FREE! Click here to Join FunTrivia. Thousands of games, quizzes, and lots more!
Quiz about Candy Is Dandy But Liquors Quicker
Quiz about Candy Is Dandy But Liquors Quicker

Candy Is Dandy But Liquor's Quicker Quiz


Dorothy Parker was one of the wittiest women of literature. Take the quiz and read the 'interesting information' for quotes and laughs. The title is from Ogden Nash but the personification is Dorothy Parker.

A multiple-choice quiz by Rehaberpro. Estimated time: 4 mins.
  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. Literature Trivia
  6. »
  7. Authors L-P
  8. »
  9. P

Author
Rehaberpro
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
335,473
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
800
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Question 1 of 10
1. What was Dorothy Parker's name at birth? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Parker excelled in several types of literature. For which of these genres was she least known? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In 1917 she was married for the first time to Edwin Pond Parker II. What did she give as her witty reason for marrying Parker? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Parker is credited with establishing the luncheon group that met in Manhattan at the Algonquin Hotel. It is sometimes referred to as the Algonquin Round Table. But what did its members call it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Algonquin Round Table had ten people who were considered regular members. In addition another fourteen people were irregular members. Who among these was NOT a regular member? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1934 Parker moved to Hollywood. She also married Alan Campbell at that time and the two formed a screen writing team. Which of these four films did she NOT help write? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Parker was nominated for two Oscars for screenplay. One was the "A Star Is Born" (1937). What was the other? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What was the slant of Parker's political views? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Several times Dorothy Parker became depressed and attempted suicide, generally under the influence of alcohol. Aside from some short-term psychiatric assistance, how did she respond to these attempts? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Parker had fame as also as a literary critic. What was her famous quote in her review of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"? Hint



(Optional) Create a Free FunTrivia ID to save the points you are about to earn:

arrow Select a User ID:
arrow Choose a Password:
arrow Your Email:




Most Recent Scores
May 01 2024 : jibberer: 8/10
Apr 28 2024 : Guest 72: 4/10

Score Distribution

quiz
Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was Dorothy Parker's name at birth?

Answer: Dorothy Rothschild

Parker was born in New Jersey to a Jewish father and a Scottish-descended mother at their summer home. Friends called her Dot or Dottie. She was quickly brought back to New York City so she could always claim to be a 'New Yorker'. She was educated in primarily Catholic schools. Her mother died when she was five and her relationship with her step-mother and father deteriorated. She was expelled from school for referring to the virgin birth of Jesus as "spontaneous combustion". Her formal education was curtailed at thirteen.

Parker did not have any children but did have an abortion. Commenting on the event she said "It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard."

Parker's advice to parents was, "The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires."
2. Parker excelled in several types of literature. For which of these genres was she least known?

Answer: Novelist

In 1914 she sold her first poem to "Vanity Fair". Shortly after she became an editorial assistant on "Vogue". Her talent was recognized and she became a literary critic, even substituting for the great P. G. Wodehouse upon occasion. Readers were intrigued by her satire and wit.

This is what she said about Oscar Wilde:

"If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it."
3. In 1917 she was married for the first time to Edwin Pond Parker II. What did she give as her witty reason for marrying Parker?

Answer: I married to escape my name.

Edwin Parker was a successful Wall street stock broker. The marriage was damaged by his absence during World War One and the beginning of her alcohol dependence. The marriage lasted about a year but its breakdown was not confirmed by divorce until 1928. Parker was saying that with antisemitism the way it was, she was relieved to have a non-Jewish name.
4. Parker is credited with establishing the luncheon group that met in Manhattan at the Algonquin Hotel. It is sometimes referred to as the Algonquin Round Table. But what did its members call it?

Answer: The Vicious Circle

Parker said of the group "Dammit, it was the Twenties, and we had to be smarty." It started as what we now call a 'roast' of writer Alexander Woollcott. He enjoyed the teasing so much that he said the group should meet everyday for lunch. And thus it did for about ten years. Members wrote about the Round Table and it became the nest for witty remarks, wisecracks, puns, and wordplay. The Algonquin was called the Gonk.

Or as Dorothy said "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true."
5. The Algonquin Round Table had ten people who were considered regular members. In addition another fourteen people were irregular members. Who among these was NOT a regular member?

Answer: Harpo Marx

Harpo was a member of the irregulars.

The Regulars were Parker, Franklin Pierce Adams, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, George S. Kaufman, Parker, Harold Ross, Robert E. Sherwood, John Peter Toohey, and Alexander Woollcott.

