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Art & Literature

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1.The title of the classic 1894 novel by Anthony Hope is the Prisoner of _______? (fill in the blank)
2.In 1808, what Scotsman first wrote, "Oh! what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive!"?
3.Who wrote the 1892 poem Gunga Din?
4.In what dystopian novel, first published in 1932, are human embryos "hatched" from a bottle rather than being carried to term in a womb?
5.What trilogy of young adult dystopian novels, written by American novelist Suzanne Collins, is set in the fictional nation of Panem?
6.In the Bible, who had Samson's hair cut off?
7.What Ian Fleming character has the first name Auric?
8.In the 19th century children's nursery rhyme, what did Solomon Grundy do on Wednesday?
9.In a 1952 children's novel, what is the name of the spider that helped save the life of Wilbur the pig?
10.What letter begins the fewest words in the English language?
11.What member of the British Royal Family wrote a series of children's books about Budgie the Little Helicopter?
12.Published in 1852, what is the title of the best-selling anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe?
13.In Roald Dahl's 1982 children's novel The BFG, what does BFG stand for?
14.Name the American novelist and short story writer best known for her debut best-selling Divergent trilogy.
15.Professor McGonagall is Head of Gryffindor House in the Harry Potter series. What is her first name?
16.Pink Floyd's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was named after chapter seven of what Kenneth Grahame children's classic?

17.What American novelist's best-known book is the infamous 1979 bestseller Flowers in the Attic?
18.What type of animal is Beatrix Potter's Miss Moppet?
19.Two months after the atomic bombs were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, what acclaimed author coined the term "Cold War" in an essay titled You and the Atom Bomb?
20.Whose novels include Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Minority Report and Adjustment Team?
21.Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Effie Trinket feature in what 2008 best-selling novel?
22.Adapted into a 1996 film of the same name, A Time to Kill (1989) was the first novel published by what best-selling author?
23.What is the name of this Mr. Men character?
24.According to the Bible, who committed the first ever murder?
25.Which Flemish painter was born in Siegen, Germany in 1577?
26.For what work are Danish-American sculptors Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum most famous?
27.Later turned into a Hollywood classic, what best-selling novel did Union general Lew Wallace publish in 1880?
28.Complete the title of this prominent 1923 paper by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud: The Ego and the __.
29.Complete the last word in this statement with just four letters: A person who knows and is able to use more than three languages is a poly___ what?
30.Wuthering Heights was the only published novel by what author?
31.What artist was shot and wounded in his New York City studio by Valerie Solanas in 1968?
32.The basis of a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio; who wrote The Beach, a 1996 novel about backpackers in Thailand?

33.What 'C' descibes the avant-garde art movement founded by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso at the beginning of the 20th century?
34.In what century did Leonardo da Vinci paint The Last Supper?
35.What famous statue is said to have been sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch?
36.Italian art lovers often call it La Gioconda, what is it called in English?
37.In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which child is "the little brute" that goes "down the garbage chute"?
38.What 2011 novel by E. L. James sold over 125 million copies worldwide by June 2015?
39.What author is best known for writing the Paddington Bear series of children's books?
40.What fictional bear hails from Deepest, Darkest Peru?
41.From the British comic strip which first appeared in "The Beano" in 1951, what is the name of Dennis the Menace's Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound?
42.Who was in charge of Jules Verne's submarine Nautilus?
43.Head I and Head VI are two 20th century paintings by what Irish-born artist?
44.Based on her experiences as a governess, what is the title of Anne Brontë's début novel?
45.What city did author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova come from?
46.In Charles Dickens' first novel, whose landlady is Mrs. Tamora Bardell?
47.In Mary Shelley's novel, what is Frankenstein's first name?
48.Sold in 2018 for US$90.3 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a painting by a living artist, the 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is by what English artist?
49.Regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature, who wrote Die Verwandlung ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process ("The Trial"), and Das Schloss ("The Castle").
50.Who painted the Mona Lisa?

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