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Murder in Fiction
Mystery & Detective Fiction
"Be it bleak sociorealism or suggestive horror, works of fiction are flooded with murder. Test your knowledge of mortal crime on paper."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Two of the most (in)famous murders in literature were committed by a young Russian in Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment"; the victims are two old ladies. In translation, this novel sometimes takes the name of its protagonist, which is:
He is only referred to as "the idiot"
The swan song of Agatha Christie's hero Hercule Poirot is recorded in "Curtain: Poirot's last case". Before the great detective dies, he actually kills a man himself. Why?
The victim was responsible for several murders for which he would never be found guilty
To fulfill an idea of life's "ultimate transgression"
In self- defense, as the victim was trying to strangle him
To revenge an old-times ladyfriend killed by the victim
In a notorious novel of the 1990's, Patrick Bateman embarks on an orgy of violence and murder that might or might not be the works of his own imagination. What is the title of this book?
(Two Words, one of them a well-known film title)
Which one of the following persons is killed by Humbert Humbert, the protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita"?
Playwright Clare Quilty
Mrs. Haze, Lolita's mother
Richard F. Schiller, Lolita's husband
Several Greek plays deal with the destiny of this woman, who together with cousin Aigisthos killed her husband Agamemnon.
Name the famous Albert Camus novel in which the protagonist Meursault kills an Arab without apparent reason.
(Two Words (English title))
Murder, murder attempts and thoughts of murder abound in Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Who is stabbed to death by Hamlet while hiding behind a curtain (whereupon the Prince states that "I took thee for thy better")?
Claudius, King of Denmark
Reynaldo, Polonius' servant
His mother Gertrude, Queen of Denmark
Polonius, Ophelia's father
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the first detective stories of modern literature. What villain committed these murders?
Adolphe Le Bon
Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje is best known for his novel "The English Patient". Among his other works is a prose-poetry book dealing with the "collected works" of a famous outlaw and killer. Which one?
Billy the Kid
Who wrote the "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"?
Miguel Angel Asturias
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jorge Luis Borges
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Compiled Jun 28 12