Art & literature 14

From the quiz on 18/8/15. A special literature & language edition.

  1. What are the only five English words (in the ODE) that end in -dous? {NB: excluding proper nouns, abbreviations and the like} Hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, tremendous, apodous

  2. In J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan, by what collective name are Tootles, Curly, Nibs, Slightly and the Twins more commonly known? Lost Boys

  3. How many lines does a standard sonnet have? 14

  4. In the phrase “a pig in a poke”, referring to something bought or accepted without first being seen or assessed, what is the meaning of the word ‘poke’? Bag/sack

  5. Which poem by Lewis Carroll is dedicated in double-acrostic form to a young girl named Gertrude Chataway, the initial letters of each line and initial syllables of each stanza spelling out her name? The Hunting of the Snark

  6. What is the only Semitic language officially written in Latin script? Maltese

  7. In the series of detective novels by Leslie Charteris, what is the real name of The Saint? Simon Templar

  8. In Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, who is the cruel and hypocritical master of Lowood boarding school? Mr Brocklehurst

  9. In linguistics, what name is given to a stabilized pidgin language that has become the mother tongue of a certain community? Creole

  10. In 1964, which French writer and philosopher became the first person to decline a Nobel Prize, stating his belief that “the writer must … refuse to let himself be transformed into an institution”? Jean-Paul Sartre


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