The final thematic quiz for the summer is on short stories and poems. Read on…
1. One for the Sherlock Holmes fans. How many published short stories make up the Canon?
2. The cult sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, directed by Stanley Kubrick, was inspired by a short story “The Sentinel”. Who wrote that work?
3. The players' entrance to the Centre Court at Wimbledon features two lines from a very famous Rudyard Kipling poem. Can you recite them and also name the poem?
4. In the O. Henry's classic “The Gift of the Magi”, what are the gifts the loving couple Della and Jim Dillingham Young buy each other?
5. Name the popular Japanese style of poetry consisting of 17 “moras” and typically containing a “kigo” and a “kireji”?
6. Which beautiful work by an Indian poet ends with these poignant lines: “My mother only said/ Thank God the scorpion picked on me/ And spared my children”?
7. Under what names did India's literary giants Dhanpat Rai and Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa write?
8. What do “Mitra-bheda”, “Mitra-laabha”, “Kakolukiyam”, “Labdhapranasam” and “Apariksitakarakam” make up?
9. According to the delightful poem, who freed the Cham from huge swarms of gnats in Tartary and “eased in Asia the Nizam of a monstrous brood of vampyre-bats”?
10. Name the three leading poets who were dubbed the “Lake poets”.
11. In the classic “The Ugly Duckling”, the mother duck initially thought her un-hatched egg to be the egg of which bird?
12. Which genius, and in which famous poem, visualised his country as where “knowledge is free”, “words come out from the depth of truth” and “the world has not been broken up into fragments narrow domestic walls”?
13. Who wrote the stories “Parson's Pleasure”, “A Piece of Cake” and “Edward the Conqueror”?
14. Alfred, Lord Tennyson's “Idylls of the King”, a cycle of 12 narrative poems, retells the legend of….?
15. “The Mark of Vishnu” is one of the best short stories by a prolific, living Indian writer and has a theme of superstition which is both comic as well as serious. Name the author.
Answers: 1. 56 in addition to four novels featuring the Master; 2. Arthur C. Clarke; 3. ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same' from ‘If'; 4. Della gifts Jim a fob for his pocket watch and Jim gets his wife combs made out of tortoiseshell and jewels; 5. Haiku; 6. Nissim Ezekiel's “Night of the Scorpion”; 7. Munshi Premchand and Kuvempu; 8. The Panchatantra; 9. The Pied Piper (of Hamelin fame); 10. William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey; 11. Turkey; 12. ‘Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore; 13. Roald Dahl; 14. King Arthur; 15. Khushwant Singh.
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