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2007 Literature Doubles Tossups by Packet 1
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One character in this series is a former pacifist who signifies his support for the war by saying "don't monkey with the buzzsaw," and jilts his former lover Anne Elizabeth Trent, causing her to die in a plane crash. In its final part, another character forces her homosexual ex-husband (*) Tony to become her chauffer, and becomes a movie star after exploiting wealthy aviation executive Charley Anderson. Joe Williams dies in a Parisian bar on Armistice Day in this trilogy's second book, which ends with a section describing the Unknown Soldier, "The Body of an American." The execution of Sacco and Vanzetti is described in this work's 47th "Camera Eye" section, while its plot is interspersed with "Newsreels" and biographies of prominent Americans. Made up of The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money, FTP, name this trilogy by John Dos Passos.
Answer: U.S.A. [Accept 1919 before the asterisk]
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Key plot points this character is involved in include revealing the time of his departure for Moscow in the eighth part of the work he appears in, receiving a missing three thousand rubles in the eleventh, and becoming involved in the secondary love triangle involving Katerina. Though he wrote an extensive article on eccelestical law, he tells his younger brother that he has returned God's ticket to salvation before relating a story about a bishop who tells a reborn Christ why he must be executed. He's later driven insane by a devil who convinces him of his moral culpability in his father's murder and the suicide of the real killer, Smerdyakov. For 10 points, name this middle Karamazov child, the brother of Dmitri and Alexei.
Answer: Ivan Karamazov [accept Ivan Karamazov]
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This author recited the lines "This our battle brings / One name of pity and one of hate / I, vanquished, bear the shame of defeat / And though he triumphs the conquest is a crime" from his masterpiece to a crowd as he committed suicide, according to Ammianus Marcellinus. His other major poem, an elegy for Virgil, won a prize at the First Quinquennial Neronian festival. His only surviving works are first ten books of his unfinished masterpiece, and 2 letters to his maternal uncle, the Younger Seneca, with whom this poet was sentenced to die for their participation in the Pisonian Conspiracy. Condemned in 65 CE by Nero, FTP, name this poet best known for an epic which he titled Bellum Civile, but which is more commonly called Pharsalia.
Answer: Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
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In the last scene of this work, a shoe-polish factory reopens and the main character tacks up a recipe for grass soup that doesn't give people diarrhea. Its second scene takes place in Atlantic City, where Miss Fairweather seduces the protagonist, the new President of the Humans; the scene where he gives in is presumably skipped by the actress playing Sabina since she has a personal guest in the audience. The first scene takes place in Excelsior, New Jersey, where the protagonist has sent news home to Maggie about inventing the wheel, despite the impending wall of ice moving in. Focusing on the family of George Antrobus, FTP, identify this play by Thorton Wilder about characters who survive through the title expression.
Answer: The Skin of Our Teeth
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According to Voltaire, this work was almost entirely based on Marcos de Obregon. This novel begins with an address to the reader by the title character, who tells a story about two students who discover the burial site of the soul of Pedro Garcias. The title character sets out for Salamanca to study but is waylaid by thieves, escapes, and earns the largess of Donna Mencia. In Book Two the title character becomes a doctor, and later books see him travel to New Spain and marry Antonia. Translated into English by Tobias Smollett, FTP, identify this early 18th-century picaresque novel by Alain-Rene Lesage.
Answer: Gil Blas
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The sequel to this work claims that Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent is the best treatment of the Quetzcoatl myth and disputes Levi-Strauss on poetry's translatability. A late section of it cites Breton's Mad Love to claim that romantic love is not a free choice, while another discusses the difference between the sector of technicians and the Industrial Revolutionary Party. Its title derives from its opening claim that humans feel that their existence is "untransferable and precious" and that "Man is the only being who knows he is alone." Written by the author of "Sunstone," for 10 points, name this collection of essays published in 1950, best-known for its analysis of machismo in "Mexican Masks," by Octavio Paz.
Answer: The Labyrinth of Solitude [or El labertino de la soledad]
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There is no sickness among them because they eat properly and do not have prostitution. Their name means "The Perfection of All Nature," and as there are no words in their language, which resembles High Dutch, to express evil, they must borrow their servants'. The protagonist is set upon them by Captain James Welch after The Adventure turns to piracy, and as a servant he is won over by their devotion to Reason. Because of them, that man will not spend time with his family upon returning home, as the latter too closely resemble their servants, the Yahoos. For 10 points, name this race of speaking horses from Gulliver's Travels.
