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Subject: June Mini-Challenge - Winners Announced!!
Date Posted: 5/29/2009 10:03 PM ET
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I am volunteering to do a June Mini-Challenge. This will be trivia!

 

Trivia will be literature-related, historical, historical fiction, and occasionally general interest. I will post 3-5 trivia questions each Tuesday and you have until Saturday at 6pm EST to PM me your answers. One point for every correct answer and each point earns you an entry into the contest. Two winners will be chosen at random and may choose a prize from the following:

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (ARC, wishlisted)

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (ARC, publication date July 28, 2009)

1 credit

 

I’m thinking about having a few random bonus questions good for one point each to the first person who PMs me with the correct answer . . .

 

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Week 1:

The following are rejection notices for classic novels with historical characteristics that are fairly well known. See if you can figure them out.

 

  1. "This story is too morose - teenagers in war, gas attacks, barbed wire, grenades, death ... no one will read it." Author’s initials are E. M. R.

 

 

  1. "This is way too depressing - the heroine is executed at the end. She is seduced by a scoundrel who impregnates her and she names the child Sorrow, of all things! Then the baby dies! Then she marries who she thinks is Mr. Right, but he leaves her to start a farm. She finds another lover, whom she stabs to death."

 

 

  1. "The whole book is about some guys trying to blow up a stupid bridge!"  Author’s initials are E. H.

 

 

 



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Looking forward to this challenge! Thanks, Sheila for hosting & Linda & I are looking forward to playing ... bring on the trivia!!!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 12:23 AM ET
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Sounds fun, thank you!

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Week 1 questions have been added to the first post . . . let me know if you need an additional hint

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One more day to get your answers in.

Prizes will be a choice to the following:

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (ARC, wishlisted)

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (ARC, publication date July 28, 2009)

Or a credit

 

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Thanks for hosting this! I just saw it, so I'm going to think a bit and send my answer to you tomorrow before the deadline.

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I just saw this too...I'm glad you posted, Valli, or I would have missed it!!  I'll think about it too and hopefully send answers by the deadline.

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I'm glad Sheila posted or I wouldn't have seen it either! ;-)   I just sent my answer in to our hostess with the mostest.

I'm bumping again in case anyone else missed reading this.

I have my eye on that "Sacred Hearts" ARC. It's calling my name....!

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Just sent my answers :)

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Ooops, I seemed to have missed the deadline for this first week (saw it yesterday, but my brain read it as Sunday, not Saturday, though at this time I'd still be too late anyway, lol).  I'll have to catch the next one! :-)

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Yes, Brenna, we hope you can join us for the next round of questions. I will be posting them tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Here are the correct answers for Week 1 questions:

  1. "This story is too morose - teenagers in war, gas attacks, barbed wire, grenades, death ... no one will read it." Author’s initials are E. M. R.

Answer:  

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, published in 1929, is a grim account of life and death (mostly death) in the trenches in World War I Europe. It was heralded as being one of the few impartial portrayals of the World War. Erich Paul Remarque, born in Germany in 1898, was drafted in 1916, giving him real-life experience from which to construct his famous novel. Upon the death of his mother, Maria, he began using her name as his own middle name.

 

 

  1. "This is way too depressing - the heroine is executed at the end. She is seduced by a scoundrel who impregnates her and she names the child Sorrow, of all things! Then the baby dies! Then she marries who she thinks is Mr. Right, but he leaves her to start a farm. She finds another lover, whom she stabs to death."

 

Another good time from Thomas Hardy :-) The main character of this book is a girl named Tess and her discovery that she is descended from a noble family. As a result, her life changes drastically, and the irony is learned at the end of the novel. The novel, published in 1891, is a commentary on the society and values of the day; in it, Hardy, a champion of the underclass, portrays Tess as a victim of the rigidity of the English nobility.

 

  1. "The whole book is about some guys trying to blow up a stupid bridge!"  Author’s initials are E. H.

 

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway centers on American Robert Jordan, a dynamite expert, who finds himself fighting for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. The plot of the novel centers on Jordan's mission to destroy a major bridge in the Sierras. As do many other works by Hemingway, this one reflects some of his real-life experiences. Hemingway actually covered the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, his experiences during which formed the basis for "For Whom the Bell Tolls", which is often considered his greatest work.

I had 7 participants this week and everyone received either 2 or 3 entries into the contest.



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Please PM me with your answers by 6pm Saturday.

 

Week 2 Questions :

 

We are going to play a little this week! You are the owner of a fabulous and charming book store.

