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Hero of the Penny Dreadful: Horatio Alger, Jr.
"At the beginning of the 20th century, Horatio Alger, Jr. was one of the most widely-read authors in America. Let's see how much you know of this prolific writer."
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Born in Revere, Massachusetts, in 1832, Horatio Alger, Jr. was trained at the Harvard Divinity School to become a minister in the Unitarian Church. At his first parish in Brewster, MA, Alger was accused of something that almost caused him to leave the church. What was it?
Improper conduct with young boys
Failing to use the Revised Standard version of the Bible in his sermons
Preaching that African-Americans and whites were entitled to worship in the same church
Carrying on an affair with the church organist, Marcy Delacroix
The boys in his novels often had onomatopoetic names that sounded like their jobs: "Phil, the Fiddler" and "Mark, the Match Boy" are examples. However, the hero of Alger's first novel, "Ragged Dick", had a job that had nothing to do with his name. What was it?
Livery stable cleaner
During his years at Harvard, Alger studied with what famous 'Gitche Gumee' poet?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry David Thoreau
James Fenimore Cooper
Richard Henry Pratt
Two of Alger's books, "Ragged Dick" and "Silas Snobden, Office Boy", were the inspiration for which 1983 musical?
'Uncle Jed's Barbershop'
What do Horatio Alger, Jr. and "The Hardy Boys" have in common?
All of the plots in Alger's books were used in "Hardy Boys" novels
Edward Stratemeyer finished many of Alger's unpublished manuscripts and also created the "Hardy Boys" series
Alger wrote the first five "Hardy Boys" mysteries, but died before they were published
Nothing. Alger died in 1899 and the first "Hardy Boys" book wasn't written until 1927
Although Alger wrote primarily fiction, the assassination of what president prompted him to attempt his first non-fiction book?
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Since 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has presented an award to people who represent the ideals of Alger: that anyone can succeed with just a little hard work. Which of these people would be likely to receive this award?
Cerise, an A+ student in Longfellow Charter High School who has plans of becoming a doctor
Don, a community leader who has worked hard to improve the conditions of his neighborhood
Sister Katherine Mary, who has been a teacher in St. Pius X school for 35 years
Richard, whose book on the Iraq War won the Pulitzer Prize in Literature
The story of Horatio Alger's love life was bizarre, to say the least. Which of these scenarios sounds so wild that it has to be true?
On a steamship bound for London, Alger was forced to abandon ship when it began to sink. The crew member in charge of his lifeboat was a comely young lady named Felicity Chambliss and they fell in love during their time drifting at sea.
During a visit to P.T. Barnum's museum in New York, Alger took a ride on an elephant. He shared the howdah with Jenny Beckwith and was immediately smitten with her. After the ride, which lasted an hour, they became lovers.
While attending a sťance, Alger felt the presence of a female spirit named 'Pamela.' Although he never saw her, he fell in love with her.
Alger was accused of murdering Jeremiah Hardy after Hardy's wife thought Alger looked like the 'suspicious looking character' she had seen lurking around her home. After Alger was cleared, he fell in love with Mrs. Hardy's sister.
Horatio always wanted to write 'The Great American Novel' and shortly before his death in 1899, he had actually started working on it. What happened?
His editors demanded that he get back to the writing of boy stories and give up his highfalutin idea about writing for adults
Una Garth's husband took him to court, accusing him of canoodling with his wife. Alger died during the trial.
He was struck by an electric streetcar while crossing Times Square and was left an invalid
His manuscript was lost in a fire that destroyed his home and most of his belongings
"Horatio Alger's books conveyed a powerful message to me and to many of my young friends -- that if you worked hard at your trade, the big chance would eventually come. As a child, I didn't regard it as a myth, and as an old man, I think of it as the story of my life." What world famous comedian spoke these words?
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