Okay, I'm stealing the basic premise of Mathman's "My New Signature" thread, but since that one already included a couple of questions in other areas, I thought I'd provide a way for people to do the same with their respective areas of interest/expertise.
Whoops, I hit "Return" and it submitted this before it was done, so anybody who is reading the first paragraph and wondering, "What the...?" that's what the... happened.
Anyway, the idea is that anyone can submit any question/brain teaser from their area of interest. For example, I know Kzarah knows a lot about French and Cirque du Soleil. 4DogKnight knows a lot about dogs, obviously. Realtorgal not only knows realty but also music. GrGranny knows a lot about everything
Okay, this first one is for Show42 as per her request in Mathman's thread for a literature question. Don't know what area of literature you're interested in, Show, so I figured I'd go with Shakespeare to start (of course other people besides Show can answer):
1. What Shakespearian play has a character with the same name as the capital of New York? (I know, kind of lame, but we're just getting started.) 10 points.
2. On what two classic pieces of literature is James Joyce's <em>Ulysses</em> simultaneously founded? (Hint, one is Greek, the other is Shakespeare.) 25 pts.
3. For fans for modern literature, here's a multi-part question:
(a) What was the title of the original version of Raymond Carver's short story, "A Small, Good Thing"? (Hint the original version appeared in the collection <em>What We Talk About When We Talk About Love</em>, and the final versions, "A Small, Good Thing" appeared in the collections <em>Cathedral</em> and <em>Where I'm Calling From</em>. 25 pts.
(b) What short story by Vladimir Nabokov does the original version of "A Small, Good Thing" reflect? 25 pts.
(c) What object/occurrence in the Nabokov story is used in much the same way in the Carver story, especially the original version? 25 pts.
(d) In what film is the story "A Small, Good Thing" a part? 25 pts.
(e) BONUS: Why did Carver so drastically revise "A Small, Good Thing"? 100 pts.
<span style="color:red;">(See later post for more hints.)</span>
Okay literature fans, try your answers. And everybody else, submit your questions.