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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_1
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Max Reinhardt revived interest in this play in 1910, and Jean Cocteau collaborated with Stravinsky to create an operatic version of it. Dodds argued that this work illustrates the "desperate insecurity of the human condition" instead of justifying the gods in an essay titled "on misunderstanding" this play. This play begins with people carrying tree branches wrapped in wool, and ends with the Chorus asserting that "mortal man must always look to his ending." The protagonist resolves to die on Mount Cithaeron after talking with a shepherd, and accuses Tiresias of plotting against him with Creon. In this play, the protagonist's desire to know the source of a pestilence afflicting his city eventually leads him to gouge out his eyes. FTP, name this tragedy about a ruler of Thebes who learns that he killed Laius and married his mother, written by Sophocles.
Answer: Oedipus Rex [or Oedipus the King or Oedipus Tyrranus or King Oedipus] [JM]
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One of this author's poems states that "Justice with unbandaged eyes / Would be oppression in disguise." This author wrote about an artist who "sang of life serenely sweet" but is ignored by the world, which "turned to praise / a jingle in a broken tongue," in "The Poet." A shriveled tree bough narrates a lynching performed by a judge who "wore a mask of black" and a doctor "one of white" in this author's poem "The Haunted Oak." He also wrote about an object that "grins and lies" which "hides our cheeks and shades our eyes" in his poem "We Wear the Mask." The family of Berry Hamilton morally disintegrates after moving to the North in his unbearably depressing naturalistic novel The Sport of the Gods, and his poetry collections include Majors and Minors, Lyrics of Lowly Life, and Oak and Ivy. FTP, name this author born in Dayton, Ohio whose poem "Sympathy" laments "I know why the caged bird sings."
Answer: Paul Laurence Dunbar [JM]
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The Canterbury Festival commissioned this man's Thor, With Angels and his last play was A Ringing of Bells. This author adapted two Jean Giraudoux works as Duel of Angels and Tiger at the Gates, and adapted Anouilh's Invitation to the Castle as Ring Around the Moon. In one of his works, Meadows does not join Corporal Adams or Peter Dale in dreaming; other characters created by this author of A Phoenix Too Frequent include Edgar, son of the Duke of Altair. This author's seasonal quartet includes The Dark is Light Enough and Venus Observes, as well as a play where Jennet Jourdemayne runs off with Thomas Mendip. For 10 points, name this playwright of The Lady's Not for Burning.
Answer: Christopher Fry [SJ]
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In this work, Judy O'Grady thinks it would be hilarious to have sex on the protagonist's grave. At the end of its second scene, circus music plays while the stage revolves increasingly faster. In its third scene, six couples sing "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of liberty" after shouting a racist diatribe against foreigners and minorities; those couples later serve on the jury that condemns the protagonist to death. In its final scene, the protagonist is reincarnated by Lieutenant Charles, having earlier met Mr. Shrdlu in the Elysian Fields, where he kisses and then abandons Daisy Diana Dorothea Devore. In this play's second scene, the protagonist kills his boss after learning that he will be replaced by the title object. FTP, name this expressionist play about Mr. Zero, by Elmer Rice.
Answer: The Adding Machine [JM]
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Attached to this work's first draft was a handbook by its protagonist which included the maxim "Decency is Indecency's Conspiracy of Silence." Act I's set includes a bust of Herbert Spencer and a portrait of Richard Cobden, while in Act III, three scarlet-tied social democrats fight an anarchist over who's sold out to the bourgeoisie. In Act IV, Hector Malone Sr. consents to his son's marriage to Violet before he realizes he has bought stock in a company operated by the brigand Mendoza, who met the protagonist after he fled the Roebucks and Whitefields to the Sierra Nevadas. There, Anna learns from her stabbed lover that she can posthumously restore her youth, and also that there is no physical separation of Heaven and Hell from her visiting statue-father. John Tanner dreams himself as Don Juan in, for 10 points, what play by George Bernard Shaw?
Answer: Man and Superman [DL]
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The first scene of this play contrasts the fortunes of Jack Handicraft and Nick Marrabone with the poverty of Jack Generous. One character exposes Father Foigard as the Irishman Mackshane in order to learn about a secret plan to conceal Colonel Bellair in a lady's chamber. This play begins with the arrival of the protagonists to Litchfield Inn, whose landlord Will Boniface is in league with the bandits Gibbet, Hounslow, and Bageshot. In a subplot, Sir Charles Freeman attempts to free his sister from her obnoxious husband Sullen. The protagonist fakes a coma in order to be taken in by Lady Bountiful, enabling him to seduce Dorinda. FTP, name this play about the machinations of Archer and Aimwell, written by George Farquhar.
Answer: The Beaux' Stratagem [JM]
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In the chapter she narrates, she wishes her relationship with her mother to be "a hot thing," while in the last chapter she is associated with "the loneliness that roams." Fascinated by two turtles having sex in the pond, this character is later given a complete pair of ice skates to skate there, making her sister jealous. She appears finally as an ice-pick-bearing, naked pregnant woman, having earlier asked her father figure to "touch her on the inside part"; that father figure knows she's left when he sees Here Boy sleeping peacefully at the pump. Though she, Howard, and Buglar had escaped Kentucky eighteen years earlier without trouble, the approach of the schoolteacher who'd taken over Sweet Home caused her mother to beat her to death in a shed. For 10 points, name this character who haunts 124 Bluestone Road, the sister of Denver, daughter of Sethe, and title character of a novel by Toni Morrison.
