USA Literature Trivia Questions & Answers

1.What classic novel was given many titles before publication, among them "Trimalchio in West Egg"?

2.What protagonist of a story by Washington Irving falls asleep in the Catskill mountains and remains so for twenty years?

3.What letter is "The Scarlet Letter"?

4.The film version of what novel by Harper Lee stars Gregory Peck as a lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama?

5.What character in the novel "Catch-22" was given his name as a joke by his father, and his rank as a result of "an IBM machine with a sense of humour..."? [Major M---- M---- M----}

6.Which American poet whose works include " The Song of Hiawatha" was one of the five "Fireside Poets", the first American poets whose popularity rivalled that of British poets?

7.Who took the road less travelled by?

8.Who of the following is NOT an author of "Beat" literature?

9.The lengthy full title of what novel includes this description of the author : "a Fourth-Generation German-American Now Living in Easy Circumstances on Cape Cod [and Smoking Too Much], Who, as an American Infantry Scout Hors de Combat, as a Prisoner of War, Witnessed the Fire Bombing of Dresden, The Florence of the INTO a Long Time Ago,

10.In "The Lottery", a short story by Shirley Jackson, Tessie Hutchinson pulls a slip of paper with a black spot on it from a black box. What will now occur?

11.Lazarus Long is a character "so in love with the time that he became his own ancestor". Who wrote the novels in which he appears?

12.William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, wrote a short story in which the character Della sells her hair to buy a watch chain for her husband's Christmas gift. What does she receive as a gift from her husband in return?

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