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Literary Trivia

January 17, 2014

1. Which novel opens with Raskolnikov walking out into the streets of St. Petersburg?

2. Which literary hero lives in St. Petersburg with his Aunt Polly and his half brother Sid?

3. In which 1990s novel does Quoyle rebuild his life in Newfoundland?

4. In which language did Franz Kafka write?

5. Who, in the 1850s, wrote the highly influential food books French Country Cooking and Italian Food?

from Who Killed Iago by James Walton

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  1. January 17, 2014 7:49 am

    Crime and Punishment
    Tom Sawyer
    ?
    German?
    ?

    Thank you, Non-necromancer! Fun even when I’m not very good at it. 🙂

  2. January 17, 2014 8:06 am

    1. Dostoevsky/Crime and Punishment

    2. Tom Sawyer

    3. The Shipping News

    4. German

    5. ?

  3. Karen K. permalink
    January 17, 2014 8:12 am

    1. Crime and Punishment
    4. Czech?
    5. Elizabeth David — but it was the 1950s, not the 1850s!

    • January 17, 2014 10:59 am

      I wonder if I typed that date wrong! I will check it on Sunday when I get home again. On the road to Iowa today. Jeanne

      Sent from my iPhone

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  4. January 17, 2014 8:41 am

    Crime and Punishment
    Tom Sawyer
    The Shipping News

  5. January 17, 2014 8:52 am

    I was really excited when I knew the first two (Crime and Punishment and Tom Sawyer)… but after that, not so much.

  6. Rita permalink
    January 17, 2014 10:03 am

    I know the answers to 1, 2, and 4, but I’m clueless about 3 ando5.

  7. January 17, 2014 10:35 am

    I know the first four like so many of the others do, but the last one is a stumper!

  8. Valerie permalink
    January 17, 2014 10:54 am

    I knew three of them today! 1, 2, and 4. It was a pleasant change.

  9. January 17, 2014 4:30 pm

    I knew i, 3 and 4. I don’t remember any half brother Sid — really? Hmm. 1950s and ED sounds right for 5. I really liked the Shipping News a lot.

  10. January 17, 2014 8:08 pm

    This is not my best trivia week — all the ones I know have already been answered.

  11. January 20, 2014 10:13 am

    This is not my best week for typing, either. I conflated #5 with the next one on the page, which I meant to save for some future Friday. D’oh! Here are the questions separately:

    5. Who, in the 1850s, wrote the highly influential three-volume work of art history The Stones of Venice?
    6. Who, in the 1950s, wrote the highly influential food books French Country Cooking and Italian Food?

  12. January 20, 2014 10:15 am

    And here are the answers, which you got as a group, confounding as the final question was:
    1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    2. Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    3. The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx
    4. German (although he was from Prague)
    5. John Ruskin
    6. Elizabeth David

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