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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_4
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One of this author's protagonists claims only Lewis Carroll could understand Della's words, while in another work, the secretary to the Mayor of New York City pushes Jack Smurch out the window after he flies around the world. In addition to "What Do You Mean It Was Brillig?" and "The Greatest Man in the World," this author wrote about a wife who awaits her death via a car crash after stopping at the Elite Diner in "A Couple of Hamburgers." The title character of another of this author's works thinks Robert E. Lee looks like Robert Browning, and in another, Erwin Martin causes the destruction of Ulgine Barrows by lying about planning to kill his boss. "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox" and "The Cat-Bird Seat" were penned by, FTP, which American author who wrote about a man who daydreams about being a Navy pilot and a surgeon in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Answer: James Thurber [DJ]
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One of this man's works is about Sir George Catacomb, the father of Mrs. Berry, and another deals with the fifth son of the penniless Earl of Crabs, Deuceace. In one of his novels, the Fairy Blackstick gives one of the title objects to Prince Bulbo and Prince Giglio marries Rosalba, uniting the kingdoms of Crim Tartary and Paflagonia. One of his characters schemes to blackmail Francis Clavering, while Lady Kew forbids Clive from marrying Ethel in a novel featuring Colonel Thomas. Besides The Rose and the Ring and The Newcomes, this man wrote about George Osborne and Rawdon Crawley in a novel beginning with a character throwing Samuel Johnson's dictionary out of a coach. For 10 points, name this author who created Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair.
Answer: William Makepeace Thackeray [SJ]
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A 2004 revival of this work set it at Idlewild Airport, rather than against a blank backdrop. One subplot involves shrewish Louise's desire to be a "separate person," while in another, Mickey rats on Lou, whose wife Elsie made him put flaws into his book on Soviet law. After being taken to a concentration camp by his new love Holga, its protagonist finally asks the audience whether love can exist in the title state in light of his second wife's rise from telephone operator to recording star and her death of an overdose on pills. For 10 points, name this play about lawyer Quentin's marriage to Maggie, a thinly-veiled depiction of the playwright's relationship with Marilyn Monroe, by Arthur Miller.
Answer: After the Fall [DL]
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In one scene in this novel, a group of girls circle in a ring and sing, "Walter, Walter, Wildflower, / Growing up so high," troubling the young protagonist. The protagonist's encounter with Leo on his flat's roof leads him to go to the candy shop of his Aunt Bertha, who is courted by Nathan Sternowitz in the second part of this novel, "The Picture." Its protagonist is sent to get money from Mr. Lobe shortly before the print shop foreman Joe Luter is invited over for dinner, and his paternity is questioned after Genya's short affair with a Gentile, but Albert's anger turns to concern after his son nearly dies from electrocution at the train tracks. FTP, name this novel narrated by David Schearl, the masterpiece of Henry Roth.
Answer: Call It Sleep [DJ]
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After this character's best friend is left by his wife Jacqueline, he is stabbed during a May Day celebration. He gains the favor of a grand duke by publishing the Pleasures of Childhood, and his slighting of the Grunebaum family leads to the dismissal of Antoinette. Though he kills a soldier while protecting Lorchen and has affairs with Anna and Ada, he later serves as a teacher to Colette Stevens and her besotted cousin, Grazia, who invites this character to spend ten years in Switzerland. This grandson of the conductor Jean-Michel and son of Louisa and Melchior Krafft discovers his widespread fame as a composer after returning to Paris. For 10 points, name this title character of a ten volume novel by Romain Rolland.
Answer: Jean-Christophe Krafft [SJ]
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One character in this play tries to convince another to get rich by harvesting dog skins, creating wine from raisins, or raising drowned land. It ends with the title character's boss blasting through a wall in Newgate to rescue him, which leads the protagonist to stop pretending to be bewitched before Sir Paul Eitherside's court. Guilthead, Lady Tailbush, and Ingine assist Meercraft in attempts to con the protagonist out of his money, and Wittipol gives the protagonist a cloak in an attempt to seduce his wife. The title character becomes the servant of Fitz-dottrel, who questions his lack of cloven hooves, after Satan consents to let him visit London for a day. FTP, name this comedy about Pug, who returns to Hell after being beaten and abused by humans, written by Ben Jonson.
Answer: The Devil is an Ass [JM]
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In this work, the bathtub of a homosexual drunkard becomes a shrine to Muslims. This work sees Fosca carry on a chaste relationship with George Pombal. A doctor writes a commentary known as The Great Interlinear on the manuscript of a work about a woman once married to Jacob Arnauti. One of its title characters learns she can paint well with a prosthesis after an accident with a harpoon; a more deliberate "accident" occurs during a duck shoot when Capodistria is presumably killed. One of its title character falls in love with the blind Liza, the sister of a man who committed suicide, Percy Pursewarden, who'd been troubled by the Hosnani conspiracy. Focusing on the experience of a man who gives up Melissa Artemis for Clea, L.G. Darley, and including Mountolive, Balthazar, and Justine, for 10 points, name this cycle of novels taking place in the title city, a work of Lawrence Durrell.