Answer: Beloved [DL]
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This novel is narrated for brief periods by Dr. Alfred Goodricke, Jane Gould, Hester Pinhorn, and a tombstone. Though the main legal duels are undertaken by Merriman and Gilmore, its protagonist is saved from a trap set for him at Knowlesbury by the local lawyer Mr. Dawson, who lets him slip away to the Old Welmingham church to retrieve birth records that are consumed in a fire, along with the primary villain. The latter's assistant is defeated when it is revealed he is a renegade member of The Brotherhood; earlier, that villain steals Marian Halcombe's diary and swaps Anne Catherick with Laura Fairlie. For 10 points, name this novel in which Walter Hartright fights Percival Glyde and Count Fosco over a pale asylum escapee, by Wilkie Collins.
Answer: The Woman in White [DL]
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This book contains a story by Shusi Itama about an executioner who hands his head to the Mikado after failing to kill Jijiji Ri. It distinguishes the Hebrew from the "Shebrew," which it terms "an altogether superior creation," and describes the fables of "Little Red Riding Hood and the Sugar Trust" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Rockefellers" in its section about "Lore." This book illustrates the central concepts with poems by such figures as Xamba Q. Dar, Jamrach Holobom, and Father Gassalasca Jape. Originally titled The Cynic's Word Book, it calls realism "the art of depicting nature as it is seen by toads," refers to birth as "the first and direst of all disasters," and defines a bore as "a person who talks when you wish him to listen." FTP, name this work of satiric lexicography by Ambrose Bierce.
Answer: The Devil's Dictionary [JM]
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In La Disparition, Anton Vowl translates this poem into French without using the letter E. An essay about the creation of this poem begins by citing Dickens' assertion that Godwin wrote Caleb Williams backwards, and describes its author's choice of a refrain with a long O and an R. Its structure was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship," and James Russell Lowell's "Fable for Critics" mentions this poem before comparing its author to Barnaby Rudge. Its narrator thinks the air is "perfumed by an unseen censer / Swung by seraphim," and later asks if another character will inhabit "the distant Aidenn." Its narrator then wonders if the title character was sent as "respite and nepenthe," terming it "Prophet!?thing of evil," and asking it to return to "Night's Plutonian Shore." However, it "never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting / on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door." For 10 points, name this poem about a creature that quoths "Nevermore."
Answer: "The Raven" [DL]
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This author collected mystical ballads, supposedly translated from Illyrian by Hyacinthe Maglanowich, in La Guzla. One of his works is set in Lithuania and features a half-bear, half-man who likes flesh, while another sees Alphonse place a wedding ring on the finger of a bronze statue of Venus owned by Monsieur de Peyrehorade. Besides Lokis and La Venus d'Ille, this author wrote a historical novel set during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. His collection Mosaic includes a story about a Corsican youth killed by his father, "Mateo Falcone," though he is more famous for a novella in which Thomas and Lydia Nevil meet Orsa della Rebbia, Colomba. He also created a character whose attraction to Lucas causes her to be stabbed by Don Jose. For 10 points, name this author of Carmen.
Answer: Prosper Merimee [SJ]
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This work's action occurs while Betty is "otherwise employed," and involves the dead dog Tripsy, whose skin is used for "night gloves" and whose puppy provides urine for one of the main characters. Two epic similes compare its central act to fat dropping onto cinders and Pandora opening her box. Unlike the narrator, who delights in seeing "Such order from confusion sprung," its protagonist is cursed by the goddess Vengeance to associate his experience with all women, recalling from petticoats and perfume his realization that "Celia, Celia, Celia shits!" For 10 points, name this poem about Strephon's investigation in to the title secret place, by Jonathan Swift.
Answer: "The Lady's Dressing Room" [DL]
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A fellow traveler notes that this character has the same name as an architect who designed a cathedral that subsequently collapsed, as described in Karamzin's History of the Russian State. He is characterized as the "poor knight" from a Pushkin poem by Aglaia, and after seeing Holbein's The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, he claims that it might cause some to lose their faith. His ideological foils include the civil servant Lebedev, who tells a gruesome story about cannibalism, as well as the dying adolescent Ippolit. At the beginning of the novel in which he appears, this character returns from a sanitarium that had been paid for by Pavlishchev to cure his Sydenham's chorea. Despite Nastasya Filippovna' feelings for this man, she runs off with Rogozhin, who is jealous of this character's magnanimity. For 10 points, name this simple minded yet idealistic title character of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot.
