Tattered Tom and Ragged Dick were the heroes and titles of books
written by what nineteenth century American author?
A: Horatio Alger, who wrote more than 100 rags-to-riches success stories about hardworking and honest young men.
What writer-friend nicknamed T. S. Eliot "Old Possum"?
A: Ezra Pound.
What American writer, while a war correspondent, is credited with
capturing a town single-handedly during the Spanish-American War?
A: Stephen Crane. The town was Juana Diaz in Puerto Rico; the resistance was nonexistent.
What cartoon character said, "The trouble with the rat race is
there is never a finish line"?
A: Dagwood in the Blondie strip.
What are the names of Popeye's four nephews?
A: Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye , and Poopeye.
What visual impairment do some experts believe influenced the
styles of artists El Greco and Modigliani?
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren is a roman a clef about
what American political figure?
A: Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long.
What famous writer had several butterflies named after him?
A: Lolita author Vladamir Nabokov, who was also a lepidopterist.
In the novel Futility, published in 1898--fourteen years before
the sinking of the Titanic--an "unsinkable" luxury liner was lost
after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. What was the ship's
A: The Titan. It was the creation of writer Morgan Robertson.
What was the house in the background of Grant Wood's classic
painting American Gothic?
A: A brothel in Eldon, Iowa.
"There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead"?
A: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1883 poem There Was A Little Girl.
What was the name of Frances Hodgson Burnett's character Little
A: Cedric Errol.
What was the first daily comic strip published in the U.S.?
A: Mr. Mutt by H. C. (Bud) Fisher, later called Mutt and Jeff. The strip first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1907.
What fellow artist did French impressionist Paul Gauguin refer to
as "the little green chemist"?
A: Pointillist Georges Seurat.
Sherlock Holmes' sidekick, Dr. Watson, suffered a war-time bullet
wound. Where was it?
A: On his shoulder, according to A Study in Scarlet; in the leg, according to The Sign of Four.
What book was once banned by the Eldon, Missouri library because
it contained 39 "objectionable" words?
A: The American Heritage Dictionary.
What nineteenth-century American literary classic was labeled
"downright socialistic" and banned from U.S. Information Service
libraries in 1954?
A: Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.
"twinkle Twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly!
Like a tea tray in the sky!"?
A: Lewis Carroll, in Alice in Wonderland. It was sung by the Mad Hatter.
What great American writer ran rum because he couldn't sell his
A: William Faulkner, creator of Yoknapatawpha County and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction (A Fable and The Reivers).
Who was Little Lulu's boy companion in the comic strip created by
What major British literary figure served two years at hard labor
after being found guilty of homosexuality?
A: Oscar Wilde, who wrote De Profundis during his imprisonment.