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This issue we present a quiz on Spain's own Federico García Lorca, inspired by the new biography by Leslie Stainton, Lorca:A Dream of Life.

E-mail your answers to bar_rev@retemail.es

The winner will receive a book of choice of any Lorca work or any book of Lorca criticism or biography. We will continue to receive answers until February 29th. If there is more than one correct submission, the winner will be selected from a draw. All winners' names will be listed.



1. In his youth Lorca met nightly with a group of friends to listen to music, talk, read works-in-progress and discuss current events. The group called themselves

    a.) El Rinconcillo
    b.) El Punto
    c.) Generación de ‘27

2. After Impressions and Landscapes, a prose account of his travels through Spain (1918),
Lorca’s first published work was

    a.) Book of Poems (Libro de poemas)
    b.) Gypsy Ballads (Romancero Gitano)
    c.) Songs (Canciones)

3. One of Lorca’s earliest plays, an unfinished "dramatic poem" called On Love. Animal
contains a dialogue between

    a.) a swan and a horse
    b.) a peacock and a cow
    c.) a dove and a pig

4. When Lorca’s first play - the dramatic fable The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, portraying the love of a cockroach for a butterfly - premiered, it met with

    a.) critical praise
    b.) indifference
    c.) a call for insecticide

5. Lorca’s verse play Mariana Pineda (1927), based on the real life Mariana Pineda, is about…

    a.) the erotic longings of a nun who committed suicide to end her suffering
    b.) a revolutionary who conspired to overthrow Spain’s monarch and was hanged
    c.) the wife of a wealthy landowner who murdered her husband to be with her peasant lover

6. In 1928 Lorca began an avant-garde literary and artistic magazine called
    a.) gallo (cock)
    b.) coño (cunt)
    c.) cojones (balls)

7. A short, but instense friendship in the mid-1920s, possibly involving a physical tryst, occurred with

a.) Luis Buñuel
    b.) Pablo Neruda
    c.) Salvador Dalí

8. Lorca’s pair of décimas entitled "Two Norms" (1928) concern

    a.) the two ideals of physical and spiritual love
    b.) the two ideals of homosexual and heterosexual love
    c.) the two ideals of marital and extramarital love

9. "Preciosa and the Wind" (from Gypsy Ballads) chronicles the plight of a gypsy named
Preciosa, a figure whom Lorca lifted from

    a.) Byron’s Don Juan
    b.) a Cervantes novella
    c.) a Lope de Vega drama

10. Lorca’s most radical play, The Audience, not staged until 50 years after it was written,
contains a scene in which horses

    a.) lash and urinate on a naked Juliet
    b.) lash and rape a naked Romeo
    c.) lash and defecate on Romeo and Juliet

11. The real (as opposed to ostensible) reason why Lorca’s play Don Perlimplín was shut
down by the government on the day it was to premiere was that the lead role was played
by a retired army officer whose role called for him to

    a.) spout Republican rhetoric
    b.) dress in a woman’s frock
    c.) wear the horns of a cuckold

12. Only one character in Blood Wedding has a name. This would be

    a.) Rosa the Bride
    b.) Fernando the Bridegroom
    c.) Leonardo the Lover
    d.) Maria the Mother
    e.) Francisco the Father

13. When Blood Wedding premiered in the U.S. in New York, it appeared under the title

    a.) Bitter Oleander
    b.) Gypsy Moon
    c.) Bride of Andalusia

14. All were Lorca's acquaintances, but the one woman who never acted in a Lorca drama was

    a.) Margarita Xirgu
    b.) Lola Membrives
    c.) Bebé Morla Lynch
    d.) Josefina Díaz

15. On his trip to New York, Lorca spent an afternoon with

    a.) Eugene O’Neill
    b.) Hart Crane
    c.) e.e. cummings

16. A few titles, please . . .


    a.) A thousand times happy, she who had him . . .

    b.) I’m like a dry field where a thousand pairs of oxen plough, and you offer me
         a little glass of water. Mine is a sorrow already beyond the flesh.

    c.) Crushed flowers for eyes, and their teeth
          two fistfuls of hard-frozen snow.


    d.) At five in the afternoon,
         It was exactly five in the afternoon.
         A boy brought the white sheet
         at five in the afternoon.

    e.) There is no anguish like that of your oppressed reds,
         or your blood shuddering with rage inside the dark eclipse,
         or your garnet violence, deaf and dumb in the penumbra,
         or your grand kink a prisoner in the uniform of a doorman.

17. In 1932 under the new Spanish Republic, Lorca was made artistic director of a traveling
people’s theater group known as

    a.) La Querencia
    b.) La Feria
    c.) La Barraca

18. Lorca had reservations about a friend’s poetic direction because he sought to be politically effective through his verse. This friend - Lorca’s rival, in fact, as heir to reigning Andalusian poet Juan Ramón Jiménez - was

    a.) Rafael Alberti
    b.) Luis Cernuda
    c.) Antonio Machado

19. The last play in Lorca’s trilogy of tragedies is

    a.) The Dream of Life
    b.) The House of Bernarda Alba
    c.) The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife

20. According to Lorca, he wrote primarily female roles in his dramas because

    a.) they made better tragic figures
    b.) they were easier to work with
    c.) there weren’t that many good male actors

21. First published in Mexico in 1933 . . .

    a.) Ode to Goethe
    b.) Ode to Walt Whitman
    c.) Ode to Rubén Darío

22. In 1936 Lorca was arrested by fascists and later shot in the countryside without trial on
the official ground - as stated at his arrest - that he was

    a.) an inflammatory poet/dramatist
    b.) a communist
    c.) a homosexual

23. The contemporary North American songwriter/poet who sought direction from Lorca
would be ________a____________ and the name of the song he produced in 1986, based
on a Lorca poem, is __________b___________.

24. In the ill-received film The Disappearance of García Lorca (1997), Lorca is played by
Lorca and Dali
    a.) Antonio Banderas
    b.) Andy Garcia
    c.) Raul Julia

25. Odd name out . . .

    a.) Ian Gibson
    b.) Leslie Stainton
    c.) Peter Ackroyd


Some Lorca sites of interest:
Federico García Lorca Homepage: Simon Andrewes presents this site, which is as much about Granada as about Lorca - and also plugs his pensión and language classes - but it's worth a look.
Federico García Lorca - Compiled by Michael Crane and including a Bulletin Board - is a good link to consult, but unfortunately cluttered with banner ads, irrelevant detours and some huge images, which means that in Spain it takes quite a while to download.

Pagina de Federico García Lorca
Rincón verde: Dedicado a Federico García Lorca

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The original photos were taken from Lorca: A Dream of Life by Leslie Stainton 1999. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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