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Quiz Bowl (Literature)
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Things Fall Apart
Name this novel in which Ikemefuna is killed by Okonkwo, a work by Chinua Achebe.
Pride and Prejudice
The central character of this work is a woman that rejects the proposal of the nephew of Lady Catherine but later marries him. Name this Jane Austen novel where Elizabeth Bennett marries Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Name this novel by Balzac which sees Eugene de Rastignac befriends the title character.
The Road Not Taken
Name this poem that begins "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood," a work of Robert Frost.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Identify this villanelle written for the author's father after his eyesight was failing by Dylan Thomas. It features the refrain, "Rage, Rage, Against the Dying Light."
Name this poem in which a man mourning the death of Lenore encounters a black bird, a work of Edgar Allan Poe.
O Captain! My Captain!
Name this poem describing the late Abraham Lincoln at the head of a ship, by Walt Whitman.
A Dream Within A Dream
Name this Poe poem that features, "Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?"
Name this massive French novel centering on Inspector Javert and the escaped conflict Jean Valjean, by Victor Hugo.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Name this novel about the deaf bellringer Quasimodo, written by Victor Hugo.
The King Amuses Himself
This work is a play in five acts written by Victor Hugo. Its real title is Le roi s'amuse.
A Doll's House
Name this play concerning Nora Helmer, written by Henrik Ibsen.
Name this play by Henrik Ibsen about a haughty and conniving general's daughter.
The Master Builder
Name this play by Henrik Ibsen featuring the architect Halvard Solness.
An Enemy of the People
Name this play in which Doctor Thomas Stockmann is shunned by society for claiming that his town's baths are infected by bacteria.
Name this Henrik Ibsen play in which Oswald Alving inherits syphilis from his father.
The Wild Duck
Name this Henrik Ibsen play in which Hedvig shoots herself after being asked to sacrifice the title bird.
When We Dead Awaken
This work is the last play written by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. It features the Rubeks.
Rip van Winkle
Name this story presented as a "Writing of Diedrich Knickerbocker" and set in the Catskills Mountains, in which the title character sleeps through the American Revolution.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Name this Washington Irving story that features the Headless Horseman.
The Sketch Book of G. Crayon
This work is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by American author Washington Irving.
The Turn of the Screw
In this work, narrated by the unnamed governess at Bly, the children Miles and Flora are visited by Peter Quint and Miss Jessel. Name this ghost story by Henry James.
The Lady of Shallott
Name this poem about a woman who "weaves night and day" scenes of Camelot, a work by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Identify this novel about the Chapelizod family of Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, the last completed work by James Joyce.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Name this novel about the early life of Stephen Dedalus, a work by James Joyce.
Name this collection that includes "Eveline", "After the Race", "Araby", and "The Dead", and was written by James Joyce.
Name this story about Gabriel Conroy, which was written by James Joyce and is the last in Dubliners.
Name this Franz Kafka novella that opens with Gregor Samsa waking up to find he transformed into an insect.
Name this novel by Franz Kafka in which Joseph K. is inextricably involved in an incomprehensible legal proceeding.
Name this unfinished novel in which K is frustrated by an absurdly bureaucratic fortress, written by Franz Kafka.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Name this poem that claims "Ye know on earth and all ye need to know is that beauty truth and truth beauty", written by John Keats.
Name this elegy for the late John Keats, written by Percy Shelley.
Ode to a Nightingale
Name this poem which opens, "My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk" and contains the phrase "tender is the night," a poem written by John Keats to a title bird.
On First Looking into Chapman
Name this John Keats poem about the discovery of a certain translation of the work of the author of the Odyssey.
The Jungle Book
In this collection by Kipling, a tailor-bird helps to defend Teddy from Karait, and in another, the title mongoose helps to kill Nag and defeats Nagaina.
Name this novel about an Irish orphan who becomes a spy in India's "Great Game," written by Rudyard Kipling.
This poem is a rhyming narrative from the point of view of an English soldier in India, about an Indian water-bearer who saves the soldier's life but is soon shot and killed. Name this poem by Kipling.
The Call of the Wild
Name this novel about a canine named Buck, a work by Jack London.
Identify this novel about an animal that is three-quarters wolf and one-quarter dog, the companion novel to The Call of the Wild written by Jack London.
