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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_11
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One of his essays claims "I have an almost feminine partiality for old china" and another divides humans into "men who borrow" and "men who lend." Another of his essays imagines a baby angel afflicted with a lame gait and human weakness named Ge-Urania, while the Alice of "New Year's Eve" and "Dream Children" is his first love Ann Simmons. He quotes Marvell's "The Garden" in "Old Benchers of the Inner Temple" and describes Coleridge's 'wit-combats' in "Christ's Hospital Five-and-Thirty Years Ago." He aided his sister Mary in the compilation of the prose volume Tales from Shakespeare, and another of his essays recollects giving a beggar a plum cake. In that essay, cottages burn down thanks to Ho-ti and Bobo's discovery of the pleasures of roast pig. For 10 points, name this author of the Essays of Elia.
Answer: Charles Lamb [SJ]
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In Biographia Literaria, Samuel Coleridge compares the argument over sentimental poetry to the dispute over this phrase. It clashes with "Ualu" and "Quaouauh" after the Fall in Finnegans Wake, while in a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, it is uttered by the kidnapper of Thumbelina as he escapes. In its original use, its final part is described as "the bass cadenza" and it is said to be beloved by the Lyric Nine and Pan. Despite this, a character who is getting blisters on his ass becomes irritated and sings it so quickly and insistently that the chorus shuts up and lets him continue rowing. For 10 points, Xanthias, Dionysus, and Charon must endure what onomatopoetic refrain of Aristophanes' frogs?
Answer: Brekekekex koax koax! [be generous on the number of syllables in the first word] [DL]
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In this work, the President of the Chamber of Commerce profits from the Stevenson Plan, but sees his relationship with Valerie break down due to a struggle over a light switch. Its author refers to the inner turmoil of this novel's characters as the "Pascalian aspect," such as Baron de Clappique's obsession with gambling, which is described as "suicide without dying." Characters who organize the central event include the Soviet emissary Katov and Kyo Gisors. This novel begins at "Twelve-Thirty Midnight" on March 21, 1927 with Ch'en Ta Erh, a Chinese terrorist, convincing himself that his target must be assassinated. Published after Les Conquerants and The Royal Way, for 10 points, name this novel about the failed Communist insurrection in Shangai, written by Andre Malraux.
Answer: Man's Fate [or La Condition Humane] [AR]
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The husband of Helen Olhafen and son of Wolgemut, who plays the viola d'amore, this character comments on his frequent use of asterisks and excessively long chapters. He recalls Jonathan's love of seashells as well as his friend's interest in a book with pictures of exotic butterflies. Though not a student of theology, he later accompanies that friend to the lectures of Ehrenfried Kumpf and Eberhard Schlepfuss. He feels a shudder when the title character of the work in which he appears sleeps with the prostitute Esmeralda, and agrees to write the libretto for an adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost. This character records his friend's pact with the devil for twenty four years of inspiration and watches that friend have a stroke as he begins to play his final composition. For 10 points, name this man who chronicles the life of Adrian Leverkuhn, the narrator of Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus.
Answer: Serenus Zeitbloom [accept either] [SJ]
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After John Harington translated the bawdy twenty-eighth section of this work, he was forced to translate it in its entirety as penance. One character in this work is stripped of all ornaments except a single bracelet in preparation for a sacrifice. A bridge is built over Isabella's tomb due to Rodomont's remorse, and this work also features a fight over the right to wear Hector's escutcheon. Alcina's spell is broken by Brunello's ring thanks to Melissa, and the cure for the protagonist's condition is found on the moon by Astolpho. This poem features two flying hippogriffs, at its end, Leo allows the marriage of Rogero and Bradamant. Focusing on the title character's passion for Angelica, for 10 points, name this epic poem about a nephew of Charlemagne by Ludovico Ariosto.
Answer: Orlando Furioso [SJ]
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One character in this work describes Sechita, a dancer in Natchez whose audience throws coins between her thighs. Another character attempts to run away to Haiti after reading about Toussaint L'Ouverture, only to befriend a boy named Toussaint Jones. A third character tells of Beau Willie, who dangles Crystal's children Naomi and Kwame from a fifth story window to force her to marry him, and drops them when she refuses. Inspired by Judy Grahn's The Comman Woman, this play ends with each character singing "i found god in myself & i loved her." It begins with a poem about "dark phrases of womanhood" spoken by the Lady in Brown which transitions into poems spoken by the Lady in Yellow, Lady in Blue, Lady in Red, and Lady in Orange. FTP, name this choreopoem by Ntozake Shange.
Answer: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf [JM]
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This author claims to be "a heretic in this land of football worshippers" during his travels through America recounted in his memoir, My Dateless Diary. In one of his short stories, a palm-reader informs his last client of the day, that the man who had tried to kill him four months ago was now dead, though we discover that the palm-reader was actually the assailant. In addition to "An Astrologer's Day," he wrote a novel in which Dr. Pal manufactures a horoscope for the titular professional, who believes "money alone is important in this world," The Financial Expert. In another of his novels, Raju is mistaken for a swami by Velan, while another involves Jagan, the owner of a candy store. FTP, name this Indian author whose novels The Guide and The Vendor of Sweets take place in Malgudi.
