Shoeless Trivia: American Lit

Americans have the best words. Our literature is YUGE.

NB: For fill in the blanks, the number of underscores does not necessarily correspond with the number of letters in the answer.

  1. The structure seen below, the titular setting of an 1851 Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, is located in what American city?amlit1
  2. What American poet penned the lines “My candle burns at both ends; / it will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— / It gives a lovely light!”? Her unusual middle name honors a Catholic hospital in New York that had saved the life of her uncle shortly before her birth.
  3. According to a short story published in 1928, the chant “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh ________ R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” translates roughly to “In his house at R’lyeh, dead ________ waits dreaming.” What one word completes both the alien phrase and its English translation?
  4. Eugene O’Neill’s best known comedy and first novel in Willa Cather’s Great Plains trilogy have what superficial trait in common?
  5. What 1915 collection of short poems by Edgar Lee Masters (not Andy Williams) takes the form of epitaphs for the residents of a fictional town named for a real Illinois waterway?

  1. Salem, MA
  2. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. Cthulhu
  4. titles with exclamation marks (Ah, Wilderness! and O Pioneers!)
  5. Spoon River Anthology


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