Answer: The Houyhnhnms [pronounced phonetically, but with the rhythm and timbre of a horse whinny?failing that, accept anything that sounds more or less right]
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This poem argues that although every person "will chase / His favorite phantom," "all that breathe" will be part of "the long train of ages." Seven years after it was originally written, its poet added the final ten lines, which ask readers not to emulate "the quarry-slave at night / Scourged to his dungeon." It notes that "all that tread the globe are but a handful to the tribes that slumber in its bosom," and mentions the "Barcan wilderness" and the Oregon River as examples of Nature's "mighty sepulchre." The speaker urges those thinking of "the last bitter hour" and the "sad images" of "shroud and pall" to realize that they will "mix for ever with the elements" and "join the innumerable caravan" upon dying. FTP, name this 1817 poem, a meditation on death by William Cullen Bryant.
Answer: "Thanatopsis"
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At the beginning of the second act, Frida Foldal plays Danse Macabre on the piano. Also in that act, William Foldal shocks another character by telling him that his son has left for a party at Hinkel's, while Fanny Wilton elopes with that son, Erhart, and leaves for Europe at the end of act three. In act one, Ella Rentheim and her twin sister Gunhild clash over the possession of Erhart, since the title character had earlier scorned them for the opportunity to create a "kingdom" of "earth-bound millions." After spending five years in jail and eight years pacing upstairs in his house, the title character reemerges to rebuild his financial empire, only to die when a hand of iron ore grips his heart. FTP, name this Henrik Ibsen play about a wealth-obsessed banker.
Answer: John Gabriel Borkman
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This poem apostrophizes the title creature with the line "O my chevalier!" The "fire that breaks from" it is "a billion / Times told lovelier" than its own "brute beauty." Its movement in a "swing" is "As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend." Thus, the speaker's "heart in hiding" is "Stirred for a bird,--the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!" Also called a "dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon," FTP, name this minion of morning described in a poem dedicated "To Christ our Lord" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Answer: "The Windhover"
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One of these learns that it has tentacles, one eye, one ear, and a disgusting mouth in a Juan Bosch short story about the "beautiful" one of Don Damian. A stone carving of a lonely figure falls off a cathedral after a melodious bird dies in a story about the image of a lost one by Saki. Essays on "The Primeval Mitosis" and "The White Race and its Heroes" appear in a book by Eldridge Cleaver about one "on ice," while narrators called "I" and "you" journey to Lingshan in a Gao Xingjian novel about this type of mountain. St. John of the Cross wrote a poem about the "dark night" of one, and Korobotchka and Sobakevitch sell dead ones to Chichikov in a book by Nikolai Gogol. FTP, name these spiritual possessions, one of which is sold to the devil by Faust.
Answer: souls
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Its original dedication quoted The Merchant of Venice to note that the author did not ask for mercy from reviewers. In its ridotto scene, the title character tries to claim her future husband is her dancing partner to get rid of Clement Willoughby, but must admit she doesn't know his name. In a major subplot, Macartney is unable to marry Polly Green because he believes her to be his sister, but, after Sir John Belmont admits that the title character is his daughter, they wed and the title character marries Orville. Largely told through letters to Mr. Villars, for 10 points, name this "history of a young lady's entrance into the world," a novel published anonymously in 1778 to hide the gender of its author, Fanny Burney.
Answer: Evelina: Or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
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The manuscript containing the works of this author is named for its position as the tenth book on the top shelf near a bust of a Roman emperor: the Cotton Nero A X. This author's best known work ends with the motto "Evil to him who evil thinks, " leading some scholars to believe it might have been written for the Order of the Garter. One of his works is a homily retelling various evils eradicated in the Old Testament, while another uses the example of Jonah's impulsiveness as the opposite of the title virtue. Besides "Cleanness" and "Patience," an elegy depicting mourning of a little girl and the speaker's hope to see her in New Jerusalem is also attributed to him. Named for his assumed authorship of that allegorical elegy, FTP, name this unknown Medieval author also thought to have written "Gawain and the Green Knight."
