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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. was first published in 1819.Which of these tales is included alongside "Rip Van Winkle" in Washington Irving's "The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent"?

       a. The Last of the Mohicans
       b. The Gift of the Magi
       c. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
       d. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain - Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of Twain's days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River.Although he had assistants do the pecking, whose "Life on the Mississippi" was the first novel submitted to a publisher in typed form?

       a. James Fenimore Cooper
       b. Mark Twain
       c. Washington Irving
       d. Charles Dickens

Tin Woodman - The fictional Land of Oz was created by American author L. Frank Baum.What "Wizard of Oz" character is actually named Nick Chopper?

       a. Tin Woodman
       b. Cowardly Lion
       c. Scarecrow
       d. Wizard of Oz

Apple - Magritte later said that he painted it as a self-portrait.In Magritte's "The Son of Man", what fruit obscures the face of the man wearing the derby?

       a. Orange
       b. Banana
       c. Apple
       d. Pumpkin

Fenwick - The Mouse That Roared is a novel by Leonard Wibberley released in 1955.What 15-square-mile alpine grand duchy attacks the United States in The Mouse That Roared?

       a. Ruritania
       b. Genovia
       c. Fenwick
       d. Latveria

Iceland - The word 'Saga' originates from Old Norse or Icelandic language.Literally speaking, what country produced the first sagas in the 12th and 13th centuries?

       a. Iceland
       b. Russia
       c. Germany
       d. England

Portland vase - The vase has been kept in the British Museum in London since 1810.Shattered accidentally by a drunk in 1845, what Roman vase inspired Josiah Wedgewood and Benjamin Richardson?

       a. Portland vase
       b. Cardiff vase
       c. Sussex vase
       d. Sheffield vase

Gertrude - Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play.Frailty, thy name is woman. But what is the name of the specific woman Hamlet has in mind?

       a. Gertrude
       b. Goneril
       c. Ophelia
       d. Mary

R Buckminster Fuller - The Expo 67 International Exposition featured 90 pavilions representing Man and His World.Who designed the geodesic dome that housed the US pavilion at Expo 67 in Moscow?

       a. R Buckminster Fuller
       b. Mies Van Der Rohe
       c. IM Pei
       d. Philip Johnson

Cracked - Cracked was founded in 1958 and stopped publishing in 2007.Sylvester P Smythe was the mascot for what magazine?

       a. Cracked
       b. New Yorker
       c. Mad
       d. Playboy

A private viewing - There also is a comparable ceremonial ending of many art exhibitions, called a finissage.In the art world, vernissage originally referred to the finishing touches a painter adds to an already hanging work. What does it usually mean now?

       a. A private viewing
       b. Poorly done restorations
       c. A work held in reserve for a buyer
       d. A painter's signature

The moment of recognition or discovery - In its Greek context, anagnorisis originally meant recognition.In a Greek tragedy, what is anagnorisis?

       a. The moment of recognition or discovery
       b. The portion of the play after the climax
       c. The moment of betrayal
       d. The introduction

Hong Kong - Clavell's first novel entitled King Rat, was a semi-fictional account of his experiences in prison at Changi.Two of the novels in James Clavell's Asian Saga, "Tai-Pan" and "Noble House", share what setting?

       a. Japan
       b. Singapore
       c. Hong Kong
       d. Taiwan

Cleveland - Plain Dealer is in the top 20 newspapers for circulation in the United States.What city's Plain Dealer bills itself as "Ohio's Largest Newspaper"?

       a. Columbus
       b. Cleveland
       c. Cincinnati
       d. Toledo

Macbeth - A dark tragedy, Macbeth was written between 1603 and 1607.In this play, a witch cackles, "By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." That line inspired titles by Agatha Christie and Ray Bradbury. But what is the play?

       a. Macbeth
       b. Hamlet
       c. A Midsummer Night's Dream
       d. The Tempest

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