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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_2
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Bertrand meets an injured man outside his family's plantation in this author's short story "A Wizard from Gettysburg," and Little Mrs. Sommers finds "herself the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars" in this author's short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings." The recently widowed Therese won't accept divorced businessman David Hosmer's marriage proposal in this author's novel At Fault. In the title story of a collection by this author, the 28-year old Telesphore, in need of a wife, goes down to Marksville on Sunday night. Another of her short stories describes Louise Mallard, who realizes that she is "free, free, free!" after hearing a report about the death of her husband Brently. In addition to "A Night in Acadie" and "The Story of an Hour," she wrote a novel about a "hadsome" wife who has an affair with Alcee Arobin after she meets a young man on vacation in Grand Isle, Robert LeBrun. FTP, name this author of a novel ending with the suicide of Edna Pontellier, The Awakening.
Answer: Kate Chopin [or Katherine O'Flaherty] [AR]
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This author wrote about meeting Eloy Santos, who is saved from dying of syphilis when a doctor applies a blowtorch to his heart, in "The House of Changes," the first section of a book translated as this author's "inferno." This founder of the short-lived literary magazine Lunes de Revolucion translated Dubliners into Spanish and wrote a screenplay adaptation of Under the Volcano. This author of the essay "Cinema or Sardine" used vignettes to capture the history of his country in A View of Dawn in the Tropics. Another of his novels contains parodies of Jose Lezama Lima and Alejo Carpentier in a section titled "The Death of Trotsky," and is narrated by Codac, Arsenio Cue, Silvestri, and Bustrofedon, who inhabit cabarets in Havana. FTP, name this Cuban author of Three Trapped Tigers.
Answer: Guillermo Cabrera Infante [JM]
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One of his poems repeats "Brave Lodging for one, Brave Lodging for one" about the title character's grave, "Gabriel Grub's Song." One of his stories is partially based on the Clayton Rail accident and describes bells foretelling death that only the title character can hear, in "The Signal-Man," while his travels through the Great Lakes and to Eastern State Penitentiary are recorded in American Notes for General Circulation. A wine-merchant rejects Vendale's proposal to marry his niece Marguerite in Louis Lequel's dramatic adaptation of a work he co-wrote with Wilkie Collins, No Thoroughfare, and Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South was serialized in his magazine Household Worlds. In one of his novels, Daniel Doyce sells an invention to liberate Arthur Clennam from Marshalsea Prison, enabling Arthur to marry Amy Dorrit. For 10 points, name this author of Sketches by Boz, who wrote about a clock-stopping jilted spinster who mindfucks Estelle and Pip in Great Expectations.
Answer: Charles Dickens [AR]
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One work in this form begins "Come Phoebus! With your loosely floating hair," and is addressed to Sulpicia; Delia and Nemesis feature in other works in this genre by Tibullus. Another work in this form claims "No joy in corrupting Venus to a blind motion" and is from the four books of them, many addressed to Cynthia, by Propertius. Catullus crosses the sea to bring his brother gifts in one of these works, which also is the form of his final poem on Lesbia's sparrow. They traditionally used rhyming couplets of dactylic hexameter and pentameter, as in most works of Ovid, though that meter is not often used in more recent ones like "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "In Memoriam AHH." For 10 points, name this sorrowful Latin poetic genre.
Answer: elegy [DL]
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In one of this author's novels, Chege's son loves the preacher Joshua's daughter and abandons the Kameno community. Thoni commits suicide thanks to rejection by her husband Remi, the title character, in one of this author's plays, while in another, Gathoni's pregnancy prevents her marriage to John Muhuuni. Another of his novels is set in the Republic of Aburiria, where Kamiti and Nyawira pretend to be the title sorcerer. In addition to The Black Hermit and Wizard of the Crow, this author is better known for a novel in which Mugo betrays the revolutionary Kihika, as well as another in which Munira burns down Wanja's brothel. FTP, name this Kenyan author of A Grain of Wheat and Petals of Blood.
Answer: Ngugi wa Thiong'o [DJ]
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One character in this work recalls a time when he made suits for Billy Ekstine and when Count Basie cancelled Cincinnati and Cleveland to wait ten days for a suit made by him. That character's boss, who had helped Shealey's nephew get a job, also employs Youngblood, whose attempt to buy a house for Rena is misconstrued as an affair with Peaches by Turnbo. Another character kills his girlfriend Susan McKnight before this play starts and is released midway through. Later, Becker tries to prevent the city from destroying the street and his business and dies at the mill; however, his son Booster remains proud despite their earlier fight. Set at a cab station in 1977, FTP, identify this member of the Pittsburgh Cycle, a play by August Wilson.
Answer: Jitney [DJ]
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This man wrote short stories about Queen Isabella having sex with Christopher Columbus and the childhood of the jester Yorick. One of his works features the Water Genie Iff and Rashid, the Ocean of Notions. In one of his novels, the legend of a white panther is used to explain Sufiya Zenobia's tendency to decapitate men who raped her, and that novel takes place in the city of Q. His protagonists include the son of Aurora da Gama named Moraes as well as the dollmaker Malik Solanka, while his newest work features a half-Florentine relative of Akbar. This author of Fury and The Moor's Last Sigh also wrote a novel whose title group includes characters with elephant ears, lethal knees, and a young man with a massive nose, all of whom were born at the stroke of India's independence. For 10 points, name this creator of Gibreel Farishta and Saleem Sinai, the author of Midnight's Children.
