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1. Born in 1908 not far from the historic Natchez Trace in Mississippi, what writer drew on his life experiences as a 20th century African American man to write "Black Boy" and "Native Son"?
2. William Faulkner was born on his family's plantation, Rowan Oak, in the town of Jefferson in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, and it was here that he wrote "The Sound and the Fury" and other novels that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.
3. After his family settled in Southaven, Desoto County, when he was four, he grew up to become a lawyer and to represent his home district in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984-1990 at the state capitol in Jackson. Who is this bestselling writer of legal novels like "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief"?
4. Born in Georgia in 1944, she lived in Mississippi during most of 1966 through 1972, working for voter registration and education rights, teaching at Jackson State University and Tougaloo College, marrying a civil rights lawyer, and giving birth to her daughter Rebecca. Who is this "womanist" writer of "The Color Purple" and other influential works of fiction and nonfiction?
5. Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862, the same year that a Confederate raid on the Union garrison there temporarily impaired General Grant's progress in the American Civil War. After the war, as a free woman of color, Wells grew to be a dynamic international speaker, writer, and newspaperwoman who fought for women's suffrage and equal rights for people of all races. What legally sanctioned atrocity, directed primarily toward black men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, did she most strongly oppose in her writings?
6. Natasha Trethewey, who was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of a white Canadian father and an African American mother, has been both Mississippi and United States Poet Laureate, a professor at Emory University, and the author of books of poetry that draw on personal and cultural history. In 2010, she published a book of poetry, essays, and letters subtitled "A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast": what natural event that impacted the coast in 2005 is the subject of this book?
7. He was not born in Margaritaville but in Pascagoula, in 1946. What native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast best known for his songwriting skills has made the New York Times bestseller list for both fiction and nonfiction.
8. The grandson of an Episcopal priest, he was born in a rectory in Columbus, Mississippi, and spent his early years in a similar setting in Clarksdale, the legendary home town of the Mississippi Delta blues. As a child he was called Tom, but he adopted a pen name based on his father's place of birth. Who was this famous American playwright, who wrote "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "The Glass Menagerie", "A Streetcar Named Desire", and other highly regarded plays?
9. Shelby Foote and his friend Walker Percy grew up together in Greenville, Mississippi. Walker Percy wrote fiction and won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962 for the "Moviegoer". Shelby Foote is best known for his historical nonfiction focused on what bloody, divisive war in United States history that included the Siege of Vicksburg?
10. Only a few of Eudora Welty's stories are set outside of Mississippi, but her fiction, like her photography done for the government Works Progress Administration under FDR's New Deal, covers many nooks and crannies of the state. Twisting the conventional advice to writers, she cracked, "Write what you don't know about what you know." With a few brief exceptions, Miss Welty lived all her 92 years in what city, the capital of the state she knew best?
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