Vonnegut Trivia – Week of August 27, 2017

For this week’s question, we visit Slapstick, first published in 1976.

The novel Slapstick is dedicated to which famous comedy team?

  1. Laurel and Hardy
  2. Abbot and Costello
  3. Bob and Ray
  4. Martin and Lewis

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question was #2 – The Ghost Shirt Society.  This was the name taken by the rebellious group hoping to overthrow “the machines.”

For more on the work of Kurt Vonnegut, check out this essay by Josh Privett.

Kurt Vonnegut, The Lapsed Secularist




Vonnegut Trivia – Week of August 20, 2017

This week’s question is from Vonnegut’s debut novel, Player Piano:

What is the name of the group of workers and engineers who strike out against the machines in order to restore a sense of worth to people’s lives?

  1. The Reeks and Wrecks
  2. The Ghost Shirt Society
  3. The Proteus Rebellion
  4. The Ghost Dance Uprising

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to our last question is Midland City.  Dwayne Hoover owned a Pontiac dealership in this fictional Midwestern town, a frequent setting in Vonnegut’s work.

For more on the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut, see our interview with Ginger Strand, author of The Brothers Vonnegut.

Interview with Ginger Strand – The Brothers Vonnegut

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of August 6, 2017

Once again, our question comes from Breakfast of Champions:

In which Midwest city does Dwayne Hoover own a Pontiac dealership?

  1. Chicago
  2. Detroit
  3. Cleveland
  4. Midland City

The answer to last week’s question: Phoebe Hurty, to whom Breakfast of Champions was dedicated, was a copywriter for the William H. Block company who hired the young Kurt to write ad copy for teenage clothing.   According to Kurt, she taught him “to be impolite in conversation not only about sexual matters, but about American history and famous heroes, about the distribution of wealth, about school, about everything.”

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our recent interview with Lawrence R. Broer.

Vonnegut and Hemingway – Writers at War