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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 25


Questions set by Mel Kinsey



1. Which rail station has a record 67 platforms?
Grand Central Station, New york city
2. Who was the famous passenger on 'the sealed train' in 1917?
Vladimir Lenin
3. In which cities would one find the following railway stations?  
    a. Casa Voyageurs    Casablanca
    b. Ramses                 Cairo
    c. Atocha                   Madrid
    d. Vitebsk                  St.Petersburg
    e. Penn Station         New York
    f. Gare du Nord         Paris
4. On what is Mr. Ratchett, or Cassetti, murdered?
The Orient Express
5. In song, who serves on the Danville train? Virgil Caine in the song 'The night they drove Old Dixie down'
6. The three worst rail accidents in terms of passenger deaths occured on the following days. Name the countries.   (the dates may help your train of thought)
    a. Dec 26, 2004   Sri Lanka (Following the sunami)
    b. June 6, 1981    India (Bihar)
    c. Dec 12, 1917    France (Modane)
7. What was 'hobo' singer Lecil Travis Martin's stage name?
Boxcar Willie
8. With a train passing through every 13 seconds during peak hours, which railway station has the most traffic in the world?
Clapham Junction
9. In a Burt Bacharach song, what "took you away, away from me"?
'Trains and Boats and Trains'
10. The following words are from which 'train' songs? 
    a. Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise, underneath the blankets, go all the girls and boys Morningtown Ride (The Seekers)
    b. Wrong way on a one way track Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
    c. She sent me a railroad ticket to take me to her lovin arms
        Steel Rail Blues (Gordon Lightfoot)
    d. He takes me to a movie or to a restaurant 
       Morning Tain ( 9to5) ( Sheena Easton)
     e. Pick up my bag, run to the station, railman says you got the           wrong location  One after 909 (The Beatles)
     f. Then it comes to be that soothing light at the end of the tunnel is just a freight train coming your way No Leaf Clover (Metalica)
     g. Down around the corner half a mile from here
         Long train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
     h. You know I'm loaded, railroaded, I'm explosive, I'm a                         locomotive     Locomotion (Motorhead)
    i. Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
       Peace Train (Cat STevens)
    j. The next stop we make will be England Love Train (O'Jays)
    k. When I was young I spent my summer days playing on the track     Big train John Fogert
    l. And the sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers ride their fathers magic carpets made of steel  
      City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 26


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


A quiz on American literature


1/ A Farewell to Arms' is based on Hemingway's own experience as what in World War I?  Ambulance Driver

2/ What is a novel by Herman Melville and an opera by Benjamin Britten?

Billy Budd

3/ In which Tennessee Williams play do you meet Big Daddy?

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4/ Holden Caulfield appears in which, once controversial, novel?

Catcher in the Rye

5/ Where are most of Pearl S. Buck's novels set? China

6/ What is the setting for Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'? Cuba

7/ Who wrote 'The Maltese Falcon'?   Dashiel Hammett

8/ In which Arthur Miller play do you meet Willy Loman?

Death of a Salesman

9/ Who wrote,'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee

10/ Where were Robert Frost's poems first published? England

11/ Which dramatist wrote 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'?

Eugene O'Neill

12/ Which poet spent time in a US mental hospital after supporting Mussolini and the Fascists in World War II?   Ezra Pound

13/ Who died at the age of 44 with his novel 'The Last Tycoon' unfinished?   F.Scott Fitzgerald

14/ Who coined the phrase 'the lost generations'?  Gertrude Stein

15/ Whose most famous novel is 'The Carpetbaggers'? Harold Robbins

16/ Which US-born novelist lived much of his life in France and England and became a British citizen in 1915?   Henry James

17/ Who wrote the short story 'I Robot' in 1950?   Isaac Asimov

18/ Who wrote the 'Leatherstocking' tales of frontier life with their hero Natty Bumpo?   James Fenimore Cooper

19/ Whose novels are about social conditions in his native California?

John Steinbeck

20/ Who wrote plays with a political theme such as 'The Little Foxes'?

Lillian Hellman

21/ Whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens? Mark Twain

22/ Which character appears in all nine of Raymond Chandler's novels?

Philip Marlowe

23/ Against what is Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' set?

The Spanish Civil War

24/ Which US poet married Ted Hughes, later poet laureate?

Sylvia Plath

25/ Which Norman Mailer novel is based on a protest march?

The Armies of the Night

26/ Which Arthur Miller play is a comment on McCarthyism? The Crucible

27/ Which screenplay did Miller write for his wife Marilyn Monroe?

The Misfits

28/ What is L. Frank Baum's most famous story? The Wizard of Oz

29/ What type of writing is Paul Theroux associated with other than novels?   Travel

30/ Who wrote the story of Rip van Winkle? Washington Irving





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