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Literary Cowboys Trivia Quiz


Saddle Up, Ride Out, Read A Book?

A multiple-choice quiz by 480154st. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
480154st
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
393,579
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
364
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which prolific writer of frontier stories gave us books such as "The Quick And The Dead" (1973), "The Shadow Riders" (1982) and the wonderfully named "Bendigo Shafter" (1979)? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Originally titled "Rider From Nowhere", which classic western was written by Jack Schaefer? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In which book by Fred Gipson does Travis Coates take in a stray dog while his father is away on a cattle drive? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which author, best known for a series of books about a wartime pilot, wrote the wonderful "The Rustlers Of Rattlesnake Valley" (1948)? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which novel by "King Of The Cowboy Books", Zane Grey, features the characters Jane Withersteen, Bishop Dyer and Jim Lassiter? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Considered by many literary critics to be one of the great American novels, who wrote "True Grit (1968)? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Written out of disgust for the unrealistic cowboy fiction being written at the time, which 1903 Andy Adams novel chronicles the daily life of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After his family is massacred, the narrator in "Little Big Man" (1964) by Thomas Berger is adopted by a Cheyenne Indian band. What is the name of this narrator, who was played in the 1970 movie by Dustin Hoffman?

Answer: (Full Name Or Last Name)
Question 9 of 10
9. What is the title of the 1973 novel by Elmer Kelton about drought in West Texas and the way in which it affects the whole community? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "El Paso" (2016) by Winston Groom is a western set in Pancho Villa's Mexican Revolution. For writing which 1986 (non western) novel is he best known? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which prolific writer of frontier stories gave us books such as "The Quick And The Dead" (1973), "The Shadow Riders" (1982) and the wonderfully named "Bendigo Shafter" (1979)?

Answer: Louis L'Amour

L'Amour always referred to his novels, not as westerns but as frontier stories, and even had plans to build a typical frontier town named Shalako at one point. In 1980 "Bendigo Shafter" won a U.S. National Book Award.
2. Originally titled "Rider From Nowhere", which classic western was written by Jack Schaefer?

Answer: Shane

Schaefer was an Ohio native who had never been to Wyoming, where "Shane" is se,t or any of the western United States when he wrote the novel. "Shane" contains words of wisdom such as, "A gun is just a tool. No better and no worse than any other tool, a shovel - or an axe or a saddle or a stove or anything. Think of it always that way.

A gun is as good - and as bad - as the man who carries it." and "What a man knows isn't important. It's what he is that counts".
3. In which book by Fred Gipson does Travis Coates take in a stray dog while his father is away on a cattle drive?

Answer: Old Yeller

"Old Yeller" was published in 1956 and has been a children's favourite for many years. Old Yeller is a faithful hound who protects the family on several occasions, including saving the younger brother of Travis from a bear and protecting Travis himself from a group of wild hogs. It spawned two sequels, "Savage Sam" (1962) and "Little Arliss" (1978).
4. Which author, best known for a series of books about a wartime pilot, wrote the wonderful "The Rustlers Of Rattlesnake Valley" (1948)?

Answer: W.E. Johns

Full of characters such as "Daddy" Moore, "Two Gun" Grundle and "Wall Eye" Gates in places such as the O-bar-O ranch, the D-bar-10 ranch and Rattlesnake Valley, where "the rattlers are as thick here as fleas on a mangy coyote", this book was a fantastic read for an English kid in his early teens like I was. Johns was himself a WWI pilot and took part in several bombing raids on Germany before being shot down in September 1918 and spending the last months of the war as a prisoner of war.
5. Which novel by "King Of The Cowboy Books", Zane Grey, features the characters Jane Withersteen, Bishop Dyer and Jim Lassiter?

Answer: Riders Of The Purple Sage

"Riders Of The Purple Sage"(1912) is about Mormon landowner Jane Withersteen and the church's disapproval of her friendship with a non Mormon man, as well as her romantic feelings towards Lassiter when he helps her after the church elders, led by Bishop Dyer, attempt to break her spirit. Still a great read even though it is over a century old.
6. Considered by many literary critics to be one of the great American novels, who wrote "True Grit (1968)?

Answer: Charles Portis

Portis' famous novel about Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn was first published in serialised sections in "The Saturday Evening Post". Born and raised in Arkansas, Portis worked initially as a journalist; one of his jobs was editing the copy of various female freelance journalists.

He has credited these journalists as giving him the realistic language used by "True Grit" heroine, 14 year old Mattie Ross.
7. Written out of disgust for the unrealistic cowboy fiction being written at the time, which 1903 Andy Adams novel chronicles the daily life of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana?

Answer: The Log Of A Cowboy

"The Log Of A Cowboy" is based on Adams' own experiences and covers all situations that a cowboy on a cattle run may encounter, from run-ins with hostile native tribes and perilous river crossings, to the not-so-exciting aspects like hours of boredom and the amount of tedious paperwork that had to be completed each day. Adams wrote several western novels, including "The Wells Brothers (1911) and its sequel, "The Ranch On The Beaver (1927).
8. After his family is massacred, the narrator in "Little Big Man" (1964) by Thomas Berger is adopted by a Cheyenne Indian band. What is the name of this narrator, who was played in the 1970 movie by Dustin Hoffman?

Answer: Jack Crabb

Although "Little Big Man" is probably his best known novel, Berger wasn't just a western writer and covered several different genres, including myth and legend in "Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel" (1978), science fiction in "Adventures of the Artificial Woman" (2004) and mystery in "Killing Time" (1967). "Little Big Man" won Berger a Western Heritage Award in 1965.
9. What is the title of the 1973 novel by Elmer Kelton about drought in West Texas and the way in which it affects the whole community?

Answer: The Time It Never Rained

"The Time It Never Rained" is a great novel, told through the eyes of stubborn rancher Charlie Flagg, who, as everyone else leaves town or applies for federal aid, tries to stick to his self reliance through the drought. This book has been referred to as a "Grapes Of Wrath" for the western genre and is probably Kelton's best known work, although he did write several award winning westerns including "Way Of The Coyote" (2001) and "The Day The Cowboys Quit" (1971).
10. "El Paso" (2016) by Winston Groom is a western set in Pancho Villa's Mexican Revolution. For writing which 1986 (non western) novel is he best known?

Answer: Forrest Gump

"El Paso" is a modern western that still retains all of the aspects required to rank it up there with classic works. When, during a cattle drive, Villa kidnaps the grandchildren of a railroad tycoon, the businessman tries to hire gunmen to hunt Villa down. Well worth a read if you are a fan of western literature.
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