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Cardinal Richelieu - Richelieu was sanctified as a bishop in 1608, later in 1616, he became Secretary of State.Although he was the villain of The Three Musketeers, he also created the Academie Francaise in 1635, which regulated the language and encouraged literature. Who was he?

       a. Charlemagne
       b. Cardinal Richelieu
       c. Louis XIV
       d. Napoleon


Both are definitions of It's a poetry syllogism! According to poems by Keats, one can infer that "truth" is a "joy forever". Why?

       a. You can never have both
       b. Both are definitions of "love"
       c. Both are definitions of "beauty"
       d. You can never have one without the other


Jules Verne - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. What writer so accurately described the submarine periscope in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" that it prevented a later inventor from patenting its real-life equivalent?

       a. Jules Verne
       b. HG Wells
       c. Arthur Conan Doyle
       d. Edgar Rice Burroughs


Hello, I want a beer, dear girl, and soon - Iambic pentameter is a term used to describe the most common meter used in English poetry.This Shakespeare character walks into a bar and orders a beer in iambic pentameter. How would he do so?

       a. Forsooth, I doth crave ale, anon!
       b. Hello, I want a beer, dear girl, and soon
       c. A beer delivered unto me shall be like a newborn sun on an April morn
       d. Yo, bitch. Get me a brew. Chop, chop!


Our Town - Our Town is a three-act play about a town's citizens in the early twentieth century. In what minimalist Thornton Wilder play do folding chairs represent gravestones?

       a. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
       b. Blithe Spirit
       c. Our Town
       d. Private Lives


I - Isaac Asimov's I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories.What pronoun did Graves put in front of Claudius, Hammer in front of the Jury and Asimov in front of Robot?

       a. He
       b. You
       c. I
       d. We


Julius Caesar - Julius Caesar is one of several Roman plays that Shakespeare wrote, based on events from Roman history.In what Shakespeare play does Brutus have the most lines?

       a. Titus Andronicus
       b. Julius Caesar
       c. Anthony and Cleopatra
       d. Troilus and Cressida


Goodbye - Published in June 1934, Goodbye, Mr. Chips was written by English writer James Hilton. What did Roth say to Columbus, Isherwood to Berlin and Hilton to Mr Chips?

       a. Goodbye
       b. Never Again
       c. Good Luck
       d. Bring It On


The Tempest - According to historians, The Tempest did not attract much attention before closing in the theatres in 1642.What Shakespeare play was inspired when colonists aboard the Sea Venture, who were headed for Virginia, were instead shipwrecked and founded Bermuda?

       a. Twelfth Night
       b. As You Like It
       c. The Tempest
       d. Measure for Measure


Jimmy Carter - Jimmy Carter, Jr. served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.As of 2005, who was the only former president to get a novel published, namely "The Hornet's Nest," about North Carolina and the American Revolution?

       a. Woodrow Wilson
       b. Jimmy Carter
       c. George HW Bush
       d. Gerald Ford


Time - In 2008, Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery and sentenced to thirty-three years' imprisonment.What magazine infamously darkened OJ Simpson's mug shot before putting it on its cover?

       a. National Review
       b. Newsweek
       c. Time
       d. New Republic


Fahrenheit 451 - Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury.Name the novel that describes a future society where books are outlawed and firefighters burn any house that contains them.

       a. Fahrenheit 451
       b. Sun and Shadow
       c. Pillar of Fire
       d. Twice 22



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