Answer: Prince Lyov Nikolayevich Myshkin [accept "The Idiot" before mentioned] [AR]
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This character is first described as having one green and one black eye, though later the green one becomes gold. He owns a poodle-headed cane and a diamond-studded horseshoe, the latter of which he gives as a present after a party in Apt. 50 that features an orchestra led by Strauss, a simian jazz band, and the assassination of Baron Maigel. Before telling Levi Matvei that he's stupid for wanting to cover the world's shadows in light, he severs the head of Bengalsky at the Variety Theater, performing magic under the name Professor Woland with the help of the assassin Azazello, the choirmaster Korovyov, and the giant cat Behemoth. For 10 points, name this man who finally leaves Moscow with the Master and Margarita, an underworld figure from Christian myth.
Answer: Satan [accept The Devil or equivalents; accept Professor Woland before mentioned] [DL]
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Jack Lynch edits the annual devoted to the "Age of" this writer. One of his essays claims men should be jarred from procrastination by the "certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows," while another ridicules the education of critic Dick Minim. His major critical work claims "Lycidas" had "no art, for there is nothing new," begins with an essay on Richard Savage, and popularized the term "metaphysical poetry" in a section on Cowley. He commented that "Nothing odd will do long" regarding Tristram Shandy and wrote that Shakespeare lacked a "moral purpose," because he was a "poet of nature," in the Preface to his 1765 edition of the Bard's work. For 10 points, name this author of the Lives of the English Poets, who compiled a Dictionary of the English Language.
Answer: Samuel Johnson [DL]
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This book incorporates an essay by Mahmoud Mahmoud Mohammed about the character of Lady Macbeth as formal exercise in English composition. In a chapter titled "The Best Use of Leisure Time," the author states that Egyptians spend their time in cafes, tracking women with their eyes. While finishing his first term at Oxford, the narrator describes attending "the usual college board to give an account of myself." Its original edition was significantly revised by its author in 1957, including the removal of most of the passages related to the poet Laura Riding, this book's "spiritual and intellectual midwife." The narrator describes being unable to fire his gun at the Battle of Loos, and also recounts meeting Siegfried Sassoon after joining the First Battalion during World War I. Written by the author of I, Claudius, for 10 points, name this autobiographical memoir by Robert Graves.
Answer: Good-bye to All That [AR]
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In one of this man's short stories, a hand mirror catches a reflection of a reflection of the moon on the water, and in another, a man on his way to a dance recital recalls two dead birds. He also wrote a story about an encounter between Fujio and Kiyoko, "The Grasshopper and the Cricket," as well as a novella where Eguchi enters a brothel in which old men sleep with drugged virgins. In another of his short stories, a hiker joins a group of performers and meets the Dancing Girl of Izu, while in one of his novels, Fusako leaves her husband and Kikuko has an abortion, which shocks Shingo. He also wrote a novel where Yoko nurses the dying Yukio, who was possibly once engaged to Komako, a geisha who once loved Shimamura. For 10 points, name this author of The Sound of the Mountain and Snow Country.
Answer: Kawabata Yasunari [SJ]
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This character compares life to a flowering almond tree which, blooming too early, dies at the first cold wind, and his last action is to imprison a soldier who helped free him. His first soliloquy describes a silver serpent among flowers as well as a feathered posy and asks "What law... can decree... that man alone should never know the joys... God grants a fish, a bird, a beast, a brook?" His "inborn rage" is first quieted when he meets a Russian girl disguised as a male who gives him a sword. After being twice drugged and manhandling Astolfo for touching his future wife Estrella, he is chained to a tower guarded by the general Clotaldo at the behest of his father. After a revolution, this lover of Rosaura convinces his father Basilio to relinquish the throne of Poland. For 10 points, name this prince who claims "this life is but a dream" in a play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca.
Answer: Segismundo [or Sigismund] [SJ]
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As a boy, one character in this work tries to make his voice sound like his friend Timmy Croucher. Later, Percy Smith discusses Darwin aboard the Leviathan, and wonders along with Horace Borrodaile why one of the main characters never moves from a red velvet couch. In this novel, the Prince Rupert drop symbolizes exploded belief systems, and Mr. Jeffris kills a native during a journey to Bellingen. The narrator is a great-grandson of one of the title characters, and claims "In order that I exist, two gamblers, one Obsessive, the other Complusive, must meet." Those two gamblers bet on whether a glass church can be constructed and transported by Easter Sunday to a settlement in New South Wales. For 10 points, name this novel about an Anglican reverend and a glass-factory heiress, by Peter Carey.
Answer: Oscar and Lucinda [AR]
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In one of this author's poems, Coplas explains to Estribillo that the blackness of the Virgin Mary does not make he impure. This author wrote poems praising "divine Lysis" and the Marquis of Mancera, and criticized people who call women lewd while paying for prostitutes in "Foolish Men." A play by this author begins with a loa where Religion saves the life of a native woman named America, before Human Nature allegorizes Christ as Narcissus. In addition to The Divine Narcissus, this author defended female learning in a response to a letter written under the pseudonym "Filotea." Octavio Paz wrote about this author in The Traps of Faith, and this author depicted the soul rising toward knowledge in a dream in her poem Primero Sueno. FTP, name this 17th century Mexican poet who spent most of her life in a convent.
Answer: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz [or Juana Ramirez de Asbaje] [JM]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_1

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