Answer: Salman Rushdie [SJ]
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A 2002 play by Peter Gill is named for an author of one of these works. Tony Harrison adapted some of them meta-narratively into a three-part work which relies most on one that introduced a namesake thirteen-line stanza with a CDDDC end-rhyme. In one of them, a drunk wife is so busy gossiping that her sons must carry her from a flood, and in another, Mak and Gill steal a sheep, then claim it's their own baby. The "Coventry Carol" comes from an incomplete one, while one of the four most complete is thought to have been performed in "N Town." Attributed to authors like the York Realist and Wakefield Master, who wrote The Second Shepherd's Play, and usually performed by the guilds on Corpus Christi Day, for 10 points, name these medieval works that enact Bible stories.
Answer: mystery play cycles [DL]
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According to Anne Banfield, this poet was the first writer to develop free indirect discourse. His self-written epitaph noted he divided time into two parts, one for idling and one for sleep. He updated versions of the stories of Adonis and of Cupid and Psyche, and wrote verse tales like "Joconde" and "The Ephesian Matron" that adapted fabliaux for a contemporary audience. He's most famous for concluding "Our destiny is met in the paths we take to avoid it," "It's a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver," and "the opinion of the strongest is always the best" in poems concerning a horoscope, the cock and the fox, and the wolf and the lamb. For 10 points, name this 17th-century French fabulist.
Answer: Jean de la Fontaine [DL]
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His first play was a one act comedy about Leander and Damon, and he uncharacteristically used rhymed Alexandrines for his play about the Swiss patriot Samuel Henzi. One of his title characters is poisoned by Marwood and is loved by Mellefont. Another title character of this man is a prince who kills himself so his father can extract a full ransom from King Aridaus. This author of Philotas also wrote a play in which the Marquis Marinelli's plotting leads to the murder of Count Appiani so that Hettore Gonzaga can marry the daughter of Odoardo. In another of this man's works, the Templar Conrad von Stauffen finds out he is a Saracen prince after saving Recha from a fire in the title character's house. For 10 points, name this author of Emilia Galotti and Nathan the Wise.
Answer: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing [SJ]
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This author wrote "they step together / glory and pain" in a sestina which laments "I am dying alive / in death I live." This poet described Thrasyllus, who asks to be restored to madness after believing he owned all the ships of Piraeus, in "On the World's Chaos and Confusion." His sonnets include "The dawn rises lovely but ill-fated and full of grief," "Dear gentle soul, you who departed this life so soon," an epitaph for his shipmate Pero Moniz, and a farewell to the Tagus River. Another of his poems was translated into English by William Julius Mickle, and includes an episode where Adamastor attacks travelers rounding the Cape of Good Hope. FTP, name this 16th century author of an epic poem about Vasco da Gama's voyage to India, the Portuguese poet of The Lusiads.
Answer: Luis Vaz de Camoes [or Camoens] [JM]
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A major plot device in this novel was inspired by an editorial written by Alexander Manly. During its climax, Josh Green plunges a knife into the body of his father's killer, George McBane. Another character dresses up as his grandfather's servant to win a cakewalk, and later uses the same disguise to kill Polly Ochiltree, resulting in Sandy nearly being lynched. At the end of this novel, Dr. Miller agrees to operate on the son of Major Carteret after a white mob burns down his hospital and kills his son during a riot that enables the Democratic Party to regain political control of Wellington. FTP, name this novel by Charles Chesnutt that fictionalizes the 1898 Wilmington race riot.
Answer: The Marrow of Tradition [JM]
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The central institution in this work was founded by a wealthy widow who "had been an admirer of Garibaldi before she died." In one scene, a character is "coaxed to sip tea well sugared" after being accosted by a man during Easter holiday "joyfully exposing himself beside the Water of Leith." Later, this novel reveals that Joyce Hammond was killed in Spain, where her brother was fighting the fascists. The title character has a brief affair with Gordon Lowther rather than the one-armed Teddy Lloyd. Miss Mackay hates this novella's title character, who is revealed to be the inspiration of The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, written by her former student Sister Helena. The title character teaches Rose, Mary, Monica, Eunice, Jenny, and Sandy at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls. For 10 points, name this book about an Edinburgh school teacher by Muriel Spark.
