This TD deals with books, though not the content of those books. I have picked some of my favorite books that also lend themselves (sometimes quite tenuously) to my questions. The goal is to choose the answer you think the fewest of your fellow entrants will choose, so that the lowest score wins. Bonus questions at the end might lower your total even further. Good luck!
The usual suspects, as follows:
1. One drop for a score of zero
2. One sheep for a score that is equal to the most common answer
3. Wrong answers in the core questions will receive a score equal to sheep+3
4. Enter by pm, before 7PM EST on 2-13-17
5. Bonus questions have NO penalty for guessing
6. The number in parentheses is the number of possible answers for the multiple choice questions
1. "Primary Colors" A thinly veiled novel of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. Name any one of Republican presidential candidates from the 2016 campaign who were still campaigning by the time of the Iowa caucuses (12, including eventual nominee)
2. "Main Street" A not-too-flattering view of small town America. OTOH, "Exile on Main Street" is my favorite Rolling Stones album! Name any current or former member of the Rolling Stones OR the title of the documentary partially filmed at Altamont Speedway OR the only Lennon-McCartney song recorded by the Stones (10)
3. "Middlesex" A Pulitzer Prize winner novel about 3 generations of Greek-Americans in Detroit. Name any Pulitzer Prize winning novel from 1992 through 2016 (24)
4. "Breakfast of Champions" One of several novels to feature the fictional character, sci-fi author Kilgore Trout. Name any Stanley Cup champion team from 2000 on. Team name alone is OK; you don't need a city/state (10 teams as several won more than one)
5. "The Moviegoer" A stockbroker in Louisiana attempts to relieve his existential angst by going to the movies. Name any Best Picture Oscar nominee for 2017 or 2016 (17)
6. "Elmer Gantry" A womanizing evangelist and his effects on people around him. Name any book of the new Testament (King James version) other than one of the four gospels. DO NOT include any numbers, eg., if there had been lots of letters to the people of Dalmatia, you could answer "Dalmatians", and not necessarily 101 Dalmatians (17)
7. "Oh, The Places You'll Go" A popular choice for graduates, though it is essentially a children's book. Identify one of the following airports by the airport code. Be sure to include the letter of your answer
8. "Sirens of Titan" Satirical science fiction with interplanetary travel to one of Saturn's moons. Name any moon of Saturn (53 named!)
9. "Pirate Latitudes" A novel of 17th century "Pirates of the Caribbean". Name the capital city of any Caribbean country (By "Caribbean country",I mean any independent island nation, not any country that just has a Caribbean coastline) (13)
10. "The Great Gatsby" Probably THE novel of the Roaring Twenties. Answer one of the following questions about other people famous in the 1920s
A. Warren G. Harding promised a return to what in his inaugural speech?
B. On February 14, 1929,in Chicago, members of whose gang were killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders?
C. In 1928, penicillin was discovered by this Scottish physician-scientist.
D. In 1928, this Norwegian woman won the first of her three consecutive gold medals in figure skating
E. He played the title role in 1927's "The Jazz Singer", the first full-length "talkie."
F. His "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" won the 1923 Newbery Medal, given for excellence in children's literature.
G.The stock market crash of 1929 occurred in what month?
H.This swimmer won back to back gold medals in the 100m freestyle(1924 and 1928 Olympics) before swinging through the jungle as "Tarzan."
I. This St Louis Cardinal won seven batting championships and two Triple Crowns of Baseball in the 1920s
J. This small southwestern PA college, named for two Presidents of the US, played to a 0-0 tie with the California Golden Bears in the 1922 Rose Bowl, then called the Tournament East-West game.
Bonus 1 Although there are ten questions, there are only eight authors: two authors have two books on the list. For a -1 score, name one of these two authors.
Bonus 2 Just as there are eight authors, there are also eight Ivy League Universities (even though one uses the name "College"), not coincidentally. The books and authors were chosen (or in the current vernacular, carefully curated) so that each author attended one of the Ivy League schools. By "attended", I do not mean that the author necessarily graduated or attended the undergraduate college; one of the authors may have attended the Yale School of Divinity or the Princeton School of Law(that's a joke, son). For a possible -8 off your score, match the author to the Ivy League school he attended. No penalty for guessing incorrectly. The more you know, the lower your score.
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