Mississippi Writers: a fun quiz

In a recent writer’s group discussion we were throwing out trivia questions about some of our favorite writers.  … I though it might be fun to post a quiz based totally on writers who have some strong connection to Mississippi in their personal history.   (Answers will be posted in a couple of days.)


1.       Which of the following is true about William Faulkner?

… His  1949 Nobel Prize speech was greeted with only polite applause at it’s conclusion as the audience could hardly hear him… later was recognized as one of the great speeches in the history of the award.

… He sent laundry home, by train from New Orleans, to his mother to be washed, dried, ironed, and returned to him the next day.

… He was once asked by Clark Gable, “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, do you write?”

… All the above.

2.       Mississippi affiliated Pulitzer Prize winners: What was the winning work  (book)  for each of the following?

          Tennessee Williams        1948  & 53        Faulkner                        1963          

          David Haberstam           1964                   Eudora Welty                 1973          

3.       Which Mississippi writer became ( the youngest ever ) editor of Harpers’ Magazine? 

          Willie Morris                                              Lynne Bryant

          Walter Percy                                             James Street

4.       Eudora Welty  had a long term relationship with which crime detective writer:

          Raymond Chandler                                  Elmore Leonard

          Ross MacDonald                                       Lew Archer

5.       Which  Civil War writer has recently done a novel about the stretch of railroad from Meridian to New Orleans? …  

          Howard Bahr                                           Barry Hannah

          Shelby Foote                                            Timothy Smith

6.       Jill Conner Brown made which of the following famous?

          fried okra                                                 Muscatine wine

          milk of magnesia bottle art                   sweet potatoes

7.       Which of the following is ( are ) better known for other endeavors than for their writing?

          Jerry Clower                                          Jimmy Buffett

          William Hodding Carter                       All the above

8.       Which of the following were football players for major Mississippi universities?

          Paige Cothren                                        Jerry Clower

          Archie Manning                                    All the above

9.       Which of the following is a fellow alumnus of Robin Roberts and a winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

          Olympia Vernon                                    Greg Iles

          Julie Smith                                            Alice Walker                                                

10      Who was the first   living   author to have   his/her   works published by the Library of America  series?

          William Faulkner                                  Eudora Welty

          Shelby Foote                                         David Haberstam


About Tom Honea

the south mississippi i grew up in did not yet have paved roads or telephones or televisions. it did have great story tellers, on front porches in the summer or around the fire place in the winter. we were poverty stricken, financially but not culturally. we didn't know it. everybody up and down the road was in the same boat. . after forty years of day jobs i am approaching my "fishing years." i plan to spend them writing. i have a finished and edited deep south novel in the "marketing" stages. currently i'm deep into a WW II home front piece set in the Hampton Roads, VA area. notes and character sketches are already underway for "From Hiroshima to Elvis" ( the ten years after the war ) on the coastal areas of South Carolina. . visit asheville ... come and see me.
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