The Sea Wolf
Name this novel about the nautical adventures of the intellectual Humphrey van Weyden, written by Jack London.
The Iron Heel
This work describes the rise and fall of the Oligarchy in the United States, a tyrannical group also known by the title phrase. Name this critique of fascism written by Jack London.
The Song of Hiawatha
Name this poem set "By the shores of Gitche Gumee" where the protagonist falls in love with Minnehaha, written by Longfellow.
Name this tale set in Acadie in which Gabriel Lajuenesse courts the daughter of Benedict Bellafontaine, written Henry Longfellow.
Paul Revere's Ride
Name this poem in which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow tells children that they shall hear of the "midnight ride" of the American patriot.
The Courtship of Miles Standish
Identify this work set in Plymouth Colony which concludes with the death of the title character, a narrative poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Name this work of Archibald MacLeish, which was based on the Book of Job.
Tale of Genji
Name this work about the title philandering prince sometimes considered to be the first modern novel, which was written by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu.
Identify this verse treatise and followup to Aristotle's Poetics, written by the Roman poet Horace.
The Magic Mountain
Name this novel in which Hans Castorp spends seven years in a Swiss sanatorium, by Thomas Mann.
Name this novel narrated by Serenus Zeitblom about the composer Adrian Leverkühn, by Thomas Mann.
Death in Venice
Name this novella about the last days of Gustave von Aschenbach, by Thomas Mann.
Name this Thomas Mann novel recounting generations of a merchant family in Lübeck.
The Jew of Malta
Name this Christopher Marlowe play whose title character is the cruel Barabas.
The Color Purple
Name this novel consisting mostly of letters written to God and Nettie by Celie, the best-known work of Alice Walker.
The Old Man and the Sea
Name this novel about a fisherman named Santiago by Ernest Hemingway.
Name this Herman Melville novel in which Captain Ahab seeks the white whale.
Name this novella about a sailor impressed aboard the Bellipotent, by Herman Melville.
Name this first book by American writer Herman Melville who wrote about his actual experiences about being held captive.
Bartleby the Scrivener
Name this short story about a copyist who repeatedly responds, "I would prefer not to," written by Herman Melville.
This book by Herman Melville is the sequel to Typee.
Name this English epic in which Satan sneaks into Eden and corrupts mankind, a work by John Milton.
Name this pastoral elegy written for Edward King by John Milton.
This Milton play begins just after the title character's eyes have been gouged out and his hair cut after being deceived by the Philistine Dalila.
Name this play whose title character is a religious fraud, a work of Molière.
Name this Moliere play whose title character, Alceste, detests humanity.
The Imaginary Invalid
Name this play by Moliere in which Argan tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor so he can receive free treatments for his perceived ailments.
Name this novel in which the priest Stephen Kumalo searches for his son Absalom, written by South African author Alan Paton.
Song of Solomon
Name this Toni Morrison novel about Milkman Dead, which has a biblical title.
The Bluest Eye
Name this work in which Pecola Breedlove desires the title symbol of white girls' beauty, the first novel by Toni Morrison.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Name this play in which Mary is addicted to morphine, a work about the Tyrone family by Eugene O'Neill.
Mourning Becomes Electra
Name this play in which Orin commits suicide at the behest of Lavinia, a work about the Mannons that is a retelling of the Orestia by Eugene O'Neill.
The Iceman Cometh
Name this late play by Eugene O'Neill in which Hickey brings death instead of peace to Harry Hope's bar.
Desire Under the Elms
Name this play in which Abbie Putnam has an affair with her husband's son Eben Cabot, written by Eugene O'Neill.
This work is an experimental play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. It was very controversial and led to it being banned in some places.
Name this Eugene O'Neill play titled for a former prostitute who reunites with her father Chris Christopherson.
The Emperor Jones
Name this Eugene O'Neill play in which a former Pullman Porter, Brutus, is finally killed by a silver bullet.
Name this dystopian work about Winston Smith's life under Big Brother, a novel by George Orwell.
Name this allegory of the Russian Revolution featuring the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, written by George Orwell.
Homage to Catalonia
Name this memoir of six months of volunteering in the Spanish Civil War, written by George Orwell.
