Authors Trivia Quiz

Fun Trivia questions and answers - The Arts.

What was the title of Harpo Marx's 1985 autobiography?
A: The zany, but silent Marx brother called his book Harpo Speaks!

How many references are there to crying in Tammy Faye Bakker's two books, I Gotta Be Me and Run to the Roar?
A: 60.

What well-known writer appeared in the 1981 movie Ragtime as Stanford White, the celebrated architect who was shot to death in the sensational Girl in the Red Velvet Swing murder?
A :Norman Mailer.

What did Jughead, the buddy of comic strip character Archie, become when he grew up, according to a 1990 TV movie about the two Riverdale High School grads?
A: A psychiatrist--known by his given name, Forsythe, rather than Jughead.

What was the name of the dog that was with Rip Van Winkle when he fell asleep for 22 years?
A: Wolf.

What was Dr. Frankenstein's first name in the famous novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly?
A: Victor.

What cartoon character's "racy lifestyle" once led to a ban on his comic books in youth club libraries in Helsinki, Finland?
A: Donald Duck's, in 1978.

What was the name of the cat Alice left behind when she fell down the rabbit hole in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll?
A: Dinah.

What was Rembrandt's last name?
A: Van Ryn.

What American novel was the first to sell over one million copies?
A: Uncle Tom's Cabin.

What comic strip character was the first to grow up and age in the strip?
A: Skeezix, who first appeared in the Gasoline Alley comic strip as a baby left on bachelor Walt Wallet's doorstep.

What is the name of the gypsy girl the hunchback Quasimodo falls in love with in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
A: Esmeralda.

Who wrote the poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin?
A: Russian Wassily Kandinsky.

By what score was Mudville defeated in Ernest Thayer's classic poem Casey at the Bat?
 A: The score was 4 to 2.

For what career was Western writer Zane Grey trained?
A: Dentistry.

What famous play served as the inspiration for the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet?
A : Shakespeare's The Tempest.

What is the name of the town in which Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town takes place?
A: Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.

What famous writer is believed to have made the first reference to tennis in English literature?
A: Geoffery Chaucer, in 1380, when he wrote of "playen racket to and fro " in Troilus and Criseyde.

How much was poet John Milton paid for his epic poem Paradise Lost, which was first published in 1667?
A: Ten pounds-- five down and another five pounds when all 1,300 copies in the first printing were sold. After Milton's death, his widow gave up all future claims for an additional eight pounds.

In Gulliver's Travels, what was a professor at the Grand Academy in Lagado busily trying to extract from cucumbers?
A: Sunbeams.

What was the first name of super capitalist war profiteer "Daddy" Warbucks in the Little Orphan Annie cartoon series?
A: Oliver.


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