which of these is the largest: duodecimo, octavo or octodecimo?

3 - How many and who of these giants of the world of letters won the Nobel Prize for Literature: Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Eyvind Johnson?

4 - In which of these is Jane Austin buried: Bath Abbey, Northanger Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, York Minster?

5 - In which fictional London boozer does Ella the barmaid love Bob the barman, who in turn loves Jenny the prostitute?

6 - What is the name of the farm outside Havana where for some years Papa Hemingway lived, wrote and displayed his hunting trophies?

7 - The author of one of the novels listed below won the Orange Prize for another of her novels. What was the name of that prize-winning book?
The Accidental
The Autograph Man
The Shipping News
Vacant Possession

8 - In which north London suburb did the writer of the poem, "Not waving but drowning," live for most of her life?

9 - Which film director made film versions of all of the following literary classics: One Thousand and One Nights, The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron?

10 - The Picture Question! Which of these writers was born first?



Good luck!

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