Answer: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [AR]
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This work's author asserted that it "was written for a generation which knew nothing or next to nothing of war, and hardly dreamed of it." The narrator comforts a character with a poem beginning "What endless melodies were poured / As sad as earth, as sweet as heaven," in its final section, "The Long Path." Earlier, the protagonist laments the sad state of civilization due to those who call Norridge "Norwich" and Cincinnati "Cincinnatah." The author calls facts "the brute beasts of the intellectual domain" and claims that all practical wisdom is an extension of 2 + 2 = 4. Beginning with the line "I was going to say, when I was interrupted," many of this work's sections are directed to the divinity student, the schoolmistress, and the landlady, other members of the boarding-house. Serially printed in the Atlantic Monthly, and subtitled "Every man his own Boswell," for 10 points, name this collection of essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Answer: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table [AR]
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This work translates lines from Theophile Gautier's "Le Chateau du Souvenir" as "Daphne with her thighs in bark / Stretches toward me her leafy hands" in a section that mentions the Lady Valentine. One character asks that his beloved's graces may be preserved "As roses might, in magic amber laid" in the "Envoi," and the image of amber is echoed in this poem's final section, "Medallion." That protagonist desires to wring "lilies from the acorn" and talks of "Burnes-Jones cartons" and the Pre-Raphaelites in "Yeux Glauques." This poem caricatures Ford Madox Ford and Arnold Bennet as "The Stylist" and Mr. Nixon respectively, and the epitaph of this poem's title figure reads "Here drifted / an hedonist." The title character's "true Penelope was Flaubert," and wishes to "resuscitate the dead art / Of poetry." For 10 points, name this poem about the "life and contacts" of the title aspiring artist, written by Ezra Pound.
Answer: "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" [SJ]
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In 2005, scholars discovered a poem by Sappho comparing herself to this figure. Another poem of this name asks "Why should a man desire in any way" to "vary from the kindly race of men" or "pass beyond the goal of ordinance?", and quotes "The gods themselves cannot recall their gifts." That poem's narrator recalls how "strong Hours indignant""beat [him] down and marr'd and wasted [him]," and describes how he used to watch his lover's "dim curls kindle into sunny rings." The speaker calls himself "a gray shadow, once a man," and begs "release me, and restore me to the ground." Its first stanza observes that "the woods decay, the woods decay and fall," and laments "Me only cruel immortality / Consumes" even though "after many a summer dies the swan." FTP, name this Alfred Lord Tennyson poem about a lover of Eos who became a grasshopper after being granted eternal life without eternal youth.
Answer: "Tithonus" [EM]
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This poem asserts that "Gertrude, lily, and Luther, are two of a town." It describes "lovely-asunder starlight" and compares God's mercy to the way a "sloe/ Will, mouthed to flesh-burst,/ Gush!", and claims Christ will make sure its subjects will "bathe in his fall-gold mercies." It ends by noting "Our heart's charity's hearth's fire, our thoughts's chivalry's throng's Lord" and claims that the Catholic church shall rise in England once again. In this poem, "O Christ, Christ, come quickly" is the cry of the "lioness," the tallest of the people memorialized. It is dedicated to the "happy memory" of a group exiled by the Falk laws of Bismarck's kulturkampf, five Franciscan nuns who died in a blizzard near the mouth of the Thames. For 10 points, name this long poem about the title vessel run aground, written by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Answer: "The Wreck of the Deutschland" [SJ]
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Sir William of this name wrote the essays "On Thoughts" and "Upon the Cure of the Gout." Inspired by Chaucer, Alexander Pope wrote a poem about one "of fame," and to mock Sister Perpetua's warning against boys, two sisters in a Flannery O'Connor story call each other by this name. As a last name, it describes Lucy and her mother Charlotte, the creations of Susanna Rowson, as well as Maria, the ill-fated Lowood teacher who befriends Jane Eyre. As a first name, it identifies a woman raped with a corncob by the mentally-challenged Popeye in Sanctuary, Ms. Drake. This word more usually refers to the kind of structure Mizoguchi burns down in a novel about one "of the Golden Pavilion." For 10 points, give this word that also names the collection of George Herbert's poetry or any place of worship.
Answer: Temple [DL]
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In this work's first section, one character pokes a hole in another's logic by comparing him to a man who attempts to keep out of the rain by moving from tree to tree. In one scene, characters from Lameth and Nicron discuss the problem of overpopulation. The title problem first arises from a five dollar bet over highballs between Lupov and Adell, and later between Jerrodd and Jerroddine. The story concludes by quoting Genesis 1:3 after Dee Sub Wun becomes amused at Zee Prime's interest in violating the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Ending with the Cosmic AC reversing the entropy of the universe, FTP, name this short story by Isaac Asimov about the title query.
Answer: "The Last Question" [AR]
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In this work, an old man who says "the first rule for the wife should be fear" and "the feminine sex must be dominated" is derisively called a Domostroy. Later, another character argues that doctors pervert the young by teaching them the rules of hygiene, and compares the number of abortions to the amount of people killed by the Inquisition. The protagonist argues that men only admire the outer form of women, and states that people are motivated by animal passions instead of love. The protagonist tells the narrator that he and his wife enlisted their children Lise and Basile as allies, and recounts returning to his house at midnight from a session of the Zemstvo, where he kills his wife with a dagger upon seeing her with the musician Troukhatchevsky. Narrated by Pozdnyshev, FTP, name this novella set on a train, a work by Leo Tolstoy named for a composition by Beethoven.
Answer: "The Kreutzer Sonata" [JM]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_2

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