Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 24, 2017

This week’s question is from Slapstick, first published in 1976.

What is the subtitle found on the title page of the novel Slapstick?

  1. The Children’s Crusade
  2. So it Goes
  3. Lonesome No More!
  4. Dammit! You’ve Got to Be Kind!

For the correct answer, visit the following Kickstarter page to help fund a new mental health initiative from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.  As most Vonnnegut fans know, Kurt suffered from depression, and his mother committed suicide.  Characters experiencing the ravages of mental illness appear frequently in his fiction.  Those able to make a donation to support this worthy program can do so at the link below, which includes a short video about the program:

 

The answer to last week’s question was #3–readers of Cat’s Cradle know that foma are harmless lies.

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Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 17, 2017

This week’s question is from Cat’s Cradle, one of Vonnegut’s best, first published in 1963.

What are foma?

  1. Plant life found only on Trafalmadore
  2. Pain pills
  3. Harmless lies
  4. Ancient wisdoms

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question was #1 –  Harry LaSabre’s secret was that he liked to wear women’s clothing.

Don’t forget: On September 26th Seven Stories Press will release Vonnegut’s Complete Stories, featuring several previously unpublished works.   We’ll have more on the Complete Stories later this week.

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 10, 2017

This week’s question is from Breakfast of Champions:

Q: Harry LeSabre, the sales manager at Dwayne Hoover’s Exit Eleven Pontiac Village, has a secret.  What is it?

  1. He likes to wear women’s clothing
  2. He was a German spy during World War II
  3. He’s a robot
  4. He’s having an affair with Dwayne’s wife

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question was Eugene Debs.  The narrator of Hocus Pocus is Eugene Debs Hartke, named after the famed Indianapolis labor leader and Socialist Party presidential candidate, Eugene Victor Debs.   Vonnegut often referred to this famous Debs quote:

“While there is a lower class, I am in it.  While there is a criminal element, I am of it.  While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

 

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 3, 2017

In recognition of Labor Day, this week’s question comes from Hocus Pocus, Vonnegut’s penultimate novel, published in 1990.

The protagonist and narrator of Hocus Pocus is named after which prominent labor organizer:

  1. Samuel Gompers
  2. Eugene Debs
  3. Big Bill Haywood
  4. Daniel McCone

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question was Laurel and Hardy.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday.

 

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 July 23, 2017

This week’s question is from Vonnegut’s 1973 novel, Breakfast of Champions.

Breakfast of Champions is dedicated to Phoebe Hurty.  What role did she play in Vonnegut’s life?

The answer to last week’s question is The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest HemingwayFor more on the Vonnegut-Hemingway connection, check out our interview with Professor Lawrence R. Broer.

Vonnegut and Hemingway – Writers at War