Art & literature 34

From the quiz on 21/3/17.

  1. Neither a borrower nor a lender be”, “This above all: to thine own self be true”, “I must be cruel, only to be kind” and “Brevity is the soul of wit” are quotes from which Shakespeare play? Hamlet

  2. For what form of literature are the annual Forward Prizes awarded? Poetry

  3. What name, literally meaning “novel with a key”, is given to a novel that features real events and people thinly disguised by invented names? Roman à clef

  4. What is the title of the best-selling 1996 memoir by Frank McCourt that recounts his impoverished childhood growing up in Limerick? Angela’s Ashes

  5. In which European city are the Hermitage, Erarta and Stieglitz museums? St Petersburg

  6. Which English painter, born in Suffolk in 1776, is noted for his many paintings of Dedham Vale on the border with Essex and the valley of the River Stour? John Constable

  7. Petey, Meg, Stanley, Lulu, Goldberg and McCann are the characters in which 1957 play by Harold Pinter? The Birthday Party

  8. According to the opening stanza of John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, which birds “still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below”? Larks

  9. Some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled into a ball, and depressed against a wall, A sheet of A4 paper crumpled into a ball, and The lights going on and off, for which he won the Turner Prize in 2001, are among the many works of which controversial English modern artist? Martin Creed

  10. The very first book ever printed in English was a translation by William Caxton of a compilation of tales about which ancient war? Trojan War [book title: Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye]

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