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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_7
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This novel ends with the birth of a girl whose name means "may the path never close," Amaechina. The protagonist tells a British poet nicknamed "Mad Medico" that "we were enslaved originally by Gordon's Dry Gin," and is later shot by soldiers after giving an incendiary speech at the University of Bassa. This novel begins with delegates from the province of Abazon protesting the shutdown of their water-holes. The protagonist's critical editorials cause him to be fired from the National Gazette; his death causes Chris Oriko to resign his post as Commissioner of Information in Kangan. FTP, name this 1988 novel about Ikem Osodi, a reporter killed on orders of the ruthless dictator Sam, written by Chinua Achebe.
Answer: Anthills of the Savannah [JM]
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One character in this play refuses to translate an English article because it asserts the influence of a higher power on people's actions. Its third act reveals that Billing is running for secretary, and in its second act, one character assures the protagonist of the support of the Temperance Society and the Homeowners Association. In the fourth act, the title phrase is uttered after the protagonist compares the masses to mongrels during a meeting at Horster's house. In its final act, the protagonist rejects a deal made by Morten Kiil, and attempts to throw the People's Herald journalists Aslaksen and Hovstad out a window. The protagonist's family is shunned after he gives a speech about the tyranny of the majority. FTP, name this play about Dr. Thomas Stockmann's attempts to reveal that the baths in his town are contaminated, written by Henrik Ibsen.
Answer: An Enemy of the People [or En Folkenfiende] [EM]
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One character in this work has a sexual encounter with Harry Minowitz, and experiences a "terrible hurt" while listening to Eroica outside of a window. It also sees an impotent man take up sewing and using perfume after the death of his wife Alice, as well as Baby Wilson accidentally being shot by Spareribs' BB gun. Its protagonist's makeshift violin is mocked by Bill, while another character is disappointed by sons such as Hamilton, Karl Marx, and Willie. Other characters include Biff Brannon and a Marxist who works at a carnival, Jake Blount, who, along with Dr. Copeland and Mick Kelly, enjoy talking to a man who shoots himself after learning of the death of Spiros Antonapoulous. For 10 points, name this work about the deaf-mute John Singer by Carson McCullers.
Answer: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter [SJ]
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In one of this author's works, the narrator is abandoned by Aurelie because of his fascination with Adrienne. This author of "Sylvie" tells white roses to fall from the burning sky because the saint of the abyss is holier than them in "Artemis" and wrote a poem which states "the pale Hydrangea is united with green Myrtle." Those poems appear in a collection which contains five sonnets on Christ of the Mount of Olives and ends with "The Golden Verses." That collection, Les Chimeres, begins with a sonnet that speaks of "the black sun of Melancholy" and claims the author is the dispossessed Prince of Aquitane as well as "the shadow-man, the widower, the unconsoled." For 10 points, name this author of "El Desdichado."
Answer: Gerard de Nerval [SJ]
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The speaker of this poem wishes to call up Chaucer in order to listen to the completed Squire's Tale. This poem mentions a "sad virgin" who might "bid the soul of Oprheus sing / such notes as warbled to the string / Drew iron tears down Plutoes cheek." Its speaker refers to religious music which "may with sweetness, through mine ear / Dissolve me into extasies / And bring all Heaven before mine eyes," and wants to read Plato and "outwatch the Bear" in "som high lonely tower." The speaker wishes to inhabit a "Hairy Gown and Mossy Cell" in order to attain "somthing like Prophetic strain," and hails a goddess born to Vesta and Saturn in the grove of Ida. Beginning "Hence vaine deluding joyes / the brood of folly without father bred," FTP, name this poem about the melancholy man by John Milton, the companion to "L'Allegro."
Answer: "Il Penseroso" [JM]
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One character in this work recalls being told to shine her shoes for the Fat Lady. Another character is interrupted by his mother while reading the manuscript of "The Heart is an Autumn Wanderer." A discussion of a paper about Flaubert in Sickler's eventually leads to one character fainting while on a date with Lane Coutell. The second part of this work opens with one title character recalling his time on "It's a Wise Child"; the other title character's fascination with The Way of a Pilgrim and the Jesus Prayer causes her brother to impersonate their oldest living brother Buddy using the phone of Seymour, who had committed suicide in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." FTP, name this work about two title Glass siblings, written by J. D. Salinger.
