BETTY E. STEIN: A quiz on life and death


A quiz, as promised. The topic: Life and death, because as you know, life is the beginning, and death is the ending and this column goes back and forth between the two. Five points for each correct answer, and it isn’t a hard quiz this time, so how about scoring at least a 75 ? Let’s begin with a very easy one.

1. Who wrote “Life on the Mississippi”?

2. Who wrote “Death in the Afternoon,” a novel based on bullfighting?

3. Name the author of “Death Be Not Proud.”

4. It’s a perennial movie favorite, and it starred Jimmy Stewart and it will be back on TV around Christmas and the title is (blank blank blank blank)? Fill in the blanks.

5. Who wrote that excellent short story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”?

6. What movie protagonist fairly recently said, “Life is like a box of chocolates”?

7. Then there’s that wonderful book “Death on the Nile,” with Hercule Poirot, as you know. Who was the author?

8. What is the translation of “L’chaim”? You heard it sung in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

9. And where is Death Valley located?

10. It is being observed in many schools’ art and Spanish classrooms and at our Fort Wayne Museum of Art during late October and the first of November, often with decorated altars. What is it?

11. The publisher was Henry Luce who wanted to produce a photographic magazine. It began in 1936. What did he name the publication?

12. They were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves and were often considered the greatest manuscript find of all time. Their name, please.

13. It was sung by Rascal Flats and written by Tom Coltrane in 1992 and won for Favorite Song in a Movie. Its title was ‘Life Is a (blank).” Fill in the blank.

14. Evangeline and he were separated by war in Longfellow’s poem, but she kept searching for him and found him just before his death. What was his name? (If you were one of my students, you’d know this for sure because I read it aloud and sang out his name in my most tragic manner.)

15. “Death of a Salesman” is a marvelous, poignant play by Arthur Miller. What is the name of the salesman? What an unforgettable character!

16. Where does one find the quotation, “Oh, Death, where is thy sting?”.

17. And where does one find, “Yea, though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil”?

18. Known as one of the romantic poets, he died at age 29 when his boat went down in a sudden storm. causing his death. One of his best-loved poems is “Ozymandias.” Who was the poet?

19. A character in “Our Town” and one of my very favorite characters, asks “Does anyone ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?”

20. It was first a book, then a film directed by that amazing Ang Lee, and it features a lone person and a tiger in a boat. Name it.

Answers: 1. Mark Twain; 2. Ernest Hemingway; 3. John Donne; also accepted is John Gunther who used it as a book title; 4. “It’s a Wonderful Life”; 5. Ernest Henimgway; 6. Forrest Gump; 7. Agatha Christie; 8. “To Life!”; 9. Eastern California; 10. “Day of the Dead”; 11. Life magazine; 12. The Dead Sea Scrolls; 13. “Highway”; 14. Gabriel; 15. Willy Loman; 16. The Bible; Corinthians; 17. Also the Bible; Psalms; 18. Peter Bysshe Shelley; 19. Emily Webb; 20. “Life of Pi.” Bonus: “Cherries.”

How did you do? I’m eager to hear.