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Quiz – Literary Events Timeline (14) 1930-1939

A new series beginning in 1800.
Beginning in the early years of the novel – as we know and love it – each quiz covers a decade of literary events – 2 questions per year. Births, deaths, publications, events; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and books for children.

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    1930 – Who are the divorced-newly-married-to-other-people couple in Noel Cowards’ delightful and risqué Private Lives?

    • Elyot and Amanda
    • Victor and Sibyl
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    1930 – Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying takes its title from which ancient work?

    • The Odyssey
    • The Iliad
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    1931 – Which play by Lynn Riggs opened on Broadway in this year and, in later years, was used as the basis for the musical Oklahoma?

    • Green Grow the Lilacs
    • Beautiful Day
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    1931 – Which classic children’s book is banned in China for anthropomorphism?

    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    • Winnie the Pooh
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    1932 – Which major research library opened in Washington DC in this year?

    • The Folger Shakespeare Library
    • The Georgetown University Library
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    1932 – In Huxley’s Brave New World the years are labelled AF (as in AF 632), what do the initials AF stand for?

    • After Ford
    • Anno Fidem
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    1933 – ‘When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.’ Which American author was born in New Jersey on March 19th?

    • Philip Roth
    • Norman Mailer
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    1933 – Vera Brittain’s autobiographical book Testament of Youth tells of her time in the first world war in which role?

    • A nurse
    • An ambulance driver
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    1934 – The first full length novel by PG Wodehouse featuring Jeeves is published, what is it called?

    • Thank you, Jeeves
    • Right Ho, Jeeves
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    1934 – In Christie’s famous novel Murder on the Orient Express why has the train been held up?

    • Stuck in snow
    • Landslide
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    1935 – Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here is published. What can’t happen here?

    • Totalitarian rule in the US
    • Trench warfare
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    1935 – Which British publisher revolutionised the book industry by introducing a list of popular, cheap paperbacks?

    • Penguin
    • Faber & Faber
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    1936 – From January Jewish booksellers in Nazi Germany are no longer allowed to sell books. True or false?

    • True
    • False
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    1936 – In Mitchell’s classic novel, when Rhett drives the wagon rescuing the residents of Peachtree Street out of Atlanta, how many people is he rescuing?

    • 4
    • 3
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    1937 – ‘A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green…’ which Steinbeck classic opens with this line?

    • Of Mice and Men
    • East of Eden
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    1937 – Which JRR Tolkien novel has the subtitle There and Back Again?

    • The Hobbit
    • Lord of the Rings
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    1938 – The infamous radio drama of Wells’ War of the Worlds, that caused widespread panic, was broadcasted as part of what weekend’s schedule?

    • Halloween
    • Independence Day
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    1938 – In du Maurier’s classic, Rebecca, how is the narrator making her living when she meets Maxim?

    • A companion
    • A lady’s maid
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    1939 – Which of Christie’s novels published in this year has gone on to be the world’s best selling mystery novel?

    • And Then There Were None
    • Death on the Nile
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    1939 – In TS Eliot’s delightful poems Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, who is the Railway Cat?

    • Skimbleshanks
    • Bustopher Jones

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