Henry David Thoreau
This 19th century American author and proponent of transcendentalism was a strong advocate of individual rights and an opponent of social conformity. His best known works are the book "Walden" and the essay "On Civil Disobedience."
three blind mice
They all ran after the farmer's wife until she cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Through the Looking Glass
This is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. In it, Alice passes through a mirror over a fireplace and finds herself once more in Wonderland where she meets Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the White Knight, Humpty Dumpty and other amazing creatures.
This 20th century American author and cartoonist whose works include "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" pokes gentle fun at the lives and folly of men and women in his humorous drawings, short stories, and essays.
In what Shakespearean play can you find the lines "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune."
Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
This is the first line in the poem "The Tiger" from "Songs of Experience" by William Blake.
Songs of Innocence and Experience
This is an illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. It appeared in two phases. Blake's categories are modes of perception that tend to coordinate with a chronology that would become standard in Romanticism: childhood is a time and a state of protected "innocence," but not immune to the fallen world and its institutions.
Who said, "But at my back I always hear time's wingéd chariot hurrying near.
He is the handicapped son of Bob Cratchit, the employee of Ebeneezer Scrooge, in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
In what Shakepeare play do you find these words: "To be or not to be."
This novel by the American author Erskine Caldwell is about a family of sharecroppers from Georgia and their many tragedies.
This 20th century British author and scholar wrote the widely popular fantasies that chronicle an epic battle between the forces of good and evil. He created his own geography, languages, and mythology for "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
This novel by Mark Twain tells the story of a wily and adventurous boy who does things like trick his friends into whitewashing a fence for him by pretending it is a great privilege and making them pay him to take over his job.
Who is Tom Sawyer's best friend?
Born to an infertile, peasant couple, he is no bigger than his father's thumb. After surviving many trials, he is killed by a venomous spider.
This 19th century movement in American literature and philosophy called on people to view the objects in the world as small versions of the whole universe and to trust their individual intuitions. The movement is most associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
This novel by Robert Louis Stevenson tells the story of a young boy, Jim Hawkins, who joins with two men in hiring a ship to search for buried treasure. Among the ship's crew are the pirate Long John Silver and his men, who are after the treasure for themselves. With considerable pluck, and the aid of his friends, Jim foils their plans and gains the treasure.
This is the famous 1913 poem by the American Joyce Kilmer.
I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
What are the opening lines of Joyce Kilmer's famous poem?
This was the nom de plume of Samuel L. Clemens, an American author and humorist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is famous for his stories with settings along the Mississippi River. His books include "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "Life on the Mississippi River," and "The Prince and the Pauper."
Samuel L. Clemens
What was the real life name of the author Mark Twain?
two fathoms deep
Mark Twain, who was once a steamboat pilot, took his pen name from a term used in river navigation meaning what?
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
This fictional characters from "Through the Looking Glass" are fat twins who are identical in speech, attitude and appearance.
This comedy by Shakespeare is about two central characters, a twin brother and sister, each of whom thinks the other is lost at sea. The sister disguises herself as a boy and goes to serve the duke of the country, a man bitter and disappointed in love. The brother reappears and marries the woman whom the Duke has been pursuing, and his sister marries the Duke.
If music be the food of love, play on
The comedy "Twelfth Night" begins with this line:
Uncle Tom's Cabin
This novel, by Harriet Beecher Stowe paints a grim picture of life under slavery. The title character is a pious, passive slave who is eventually beaten to death byt he overseer Simon Legree.
Although he is painted as a virtuous man in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, his name is often used as a term of reproach for a subservient black person who tolerates discrimination.
This novel by the English author William Makepeace Thackeray tells the story of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous woman who gains wealth and influence through her cleverness.
This term describes a period in England from 1837 to 1901, a time of industrial progress, colonial expansion, and public fastidiousness in morals. The period is named after the monarch of Great Britain who ruled over this time.
The Village Blacksmith
This poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow begins, "Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands..."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
This 20th century American writer's novels often include elements of humor and fantasy within a framework of the violence and alienation of modern life. His best known works include "Cat's Cradle," and "Slaughterhouse Five."
This book by Henry David Thoreau describes his two years of life alone at a pond in Massachusetts. He recounts daily life in the woods and celebrates nature and the individual's ability to live independently of society.
In what work do you find the words, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
This 20th century African American writer's works ofen deal with personal and family relationships and with black women in a racially oppressive society. Her highly acclaimed novel "The Color Purple" won a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted by Steven Spielburg into a successful film.
The Waste Land
This is a poem by T.S. Eliot. Its subject is the fragmented and sterile nature of the modern world, particularly after WWI.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
In what work do you find these words, "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
In what Shakespearean play will you find the words, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep."
Who speaks these words in "The Tempest" after he makes a large group of spirits vanish and is reminding his daughter and her fiance that mortal life also ends quickly. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on."
This 20th century American author is known for her short stories and novels that depict the people and the life of the rural south. Her works include such collections as "The Golden Apples," and the novels "Ponder the Heart" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Optimist's Daughter."
This American author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is best known for her subtle satires of New York City society, such as "The House of Mirth" and "The Age of Innocence."
Romeo and Juliet
In what play will you find the words, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
This 19th century American poet is known for "Leaves of Grass," a collection of poems that celebrate nature, democracy, and individualism.
This Irish-born author of the late 19th century spent most of his career in England. He was famous for his flamboyant wit and style of dress. His best known works include "A Picture of Dorian Gray" and the play "The Importance of being Earnest."
This 20th century author is best known for his work "Our Town."
This 20th century American author is famous for his plays, which portray violent passions in ordinary people. These plays include, "A Streetcar Named Desire.," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "The Glass Menagerie."
Wind in the Willows
This classic children's fantasy was written by the British writer Kenneth Grahame. Originally intended only as bedtime stories for his son, this idyllic tale of the English countryside and river banks chronicles the adventures of Mr. Toad, Mole, Rat and their friend Badger.
This is a stuffed bear who appears in several books for children by A. A. Milne. The characters in the Pooh book are mostly stuffed animals who come to life and have adventures with the little boy Christopher Robin.
the winter of our discontent
This phrase from the historical play "King Richard the Third" by William Shakespeare describes a civil war in England, nad has come to suggest disaffection in general. The phrase has also served as the title for a book by John Steinbeck.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
This book by the American author L. Frank Baum tells the story of Dorothy, who is carried by a Tornado from Kansas to the enchanted land of Oz. Dorothy has three companions, a scarecrow who wants a brain, a woodman made of tin who wants a heart, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. The wizard pretends to give them these things, but it turns out they had them all along without knowing it.
L. Frank Baum
Who wrote the Wonderful Wizard of Oz?
This 20th century author experimented with a stream-of-consciousness narrative technique. Her works include, "To the Lighthouse" and an essay "A Room of One's Own."
This 19th century English poet was one of the leading figures of romanticism. His poems include "Daffodils," "The World is too Much with Us," "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood," and "The Prelude."
The World Is Too Much With Us
This sonnet by William Wordsworth complains that people are too attached tot he trivial things of the world and not sufficiently aware of nature as a whole.
This 20th century American author is known for his novels dealing with the black experience in the United States. Two of his best known works are "Black Boy" and "Native Son."
This novel by Emily Bronte set in Yorkshire is about the thwarted love of two young people Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and the cruel suffering Heathcliff inflicts on all involved in their separation.
William Butler Yeats
This Irish poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is regarded by many as the greatest modern poet in English. Some of his best-known poems are "Sailing to Byzantium," "The Second Coming," and "Among School Children."