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Literary Trivia

October 18, 2013

Questions about titles today, from Literary Trivia by Riehard Lederer and Michael Gilleland

1. What is the prize in Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery”?

2. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, what is the letter, and what does it stand for?

3. What is the speaker’s proposal in Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”?

4. What is the talisman in Walter Scott’s The Talisman?

5. How is the lock “raped” in Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    October 18, 2013 10:27 am

    1) Getting sacrificed, if I recall correctly.
    2) A for Adultry
    3) Eat the children of the poor!

  2. Jenny permalink
    October 18, 2013 11:52 am

    1. To be stoned.
    2. A for Adulteress.
    3. Yum, yum, with hollandaise, as Alison says.
    4. Don’t know.
    5. Snip!

  3. October 18, 2013 12:17 pm

    1. being stoned with rocks and not drugs 😉
    2. A for Adultery
    3. eat the poor children
    4. hmm haven’t read that one
    5. scissors

  4. October 18, 2013 2:16 pm

    1) Death

    2) A, worn on her clothes for committing adultery

  5. October 18, 2013 6:12 pm

    Aww, Jeanne, are you trying to make it up to me for last week?
    1. Being stoned to death
    2. A for Adulteress
    3. Cook and eat the poor babies
    4. A silken bag with a miraculous fever cure
    5. It’s cut off.
    Thanks. I needed the ego boost. Also, Sir Walter Scott! I feel we don’t talk enough about him. THE MOST COMPLICATED PLOTS.

  6. October 18, 2013 6:40 pm

    Woah — these are so much easier than that other quiz! I didn’t know the talisman — otherwise, i did!

  7. October 21, 2013 12:00 pm

    1. death by stoning
    2. A, adultery
    3. that the children of poor people be sold as food for the tables of the rich literally (as he felt they were already, metaphorically)
    4. an amulet with curative powers
    5. a character modeled on Lord Petre snips a lock of hair from a character modeled on Arabella Fermor

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