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2008 Chicago Open Lit Tossups by Packet_9
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One character in this work is tutored by Vizcacha, who is buried with one hand sticking above the ground. This work ends with the protagonist averting a fight with Moreno and giving advice to his two sons and Picardia. After refusing to vote, the protagonist is conscripted into the army, only to desert with his friend Sergeant Cruz. Divided into "La ida" and "La vuelta," this work is written in sextilla verse. The title payador uses a knife to kill an Indian before having a singing contest with a Negro, and protests against the government's exploitation of people living on the Pampas. FTP, name this poem by Jose Hernandez, a classic of gaucho literature.
Answer: Martin Fierro [JM]
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A steel plate binds the manuscript of this author's book about a friend serving a life sentence, The Convict Bird: a children's poem. He described meeting a former machinist named Pittsburg Ed in his most recent work, Riding Toward Everywhere, and documented his adventures abroad in An Afghan Picture Show, or How I Saved the World. Published out of order, his Seven Dreams cycle depicts the arrival of various groups to North America, and he wrote about a clash between the Society of Daniel and humanoid insects who follow the Great Beetle in his experimental novel You Bright and Risen Angels. This author wrote a seven-volume treatise on violence, and adopted the perspectives of Kurt Gerstein, Dmitri Shostokovich, and General Vlasov in his fictionalized account of World War II. For 10 points, name this American author of Rising Up and Rising Down and Europe Central.
Answer: William T. Vollmann [AR]
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This character's mistress sends him a message in blood to meet in her secret chamber, but is betrayed by Pero. He hits Maffe for insubordination, and the demon Behemoth is summoned to warn him of danger by a friar whose ghost's attempts to save this character are in vain. The blood of the courtiers Pyrrhot and l'Anou lie on the hands of this lover of Tamyra, who dies thanks to an alliance between Montsurry and the Duc du Guise, which is formed after this character loses the trust of his patron Monsieur. He is avenged by his stoical brother Clermont in a sequel entitled "The Revenge of" this character. For 10 points, name this favorite of Henry III, a French swordsman who appears in two plays by George Chapman.
Answer: Bussy d'Ambois [accept either] [SJ]
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After his host reads a troubling letter, this character tries to flatter him by asking about the genealogies of the best families in Burgundy. His death is foreshadowed when he finds a piece of paper that details the execution of man whose name is an anagram of his own. His fall off a horse while riding with Comte Norbert, the Marquis' son, and a fight at a cafe near a seminary in Besancon indicate his provincial upbringing. His viewing of a "bird of prey" alludes to his admiration of Napoleon, and while buying boots, this character's mentor, Pirard, warns him against becoming a Parisian fop. He is forbidden to marry Mathilde after it is revealed that he had an affair with the wife of the mayor of Verrieres. Finally executed for shooting Madame de Renal, for 10 points, name this protagonist of The Red and the Black.
Answer: Julien Sorel [accept either] [AR]
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The narrator of this novel is nauseated by the "mellifluous sugarplum smell" of his visitor. Having been brought up from Cross Key by foot, the hysteria brought about by the protagonist's presence "hung over Jerusalem like thunder." In the section entitled "Old Times Past," the protagonist recalls stealing a book and then witnessing the rape of his mother by McBride. In another novel by the same author, Stingo is obsessed with the life of this book's main character. Based on a document made fully and voluntarily available to the lawyer Thomas Gray, this novel's section "Study War" describes how the title character murders Margaret Whitehead, after which his insurrection begins to fall apart. For 10 points, name this fictionalized first-person narrative of an 1831 slave revolt, a novel by William Styron.
Answer: The Confessions of Nat Turner [AR]
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One of his poems notes that the increase of men and plants is "Cheered and cheque'd even by the self-same sky." Two longer poems dedicated to the Earl of Southampton respectively concern a woman given the "name of `chaste'," which "unhapp'ly set / This bateless edge on his keen appetite," and a man who "Hunting he loved, but love he laughed to scorn." An excerpt from one of his larger works provides the subtitle for Edward Albee's The Goat and asks, "What is she / that all our swains commend her?" One of his sonnets describes "Bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang," and another claims "Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds." For 10 points, name this author of The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis, whose song "Who is Silvia" is found in his play Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Answer: William Shakespeare [DL]
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This is the title location of a novel where Chavez's pirates are executed for crimes committed by the Bas-Thorton children. One poet born in this nation imagined immigrants taking over England in "Colonization in Reverse," while another declared, "If we must die, let it not be like hogs." A writer who adopted it as a name wrote stories like "What I Have Been Doing Lately" and "Girl" in At the Bottom of the River. It is also the country housing the Coulibri plantation, where Antoinette Cosway lives until she marries into the Mason and Rochester families in Wide Sargasso Sea. For 10 points, name this Caribbean island, the birthplace of Louise Bennett and Claude McKay and the first name of Ms. Kincaid.