Name this poem inspired by a sculpture of an Egyptian pharaoh, written by Percy Shelley.
Name this elegy for the late John Keats, written by Percy Shelley.
Ode to the West Wind
Name this poem about a certain weather phenomenon written by Percy Shelley.
This work is a four-act lyrical drama by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It includes the Titan who defied the gods and stole fire.
To a Skylark
Name this Percy Shelley poem addressed to the title bird.
This work is the last complete poem composed by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Like many of Poe's poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Name this Edgar Allan Poe short story which ends with the collapse of the title estate.
The Gold Bug
Identify this short story wherein William Legrand discovers the lost treasure of Captain Kidd using a shiny metallic insect, written by Edgar Allen Poe.
The Purloined Letter
Name this short story, the third to feature the detective Auguste Dupin, by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Name this Edgar Allan Poe short story in which C. Auguste Dupin proves that the title double homicide was committed by an orangutang.
The Cask of Amontillado
Name this short story narrated by Montresor and named after a type of sherry, a work of Edgar Allan Poe.
This work is a heavily onomatopoeic poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was not published until after his death in 1849. It is perhaps best known for the diacopic use of the word "bells."
The Tell-Tale Heart
Name this horror story by Edgar Allan Poe whose narrator hears the title body part beating under the floorboards.
The Pit and the Pendulum
This work features the Spanish Inquisition in the background of what Edgar Allen Poe story in which the protagonist narrowly escapes two torture devices?
The Rape of the Lock
Name this mock-heroic poem in which the Baron snips off some of Belinda's hair, a work of Alexander Pope.
An Essay on Criticism
This work is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope. Pope contends in the poem's opening couplets that bad criticism does greater harm than bad writing.
This work is a landmark literary satire by Alexander Pope. The poem celebrates the goddess Dulness and the progress of her chosen agents as they bring decay, imbecility, and tastelessness to the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Remembrance of Things Past
Name this novel whose sections include Sodom and Gomorrah, Time Regained, and Swann's Way, the masterpiece of Marcel Proust.
This work's narrator recalls his childhood in Combray after tasting a tea-soaked madeleine. Name this novel by Marcel Proust, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time.
The Great Gatsby
Identify this Jazz Age novel narrated by Nick Carraway and written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Name this novel in verse, which ends with the title character being rejected by Tatyana, by Alexander Pushkin.
The Queen of Spades
Name this 1890 opera about a gambler named Herman, based on a story by Pushkin and composed by Tchaikovsky.
The Bronze Horseman
Name this equestrian statue by Etienne Falconet in St. Petersburg that inspired an Alexander Pushkin poem.
My Last Duchess
Name this poem about the Duke of Ferrara and his previous wife, by Robert Browning.
The Ring and the Book
Name this poem based on the Roman murder case described in "the old Yellow Book," a work of Robert Browning.
Fra Lippo Lippi
Name this poem about a Renaissance artist, a dramatic monologue by Robert Browning.
Andrea del Sarto
Name this dramatic monologue about a "Faultless Painter," written by Robert Browning.
Rabbi Ben Ezra
This work is a poem by Robert Browning about Abraham ibn Ezra, one of the great poets, mathematicians and scholars of the 12th century.
This work is a historical fiction adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, written as a "boys' novel." Its sequel is Catriona.
Identify this novel about pirates featuring Jim Hawkins, written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Name this novel by Robert Louis Stevenson about a scientist who splits his personality.
Conveying its writer's philosophy of objectivism, name this Ayn Rand novel named after a Titan.
Name this novel about the architect Howard Roark, written by Ayn Rand.
Name this Shakespearean tragedy about a Prince of Denmark who asks, "to be or not to be."
Centering on Carol Kennicott's attempts to bring culture to Gopher Prairie, name this novel by Sinclair Lewis.
Name this novel set in Zenith about the title real estate agent, by Sinclair Lewis.
Name this novel by Sinclair Lewis about a doctor who returns to a life of research.
This work is a novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926 that satirically represents aspects of the religious activity of America within fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it.
Name this novel by about the European travels of the titular Zenith auto executive, by Sinclair Lewis.
It Can't Happen Here
This work is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip.