Answer: R. K. Narayan [AR]
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The epigraph to this work quotes Samuel Johnson's assertion "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." The narrator calls himself "a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger," and recalls the "sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil" before stating that the reader can "see the high-water mark--that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back." The narrator calls the title location "a society of armed masturbators," and searches for a building called The American Dream, only to learn that it had burned down in a fire. One character orders the narrator to throw a radio into a bathtub when the song "White Rabbit" peaks, and is based on Oscar Zeta Acosta. The protagonists attempt to cover the Mint 400 and pose as policemen to infiltrate a conference on "dangerous drugs" in the title city. Beginning "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold," FTP, name this novel about Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, written by Hunter S. Thompson.
Answer: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey Into the Heart of the American Dream [JM]
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This man is the subject of the second historical novel by R. R. R. Dhlomo. He is referred to as an "Ancient Spirit" whose children will make the earth "free for the Palm Race" in an epic poem by Kunene, and defeats the King of the Pool in a novel where he kills Noliwa on the urging of Isanusi. H. R. Haggard's novel Nada the Lily focuses on this man's illegitimate son Umslopogaas the Axe. He patronized the court poet Magolwane, and the izibongo of this man describes him "devouring" his enemies, such as Zwide. In a Thomas Mofolo novel, this man joins forces with Dingiswayo before crushing his enemies during the mfecane and being stabbed to death by Dingane. FTP, name this Zulu leader.
Answer: Shaka Zulu [JM]
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The main character in this work refers to himself as a "water troll" after encountering a woman with a deformed face. In a subplot, Brede leaves Axel to die in the snow. Its supporting characters include Sheriff Geissler and the protagonist's son Eleseus, who leaves the central location for America. The protagonist is unaffected by the failure of a copper mine, and silently suffers the unfaithfulness of his wife Inger. Its plot was inspired by its author's concern that his home country would be no better than Switzerland if it did not return to the title entity. It focuses on Isak, a farmer who matures by tilling land in Norway. Written by the author of Mysteries and Hunger, for 10 points, name this epic novel about agrarian life by Knut Hamsun.
Answer: Growth of the Soil [or Markens Grode] [AR]
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One of this man's poems states "Tiger got to hunt / Bird got to fly / Man got to sit and wonder, 'Why, Why, Why?'" At the end of the novel in which he appears, this character writes that if he were younger, he would compose "a history of human stupidity" before dying "lying on [his] back, grinning horribly, and thumbing [his] nose at You Know Who." Originally named Lionel Boyd Johnson, this character is ostensibly targeted by a gigantic hook erected by Earl McCabe. The namesake "books" of this character assert "All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies." He founds a religion focused on a ritual where two people knead the soles of their bare feet together; that religion contrasts granfalloons with the more meaningful karass. FTP, identify this namesake of a religion based in the island of San Lorenzo, a character in Cat's Cradle.
Answer: Bokonon [accept Lionel Boyd Johnson before mentioned] [JM]
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Recent works by members of this group include Open Clothes and Next Life, by Rae Armantrout and Ted Benson, as well as The Grand Piano, a work collectively written by ten of its members, led by Bob Perelman. Its early major works include Progress and thirteen issues of its namesake magazine, coedited by Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein. In addition to Barrett Watten, it is associated with the author of The Alphabet and "The New Sentence," as well as another who added an "In the Nineties" section to a work originally begun with 37 sections of 37 sentences, My Life. For 10 points, name this movement associated with Lyn Hejinian and Ron Silliman, a late 20th-century school of poetry that emphasizes the internal interplay of words rather than referentiality.
Answer: Language Poetry [DL]
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The protagonist of this work accosts Miss Maitland and gives various accounts of the Resurrection to Mr. Shaw while living in Mrs. Jupp's house. In this novel, a game of cards is used to decide which of Mrs. Allaby's five daughters will marry the protagonist's father. The protagonist gives up his inheritance to a man who wishes to found a College of Spiritual Pathology, Pryer, and a speech by Gideon Hawke results in the protagonist joining the Simeonites. The narrator is appointed to guard the protagonist's inheritance by his aunt Alethea. This novel recounts the Calvinist upbringing of a son of Christina and Theobald, who later gives all his money to a drunkard he marries, Ellen. Never published in its author's lifetime, and narrated by Edward Overton, for 10 points, name this bildungsroman about Ernest Pontifex, a novel by Samuel Butler.
Answer: The Way of All Flesh [SJ]
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Upon surveying a caricature depicting him with giant green ears, the central character of this work dismisses it as "one of those trashy humor rags put out by the kikes." As the ostensible reward for committing the central act, one character moves out into the countryside and becomes an expert of Egyptian history. This novel was originally conceived as the second volume in the author's East and West Trilogy along with The Silver Dove. At its ending, Dudkin fulfills his oath to the Bronze Horsemen to kill the party contact responsible for the explosive device built to commit the central act, which is disguised as a can of sardines. However, Nikolai misplaces it and ends up blowing up the study of his father, Senator Apollon Apollonovich Ableukhov. For 10 points, name this Symbolist novel by Andrei Bely set in the title city.