Answer: Jamaica [DL]
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In this book, one of the narrator's grandfathers was deported after subversive activities during the Wet Firecracker War. That character's maternal grandmother was a Tatar born near Samarkand sentenced to "re-education" on Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya. In this novel's first book, titled "That Thinkum Dinkum," a character issues a paycheck to a janitor for 10 quadrillion one-hundred eighty-five dollars and fifteen cents. The title comes from an address given by Professor Bernardo de la Paz to the Federated States of Earth after a coup. This novel includes an occasionally sexually confused sentient supercomputer named Mike, nicknamed after Mycroft Holmes by the narrator Mannie, who suggests that the Loonies "throw rocks?big rocks" in order to resolve the central rebellion. It popularized the acronym "TINSTAAFL," or "there is no such thing as a free lunch." For 10 points, name this novel about a lunar revolution against the Earth by Robert A. Heinlein.
Answer: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [AR]
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The title of a play by Patrick Garland about this author's work, An Enormous Yes, comes from this author's poem "For Sydney Bechet." He used the pseudonym "Brunette Coleman" to write Michaelmas Term at St. Bride's and the poem sequence "Sugar and Spice," both of which are contained in Trouble at Widow Gables and Other Fictions. He wrote about John Kemp, a young Oxford student who develops an imaginary sister to help him adjust, in his novel Jill. One of his poems mentions "Postmen like doctors" who "go from house to house," and begins "I work all day, and get half-drunk at night," while in another, two stone figures prove "our almost instinct is almost true: What will survive of us is love." Those poems appear in his collections The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows. For 10 points, name this author of "Aubade" and "An Arundel Tomb" who wrote "They fuck you up your mum and dad" in "This Be the Verse."
Answer: Philip Larkin [AR]
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One character in this novel kills Rowdy Dick Doolan, a hobo who attempts to steal his shoes by cutting off his feet with a meat cleaver. Other characters who die include Rudy, who is attacked by Legionnaires, and Sandra, whose face is eaten by dogs after freezing to death. The protagonist gets a job with Rosskam thanks to Reverend Chester, enabling him to quit working in a cemetery to pay his debt to Marcus Gorman, and feels guilt for accidentally dropping and killing his son Gerald. A former major league third baseman, the protagonist killed scab Harold Allen with a rock, forcing him to flee Albany. FTP, name this novel about Francis Phelan, which follows Legs and Billy Phelan's Greatest Game in a trilogy by William Kennedy.
Answer: Ironweed [DJ]
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In one poem in this collection, the narrator kisses a marble sphinx which sinks its claws into him while a nightingale sings of "Mingling of death-like agony / With every balm and blessing." A minstrel plays a delirious dance to the inhabitants of a graveyard in the first section, "The Sorrows of Youth." This collection contains a "Lyrical Intermezzo," as well as two parts which end with the poet coming to a wine cellar in Bremen, "The North Sea" cycles. Another poem in this work describes "The golden flame of summer" which "Burns in your glowing cheek" and claims "Death is the cool night." In a poem from this collection often set to music, the title character uses a golden comb on her golden hair and entrances sailors to their death with her song. Containing "Die Lorelei," for 10 points, name this poetry collection by Heinrich Heine.
Answer: Book of Songs [or Buch der Lieder] [SJ]
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In 2005, Nico Muhly composed a song cycle based on this book, which was illustrated by Maira Kalman. Its first, introductory chapter states that the reader should go on to "the study of the masters of literature." This book uses a quote from Stevenson's Walking Tours as an example of a "strong conclusion," while its second section begins by mentioning "Charles's friend" and "the witch's malice." It mentions "lose out," "factor," and "all right" as examples of "words and expressions commonly misused," and advises the reader to "make definite assertions," "put statements in popular form," and "omit needless words." Containing "elementary principles" of usage and composition, FTP, name this reference book by Strunk and White.
Answer: The Elements of Style [JM]
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This work sees the 1st Platoon gang-rape the Polish Frania, as well as Strut being sliced in half after he leads the villagers in killing his friend's Turkish wife. One character unsuccessfully attempts suicide with a scythe after Mitka tries to seduce her, while its successful suicides include those of Krymov and Kaledin, who kills himself after losing Novocherkassk. It also sees the death of Timofei Ivanonvich, whose diary records his brief marriage to Liza Mokhova. Toward its end, Chumakov kills the traitorous Kaparin, but the protagonist leaves the company they form with his lover Aksinya Astakhov, only to be caught in the valley by the Red Army. Dealing with the village of Tatarsky and the life of Grigory Melekhov, for 10 points, name this novel about Cossacks living near the title river by Mikhail Sholokhov.
