issue 36: may - june 2003 

All About Books QuizALL ABOUT

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Some close calls but nobody was spot on. 


1. Which city was involved in getting UNESCO to officially declare April 23rd ‘World Book Day’?
a) London
b) Frankfurt
c) Barcelona
d) New York
e) Quebec

2. What are the leaves called that secure a book’s pages to its front and back covers?
a) endpapers
b) backcloths
c) tie papers
d) securi
e) bookends

3.What, respectively, are the left-hand (even-numbered) and right-hand pages of a book called?
a) reverse and obverse
b) lucht and reht
c) sinister and dexter
d) sinistra and dextera
e) verso and recto

What’s in a title?

4. Which book’s title comprises the simplified instructions for its destruction?
Fahrenheit 451 (The temperature at which paper burns)

5. Shhh! It’s not The French Lieutenant’s Woman nor The English Patient but…
The Quiet American

6. This German book went on to worldwide success. Strange, considering it stinks.

7. Strange fruit indeed. Mine seems to be ticking!
A Clockwork Orange

8. Which literary work takes its title from a translation of the Hebrew word, known in English as ‘Beelzebub’?
a) The Satanic Verses
b) The God of Small Things
c) Heart of Darkness
d) The Lord of the Rings
e) Lord of the Flies

Don't you dare!9.Which of the following has a one-word final chapter that is also the title of the author’s next book?
a) Mansfield Park
b) Angela’s Ashes
c) Manhattan Transfer
d) Of Human Bondage
e) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

10. A Hemingway title was taken from a sermon by which one of the following?
a) John Milton
b) John Donne
c) John Dryden
d) Edmund Spenser
e) Sir Philip Sidney

11. In what logically progressive order would you put…
a) Kurt Vonnegut
b) Alexandre Dumas
c) Ken Kesey
d) Charles Dickens
e) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-just put the letters in sequence, i.e. a,b,c, etc
C, D, B, E, A,
Why? ONE Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Tale of TWO Cities, The THREE Musketeers, The Sign of FOUR, Slaughterhouse FIVE

12. Not trying to send you barking mad, but what links Pinkney Benedict, Frederick Forsyth, Richard Adams, Kem Nunn and John Lydon?
The word 'Dogs' appears in book titles written by them.

Quotes about books. Who said or wrote…

It's on the tip of my tongue13. “And yet on the other hand unless warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image, but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye."
John Milton

14. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.”
Oscar Wilde

15. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
Francis Bacon

16. “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.” And: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” And, finally: “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

17. “Due attention to the inside of books, and due contempt for the outside, is the proper relation between a man of sense and his books.”
The Earl of Chesterfield

18. “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
Dorothy Parker

And to round up…

19. Which author had on the copyright page of one novel: ‘The opinions expressed in this book are not those of the author’?
a) Philip K. Dick
b) Poppy Z. Brite
c) Arthur C. Clarke (Childhood's End)
d) Robert A. Heinlein

20. Initially, what is bound to link these authors?
SOD IT! I GIVE UP!a) J.G Ballard
a) George Orwell
a) Joyce Carol Oates
a) Ken Kesey

The Barcelona Review 2003
Quiz set by M.G. Smout with special thanks to Peter Noel

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 tbr 36           May - June 2003 

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  Iain Bahlaj

     Tilt (novel extract)
  Ron Butlin
   Vivaldi, The Jumping Cardinal, God, Clint and The Number Three

  Greg Chandler
     Bee’s Tree

  Abelardo Castillo
     Ernesto’s Mother

     Girl from Somewhere Else

    Picks from Back Issues

  Anne Donovan

  Steven Rinehart
     Burning Luv


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