Answer: The Alexandria Quartet [SJ]
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In this novel, one character incites the townspeople of Beulah to destroy a "Chamber of American Horrors" operated by Sylvanus Snodgrasse. The protagonist is beaten with mallets by Riley and Robbins during a vaudeville act and is scalped by an Indian during a raid led by Israel Satinpenny, while this novel's heroine is abducted from Ottsville and made to work as a prostitute in an international brothel owned by Wu Fong. Later, the protagonist is assassinated at the Bijou Theatre while giving a speech in favor of the fascist "Leather Shirts" of the National Revolutionary Party, which enables Nathan "Shagpoke" Whipple to become the dictator of America. A parody of the novels of Horatio Alger, its title refers to a saying about the amount of money John D. Rockefeller would pay to have "a stomach like yours." FTP, name this 1934 satire about "the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin," the third novel by Nathaniel West.
Answer: A Cool Million [JM]
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One character in this work complains that Belise is "dry in talk and poor in spirit," and that Geralde uses tu when speaking to the great. Later, Du Bois announces a note that may be about a lawsuit, but claims it's too illegible to read and pretends to have forgotten it in a drawer. That lawsuit responds to its title character's unfavorable comparison of a bad sonnet about hope to the old song "I prefer my love," insulting Oronte. Though the protagonist rejects the advances of a woman whose good reputation is based on her inability to attract anyone, Arsinoe, he fights with Clitandre and Acaste over the affections of coquette Celimene, eventually causing him to make good his promise to "break with the whole human race." For 10 points, name this play about the irritable Alceste, by Moliere.
Answer: The Misanthrope [accept Le misanthrope] [DL]
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In the decade after this work's premiere, its author appended an Epilogue apologizing for its "nasty ending" and encouraging the audience to find its own happy one. Its sixth scene ends with the song "St. Nevercome's Day," which comes after the postponement of a wedding by an oft-suicidal mail pilot because his bride owes money to a carpet dealer and will neither sell her tobacco shop nor consult the cousin whom she is later falsely accused of murdering. It begins when three gods run into the water-seller Wong, who persuades them to give a thousand silver dollars to a prostitute; however, the demands on her wealth force her to create a cold-blooded male alter ego to manage it, Shui Ta. For 10 points, name this play about the charitable Shen Te by Bertold Brecht.
Answer: The Good Woman of Setzuan [accept The Good Person of Setzuan or Der gute Mensch von Sezuan] [DL]
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Balzac's The Wild Ass's Skin takes its epigraph from this work. Early on, its narrator chastises the reader for failing to deduce that his mother is not a papist, and later writes an acrostic about love that stalls when he switches S and R. That narrator catalogs the nine hundred streets of Paris in its seventh part, during which he complains of how often the French change horses and tells a story about the Abbess of Andouillets. Another of its characters builds a "hobby-horse" recreation of the Battle of Namur, where he was shot in the groin, with Corporal Trim, and is pursued by Widow Wadman. This novel also contains two blank chapters, a marble page, and a black page, and is half done before Uncle Toby and Walter manage to get upstairs to see its title character born. For 10 points, name this novel by Laurence Sterne.
Answer: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman [DL]
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In one section of this work, a man goes blind after a seer opens the book of wisdom. In another, workmen build "a huge ball of masonry" upon a mountaintop, only to be crushed by it while admiring it from below. This collection includes a poem about "many red devils" who struggle in ink after emerging from the speaker's heart, and ends with a poem about a spirit who is killed by "a sword from the sky" after screaming "Ah, there is no God!" In another poem, the speaker sees devils carousing before one calls him "Comrade! Brother!" Originally published in all capitals, this collection features a poem about "a creature, naked, bestial" eating his heart in the desert, and begins with a poem in which the title characters "came from the sea" with "clang and clang of spear and shield / and clash and clash of hoof and heel." FTP, name this poetry collection by Stephen Crane.
Answer: The Black Riders and Other Lines [JM]
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One character in this work finds a scroll in a dead man's hand claiming that he must place drowned lovers side by side in a crystal mausoleum at the bottom of the sea. In book IV, the title character and his lover get on flying horses and the title figure gains the "power to dream deliciously" after dismounting a huge eagle he found when the "winter-sleep" of Adonis ended. The title character laments that the intermingling of Alpheus with Arethusa is prohibited and falls in love with the Indian Maiden. Peona discourages the title character from desiring a love he meets in his dreams named Cynthia. Beginning "A thing of beauty is a joy forever," for 10 points, identify this poem by John Keats named for a mythological shepherd who loved Selene.
