Vonnegut Trivia – Week of January 7, 2018

For this week’s question, we look at the ending line of a classic Vonnegut novel.

Q: Which novel ends with the abbreviation for “et cetera?”

a) Mother Night

b) Breakfast of Champions

C) Bluebeard

d) Hocus Pocus   

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question was D – Deadeye Dick, which begins with the sentence:   To the as-yet unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: watch out for life. 

Fore more Vonnegut, here’s the classic cameo from Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School.  The actor playing Dangerfield’s son, Keith  Gordon, would later direct the 1996 adaptation of Mother Night.

Vonnegut Trivia – January 1, 2018

Happy New Year from The Daily Vonnegut.  Thanks to all of those who visited the site in 2017.  We kick off this year’s trivia with the opening line from a Vonnegut novel.

Which novel begins with the following sentence: To the as-yet unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: watch out for life. 

a) Slapstick

b) Jailbird

c) Bluebeard

d) Deadeye Dick  

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question is B – God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, which begins with the sentence:  “A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees.”

For more, visit our Vonnegut Video of the Month.

Vonnegut Trivia: Week of December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays from The Daily Vonnegut.  Thanks to everyone who has visited the site in 2017.  Here’s this week’s question:

Which Vonnegut novel begins with the following sentence:  “A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees.”

a) The Sirens of Titan

b) God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

c) Bluebeard

d) Hocus Pocus

Check back next week for the correct response.   The answer to last week’s question was A – The Beatles. Vonnegut described the Fab Four as artists who made people “appreciate being alive at least a little bit.”

Interested in staying in a house built by Kurt’s grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut Jr.?  The summer rates are fit for a Rosewater, but the house features a view of Lake Maxinkuckee.  For more, visit www.Vonneguthouse.com.

 

Vonnegut Trivia: Week of December 17, 2017

This week’s question is from Timequake, Vonnegut’s last novel, published in 1997.

At the beginning of Timequake, Vonnegut writes that “a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.”  Who does Vonnegut identify as an artist(s) who pulled it off?

a) The Beatles

b) Laurel and Hardy

c) Bob and Ray

d) Benny Goodman

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question was C.  San Lorenzo is the small island nation on which much of Cat’s Cradle is set.

Still not done with your holiday shopping for the Vonnegut fan in your life?  Visit Vonnegut.com for gift ideas.

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Vonnegut Trivia – Week of December 3, 2017

For this week’s question we visit Kurt Vonnegut’s debut novel, Player Piano.

Q:  Player Piano was also published under a different title.  What was it?

a) Utopia-14

b) The Revenge of the Machines

c) Illium 2000

d) Machine Head

We’ll be back next week with the correct response.  The answer to our last question is B.  In Hocus Pocus, Jack Patton invented an electric chair for rats.

Visitors or residents of Indianapolis are certain to have noticed the 38-feet painting of Vonnegut on the side of a building.  Now, Indianapolis is featuring a “Tiny Vonnegut” exhibit.  For more, see the article below at the Indy Star.

Tiny Vonnegut

 

 

 

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of November 19, 2017

This week’s question is from the novel Hocus Pocus, published in 1990.

What did Jack Patton build as his entry for a high school science fair?

a) an atomic bomb

b) an electric chair for rats

c) a solar-powered lawn mower

d) an elephant scale

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question was D.  Vonnegut’s older sister was named Alice.

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of November 12, 2017

A belated “Happy Birthday” to Kurt Vonnegut, who was born on November 11, 1922.

This week’s question delves into the Vonnegut family tree.

Q: Kurt Vonnegut had two older siblings, his brother Bernard, and an older sister.  What was Vonnegut’s sister’s name?

A) Edith

B) Jane

C) Jill

D) Alice

Check back next week for the  answer. The correct response to last week’s question was (C).  A granfalloon is a proud and meaningless association of human beings.

If you missed this week’s interview with Zachary Perdieu, you can read the full interview here: The Many Vonneguts- An Interview with Zachary Perdieu.