Answer: Franny and Zooey [DJ]
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Klausner hears the screams of roses and a tree using the title device in this author's story "The Sound Machine." This author also wrote a story in which William Botibol jumps off a boat to try to win a bet, as well as another in which Mary Maloney convinces detectives to eat the weapon used to murder her husband. This author of "Dip in the Pool" and "Lamb to the Slaughter" also wrote the collection Switch Bitch, and used Battle of Britain as the starting point for his novel Sometime Never: A Fable for Superman. He may be better remembered for a work in which the Roly-Poly Bird helps exact revenge on the title couple, as well as one in which Miss Trunchbull prevents the title character from moving up in school. FTP, name this British author of The Twits and Matilda, as well as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Answer: Roald Dahl [DJ]
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One of this man's uncollected poems remarks "Again and again, however we know the landscapes of love." In one poem, he wrote of a woman "whirling faster and faster" who "fans her dress to passionate flames," while another describes figures "like enormous feathery blossoms, seducing" and mentions "all the subtle paints of Fragonard." Besides "The Flamingoes" and "Spanish Dancer,"" this author of the collection Lares' Sacrifice wrote a poem which states "We cannot know" the title figure's "legendary head" and claims "You must change your life." His correspondence with a student at the Vienna Military Academy, Franz Kappus, was collected in Letters to a Young Poet. This author of "Archaic Torso of Apollo" and "The Panther" also wrote a set of works dedicated to Vera Ouckham Knoop, as well as a cycle of poems beginning "Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hiearchies?" For 10 points, name this author of the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies.
Answer: Rainer Maria Rilke [SJ]
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In one of this author's works, a king found hiding in a barrel is unable to be restored by Patrick Sarsfield. While in Egypt, this author wrote a pamphlet supporting Ahmad Bey's nationalist revolt against the Khedives, Arabi and His Household. A one-act play by this author consists of dialogue between two women named Mary, the wife and mother of the recently executed Denis Cahel. This author of plays such as The Gaol Gate, The Deliverer, and Hyancinth Halvey commented "It is the old battle, between those who use a toothbrush and those who don't," in response to a riot that broke out during Synge's Playboy of the Western World. She collected folktales in works like Cuchulainn of Muirthemne and The Kiltartan Wonder Book, and her home at Coole Park served as a venue for the Irish Literary Revival. For 10 points, name this Irish playwright who, along with Yeats, cofounded the Abbey Theatre.
Answer: Lady Gregory [Isabella Augusta Persee] [AR]
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In French, this phrase titles a poem that tells its addressee, "For all this sea-hoard of deciduous things," there's "Nothing that's quite your own." In English, it titles a poem that begins "Your thighs are appletrees" and briefly forgets that Fragonard, not Watteau, painted The Swing, as well as a poem where a performance of Chopin preludes sets a "false note" in the narrator's ear as he abandons an over-the-hill woman who "shall sit here, serving tea to friends"; the latter is the second poem in Prufrock and Other Observations. They all take their name from a novel where Henrietta Stackpole tries to get Caspar Goodwood to marry the title character, though Madame Merle has her to go to Italy and wed Gilbert Osmond. For 10 points, give this shared title of poems by Ezra Pound, Williams Carlos Williams, and T.S. Eliot, as well as a novel by Henry James about Isabel Archer.
Answer: "Portrait of a Lady" [accept "Portrait d'une femme" early] [DL]
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The narrator claims that, because the English do not believe in genii like the Muslims do, it's difficult for him to find a way to save this character from Tyburn. He discusses the merits of equality with a Gypsy-king with whom he takes shelter for the night, learns how a gambling problem and the betrayal of Watson lead to the destitution of the Man of the Hill, and gives three guineas to a novice highwayman who fails to rob him. He discovers the highwayman is Mrs. Miller's cousin when he arrives in London, where he is nearly executed for stabbing Mr. Fitzpatrick while avoiding the affections of Lady Bellaston. He is also helped by his one-time lover Mrs. Waters, who is briefly thought to be his mother before Squire Allworthy sorts things out. For 10 points, name this foundling created by Henry Fielding.
Answer: Tom Jones [DL]
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The Hound & Horn: A Harvard Miscellany included this author's first published poem "Anne Gardner." He authored a posthumously-published collection of letters to Father Flye, as well as the novella The Morning Watch and the poem "Descriptions of Elysium," which appears in his collection Permit Me Voyage. A rejected draft from Esquire became this author's travelogue describing backstreet neighborhoods like Flatbush, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay that "roll silently to the sea," Brooklyn Is. He wrote a semi-autobiographical novel beginning with the prologue "Knoxville, Summer 1915," which set in LaFollette, where Rufus reacts to his father's death in a car crash. For 10 points, name this author of A Death in the Family who collaborated with Walker Evans on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
Answer: James Agee [AR]
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This author of Men Without Art wrote a novel about an author kidnapped by Ali Akbar while researching a book on the cult of Mithras. He also wrote novels about a man who breaks off his engagement with Bertha Lunken, and a Dantesque explosion of fire and ice which destroys Hotel Blundell, the temporary home of Hester and Rene Harding. Besides The Snooty Baronet, Tarr, and Self-Condemned, his other creations include a man who collects whips, Don Whittingdon, who appears in a novel where Dan Boleyn is tutored by Horace Zagreus. He also wrote a novel in which Jack Cruze beats Percy Hardcaster, a communist organizer in the Spanish Civil War. For 10 points, name this author of a trilogy beginning with Childermass, The Human Age, who also wrote The Apes of God and The Revenge for Love, and founded Vorticism.
