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The Devil's Dictionary

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Fun Trivia : Quizzes : Bierce, Ambrose
The Devils Dictionary game quiz
"The Devil's Dictionary is a collection of sharp, witty and cynical definitions by Ambrose Bierce, so bear this in mind when answering the questions. For example, his definition of a Coward, is 'One, who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.'"

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. Dictionary, n. 'A malevolent literary device for cramping growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This ___________ however, is a most useful work.'
    Answer: (One Word)


2. What is 'Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need, for the price of the cow that you cannot afford.'?
    Economy
    Stupidity
    Poverty
    Cheerful


3. What is 'A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral expenses to the other expenses of living.'?
    Asp
    Adder
    Python
    Rattlesnake


4. Infancy, n. 'The period of our lives when according to ___________ 'Heaven lies about us.' The world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.'
    Wordsworth
    Browning
    Keats
    Shelley


5. What is 'A place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the vice of idleness.'?
    Retirement village
    Boudoir
    Convent
    Swimming pool


6. What is 'An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.'?
    Car
    Telephone
    Email
    Alcohol


7. Callous, adj. 'Gifted with great fortitude to bear the evils afflicting another.' Is this definition, according to Bierce, true or false?
    Answer: (True or False)


8. Cemetery, n. 'An isolated suburban spot where...'
    mourners match lies
    all of these
    poets write at a target
    stone-cutters spell for a wager


9. What is a 'Court Fool'?
    Jester
    Plaintiff
    Boyfriend
    Janitor


10. What is 'One who ventures to believe that Adam need not have sinned unless he had a mind to...'?
    A Supralapsarian
    An Infralapsarian
    A Superlapsarian
    A Sublapsarian


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Compiled Jun 28 12