Cormac McCarthy Quiz
Twenty-two questions on one of the U.S.'s
most singular and outstanding authors. If you think you have them - or close - e-mail your answers by July 10th and win a free book
by Cormac McCarthy; the winner may request a copy of McCarthys upcoming novel,
although it is not due out until 2003. In case of a tie, a name will be drawn.
1. What was McCarthys given name?
a. Andrew McCarthy
b. Charles McCarthy
c. Cormac McCardy
d. Edward Sholkovitz
2. In 1974 and 1975 McCarthy worked on which PBS screenplay?
a. The Gardener's Son
b. Upstairs, Downstairs
c. The End of an Old Song
3. McCarthy once commented that his favorite book was
a. As I Lay Dying
b. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
c. Moby Dick
d. The Call of the Wild
4. In All the Pretty Horses the character named "Abuela" has
what relation to John Grady Cole?
5. McCarthy keeps his personal library of 7,000 books in
a. a shed outside his El Paso home
b. a self-built barn in Knoxville, Tennessee
c. various storage lockers
d. the basement of the Juárez, Mexico public library
6. Esquire magazine once printed a rumor about the living conditions of
McCarthy, saying that he lived
a. under an oil derrick
b. at the University of Texas El Paso grounds office
c. in a sod-lined hut on the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas
d. under the I5 underpass in Worland, Wyoming
7. Albert Erksine, McCarthys editor at Random House, was also the long-time
a. John Steinbeck
b. F. Scott Fitzgerald
c. Ernest Hemingway
d. William Faulkner
8. Where in Spain has McCarthy lived?
a. Calle Marina, Barcelona
b. Plaça d´oli, Vilafranca del Penedès
c. Calle Becas, Valencia
d. Calle Piedras, Ibiza
9. Which two characters in the Border Trilogy are bilingual?
a. John Grady and Alejandra
b. Mac and Rawlins
c. John Grady and Blevins
d. Magdalena and Billy
10. The novel Suttree is set in
a. London, Kentucky
b. Tupelo, Mississippi
c. Wheeling, West Virginia
d. Knoxville, Tennessee
11. In Child of God Lester Ballard is a solitary
a. bootlegger who communes with animals
b. backwoodsman who haunts the hill country of East Tennessee
c. preacher who roams the Appalachian Mountains of Western Kentucky
d. horseman who terrorizes the Texas-Mexican border
12. What is the alternate title of Blood Meridian?
a. Evening Redness in the West
b. Western Bloodlines
c. Red Tempest
d. Red Sun Rising
13. What was the first university McCarthy attended?
a. Brown University
b. University of Texas, Austin
c. University of Tennessee
d. Providence College
14. Which actor does not appear in the movie All the Pretty Horses?
a. Bruce Dern
b. Penelope Cruz
c. Matt Damon
d. Billy Bob Thornton
e. Ruben Blades
f. Lucas Black
g. Henry Thomas
15. To which novel is the Tatler referring in this cover blurb: "It
does for the lupine what All the Pretty Horses does for the equine."?
16. In the novel The
Orchard Keeper, who killed Captain Kenneth Rattner?
a. Marion Sylder
b. John Wesley
c. Ather Ownby
d. Jefferson Gifford
17. In McCarthys second novel, Outer Dark, where does the tinker find
the abandoned child?
a. on a beach
b. at a country fairground
c. in a forest
d. on the doorstep of the town hall
18. The death of which character in Cities of the Plain is foreshadowed
during Alejandra´s dream in All the Pretty Horses?
a. John Grady Cole
b. Amarillas Mello
c. Billy Parham
19. Name the five-act play in which McCarthy, via a series of monologues, portrays
the tribulations of the Telfair family.
20. The name of the character who lives alone in a disintegrating houseboat on the
wrong side of the Tennessee River is
21. It features the Kid and the Judge and is like no other Western in all of
American literature. What is the novel?
22. Name the eight novels from which the following quotes are taken:
a. He told her about Blevins and about the prisión Castelar and he told her about what
happened to Rawlins and finally he told her about the cuchillero who had fallen dead in
his arms with his knife broken off in his heart.
b. When he got home with the dead girl it was midmorning. _____________________
c. He asked the blind man had he heard of others who had suffered the same calamity as
he at that mans hands but the blind man only said that he had heard, yes, but had
not seen nor met.
d. The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and
their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the
color of the land through which they passed.
e. The boy had already gone when they came from Knoxville, seven years now after the
burial and seven months after the cremation, and sifted the ashes, since whipped to a
broth by the rains of that spring and now dried again, caked and crusted, sifted them and
there found the chalked sticks and shards of bone gray-white and brittle as ash
themselves, and the skull, worm-riddled, vermiculate with the tracery of them and hollowed
and fired to the weight and tensile cohesiveness of parched cardboard, the caried teeth
rattling in their sockets.
f. Id give ten dollars for a glass of icewater, said the city mouse. Cash money.
g. Holme saw the blade wink in the light like a long cat's eye slant and malevolent
and a dark smile erupted on the child's throat and went all broken down the front of it.
The child made no sound. It hung there with its one eye glazing over like a wet stone and
the black blood pumping down its naked belly. ______________________
h. Billy watched the light bring up the shapes of the water standing in the fields
beyond the roadway. Where do we go when we die? he said. I dont know, the man said.
Where are we now?
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Quiz composed by Jeffrey Herlihy -- firstname.lastname@example.org