Answer: the Pearl Poet
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Probably the lamest task he ever had to complete was locating Mrs. Murdock's Brasher Dubloon. One novel featuring him sees him finding a note from the dead Lennox with a Madison $5000 bill, while in another he gets involved, through Moose Malloy, with Helen Grayle, "a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window." He's more famous for finding out that Eddie Mars had covered up the killing of Regan by femme fatale Carmen, whose sister was played on film by Lauren Bacall. For 10 points, name this simile-spouting hard-boiled PI, the protagonist of The Long Goodbye, Farewell, My Lovely and The Big Sleep, created by Raymond Chandler.
Answer: Phillip Marlowe
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This story is set in a room featuring a bronze bust of Hippocrates and a portrait of Sylvia Ward, and one character in it conceives of a project to harness whales to icebergs in order to supply the East Indies with ice. After taking a withered rose from a nameless black book, the title character causes it to bloom by placing it in a vase, inspiring his four guests to drink from the champagne glasses in front of them. Mr. Medbourne, Mr. Gascoigne, and Colonel Killigrew are then inflamed by their sudden youthful passion to fight over the newly-young Widow Wycherly, but they all revert to their original ages once the effects of water from the Fountain of Youth wear off. FTP, name this Nathaniel Hawthorne short story about a scientist who shares his name with the author of Being and Time.
Answer: "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"
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His last work describes his dreams roaming about "over a withered moor," while another of his works compares his body, which "drifts with the winds and clouds that knows no destination," to a "bagworm separated from its bag." In addition to The Unreal Dwelling, this author of The Winter Sun and Shrivelled Chestnuts wrote about a frog jumping into an old pond in a work about a weather-beaten skeleton. One of his most famous collections was written while traveling through Tohoku, and contains a poem describing the rough sea extending towards Sado. The author of The Monkey's Straw Raincoat and The Narrow Road to the Deep North, FTP, name this poet of the Edo period, a master of the haiku.
Answer: Matsuo Basho
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When the title character of this work is questioned by a man resembling Hitler, that man's partner pokes his head up the chimney and comes out looking like Al Jolson. Earlier in his life, the narrator had whistled "The Teddy Boys' Picnic" with Mike to keep warm, shortly before sneaking into the open window of a bakery. This story ends with the narrator revealing that he has not turned away from his recidivist ways, as he is living off the 628 pounds from his last theft, which has occurred after he came down with pleurisy and left the Borstal. Colin Smith allows Gunthorpe to pass him and win the Blue Ribbon Prize Cup in order to deliberately lose a cross country race in, FTP, what short story by Alan Sillitoe?
Answer: "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"
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In this author's most recent play, an African-American ex-con named Black rescues an atheist intellectual named White from his attempt to jump in front of a subway train. Besides The Sunset Limited, he wrote about Ben Telfair, who attempts to learn the title profession from Papaw, in The Stonemason. His third novel provides a sympathetic depiction of Lester Ballard, a killer who keeps his victims' corpses in a cave, while his fourth concerns the adventures of Cornelius, a friend of Gene Harrogate who has chosen to wander the slums of Knoxville. After Child of God and Suttree, he turned his attention to the West with the story of the Kid, who joins Glanton's gang in hunting native Americans with the enormous bald killer Judge Holden. FTP, name this American author of No Country for Old Men, Blood Meridian, and The Road.
Answer: Cormac McCarthy
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Jose Ortega y Gasset's first published criticism argued that the scene at Master Pedro's puppet show in this work is a metaphor for all reading. Its opening includes Petrarchan sonnets by Phoebus and Orlando, who claim they are not the title character's equal. Towards the end, the title character plans a pastoral existence with the innkeeper whom he visited after meeting Cardenio in the moutains, and the barber whose wash basin he had stolen, after Bachelor Carrasco finally out-duels him under the name The Knight of the White Moon. The stories of Amadis of Gaul and other chivalric heroes inspire the title character to rename his horse Rocinante and embark on a series of adventures, including attacking a group of windmills. FTP, name this novel by Miguel de Cervantes.
Answer: The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha [or El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha]
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One character in this play briefly strangles another for using the phrase "light the kettle" instead of "light the gas." While reading the newspaper, one character becomes outraged over a young boy who blames his sister for killing a cat, while that character's partner receives an envelope filled with matches mysteriously placed under the door. After the discovery of the title object, the characters send up all their food, and receive orders for an Ormitha Macarounda, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts, presumably from the enigmatic Wilson. Ending with Ben being given orders to shoot his partner Gus, FTP, name this one-act Harold Pinter play about professional killers given bizarre commands through the title device.
Answer: The Dumb Waiter
2007 Literature Doubles Bonuses by Packet 1

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