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Trivia Quiz - Mark Twain - His wit and wisdom
Match the following ten quotes of the great Mark Twain with the person, place, quality or people he aimed to laud or lambaste.
January 02, 2012
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1. Which female writer received the following Twain literary criticism: "Where she puts her literary foot down, her trail across her paid polisher's page is as plain as the elephant's in a Sunday-school procession."?
A. Harriet Beecher Stowe
B. Louisa May Alcott
C. Mary Baker Eddy
D. Jane Austen
2. Which nation was Twain referring to when he wrote, "We have the notion in our country that ________ never do heavy work at all, but confine themselves to the lighter arts, like organ-grinding, operatic singing, and assassination."?
3. To which human failing was Mark Twain referring when he wrote, "There are no grades of _________, there are only grades of ability in concealing it."?
4. Which fellow writer received the following "endorsement": "Why I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by_____________. Even if it contains no other book."?
A. Jane Austen
B. G. K. Chesterton
C. Robert Louis Stevenson
D. Johanna Spyri
5. To which human quality was Mark Twain referring when he wrote, "It is more satisfactory to be __________ than right."?
6. Which literary work received the following Twain critique: "It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies."?
A. Canterbury Tales
B. Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
C. The Bible
D. The Decameron
7. What human quality did Mark Twain feel "has never been as respectable as money"?
8. Which fellow wit received the following Twain criticism: "_________ has written some admirable things--fugitive pieces--but none of them are 'Nuggets.' ...... for every laugh that is in his book there are five blushes, ten shudders and a vomit."?
A. George Bernard Shaw
B. Oscar Wilde
C. Ambrose Bierce
D. Ralph Waldo Emerson
9. The inhabitants of which European city received the following barb: "The objects of which ________ folks are fond--literature, art, medicine and adultery."?
10. About what human quality did Mark Twain think, "you can carry it too far"?
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