Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Thursday Quiz LXXV

The Thursday Quiz!

The Thursday Quiz is a twelve item is-it-or-isn't-it test of your knowledge, reasoning, stamina, and moxie!

Remember always the Fundamental Rules of the Thursday Quiz:

1. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. Violators will never be able to look at themselves in the mirror again.

2. Don't get all stressed out about it! It's supposed to be fun!

Relatively Recent Books!

Which of the following (mostly) critically acclaimed modern novels IS correctly matched with its author? And which ISN'T?
1. A.S. Byatt, Possession

2. Michael D. Coyen, Large and Big and Wide and Tall

3. Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

4. Khaled Hosseini, The Remains of the Day

5. Kazuo Ishiguro, Atonement

6. Yann Martel, Life of Pi

7. Ian McEwan, Midnight’s Children

8. Marilynne Robinson, The Harry Potter series

9. Philip Roth, A Suitable Boy

10. Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

11. Salman Rushdie, The Plot Against America

12. Vikram Seth, The Kite Runner


Submit your answers in the comments.

17 comments:

Elizabeth said...

1. Is.
2. Is.
3. Isn't.
4. Isn't.
5. Isn't.
6. Is.
7. Is.
8. Isn't.
9. Is.
10. Is.
11. Isn't.
12. Is.

I suppose I should actually read some of these. I did enjoy The Kite Runner but couldn't get into #10 or #6. And of course I went through all 7 years of Hogwarts.

Elaine said...

1. Is
2. Is
3. Isn't
4. Isn't
5. Isn't
6. Is
7. Isn't
8. Isn't
9. Isn't
10. Is
11. Isn't
12. Isn't
Despite having read a number of these books, I am only sure of a few of my answers. I suspect M5000 of just mixing up authors, actors, and titles. (I've read several Byatt works, but is this the actual title of one? I've read _God of Small Things_ but all I can remember is the IndoAsian author is a woman... ) Okay, I'll stop asking for literary quizzes!

La Gringissima said...

1. is
2. never heard of it, but i'll guess that it is.
3. is. maybe.
4. nope
5. nope
6. yep
7. nope
8. nope x 7
9. nope
10. yep
11. nope
12. nope

The Calico Cat said...

1. is
2. is
3. isn't
4. isn't
5. isn't
6. is
7. isn't
8. isn't
9. isn't
10. is
11. isn't
12. is

sick baby = no sleep = no pity anecdotes...

Dan said...

I'm not so good read, but here's try:

1. Is
2. Is
3. Is
4. Is
5. Isn't
6. Isn't
7. Isn't
8. Isn't
9. Is
10. Is
11. Is
12. Is

DrSchnell said...

1. is
2. is
3. is
4. ain't
5. ain't
6. is
7. ain't
8. ain't
9. ain't
10 is
11. ain't
12. ain't

Kadonkadonk said...

1. Is.
2. Isn't. Not sure about this one...never heard of it.
3. Is.
4. Isn't.
5. Isn't.
6. Is.
7. Isn't.
8. Isn't. If anyone gets this one wrong, they should really just stop playing trivia. Seriously.
9. Isn't.
10. Is.
11. Isn't.
12. Isn't.

Hmmm, that was harder than I thought. I don't like how much I had to guess. :(

d said...

i actually might know some of these.

1y/2n/3y/4n/5n/6y/7n/8n/9n/10y/11n/12n

i hated 'midnight's children' by the way. just in case you were wondering.

Critical Bill said...

1. Yes
2. ?
3. Yes
4. No (Ishiguro)
5. No (McEwan)
6. Yes
7. No
8. No
9. No
10. Yes
11. No
12. No

KarmaSartre said...

1 / is
2 / isn't
3 / is
4 / isn't
5 / isn't
6 / is
7 / isn't
8 / isn't
9 / isn't
10 / is
11 / isn't
12 / isn't

boo said...

1. Is
2. Isn't
3. Is
4. Isn't
5. Isn't
6. Is
7. Isn't
8. Isn't
9. Is
10. Is
11. Isn't
12. Isn't

I actually recognized a few of those. Things are improving.

mrs.5000 said...

1 yes
2 uh, yes
3 yes
4 no
5 no
6 yes
7 no
8 no
9 uh, yes
10 yes
11 uh, no
12 no

Michael5000 said...

Stop. Put down your pencils.

1. Byatt, "Possession." YES.

2. "Large and Big and Wide and Tall." NO. There's no such book. And really, people: "Michael D. Coyen"?

3. Haddon, "Curious Incident." YES.

4. Hosseini, "Remains of the Day." NO, that's Ishiguro.

5. Ishiguro, "Atonement." NO, that's McEwan.

6. Martel, "Life of Pi." YES.

7. McEwan, "Midnight's Children." NO, that's Rushdie.

8. Robinson, "Harry Potter." NO, duh.

9. Roth, "Suitable Boy." NO, that's Seth.

10. Roy, "God of Small Things." YES.

11. Rushdie, "Plot Against America." NO, that's Roth.

12. Seth, "The Kite Runner." No, that's Hosseini.

Michael5000 said...

So we've got three competitors with 12/12.

With her fourth Star in six weeks, Kadonkadonk keeps her red hot streak alive to take top TQLXXV honors to claim her first Gold Star. This makes her the fifteenth Quiz Legend to complete a collection of Stars: Gold, Silver, Blue and Green.

Right behind her to claim his third Silver is d. d is also on a hot streak, taking his third Star in four weeks.

Karmasartre takes his third Blue Star; it's his twentieth overall, making him the four contestant to reach that landmark.

Anticipating dissent over Question 2, an executive decision has been taken to award Green Stars to the four participants who scored 11/12: la gringissima, DrSchnell, Critical Bill, and Boo. Especially Critical Bill, who clearly smelled a rat.

The Calico Cat said...

I should stop guessing on a subject where I have no chance... (I think I saw the movie version of several of those, but I read "classics" & mysteries...)

DrSchnell said...

Hah - then I don't feel so bad about having never heard of number two.

Jenners said...

Ok...I know I'm late but this one I had to try without looking first.

1. Is
2. Is
3. Is
4. Isn't
5. Isn't
6. Is
7. Isn't
8. Isn't
9. Isn't
10. Is
11. Is
12. Isn't

I knew most of them FOR SURE but not 1 & 2 and then Rushdie. Now I'm going to go check my answers