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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_6
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This author was crushed by the failure of a speech he made during a celebration of Whittier's birthday about a Nevada miner treated rudely by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emerson, and Longfellow. His essays include "At the Shrine of St. Wagner" and "The United States of Lyncherdom," and he wrote about the virus-like effects of the jingle "Punch, brothers! Punch with care! Punch in the presence of the passenjare!" in "A Literary Nightmare." The Edwards family is attacked by germs on a nightmarish voyage through a drop of water on a microscope in his short story "The Great Dark." His title characters include a nephew of Satan who demonstrates the pitfalls of the Moral Sense to Theodor Fischer, and a boy helped by Miles Hendon after switching places with Tom Canty. FTP, name this American author of The Mysterious Stranger and The Prince and the Pauper.
Answer: Mark Twain [accept Samuel Clemens] [JM]
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This author used the persona of Cuthbert Curry-knave for his pamphlet satirizing "Martin Marprelate," An Almond for a Parrot. The erotic poem "The Choice of Valentines" was known as this author's "dildo." He attacked Gabriel and Richard Harvey in Pierce Penniless, His Supplication to the Devil, and attempted to confute "the slender imputed praises to feminine perfection" in The Anatomy of Absurdity. He wrote "Beauty is but a flower, / Which wrinkles will devour" in his play featuring personifications of the four seasons, Summer's Last Will and Testament. He also wrote about a character who meets Sir Thomas More and Erasmus in Rotterdam while serving the Earl of Surrey. FTP, name this member of the University Wits who wrote about the picaresque adventures of Jack Wilton in The Unfortunate Traveler.
Answer: Thomas Nashe [JM]
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This play opens with an old woman sneaking outside with a bundle on a stick over her shoulder, but being stopped and interrogated by a man with an enormous Adam's apple. The protagonist asserts that "little stealing" leads to jail, while "big stealing" puts him in the "Hall of Fame" when he croaks. In the second scene, the protagonist is discouraged after turning over a white stone only to discover no food. Throughout this play, a drum played at 72 beats per minute becomes increasingly louder, and its final scene begins with Lem asserting "we cotch him." In a forest, the title character has visions of "Little Formless Fears," a prison guard, and a slave auction, causing him to fire all of his bullets except for a silver one, which he uses on a ghostly crocodile. In its final line, Smithers states that the title character "died in the `eighth o' style" at the hands of natives. FTP, name this Eugene O'Neill play about a former Pullman porter who rules a Caribbean island.
Answer: The Emperor Jones [DJ]
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The first monologue of this work's hero apostrophizes night as having "hue so black" and being "ever art when day is not," while its heroine notes her "cherry lips" have kissed "Thy Stones with lime and hair knit up in thee." Those two proceed to compare their love to that of Procrus and Shafalus, and respectively proclaim their climactic deaths with the lines "Adieu, Adieu, Adieu," and "Now, die, die, die, die, die." At its most famous performance, one spectator noted it was no wonder that "one lion may [speak], when many asses do" and marveled at Tom Snout's monologue as The Wall. Performed by the "rude mechanicals" of Peter Quince after Theseus arranges a double-wedding, for 10 points, name this godawful play from A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on an Ovid story about Babylonian lovers.
Answer: The Most Lamentable Comedy, and the Most Cruel Death, of Pyramus and Thisbe [prompt on A Midsummer Night's Dream] [DL]
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In one poem, this author refers to Van Dyck as the "prince of tranquil gestures." One of this man's creations cannot listen to Wagner without the odour of burning cinnnamon, Oranthe, who appears in "Fragments from Italian Comedy." In one of this man's short stories, Laurence becomes the object of Violante's affection, while another describes the violinist Baldassare Silvande. This author also created a character who meets the artist Elstir in Combray and sees his friend Robert de Saint-Loup marry his former childhood love Gilberte. That character narrates a novel where Madame Verdurin marries the Prince of Guermantes. For 10 points, name this author of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower and Sodom and Gomorrah, sections of his magnum opus In Search of Lost Time.
Answer: Marcel Proust [SJ]
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He collaborated with Jan Peter Tripp on the posthumously published poems of The Unrecounted, and combined the lives of George Stellar and Matthias Grunewald into his own in After Nature. He similarly interweaved Stendhal and Kafka's lives with his in the novel Vertigo, and pondered Michael Hamburger in a book based on his walking tour of Suffolk. He also wrote a novel that begins by comparing the Centraal Station, Nocturama, and old fortress of Antwerp before following Jacques's attempts to reconstruct his parents' journey to a concentration camp, and a novel tracing the narrator's childhood to the town of S while he meets with Max Ferber and Henry Selwyn, who have left Germany. For 10 points, name this German author of The Rings of Saturn, Austerlitz, and The Emigrants.
