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1. What was Miguel de Cervantes' first known occupation prior to writing "Don Quixote"?
2. Many of Shakespeare's phrases have been adapted into commonly used expressions today. From which play do the lines "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't" come?
3. Despite his prolific work in many genres, which Irish writer is credited for creating the postmodern "Theatre of the Absurd"?
4. Many writers have spent short stints in jail, but which French writer's novel, "Our Lady of the Flowers", was written entirely from the confines of his cell while serving a life sentence?
5. Who was the first woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and in which year was it awarded?
6. In Gunter Grass's 1959 novel "The Tin Drum", Oskar goes through life beating on his drum and screaming. What other physical feature makes him unique?
7. Which American poet wrote the lines, "I celebrate myself, and sing myself, and what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you"?
8. Which Shakespeare play is considered his first tragedy?
9. According to the American Library Association, what book/author(s) topped the list for the second consecutive year (2006 and 2007) as the most challenged (requesting to be banned) book in the USA?
10. Which work by Tolstoy, including the characters Stiva, Dolly, Kostya, and Kitty, did he consider to be his first true novel and begins with the opening line: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"?
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