The Irregulars were Tallulah Bankhead, Edna Ferber, Raymond Austin, Margalo Gillmore, Jane Grant,Ruth Hale, Beatrice Kaufman, Margaret Leech, Harpo Marx,
Neysa McMein, Alice Duer Miller, Donald Ogden Stewart, Frank Sullivan, Deems Taylor, and Peggy Wood.

Groucho Marx, brother of Harpo, said "The price of admission is a serpent's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto"

Edna Ferber knew the Vicious Circle was dead when she showed up and the table was occupied by a family from Kansas.
6. In 1934 Parker moved to Hollywood. She also married Alan Campbell at that time and the two formed a screen writing team. Which of these four films did she NOT help write?

Answer: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Parker was noted for being able to take a script and 'punch up' the dialogue. In a number of films she was paid but went uncredited for her work. Yes, she did work on both the original and the remake of "A Star Is Born". She never worked with Orson Welles but a clash between them would have been something to behold.

She married Alan Campbell twice. The first was from 1934-1947 and the second from 1950-1963 until his death by suicide. Campbell was reported as being bisexual but Parker said he "was as queer as a billy goat". The divorce was based on his affair with an actress and Parker's turn to alcohol.
7. Parker was nominated for two Oscars for screenplay. One was the "A Star Is Born" (1937). What was the other?

Answer: Smash Up (1947)

In the first scene of "Smash-up" Susan Hayward lies in a hospital bed swathed in bandages. Her first words are "Get me a drink". Although the scene is a serious one, Parker's sense of irony shines through. In her years in Hollywood Parker contributed to a least thirty-five screen plays either in story, screenplay or additional dialogue.

She once told Sam Goldwyn at a story conference "I know this will come as a shock to you, Mr. Goldwyn, but in all history, which has held billions and billions of human beings, not a single one ever had a happy ending".
8. What was the slant of Parker's political views?

Answer: Liberal

In referring to the Joe McCarthy investigation of communists, Parker said "I am not a traitor and I will not be involved in this obscene inquisition". She had been cited at least four times as having communist sympathies or associations. She walked out with disdain for McCarthy and HUAC and paid the price of being blacklisted.

The NAACP headquarters in Baltimore has a marker dedicated to Parker. It reads:
"Here lie the ashes of Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) humorist, writer, critic. Defender of human and civil rights. For her epitaph she suggested, 'Excuse my dust'. This memorial garden is dedicated to her noble spirit which celebrated the oneness of humankind and to the bonds of everlasting friendship between black and Jewish people. Dedicated by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. October 28, 1988".

In 1927 Parker objected to the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. She was arrested for loitering and fined five dollars.
9. Several times Dorothy Parker became depressed and attempted suicide, generally under the influence of alcohol. Aside from some short-term psychiatric assistance, how did she respond to these attempts?

Answer: She wrote a poem

No one can sum this up better than Dottie herself:

"Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live."

She also said "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy."

"They say of me, and so they should,
It's doubtful if I come to good.
I see acquaintances and friends
Accumulating dividends,
And making enviable names
In science, art, and parlor games.
But I, despite expert advice,
Keep doing things I think are nice,
And though to good I never come-
Inseparable my nose and thumb."
10. Parker had fame as also as a literary critic. What was her famous quote in her review of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"?

Answer: This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Apparently Dorothy did not appreciate Rand's philosophy.

The 'emotions' quote was her comment on a Katharine Hepburn performance.

She said this about Alexander Dumas and his son:

"Although I work, and seldom cease,
At Dumas pere and Dumas fils,
Alas, I cannot make me care
For Dumas fils and Dumas pere."

And she was kind to Charles Dickens:

" Who call him spurious and shoddy
Shall do it o'er my lifeless body.
I heartily invite such birds
To come outside and say those words"!

Of Harriet Beecher Stowe she wrote:

"The pure and worthy Mrs. Stowe
Is one we all are proud to know
As mother, wife, and authoress-
Thank God, I am content with less"!

NB: It is to be noted that the quote has been a subject of controversy. Here we attribute it to Parker by common consent.
Source: Author Rehaberpro

This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor looney_tunes before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.
Related Quizzes
This quiz is part of series Titillating Titles:

Contributor Tiye inspired me to put together these quizzes designed to catch your attention.

  1. There Is No There There Average
  2. Candy Is Dandy But Liquor's Quicker Average
  3. Pam and Don Go To The Movies Average
  4. Hey Ma, I Got the Title Role! Average
  5. I Promise I'll Be Right Back Average

Also part of quiz list
5/26/2024, Copyright 2024 FunTrivia, Inc. - Report an Error / Contact Us