Trivia Quiz - The Arts

Free arts trivia questions and answers covering music books,theater, movies, songs, and more.

What book was Mark David Chapman carrying with him when he killed John Lennon on 12/8/80?
A: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

What writer worked as a Pinkerton detective on cases involving movie comic Fatty Arbuckle and gambler Nick  Arnstein?
A: Dashiell Hammett.

What writer was expelled from West Point for showing up for a public parade wearing only a white belt and gloves?
A: Edgar Allan Poe.

What was the working title of Joseph Heller's a best-selling Catch 22?
A: Catch 18.

What Frenchman wrote about two fantastic space odysseys--one to the moon and one to the sun--more than 200 years before Jules Verne?
A: Cyrano de Bergerac.

What kind of tree was Betty Smith referring to in her book "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"?
A: An ailanthus, known as "the tree of heaven."

Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn's Island were two sequels to what famous novel?
A: Mutiny On The Bounty.

In what comic strip would you have found an animal called the "Schmoo"?
A: Li'l Abner.

What couple live next door to Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead in "Blondie"?
A: Herb and Tootsie Woodley.

What is the only novel to top the best-seller lists for two consecutive years?
A: Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

What classic gothic novel of 1818 was subtitled, The Modern Prometheus?
A: Frankenstein.

Who was the Lone Ranger's great grand-nephew?
A: The Green Hornet.

Psychologist William Moulton Marston, inventor of the polygraph, or lie detector, also created a famous comic book heroine,. Who was she?"|
A: Wonder Woman.

The Max Fleischer cartoon character, Betty Boop, was based on which real-life actress?
A: Helen Kane, known as the boop-boop-a-doop girl.

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," was the first line of what Daphne du Maurier novel?
A: Rebecca.

What is the actual title of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"?
A: La Gioconda.

Who did cartoonist Milton Caniff use as his inspiration for the Dragon Lady, in his "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip?
A: Joan Crawford.

In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem, Hiawatha, what was the name of Hiawatha's wife?
A: Minnehaha.

What famous American writer worked as an entertainer aboard a Swedish ocean liner cruising the Caribbean before being drafted to serve in World War II?
A: J. D. Salinger.

To whom did Helen Keller dedicate her autobiography, The Story of My Life?
A: To inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who helped direct her education and considered himself, first and foremost, a teacher of the deaf.

What did famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright reply when an important client called to complain that water on the roof of his newly completed house was leaking onto a dinner guest?
A : "Tell him to move his chair".

What were the first names of L'il Abner Yokum's parents in the popular Al Capp comic strip?
A: Mammy was Pansy; Pappy, Lucifer.

How many husbands did the Wife of Bath have, as reported in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?
A: Five.

What were the first names of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
A: The good doctor was Henry; the evil Mr. Hyde, Edward.

In what unusual way did writer Nathan Weinstein follow publisher Horace Greeley's advice to "Go west, young man"?
A: He changed his last name to West--and became famous as Nathanael West, author of "Miss Lonelyhearts" and "The Day of the Locust."

What was the name of the she-ape that rescued the infant Tarzan and raised him to be Lord of the Apes?
A: Kala.

In what best-selling book did an author offer acknowledgement to a friend who later killed him?
A: "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet," in which Dr. Herman Tarnower thanked his friend Jean Harris.



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