Answer: W(inifred) G(eorg) Sebald [DL]
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If for some reason you care what Christopher Hitchens thinks about literature, you know he considers the Great American Novel to be this work, whose oddly-named minor characters include Lollie Fewter and Five Properties Coblin. Early on, after an ill-advised relationship with Frazer, Mimi Villars gets an abortion with the protagonist's help, which cuts off his relationship with Lucy Magnus. Later, that protagonist turns down Bateshaw's offer to work on protoplasmic experiments after escaping the wreck of the MacManus and returns to Stella, whom he met in Mexico while falconing with Thea Fenchel. He'd gone there after working with the financier Einhorn in its early chapters. For 10 points, name this picaresque novel about a Chicago-born American by Saul Bellow.
Answer: The Adventures of Augie March [DL]
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This author's interviews with David Barsamian are collected in The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. A series of riots in 2002 inspired this author's essay "Democracy: Who's She When She's at Home," and she criticized testing nuclear weapons in "The End of Imagination." One of her characters is sexually abused while viewing a production of The Sound of Music in Ayemenem; the title character of that work fixes the machines at Paradise Pickles and Preserves. The protagonists of that novel are forced to lie about the death of Sophie Mol by Baby Kochamma, and commit incest with one another after being reunited in America. FTP, name this Indian author of The Algebra of Infinite Justice, who wrote about the twins Estha and Rahel in The God of Small Things.
Answer: Suzanna Arundhati Roy [EM]
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The protagonist of this work finds his letters traced in the snow by the girl he falls in love with and serenades her with bagpipes. The protagonist finds a wallet after killing a monster in an underwater cave; another character buys the Durande as a way to recover from Rantaine's treachery. In this novel, a plan to escape to South America falls apart for Sieur Clubin, and the protagonist sits on a rock in the middle of the sea and lets himself be drowned by the high tide. The rector Ebenezer Caudray marries the protagonist's love Deruchette, and the plot is driven by an engine desired by Lethierry. Taking place in the parish of St. Sampson on the Isle of Guernsey, where the author was exiled for fifteen years, and focusing on the life of Gilliat, for 10 points, name this novel by Victor Hugo.
Answer: The Toilers of the Sea [or Les Travailleurs de la mer] [SJ]
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One character in this work claims her pitcher of beer is bewitched after scolding the maid for breaking several mugs. Later on, its title character recalls a quarrel over a frame for Miss Lydia when Bartle Massey suggests that the protagonist might be replacing a recently deceased character. It also sees the rector of Broxton, Aldophous Irwine, hope for the marriage of Mary Burge, particularly after the death of Lisbeth's husband, Thias. After Wiry Ben dances at a party, Totty's grasp of a locket leads the protagonist to suspect that another character has a secret lover. A trip to Windsor results in a trial condemning the title character's fiancee to death for killing her baby, but Captain Donnithorne has her sentence commuted. The title character marries Dinah Morris after the death of Hetty Sorel at the end of, for 10 points, which novel about a carpenter by George Eliot?
Answer: Adam Bede [DJ]
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One author from this country wrote a play about Madior, who becomes the king of Cayor by sacrificing his wife Yacine Boubou. Another author from this country wrote an epistolary novel about the correspondence between Ramatoulaye and her friend Aissatou, So Long a Letter. In addition to Ibrahima Sall and Mariama Ba, another author from this country wrote the novels God's Bits of Wood and Xala before directing films like Black Girl and Ceddo. This country's Thiaroye massacre was dramatized by Boubacar Boris Diop, and a poet from this country included "Snow in Paris," "Totem," and "Prayer to the Masks" in his first collection, Shadow Songs. The birthplace of Birago Diop and Ousmane Sembene, this another author from this country founded negritude along with Leon Damas and Aime Cesaire. FTP, name this African country home to Leopold Senghor.
Answer: the Republic of Senegal [accept Republique du Senegal] [JM]
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This poem mentions the "still, sad music of humanity" and claims that neither "the sneers of selfish men, nor greetings where no kindness is... Shall ever prevail against us... Therefore let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk." The speaker says "I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts," and laments his anticipated inability to "catch from wild eyes these gleams of past existence." The speaker prays that memories will render another character's mind "a mansion for all lovely forms," and claims "I cannot paint what I then was" after five years away from the title locale. The author, "so long a worshiper of Nature," focuses this poem's last section about his sister Dorothy. For 10 points, name this poem written "on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour," a work of William Wordsworth.
Answer: "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" [SJ]
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This author discussed her conversion to Catholicism in "If 2 + 2 = 5." One of this author's works opens as Mr. Gram hears "The Merry Widow, played at a preposterously fast tempo." That work tells of a painter who has gone to Rome to seek artistic inspiration, but instead has a baby out-of-wedlock, who dies after six weeks. This author of the novel Images in a Mirror wrote about Olav in The Snake Pit, the second volume in a tetralogy that also includes The Axe, In the Wilderness, and The Son Avenger. One of her title characters is initially betrothed to Simon Darre, but falls in love with Erlind before donating a golden wreath to a shrine in Trondheim. For 10 points, name this Norwegian author of Jenny, The Master of Hestviken, and Kristin Lavransdatter.