Name this Carl Sandburg poem which calls the title city a "Tool maker", "Stacker of Wheat", and "Hog Butcher for the world".
Romeo and Juliet
Name this play about the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, written by William Shakespeare.
Name this plant whose "leaves" title a poetry collection by Walt Whitman.
Ode to Joy
Identify this poem by Friedrich Schiller used in the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Identify this historical drama in which the titular duke of Friedland is assassinated despite his success in prosecuting the Thirty Years' War, written by Friedrich Schiller.
Taming of the Shrew
Name this Shakespeare play in which the bad-tempered Katherine represents the title animal.
Mame this historical novel by Sir Walter Scott about a medieval Saxon knight.
Midsummer Night's Dream
Name this play featuring the fairies Oberon, Titania, and Puck, by William Shakespeare.
Identify this novel about Frank Osbaldistone, which takes its name from the appearances of the titular Scottish outlaw, a work of Walter Scott.
The Heart of Midlothian
Identify this novel about the journey to London in search of a pardon undertaken by Jeanie Deans, a work by Sir Walter Scott.
Name this Walter Scott novel about Edmund Tressilian.
Name this play in which Eliza Doolittle is taught by Henry Higgins, penned by George Bernard Shaw.
Name this play by George Bernard Shaw whose title heroine is an officer in the Salvation Army.
Man and Superman
Name this play about the pursuit by Ann Whitefield of John Tanner written by George Bernard Shaw.
Arms and the Man
Name this work that ends with Raina Petkoff professing her love for the Swiss Captain Bluntschli, a play by George Bernard Shaw with a title from Virgil.
Mrs. Warren's Profession
Name this work that includes the characters of Praed and Frank Gardner and turns on Vivie's realization that Kitty is a Madam, a play by George Bernard Shaw.
The Grapes of Wrath
Name this work in which the Joad family travels to California from Oklahoma during the Great Depression, a novel written by John Steinbeck.
Of Mice and Men
Identify this novel by John Steinbeck about George and Lennie.
East of Eden
Identify this novel in which the Hamilton and Trask families move to California, a work by John Steinbeck.
This novel is about a group of boys who try to throw a party for the marine biologist Doc on the title street. Name this novel by John Steinbeck.
Name this Steinbeck novel beginning when Danny inherits two houses in the titular California region.
Name this novella about the tragic events that follow Kino's discovery of a certain large and expensive item, a work by John Steinbeck.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Name this drama featuring Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois, written by Tennessee Williams.
The Glass Menagerie
Name this Tennessee Williams play titled for Laura Wingfield's collection of statuettes.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Name this Tennessee Williams play about Maggie and Big Daddy Pollitt.
The Waste Land
Identify this 434-line modernist poem written by T.S. Eliot which opens with the line, "April is the cruellest month".
Name this Shakespeare character who is attended by Kent and a Fool as he goes mad on a heath, and who is the father of Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia.
The Hollow Men
Name this T. S. Eliot poem named for people who are spiritually empty.
Murder in the Cathedral
Name this play by T. S. Eliot that depicts the same events as Jean Anoulih's Becket.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Name this poem in which the six hundred rode into the valley of death, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Name this Tennyson poem about an "idle king" who was also the subject of a Homeric epic.
Name this poem that includes the lines "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all," an elegy for Arthur Henry Hallam by Tennyson.
Crossing the Bar
Name this poem that, at its author's request, is published last in many collections of the work of Tennyson.
War and Peace
Name this Leo Tolstoy novel about Pierre Bezukhov.
Identify this work whose title female character commits suicide by throwing herself under a train, a novel by Leo Tolstoy.
Name this supposedly cursed Shakespeare play commonly referred to as the "Scottish Play."
Name this Platonic dialogue, ostensibly Socrates's defense speech in court.
Name this work written by Mark Twain, a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Bame this novel in which Injun Joe commits a murder witnessed by Huckleberry Finn and the title character, a work by Mark Twain.
The Prince and the Pauper
name this work in which a poor boy and royalty exchange positions for a time, written by Mark Twain.
Name this Mark Twain novel in which Hank Morgan travels back in time.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog
Name this short story in which the title creature named Daniel Webster loses a bet for its owner because it can't leap, a work by Mark Twain.