Answer: "Endymion: A Poetic Romance" [SJ]
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In two of her recent short stories, Charlotte learns that her actress mother cheated on her neurologist father, and a clarinetist learns that her cellist husband had cheated on her. Those stories, "Beneficiary" and "The First Sense," appeared in the New Yorker, as had "Our Bovary" and "Six Feet of the Country" five decades earlier. In her most recent novel, a thyroid operation causes the short-term radioactivity of Paul Bannerman. In another of her novels, the beautiful Marisa Kgosana and the lover Conrad fight for the imagination of Rosa, along with her dead communist father Lionel. She also wrote novels about the industrialist Mehring and the Smales family, who flee a black rebellion to the title character's village. For 10 points, name this author of The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, and July's People.
Answer: Nadine Gordimer [DL]
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A "protosurrealist" version of this work was recently illustrated by Mahendra Singh. Martin Gardner's annotation of this work argues that those who think this work nonsense base their judgment on the line "Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes." An essay by its most recognized illustrator, Henry Holiday, states that it was published separately from Sylvie and Bruno. Its fifth and eighth sections, "The Beaver's Lesson" and "The Vanishing," state that the Bellman and his crew "pursued [the title character] with forks and hope" and "charmed it with smiles and soap," and that the title character may or may not be a boojum. Subtitled "An Agony in Eight Fits," for 10 points, name this poem that describes "with infinite humor, the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature," by Lewis Carroll.
Answer: "The Hunting of the Snark" [AR]
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One character in this work used all of his money and lottery tickets to consume a pot of honey so that no one would inherit them. Another character believes that behind every happy man there must be a man with a hammer reminding him of the existence of unhappy people, and insists that the meaning of life is something greater and more rational than happiness. The protagonists are taken aback by the beauty of Pelagea, their host's servant, and one tells the story of his brother Nikolai, who left his government job and married a rich widow in order to grow the title fruit. FTP, name this work about Burkin and Ivan Ivanovitch's visit to Alehin's farm, a short story by Anton Chekov.
Answer: "Gooseberries" [EM]
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A man suffers from nervous exhaustion so extreme that the sight of creeping vines in gold on a decorated tobacco tray upset him in this author's story "Loyalty." In an essay, this author describes the stings of recognition he felt from every book he read, including Madame Bovary, on the upstairs shelf of a Maruzen bookstore. In one of his novels, Patient number 23 recounts his travels to an underground country populated by creatures with oval-shaped saucers tied to their heads. He also wrote a short story about an evil but brilliant artist, Yoshihide, who sacrifices his daughter Yuzuki to create the titular artwork, and described inhabiting a "world of diseased nerves, lucid as ice," in an "A Note to an Old Friend," his suicide letter. FTP, name this author of "Hell Screen" and the novel Kappa, the namesake of the highest literary award of Japan.
Answer: Akutagawa Ryunosuke [AR]
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The epigraph to this work comes from Wallace Stevens' poem "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven," and quotes the line "As it is, in the intricate evasions of as." The author references the essay "Of the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life" to suggest that he owes more to Nietzsche and Emerson for the formulation of the title concept than to Johnson, Coleridge and W.J. Bate in the chapter titled "Tessera." This book uses the Covering Cherub to represent the difficulties of maintaining divinity and immortality. The author borrows a concept from Lucretius in order to describe the first of his "Ratios of Reversion," the Clinamen, also described as Poetic Misprision. Its author calls Satan a modern poet "because he shadows forth gigantically a trouble at the core of Milton and of Pope." Written by the author of A Map of Misreading, for 10 points, name this landmark critical work about the relationships between poets and their precursors, by Harold Bloom.
Answer: The Anxiety of Influence [AR]
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Christopher Okigbo compared his last testament to this type of "prayer to the scabbard" in "Elegy for Alto." A Par Lagerkvist play about a giant who decapitates dolls is titled for one "of heaven," and the disappearance of George Talboys is central to a Mary Elizabeth Braddon novel named for one of Lady Audley. Jaromir Hladik is given a one-year respite from a firing squad to complete his play The Enemies in a short story about this kind of "miracle." This adjective also appears in the title of a story about Leggatt, who becomes the double of an unnamed captain, and a novel about Mr. Verloc, who plots to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. FTP, identify this word which describes a "sharer" in a story by Joseph Conrad as well as a "garden" in a novel by Frances Burnett.
Answer: secret [JM]
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This work's narrator delivers a useful Ptolemaic astronomy lesson before Gildippe enters a donnybrook. Later, a devil named Astagorre speaks to the Fury Alecto about an attack on the Dane's troops in Thrace. The Wiseman of Ascalon admonishes another character for his romantic interlude with Armida, who was sent by Hydraotes to distract the Franks. In Canto III, Erminia points out the heroes to Aladine, admires Rinaldo, and conceals her secret passion for Tancred, who loves Clorinda even though she's a pagan. After Lesbin is slain in the ninth canto, Solyman flees the title location, although Ismen predicts the arrival of Saladin. For 10 points, name this epic poem about the recovery of the title city during the First Crusade, by Torquato Tasso.
Answer: Jerusalem Delivered [or La Gerusalemme liberata] [AR]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_4

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