Quizbowl Questions

Feel free to take some of these literature questions for quizbowl purposes

In the first act of this play, Joe Crowell delivers a newspaper to Doc Gibbs. The young Wally dies of a burst appendix on a Boy Scout trip and the milkman Howie Newsome appears each morning in each act. In the second act, the two main characters are getting married, and George Gibbs decides to work and take over his uncle’s farm. Emily dies while giving birth to her second child but, by the advice of Mrs. Gibbs, chooses to return back to Earth to relive her 12th birthday.  For 10 points, name this play set in Grover’s Corners in 3 acts by Thorton Wilder.

Answer: Our Town

One character in this work dies at Aix-la-Chapelle, and leaves behind a lot of insurance money for the protagonist.  Another character is a governess to Sir Pitt Crawley, who tries proposing to her but realizes that she is secretly married to his second son, Rawdon. George Osborne dies at Waterloo after marrying a former student of the Pinkerton School for Girls, Amelia Sedley, whom William Dobbin idealizes. For 10 points, name this novel subtitled “A Novel Without a Hero,” written by William Thackeray.

Answer: Vanity Fair

One of this man’s poems notes “some say the world will end in fire; some say in ice.” He starts another poem with “I’d like to get away from earth awhile/ And then come back to it and begin over.” This poet who wrote Birches also wrote that “good fences make good neighbors” in “Mending Wall”.  Another poem in this man’s collection Mountain Interval starts with “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and the narrator “took the one less traveled by.”  For 10 points, name this poet who wrote “But I have promises to keep/ And miles to go before I sleep.” in “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,”

Answer: Robert Frost

This poet wrote that “electrons deify one razorblade into a mountain range” in “Pity this Busy Monster, Manunkind.” He also wrote that his love was “whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will sing” in  “i carry your heart with me.” This man’s autobiography, entitled The Enormous Room, described his friend B. during World War II. This poet wrote about “sun moon stars rain” and “women and men (both ding and dong} in “anyone lived in a pretty how town” For 10 points, name this American poet known for his unusual spelling and punctuation, who signed his works in lowercase.

Answer: e.e. cummings

One poem by this man opens with ” “By the road to the contagious hospital,” and is called “Spring and All.” Another poem has the narrator apologize for eating the “plums in the icebox.” which “you were probably saving for breakfast.”This poem is “This is Just to Say.”  His most famous poem is about an object “glazed with rainwater beside the white chickens” about which “so much depends on” For 10 points, name this Puerto Rican poet who wrote “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

Answer: William Carlos Williams

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