Twenty Thousand Leagues
Name this book in which an elusive narwhal is actually the Nautilus, Captain Nemo's squid-proof submarine, a novel by Jules Verne.
Around the World
Name this novel concerning Phileas Fogg's journey, written by Jules Verne.
The Mysterious Island
This novel is a sequel to both In Search of the Castaways and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In it, Cyrus Smith and other Union soldiers escape from Richmond on a hot-air balloon, but get stuck in the title locale.
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
In this Verne novel, Professor Lindenbrock finds a coded note in a Snorri Sturulson book, prompting an adventure through the subterranean world before escaping during an eruption of Stromboli.
Name this novel by Edith Wharton in which the title character and his lover attempt to commit suicide by crashing a sled.
The Age of Innocence
Name this novel about Ellen Olenska and Newland Archer, written by Edith Wharton.
The House of Mirth
Identify this 1905 novel of manners about Lily Bart, the first major success for Edith Wharton.
The Tin Drum
Name this novel by Gunter Grass titled after a metallic instrument.
Leaves of Grass
Name this collection of poetry including "Song of Myself," by Walt Whitman.
When Lilacs Last
Identify this poem which describes how "the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night," an elegy for Abraham Lincoln by Walt Whitman featuring a purple flower.
Much Ado About Nothing
Name this Shakespeare comedy that ends with the double marriage of Claudio and Hero and Beatrice and Benedick.
As You Like It
Name this Shakespeare play which features characters like Orlando and the disguised Rosalind.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Name this play in which the unusual desires of Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are satisfied, an Oscar Wilde play in which Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing both adopt the title name.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Name this work in which Lord Harry Wotton inspires a character painted by Basil Hallward to pursue beauty and pleasure, the only novel by Oscar Wilde.
Lady Windermere's Fan
Name this play in which Mrs. Erlynne never tells her daughter of their relationship, written by Oscar Wilde
Name this play about life and death in Grover's Corners that was written by Thornton Wilder.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Identify this novel in which Brother Juniper sets out to discover why the Marquesa, Pepita, Esteban, Uncle Pio and Jaime die in the collapse of the central structure.
The Skin of Our Teeth
Name this play by Thornton Wilder in which the Antrobus family survive by the title expression.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Name this poem about a hanging in the title prison, written by Oscar Wilde.
Name this Robert Frost poem containing the line "Good fences make good neighbors".
Look Homeward, Angel
Name this novel ending when Eugene Gant prepares to leave for Harvard, by Thomas Wolfe.
Name this William Shakespeare comedy which contains the marriage of Viola and Duke Orsino.
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Wolfe's first novel was this work, in which the investment banker Sherman McCoy strikes a black man with his car in the while unknowingly driving through the Bronx and attempts to cover it up.
The Second Coming
Name this poem by William Butler Yeats named for the return of Jesus Christ.
Sailing to Byzantium
Name this W.B. Yeats poem about a voyage to a city renamed Constantinople.
Name this Charles Dickens work about an orphan who asks, "Please, sir, I want some more."
Name this work that also features Meg and Jo as part of the March family, which was written by Louisa May Alcott.
Waiting for Godot
Name this play about Vladimir and Estragon by Samuel Beckett.
Name this Renaissance short story collection by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio.
Name this religious allegory about a man named Christian, by John Bunyan.
The Thousand and One Nights
Name this collection of stories that include those of Ali Baba, Sinbad the Sailor, and Aladdin.
Merchant of Venice
Identify this Shakespeare play in which Bassanio is able to court Portia once Antonio guarantees a loan from Shylock.
Name this character who tilts at windmills in a novel by Miguel de Cervantes.
The Canterbury Tales
Name this long poem narrated by people like the Knight and the Wife of Bath, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Name this poem in which the title emperor decrees a "stately pleasure dome" at Xanadu, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Name this poem whose title character shoots of an albatross, leading to a situation involving "water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink", a work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Count of Monte Cristo
Name this Alexandre Dumas novel about the revenge of Edmond Dantes.
Name this novel in which Athos, Porthos, and Aramis assist d'Artagnan in foiling Cardinal Richelieu, a work of Alexandre Dumas.
Name this novel about a nameless black man written by Ralph Ellison.
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