Answer: Petersburg [do not accept "St. Petersburg"] [AR]
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After one character becomes upset that she isn't loved, this novel's omniscient narrator says, "No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time." It climaxes with the reappearance of a man who had used Sartre to convince another character not to execute him during the war, who is known as "Dr. Sick" due to a condition causing him to cry blood. This novel opens with its protagonist being saved from suicide by the murder of shitting pigeons by Mo Hussein; the latter joins the Islamic militant group KEVIN along with Millat, whose twin Magid works on the FutureMouse project with Marcus Chalfen. For 10 points, name this novel, whose title metaphor refers to the purity of heritage of Bengali and Jamaican immigrants to 20th-century England, by Zadie Smith.
Answer: White Teeth [DL]
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At the end of this work, one character orders the destruction of his elixir of immortality, and an army ascends the slope of a mountain in order to send a message by burning a letter. One character in this work tries to deceive the main character by presenting her with a bowl, while another dies after attempting to retrieve a seashell. The main character's adoptive father becomes rich after he finds a nugget of gold in every stalk that he cuts down, and at the end of this work, the main character dons a feather robe in order to return to her home. The protagonist rejects the advances of five princes by giving them impossible tasks, and continues to reject the advances of the emperor. At the end of this work, Princess Kaguya is forced to return to the moon after being discovered as a baby in a stalk. FTP, name this oldest Japanese poetic narrative, a folk-tale named for a farmer who discovers a little girl in one of his plants.
Answer: "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter" [or "Taketori Monogatari"; accept "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" or "Kaguya-hime no Monogatari" before mentioned, accept reasonable equivalents] [EM]
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A daughter slaughters her brother with an axe in this author's only play, Lithuania. This author wrote about a man whose "conqueror's blood was cool as a deep river" after consummating a relationship in his poem "Libido." He listed "white plates and cups" and "the cool kindliness of sheets" as things he has loved in "The Great Lover," and his time in the South Seas inspired his poem addressed to his nurse Mamua, "Tiare Tahiti." Along with Edward Marsh, he compiled an anthology of Georgian poetry, and he implored "Blow, bugles, blow!" in the third poem of a sonnet cycle including "Treasure," "Peace," and "Safety." Another poem in that cycle begins "If I should die, think only this of me: / That there's some corner of a foreign field / That is for ever England." FTP, name this English poet killed in World War I, the author of "The Soldier."
Answer: Rupert Brooke [EM]
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The main character comes from a place "which supplies the Union with pioneers of the mind as well as the forest" and his place of employment, while easily broken into, is not so easily broken out of, due to an idea borrowed from the architect Yost Van Houton. Its epigraph begins "A pleasing land of drowsy it was," from James Thomson's "The Castle of Indolence," and it is set in a small town near the Tappan Zee. Its central character is contested for the daughter of Baltus by a double-jointed man known for being as dexterous as a Tartar on horseback, Abraham Von Brunt, and leaves the title location partly out of fear of Hans Van Ripper and partly out of the embarrassment of being rejected by Van Tassel. Contained in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, for 10 points, name this short story by Washington Irving about a superstitious schoolteacher's encounter with a headless horseman.
Answer: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" [AR]
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In a poem by D.H. Lawrence, the speaker thinks of this being after throwing a log at a snake. A poem named for it claims that a poet is like this "prince of clouds." It originally arrives after the land "cracked and growled and roared and howled / Like noises in a swound" and is greeted "As if it had a Christian soul." For "vespers nine," it comes "every day, for food or play" into a hollow; later, though, it "begins to be avenged" by "a hot and copper sky" and "slimy things" who "crawl with legs." Its blood is finally washed away by a shrieving from the Hermit of the Wood after it causes the icy, windless sea to kill everyone but the protagonist, around whose neck it is hung after being shot with his crossbow. For 10 points, name this large bird from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
Answer: the albatross [DL]
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Penkin tells the title character of this work to read The Love of the Bribetaker for the Fallen Woman. The protagonist imagines the harmonies of the universe every time the woman he loves sings the aria "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma, and tries to deny the truth of the word "love" while she holds a sprig of lilac blossoms out to him. The title character writes a letter renouncing his lover for her own good, and has a fondness for Asian clothing. This novel also features a bailiff who cheats the title character, Tarantyev, as well as the indolent servant Zakhar, and the title character marries the landlady Agafya after he is rejected by Olga Illyinsky, who eventually marries the protagonist's best friend, Andrei Stolz. Featuring the hero of quizbowlers, a man who refuses to get out of bed, for 10 points, name this novel by Ivan Goncharov.
Answer: Oblomov [SJ]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_11

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