 

1. Your popular store clerk arrives and while she is settling in a dog-eared paperback falls out of her purse (most bookstore people, like PBS people, have a book with them at all times). The clerk’s book is a historical romance book by Diana Gabaldon and you proceed to tease her a little about her fascination (obsession?!?!) with this genre. She responds, “I love this book – it’s a little romance, a little history, a little sci-fi . . . AND it was #17 on the NYT Bestseller Fiction list in ’05!” What is the title of the book she loves so much?

 

A.                 Dragonfly in Amber

B.                 Drums in Autumn

C.                 A Breath of Snow and Ashes

D.                 Sex, Lies, and Scotland

 

 

2. A few hours into your day at the bookstore an interesting girl enters the store lugging an overflowing tote bag full of text books. She approaches your clerk and asks for the seventh book in the series about ancient Rome written by Colleen McCullough. She adds that this series is far superior to Ms. McCullough’s The Thorn Birds, but this is debatable. Your super smart clerk gently tells the girl that there are just six books in the Master’s of Rome series. Perusing the book shelf at the store, the girl would have found all of the following books but one, because it does not exist at all.

 

A.                 The October Horse

B.                 Corvinus Dedicates

C.                 Caesar’s Women

D.                 Fortune’s Favorites

 

 

3. Your day is over, time to go home. As you get ready to leave you notice the big box bookstore being built down the street. The competition will be stiff but what can you do? You smile as you look around your charming store. Small but on a grand scale. And, it belongs to you. You are reminded of a quote,

 

 "Success: to laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

 

 Which author said/wrote that?

 



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One more day to PM me the answers to Week 2 questions.

Date Posted: 6/12/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Just sent my answers in. I am loving this trivia challenge!

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Here are the correct answers for Week 2 Questions :

 

 

 

1. Your popular store clerk arrives and while she is settling in a dog-eared paperback falls out of her purse (most bookstore people, like PBS people, have a book with them at all times). The clerk’s book is a historical romance book by Diana Gabaldon and you proceed to tease her a little about her fascination (obsession?!?!) with this genre. She responds, “I love this book – it’s a little romance, a little history, a little sci-fi . . . AND it was #17 on the NYT Bestseller Fiction list in ’05!” What is the title of the book she loves so much?

 

A.                 Dragonfly in Amber

B.                 Drums in Autumn

C.                 A Breath of Snow and Ashes

D.                 Sex, Lies, and Scotland

 

 

The correct answer is C.  Although I'm not a romance reader, any jokes about the genre are not justified as they are a massive moneymaker for most bookstores, sometimes as much as 50% of the sales. Gabaldon was born in '52 and is best known for her popular Outlander series. Gabaldon has an impressive education with a BS in Zoology, MS in Marine Biology and a PHD in Ecology.

 

2. A few hours into your day at the bookstore an interesting girl enters the store lugging an overflowing tote bag full of text books. She approaches your clerk and asks for the seventh book in the series about ancient Rome written by Colleen McCullough. She adds that this series is far superior to Ms. McCullough’s The Thorn Birds, but this is debatable. Your super smart clerk gently tells the girl that there are just six books in the Master’s of Rome series. Perusing the book shelf at the store, the girl would have found all of the following books but one, because it does not exist at all.

 

A.                 The October Horse

B.                 Corvinus Dedicates

C.                 Caesar’s Women

D.                 Fortune’s Favorites

 

 

 

The correct answer is B. In order, the books are The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Caesar and The October Horse. McCullough could have continued the series but she decided to end the historical novels at the Battle of Phillipi. The series is fascinating and well written. McCullough includes glossaries, hand-drawn illustrations and her notes supporting her reasons for how this or that event in the story, however historically undocumented, could have logically happened (and probably did). The Thornbirds may have been her most popular book but this series is impressive. 

 

3. Your day is over, time to go home. As you get ready to leave you notice the big box bookstore being built down the street. The competition will be stiff but what can you do? You smile as you look around your charming store. Small but on a grand scale. And, it belongs to you. You are reminded of a quote,

 

 "Success: to laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

 

 Which author said/wrote that?

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a well-known author, poet, philosopher and orator in his day. He was a preacher's son but grew away from the strict doctrines of his early life and by his mid-teens was busy being quite scholarly at Harvard. In 1836 he assembled a group of intellectuals and formed 'The Transcendental Club', themed by an overriding distress at the general state of American culture and, more urgently, the pervasive "intellectualism" at Harvard and in the Unitarian Church. Emerson is perhaps best known for his essay "Self-Reliance" in 1841, written to inspire its audience to trust the present thoughts and impressions one has to guide them rather than those of others or of one's formal self. He was a wise man and had a large following of folks supportive of his rather progressive ideas.

I had 6 participants this week and everyone received 3 entries into the contest.



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Please PM me with your answers by 6pm Saturday.

