Bookworm quiz from MSNBC, with explanations:
|1. What National Football League team is named after a poem?|
|The San Francisco Forty-Niners|
|The New York Jets|
|The Detroit Lions|
|The Baltimore Ravens|
Edgar Allen Poe is from Baltimore and his most famous poem is "The Raven", which makes them my favorite NFC team.
|2. Who is widely considered to be the first African-American author to publish a book in the New World?|
Phillis Wheatley published a book of poems in the pre-Revolutionary time. She was from Boston and one of the buildings at UMass Boston is named after her.
|3. On whose Concord, MA, land did Henry David Thoreau build his cabin on Walden Pond?|
|The government’s, in an act of protest|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson’s|
Kind of like "You, Me and Dupree" HDT was the freeloading, free spirit, hippie outlaw friend. Indeed, he is the FIRST freeloading, free spirit, hippie, outlaw friend in America. The first in the world was probably Socrates or Lao Tzu.
|4. Who is the most recent American recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature?|
|No American has ever won the Nobel Prize for Literature|
Sadly, I know this answer not from teaching, college, graduate school or being a librarian or even from devoutly listening to NPR every day. No, in fact, I know this answer because I heard it from Oprah, whose favorite author is Toni Morrison.
|5. Which of the following books was written based on interviews conducted for Playboy magazine?|
|"The Autobiography of Malcolm X," by Alex Haley|
|"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," by Hunter S. Thompson|
|"How to Make Love Like a Porn Star," by Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss|
|"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," by Tom Wolfe|
This is the one I got wrong.
|6. Which American poet also delivered over 2,000 babies?|
|William Carlos Williams|
This I knewdue to logic & vague biographical backgrounds. Anne Sexton was too selfish (to put it bluntly and very insensitively. I am joking. She was a fantastic confessor). Emily Dickinson was agoraphobic. Robert Frost was a hermit, at least some times. And - OH YEAH! But of course DOCTOR WmCsWms!!!!!
|7. Which American writer was made a commander of the Legion of Honor in 1986 by the French government?|
I didn't know this one, either. I am going to Google it right now. See below for the explanation.
|8. Which novel contains a famous scene in which an escaped slave crosses the Ohio River on ice floes?|
|"Uncle Tom’s Cabin"|
|"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"|
EFFING UNCLE TOM"S CABIN SUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I read it, albeit reluctantly, for American Women's Literature
|9. Which American writer had to hop freight trains to get to college because he couldn’t afford a ticket?|
The Invisible Man would be the only one to be that stealth
|10. Which writer, though associated with rural New England, was actually born in San Francisco?|
|Henry David Thoreau|
|Sarah Orne Jewett|
I knew it wasn't Sarah Orne Jewett because she barely left Maine. I knew it wasn't HDT because SF wasn't developed enough back then, at least not as an American territory. And Wallace Stevens isn't so much associated with the rural-ness of New England, even though he's from around here. It is the man that stops by the woods on snowy evenings and travel on roads less traveled that it so closely associated with rural New England. So I picked Frost and I was right.