Answer: And Quiet Flows the Don [or The Silent Don or Tikhiy Don; accept anything like "the Don Saga"] [DL]
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A second division UK soccer team gets their nickname "The Honest Men" from a line in this poem. In a footnote, the author instructs that when a "benighted traveler" "falls in with bogels," it is much more dangerous to turn back. The title character sees many instruments of murder on the "haly table," including five scimitars, five tomahawks, a garter used to strangle a baby, and a knife used to slit a father's throat, as well as a dance that is no "cotillion brand new from France." Its title character is warned by his wife not to get drunk on Sunday, because he would likely drown in the Doon or get caught by warlocks in the murk. While drunk, the title character cries "weel done, cutty-sark!" after seeing witches dancing on Alloway Kirk. For 10 points, name this poem about the supernatural vision of the title character, written by Robert Burns.
Answer: "Tam O'Shanter" [AR]
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This character is greeted by the phrase "for a star!", having first appeared catching a package of meat. On her honeymoon, this character's shoe was used by her husband to smash all the light bulbs in their hotel room. That husband claims they'd "had them colored lights going" during that time, before another character made her start acting like "the queen of the Nile." In Act I, she runs to Eunice's apartment in Elysian Fields after her husband throws their radio out their window, but returns after he screams her name in the stairwell, disgusting the sister whom she'd forced to manage Belle Reve by moving to New Orleans. For 10 points, name this wife of Stanley and sister of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Answer: Stella DuBois Kowalski [DL]
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This character's foster-brother throws an iron weight at him after this character forces a trade of horses. During the journey that brings this character to the central location of the novel he appears in, a whip and a fiddle promised to other children are respectively lost and smashed. He smashes a tureen of hot applesauce in the face of a boy in revenge for derisive comments about the length of his hair, and as an adult, he is punched in the throat by a rival he calls a "milk-blooded coward." This mysteriously wealthy character teaches Hareton how to swear, and runs off with Isabella in order to gain power over her brother Edgar Linton. At the beginning of the novel he appears in, he is visited by a man renting Thrushcross Grange, Mr. Lockwood. FTP, name this orphaned gypsy whose passionate love for Catherine Earnshaw is the focus of Wutherine Heights.
Answer: Heathcliff [JM]
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Its final section quotes an "Orphic poet" who asserts that "A man is a God in ruins." It discusses analogies between material and spiritual facts in its fourth section, "Language," and its third section argues that "The world...exists to the soul to satisfy the desire of beauty." In its second section, "Commodity," the author states that steamboats realize the fable of Aeolus' bag, and discusses the "steady and prodigal provision that has been made for [mankind's] support and delight on this green ball which floats him through the heavens." Its first section states that "The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child," and argues "if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars." This essay also asserts that in the title location, the narrator is "part or particle of God" and becomes a "transparent eyeball." FTP, name this essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson about the environment.
Answer: "Nature" [JM]
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Critics disagree whether this poem's literally false claim that its speaker has "nought save homespun cloth i'th'house," is intended as a metaphor or as an attempt to pretend a pecuniary motive. Later, its speaker claims that its addressee lacks a father and has a mother whose poverty causes her to "send thee out the door." That speaker also claims its addressee was "snatched" from her side "by friends, less wise than true," and that its "errors were not lessened" when brought abroad "halting to th'press to trudge." Addressed to "thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain," for 10 points, name this poem written for the second edition of The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up In America by Anne Bradstreet.
Answer: "The Author to Her Book" [DL]
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This work describes how Sertorius demonstrated the superiority of wit to brute strength by having two soldiers attempt to pluck horses' tails. The speaker states that Gryllus was wiser than Ulysses because he remained a swine, and insists that nothing is more desirable than being young. The speaker discusses madness caused by manias for building, hunting, and gambling, and observes that Momus was kicked out of heaven for his railery, whereas Flattery is welcomed everywhere. The speaker states that every person carries her image stamped on their countenance, and recounts her upbringing in the Fortunate Islands after being born to Plutus and Youth. The title figure was suckled by Drunkenness and Ignorance, and her followers include Pleasure, Laziness, and Self-Love. Dedicated to Thomas More, FTP, name this essay structured as an oration delivered by the title character, written by Erasmus.
Answer: In Praise of Folly [or The Praise of Folly or Moriae Encomium] [JM]
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Dore Levy wrote about the function of retributive illness and the limits of medicine in Ideal and Actual in [this work]. The Tso Commentary states that the entirety of this work can be summed up as a "condemnation for failure to instruct." A crimson cummerbund becomes a pledge of friendship in this work's second volume, The Crab-Flower Club. A character "with a heart like Bi Gan's, yet even more intelligent; and with an illness like Xi Zi, yet even more beautiful" is considered Xue Baochai's "double." This work's central families live on Two Dukes Street and its central character, the heir apparent of the Rung-guo line, falls in love with the reincarnation of the Crimson Pearl Flower. Detailing the lives of two branches of the Jia clan, its title both refers to the location of its inscription near Greensickness Peak, and a character born with a piece of glowing jade in his mouth. For 10 points, name this member of the Four Great Classics attributed to Cao Xueqin.
Answer: The Story of the Stone [or Dream of the Red Chamber; accept Red Chamber Dream] [AR]
2008 Chicago Open Lit Bonuses by Packet_9

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