Answer: Sigrid Undset [AR]
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Inspired by his recollection of "the bum-swipes of Gargantua," the protagonist of this novel uses two sheets of paper to wipe his ass after Captains Scurry and Slye cause him to shit himself. The protagonist becomes bedridden in a brothel run by Mary Mungummory, the traveling whore of Dorset, and saves the lives of Quassapelagh and Drepacca over the objections of his valet Bertram. This novel features a search for the ledger of John Coode, which also contains a secret diary describing how John Smith used an eggplant to deflower Pocahontas. The protagonist marries the prostitute Joan Toast, and continually runs into his disguised tutor Henry Burlingame III after being commissioned to write a Marylandiad by Lord Baltimore. FTP, name this novel about the poet Ebenezer Cooke, written by John Barth.
Answer: The Sot-Weed Factor [JM]
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Its introduction claims that not even Goethe and Hugo were able to clear away the debris of writing and reveal their pure imaginations. It proceeds to analyze the tale of Amis and Amile, as well as that of Aucassin and Nicolette, and later notes that Winckelman's powers waned when he sought to go beyond the Greek sense of unity with the self. Before concluding that its readers should "burn with a hard, gemlike flame," it states that art attempts to obliterate the distinction between form and content, and thus aspires to the condition of music, in "The School of Giorgione." Also containing the essays "Leonardo da Vinci" and "The Poetry of Michelangelo," for 10 points, name this book by Walter Pater about an aesthetic movement.
Answer: The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry [DL]
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This novel's narrator proclaims that until the protagonist appeared, "the world had only known apples...The best apples that can be, for sure, but still only apples!" This novel infuriated James Whistler by caricaturing him as the "idle apprentice" Joe Sibley. In the beginning of this novel, one character scratches an outline of the protagonist's beautiful left foot on the wall of his studio. The title character models for Taffy, the Laird, and Little Billie, and later sings Schumann's "Nussbaum," "Ben Bolt," and Chopin's Impromptu in A flat during her triumphant debut in Paris. However, the title character's debut in London is a fiasco when she is unable to maintain eye contact with her husband. FTP, name this book about Miss O'Ferrall, who becomes a virtuoso singer after being hypnotized by Svengali, a novel by George Du Maurier which inspired a craze for a namesake type of hat.
Answer: Trilby [JM]
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This location appears in the title of a Walter Abish novel in which each word of the first chapter begins with A, each word of the second chapter begins with either A or B, and so on. W. H. Auden's poem "As I Walked Out One Evening" declares "I'll love you dear, I'll love you / Till China and [this location] meet," and Countee Cullen's poem "Heritage" asks "What is [this location] to me?" Derek Walcott wrote "a wind is ruffling the tawny pelt" of this location in his poem "A Far Cry From" this place, and Bird fantasizes about traveling here in A Personal Matter. Ernest Hemingway wrote "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn" in a book named for the "Green Hills" of this location. FTP, name this location that titles an epic poem about the Battle of Zama by Petrarch, a continent home to authors like Tsitsi Dangarembga and Chinua Achebe.
Answer: Africa [JM]
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One character in this work remarks that her husband's name is actually Pedro, but she calls him Moby because it goes better with the butler's name. Hermoine and Adolfina offer red roses to that character, whose body is nearly wholly made of artificial material due to a plane crash in Afghanistan. The protagonist is not arrested after giving shoes to the Chief of Police, and is carried around on sedan-chairs by two blind, castrated men who had lied in court. At the end of the first act, the townspeople are aghast at a proposal to kill a former lover of the protagonist, although they murder him in the third and final act. The town of Gullen agrees to kill Alfred Ill in order to receive a million marks from Claire Zachanassian in, FTP, what play by Friedrich Durrenmatt?
Answer: The Visit of the Old Lady [or Der Besuch der alten Dame] [DJ]
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In its original collection, this poem comes between "Tag" and "College Formal: A Renaissance Casino." It opens with a quatrain in rhyming couplets by a secondary speaker, which ends "Then, it will be true," though the primary speaker later notes it's "not easy to know what it is true for you or me" and that the other speaker is "somewhat more free." In between, its speaker notes he'd like a pipe for Christmas, that he likes Bach as well as bop and Bessie, and that "(I hear New York too)." While this poem notes that the secondary speaker "is a part of me, as I am a part of you," because "That's American," its main speaker also asserts that his page, "Being me?will not be white." For 10 points, name this poem from Montage of a Dream Deferred framed as a composition assignment, by Langston Hughes.
Answer: "Theme for English B" [DL]
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The protagonist of this short story imagines a little boy bringing her a slice of marble cake, and drinks water flavored with sweet-gum before falling into a ditch. The protagonist asks a lady carrying an armful of presents to tie her shoes, since she "can't lace `em with a cane," and mistakes a scarecrow for a ghost. Motivated by a relative who swallowed lye, the protagonist picks up a nickel dropped by a hunter, and crosses a creek and a barbed wire fence. Taking place on a bright frozen day in December, the protagonist travels from from her home to a doctor's office in Natchez, where she obtains throat medicine for her grandson. FTP, name this short story from A Curtain of Green about Phoenix Jackson's journey on the title road, written by Eudora Welty.
Answer: "A Worn Path" [DJ]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_6

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