These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2011-07-18,
and should be interpreted accordingly... For further information...
see my 2021-07-20 companion posting on "Reposted Questions from
the Canadian Inquisition (RQFTCI*)".
* Game 10..., Round 1 - Current Events (excerpt)
Answer these 2011 questions if you like for fun, but for no points.
1. Another celebrity newborn with a ridiculous name: "Harper
Seven" came into the world last week. Who are her parents?
(Last name is sufficient.)
2. He created "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island".
He died last week at age 94. Who was he?
* Game 10, Round 2 - Literature - The Empire Writes Back
These questions deal with modern writers from India and the
subcontinent, writers on India, and writings from the diaspora.
1. In 1986, this Calcutta-born author made literary waves
with his first fiction, "The Golden Gate", a novel in verse.
But it was his second novel, the 1500-page "A Suitable Boy",
published in 1993, that made him an international best-seller.
2. Vikas Swarup is both India's consul-general to Osaka-Kobe and
a successful novelist. His prize-winning debut, 2005's "Q&A",
was transformed into a prize-winning movie -- under what title?
3. Did Dr. Aziz really assault Adela Quested in the caves of
Marabar, or was that all a product of her repressed English
imagination? And where is Mrs. Moore when you need her?
East meets West somewhat disastrously in this classic
1924 novel. Name it.
4. "I was born in the city of Bombay... in Doctor Narlikar's
Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947... Clock-hands joined
palms in respectful greeting as I came... At the precise
instant of India's arrival at independence, I tumbled forth
into the world." Name Salman Rushdie's epic novel of the
birth of India.
5. Poet, playwright, novelist, painter, prolific composer.
Bengal and India's greatest literary figure, and """so far"""
the only Indian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1913.
6. Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1865, his parents sent him
to be raised in England at the age of 5. He would return
to India at 16 to work as a journalist, but his most beloved
work on India -- featuring such characters Bagheera, Akela,
and Kaa the python -- was largely written in a wooden house
in Vermont in the dead of winter. Who was he?
7. Also born in Bombay, educated at U of T, resident of Brampton.
Recipient of the Governor-General's award, the Giller Prize,
and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and short-listed for
the Booker. Most lucratively, his novel "A Fine Balance"
was selected for Oprah's Book Club. Who are we talking about?
8. This Indian writer's first novel, "The God of Small Things",
won the Booker Prize and hit #4 on the New York Times
best-seller list in 1997. But the world is still waiting
for the follow-up, as the author devotes herself full-time
to social and political activism. Name her.
9. In this popular 2003 novel, later made into a movie,
Bangladesh-born Monica Ali portrays the lives of London's
Bangladeshi community. The novel takes its name from the
street at the heart of the community. Name it.
10. Like mother like daughter. Mother Anita has been short-listed
for the Booker """three""" times, including 1980's "Clear Light
of Day". Daughter Kiran won it in 2006 for "The Inheritance
of Loss". Their family name?
* Game 10, Round 3 - Geography - Toronto Really is the Center of the Universe!
But on the off chance that you want to go somewhere else,
you need to know the way. So, we name a city. On the map, <http://www.eskimo.com/~scs/msb/gXr3/univ.png>, you tell the
letter of the line radiating from Toronto where that city lies.
Answers do not repeat.
1. Chicago IL.
2. Cleveland OH.
3. Detroit MI.
4. Montréal QC.
5. New York NY.
6. North Bay ON.
7. Ottawa ON.
8. Pittsburgh PA.
9. Sault Ste. Marie ON.
10. Washington DC.
As to the other 16 lines on the map, many of them don't have any
places on them as notable as the 10 places listed above. For each
of the other 16 lines, I've picked *two* places, some of them not
at all notable, that are either in or just beyond the mapped area,
and are on or close to the respective lines.
So if you're interested, for fun but for no points... The possible
answers are BCDGHIJLNPRUVWYZ, and each one will occur exactly twice.
11. Atlantic City NJ.
12. Bancroft ON.
13. Beaverton ON.
14. Bloomington IN.
15. Charleston WV.
16. Findlay OH.
17. Goderich ON.
18. Jamestown NY.
19. Kincardine ON.
20. Kingston ON.
21. Lindsay ON.
22. Little Current ON.
23. Mackinaw City MI.
24. Montpelier VT.
25. Opasatika ON.
26. Petawawa ON.
27. Philadelphia PA.
28. Plattsburgh NY.
29. Providence RI.
30. Rome NY.
31. Saratoga Springs NY.
32. Sheboygan WI.
33. Southampton ON.
34. Springfield MA.
35. Staunton VA.
36. Stephenson WI.
37. Sudbury ON.
38. Val d'Or QC.
39. Watertown NY.
40. Weymont QC.
41. White River ON.
42. Youngstown OH.
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