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Literary Famous Last Words Part I

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Literary Famous Last Words Part I game quiz
"Many great works of literature involve the death of a major character, be it the protagonist or another. See if you can identify the deceased character by his or her last lines, plus a couple of other hints!"

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1. "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die!" So ends the life of one of fiction's most famous females, a character who stabs herself in a climactic scene. Earlier, her lover had drunk poison, mistakenly believing that this character was dead, but she had only drunk a potion that made her appear so. Who was this Shakespearean character?
    Answer: (One Word (first name) or Two Words (first and last name))


2. Sometimes, famous last lines can be more famous than the work they come from. So it was that Giles Corey's last lines in "The Crucible" endure in popular culture. Being burdened by heavy stones, the old man gave his last speech: "More weight". What early event in American history was the backdrop for Arthur Miller's play in which this line appears?
    Revolutionary War
    Salem witch trials
    Rebellion at Plymouth Rock
    Alien and Sedition Acts


3. Whose last lines in a 19th century American novel were, "Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! THUS, I give up the spear!"
    Answer: (One Word (name), or Two Words (position and name))


4. Her last lines are "No! Oh, don't, don't go. It is the last time! Edgar will not hurt us. Heathcliff, I shall die! I shall die!" This character then dies in childbirth, producing a daughter that shared her name and leaving tremendous grief upon her childhood friend Heathcliff. He then wanders the moors to try to find her spirit. Who was this female character in "Wuthering Heights"?
    Emma Woodhouse
    Catherine Earnshaw
    Elinor Dashwood
    Nelly Dean


5. Books sometimes hinge on a dramatic last line, and so it is with Charles Dickens' masterpiece "A Tale of Two Cities". The last line of the novel is spoken by a character about to go to the guillotine, having sacrificed his life to save his friend and look-a-like from death in the French Revolution. Who uttered the famous last line, "It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known"?
    Charles Darnay
    Sydney Carton
    Monsieur Defarge
    Jerry Cruncher


6. "The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop." These are the last words of the character Okonkwo on one of the most famous African novels of all time, a protest against European colonization particularly of the author's home country, Nigeria. After his famous last words, Okonkwo leads a failed rebellion against the whites, and after he realizes that his plan is futile, he hangs himself. What is the name of the novel in which these events occur, written by Chinua Achebe?
    Cry, the Beloved Country
    No Longer at Ease
    Children of Gebalawi
    Things Fall Apart


7. She is married to Alexsey Alexsandrovich, who refuses to grant her a divorce after she has an affair with the dashing military man Count Aleksey Vronsky. She starts growing paranoid after she is unable to talk to her legitimate son Seryozha, and ultimately comes to the insane conclusion that Vronsky is cheating on her. Leaving this world with the words, "Lord, forgive me everything", who was this Tolstoy heroine, who throws herself under a train at the end of her namesake novel?
    Answer: (Two Words)


8. Marlowe says that his last words are "My god, my god, look not so fierce on me! Adders, and serpents, let me breathe awhile! Ugly hell gape not! Come not, Lucifer! I'll burn my books-ah, Mephastophilis!", but different authors have given him slightly different endings. Either way, the story's the same: this character sells his soul to the devil in exchange for learning his powerful dark arts. He has fun for a while, before the devil comes to exact his payment upon this scholar. Who was this man, whose story is recorded in the aforementioned plays?
    Faust
    Ahab
    Barabbas
    Abdiel


9. Getting stabbed in the back is generally a figurative expression, unless you are Josef K, a bank clerk living a fairly normal life. Yet Josef was arrested for a crime he didn't commit, didn't learn what the crime was, and was ultimately stabbed to death by fellow employees without a reason being given. In what novella does Josef K utter his famous last line "The dogs!" before being killed?
    The Trial
    The Pearl
    Death of a Salesman
    The Metamorphosis


10. This character's last recorded words were to tell his chauffeur that his car shouldn't be taken out of the garage under any circumstances; that accomplished, he hurried off to his outdoor pool. It wasn't long before Wilson, seeking revenge upon this character for the death of his wife Myrtle, shot him in the pool. Who was this title character of 1925 novel?
    Jay Gatsby
    Dorian Grey
    Santiago
    Huckleberry Finn


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Compiled Feb 24 13