 

Week 3 Questions :

 

 

Here are some famous characters in classic nineteenth-century American and British literature, historical in nature. Do you recognize them?

 

1. I fell hard for this preacher man, but unfortunately, I was already married! Everything ended badly. I have to admit that I prefer the Demi Moore version of my story. The literary value is lower, but I have a lot more fun.

 

 

2. I sold my wife to another man. Okay, that was wrong, but why did that one action ruin the rest of my life?? My author doesn't let anyone get away with anything. Author's initials are T.H.

 

 

3. I have a lot of nicknames, Hawkeye, Deerslayer, etc. But do you know my real name?

 

 

4. I'm the best bad girl in all of English literature. I might take a few shortcuts, but I always get where I'm going - to the top. I'm sometimes vain, but always fair. Dorothy Parker said that I was her favorite character. Thanks, Dorothy. Author's initials are W.T.

 

 

If you need a hint, just PM me :-)

 

 



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One more day to get your answers in.

Everyone is welcome to play. If you are new to the forum, please join us :-)

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Answers to Week 3 Questions:

 

1. I fell hard for this preacher man, but unfortunately, I was already married! Everything ended badly. I have to admit that I prefer the Demi Moore version of my story. The literary value is lower, but I have a lot more fun.

 

Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

 

 

2. I sold my wife to another man. Okay, that was wrong, but why did that one action ruin the rest of my life?? My author doesn't let anyone get away with anything. Author's initials are T.H.

 

Michael Henchard from The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

 

 

3. I have a lot of nicknames, Hawkeye, Deerslayer, etc. But do you know my real name?

 

Natty Bumppo from James Fenimore Cooper's The Leatherstocking Tales.

 

 

4. I'm the best bad girl in all of English literature. I might take a few shortcuts, but I always get where I'm going - to the top. I'm sometimes vain, but always fair. Dorothy Parker said that I was her favorite character. Thanks, Dorothy. Author's initials are W.T.

 

Becky Sharp from William Thackeray's Vanity Fair.

 

I had seven participants and everyone earned 2-4 entries into the contest!

 

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Week 4 Questions

We are going to play again!

It’s the first day of your dream job – librarian at Bookville Library! You unlocked the door a few minutes ago and the place is filling up.

A tall man approaches your desk, he lives on a farm not far from town. He asks,

1. “I’m lookin’ for an epic tale, ma’am,” he says in a drawl. “It has many memorable characters, somethin’ historical. I can’t quite remember what the wife said it’s called. Do ya think ya can steer me in the right direction?”

Which book do you think he is after?

A.      The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

B.      Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

C.      Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

D.      The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins

 

2. Next, Mr. Chamberlain approaches your desk and inquires, “My sister told me I would like a novel about a famous conflict and the people who fought in it. I can’t remember the name of the novel. I really like historical fiction.”

Where do you direct Mr. Chamberlain?

A.      In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

B.      The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

C.      The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

D.      The Second World War by Winston Churchill

 

 3. Henry Waters ambles over to your desk. You congratulate him on his recent appointment to Annapolis. He asks, “Do you have any good stories about the Navy? I heard of one about an infamous American naval officer but I don’t recall the name of the book."

You know just the book he is talking about:

A.                  The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

B.                  Moby Dick by Herman Melville

C.                  Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff

D.                  Beats to Quarters by C.S. Forester

 

Two point bonus question:

4. It’s been a long but exciting day and you think you are really going to like this new job! The patrons seem nice even if they are forgetful. As you close up for the day you realize that all the books you looked up today had a common literary link. What was it?

 

PM me with your answers by Saturday, 6pm. I'll announce the winner this weekend!

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This was really interesting! I haven't participated this month so far, but I just sent my answers for week 4. :)

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Katy, glad you joined us for the last week of the challenge

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One more day to get your answers in!

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these have been fun, Shelia! Thank you.

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The correct answers to the fourth week's questions are:

1. B - Lonesome Dove

2. C-The Killer Angels

3. A-The Caine Mutiny

4. Well, the literary connection I was looking for was that they all won a Pulitzer Prize - but I received so many other correct answers that I decided to give everyone points for the bonus question.

Now, who are the winners????

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Drumroll please . . . . . I ran everyone's entries through random.org. There were over 100 correct answers and I assigned everyone's answers a numeric number and requested two numbers (this is a great and simple program to use for this purpose) for the winners. The winners are:

Valli

and

Kelly/Linda

Valli's number came up first so she can choose first and Kelly/Linda second.

Again, the prize choices are:

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (ARC, wishlisted)

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (ARC, publication date July 28, 2009)

1 credit

 

Thanks for playing - hope everyone had a good time with the trivia :-)

 

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