Answer: Percy Wyndham Lewis [SJ]
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One character in this work founds the station of Nibir to determine the bounds of the year. Later, the Igigi wail in lamentation after Gaga describes how one character created monster-serpents made of poison to destroy them. This work describes the creation of E-sara by a character who uses an evil wind and a net to defeat his antagonist. In its third section, Ansar asks Lahmu and Lahamu to prepare a feast after learning that the antagonist exalted Kingu by giving him the Tablets of Destiny. It begins with Apsu provoking his wife to wage war against the gods, which causes Tiamat to be slain by Marduk. Meaning "when on high," FTP, name this creation myth of Babylonian mythology.
Answer: Enuma Elish [JM]
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She is said to wear the Inarculum because she is the queen priest, and supposedly "Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee." "The damn'd would make no noise" if they could listen to her "melting melodious words to lutes of amber," and if asked where to find rubies, her lover would point to the lips of this woman, who wears an "azure robe... as airy as the leaves of gold." She goes in silks, and "sweetly flows that liquefaction of her clothes." Her lover wrote poems upon this woman's ribbon, sweat, and teeth, as well as unrelated ones like "Delight in disorder" and "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time." For 10 points, name this foremost poetic mistress of Robert Herrick, who shares her name with an aunt in a Mario Vargas Llosa novel.
Answer: Julia [SJ]
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This novel's protagonist is chastised by its narrator for his habit of using "derange" to mean "disturb." One subplot involves the suspicion that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband to marry the title character, while another deals with Flora's ring, discovered on the path behind the house. Its solution relies on the deduction that the victim's voice was being played by a since-removed Dictaphone, and that suspicious stepson Ralph Paton was being hidden away at a local inn by the real killer. Though its protagonist would star in over forty more books, at its start he's already retired to grow marrows in King's Abbot, where he meets Dr. James Sheppard, the man that serves as his new sidekick and chronicler until the twist ending. For 10 points, in what novel does Hercule Poirot discover that the narrator killed the title character?
Answer: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [DL]
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In The Rosciad, Charles Churchill wrote that "to be pleas'd with nature" was to be pleased with this man. He adapted Novelty Lethe into the farce The Lying Valet, and himself wrote Lethe, or Aesop in the Shades, while J.R. Crawford dramatized his affair with Margaret Woffington in Lovely Peggy. Richard Sheridan wrote that he "No fix'd effect, no model leaves behind!" in a funeral poem for this man, who wrote the prologue to Sheridan's The School for Scandal. In Tom Jones, Partridge is less impressed with him than with King Hamlet, since the style he pioneered as manager of the Drury Lane Theater and as a portrayer of Richard III and Macbeth seemed less work than the older, theatrical acting style. For 10 points, name this foremost actor of eighteenth-century England.
Answer: David Garrick [DL]
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This work notes "the pomegranates rise and burst and murmur with the bees" and describes a time "when the forest glows with gold and ashen tints." The narrator calls "O fringes of a placid mere in Sicily," and discusses "chilly blue eyes...like a fountain in tears." Its protagonist talks of "sucking the gleam of grape-flesh" and imagines Venus across the very slopes of Etna after exclaiming "Try, then, to flower again, organ of flights, malign syrinx." That character also made "the thicket steeped in music" by his "flute's outpourings" and "prised apart the tousled wry kisses the gods had so deftly mingled," spoiling his desire to ravish two nymphs. For 10 points, name this symbolist poem about a mythical beast, a work of Stephane Mallarme adapted into an orchestral piece by Debussy.
Answer: "Afternoon of a Faun" [or "L'Apres-midi d'un faune"] [SJ]
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Seeing candy rabbits as a grown woman reminds her of when she and her brother Paul found a dead mother rabbit as a young girl. Later, she and her sister Maria win $100 at the races by betting on Miss Lucy, the horse owned by their deceased Aunt Amy's drunkard husband Harry. As a grown woman, she tells Nurse Tanner that her hands look like white tarantulas while fading into and out of consciousness, because, though she was able to repulse the men selling Liberty Bonds at her Denver newspaper, she was unable to keep away from influenza. She shares her name with a character who marvels, "O brave new world with such people in it!" For 10 points, give the name of this heroine of The Old Order and Pale Horse, Pale Rider, as well as the love object of Caliban in The Tempest.
Answer: Miranda [DL]
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This man described moon and lantern light provoking "the splash of jumping fish" in "Overflowing." Two of his later poems respectively describe people coming helping him after he falls off his horse drunk and note "it's the greatest timber that's hardest to put to use." One of his early poems asserts that it's better to have girls than boys because the latter are "merely buried amid the grass." Many of his middle-period poems are devoted to his thatched hut, while many other works of this friend of Abbot Zan are lushi, like his two "Poems on a Bend in the River" and three "Sighs of Autumn." For 10 points, name this author of "Ballad of the Ancient Cypress" and "Song of the Wagons," a Confucian T'ang poet.
Answer: Du Fu [accept reasonably close pronunciations like Do Fu, Tu Fu, etc.] [DL]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_7

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