issue 28: January - February 2002 

Joyce Carol Oates - photo TBR's

Twenty-three questions about one of the U.S.A's most prolific writers. If you think you have the answers - or close - e-mail them by the end of February 2002 and possibly win a book. In case of a tie the winner will be selected by the draw-from-a-hat method.

Good luck!

1. From which novels do the following characters come?

     a.) Legs Sadovsky _____________________
     b.) Nadine Greene _____________________
     c.) Enid Maria Stevick __________________
     d.) Quentin P. ________________________
     e.) Zachary Lundt _____________________
     f.) Abraham Licht _____________________
     g.) the Gemini Twins ___________________
     h.) Glynnis McCullough _________________
     i.) Abigail Des Pres ____________________
     j.) Veronica "Verrie" Myers ______________
     k.) Brigit Stott ________________________
     l.) Corky Corcoran ____________________
     m.) Jinx Fairchild ______________________
     n.) Richard Everett ____________________
     o.) Gillian Brauer ______________________

2. In the short story "Naked," a middle-age woman

     a.) walks in on her son standing naked in the living room
     b.) becomes transfixed by a naked man in a city reservoir
     c.) is left naked in a wildlife preserve
     d.) overlooks a naked car-accident victim while awaiting an ambulance

3. In which one of these short stories does Oates portray a young girl’s coming of age?

     a.) "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
     b.) "Heat"
     c.) "Why Don’t You Come Live With Me It’s Time"

4. What novel is Oates referring to in this line from a well-known essay?

This great novel, though not inordinately long, and, contrary to general assumption, not inordinately complicated, manages to be a number of things: a romance that brilliantly challenges the basic presumptions of the "romantic"; a "gothic" that evolves—with an absolutely inevitable grace—into its temperamental opposite; a parable of innocence and loss, and childhood's necessary defeat; and a work of consummate skill on its primary level, that is, the level of language.

5. In Oates’s fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn dies

     a.) solely from a self-induced overdose of drugs
     b.) from an injection deliberately given to her
     c.) from a complication of drugs given to her by Robert Kennedy
     d.) from a suppository administered to her by her private physician

6. In which novel does one of the protagonists write a letter to her teacher of years ago, one "Miss Oates"?

7. Her fictional name is Kelly Kelleher, but she is based on which real-life character?

8. Marina Troy in Middle Age: A Romance takes off to spend a year in

     a.) Detroit
     b.) the Poconos
     c.) the Rocky Mountains
     d.) upstate Vermont

9. Which novel is titled after a song by the Shrugs?

10. Fill in the blank: "___________ has become America’s tragic theater."

11. In one of her more recently published novels Oates employs the expression "affable slug." To what is she referring and to whom does it belong?

12. All of the "Circle" loved this handsome greaser and never got over him . . .

     a.) Jules Wendall
     b.) Arnold Friend
     c.) John Reddy Heart

13. The American saga that follows six generations of a wealthy clan and includes a female vampire is

     a.) We Were the Mulvaneys
     b.) Bellefleur
     c.) You Must Remember This
     d.) Unholy Loves

14. In the short story "Poor Bibi," Bibi dies from being

     a.) trampled
     b.) eaten
     c.) drowned
     d.) ignored

15. Name the poem from which the following lines are taken:

     I saw how the window at last framed only what was there,
     beyond the frame,
     that could not fall.

16. In an essay Oates states: "__________is certainly the greatest novel in the English language, and one might argue for its being the greatest single work of art in our tradition." What is the novel?

17. Rosamond Smith is

     a.) a pseudonym of Oates
     b.) the protagonist of A Bloodsmoor Romance
     c.) Oates’s sister-in-law
     d.) the name of Oates’s cat

18. In which one-act play do three Americans enter a bomb shelter in an unnamed European country?

19. The novel which begins "I’d been brought to the hospital in wrist shackles" is

     a.) Foxfire
     b.) The Assassins
     c.) Zombie
     d.) Man Crazy

20. In the short story "Shopping, "a mother and daughter

     a.) witness a murder spree at a shopping mall
     b.) are driving around looking for a new shopping mall
     c.) both work at a mall
     d.) go shopping at a mall

21. Which one of the following actors does not appear in a film adaptation of Oates’s work:

     a.) Isabella Rossellini
     b.) Angelina Jolie
     c.) Laura Dern
     d.) Aidan Quinn
     e.) John Diehl
     f.) Ann-Margret
     g.) Treat Williams
     h.) Cathy Moriarty
     i.) Lili Taylor

22. The distinguished small press started by Oates and her husband Raymond Smith is

     a.) Ontario Review Press
     b.) Dalkey Archive Press
     c.) New Directions
     d.) Review of Contemporary Fiction

23. From where does Randy Souther’s excellent Joyce Carol Oates webpage Celestial Timepiece take its name?

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