Art & literature 10

From the quiz on 19/5/15.

  1. What is the name of the fictional professor of symbology who is the protagonist of Dan Brown’s novels Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno? Robert Langdon

  2. In Frank Herbert’s Dune, which fatally addictive drug, produced exclusively on the planet Arrakis, is ingested to extend lifespan and heighten awareness? Spice melange (or simply “spice”)

  3. Which Austrian artist painted The Virgin, The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the latter two during his famed Gold Period? (Gustav) Klimt

  4. The original Globe Theatre burned down after a prop cannon misfired during a production of which Shakespeare play? Henry VIII

  5. Which children’s author wrote The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo? Julia Donaldson

  6. What is the name of Sherlock Holmes’s elder brother? Mycroft

  7. In which European city is the Prado art museum? Madrid

  8. Which 1992 sci-fi novel by Neal Stephenson follows the exploits of Hiro Protagonist, the self-professed “last of the freelance hackers” and “greatest swordfighter in the world”? Snow Crash

  9. What Italian name, literally meaning “bright–dark”, is given to the dramatic contrast of light and dark in a painting or other work of art? Chiaroscuro

  10. Who composed the 1925 poem The Hollow Men, whose final two lines are “This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper”? T. S. Eliot


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