The Gore Vidal Quiz - Part 1
Vidal's first novel took place aboard a ship in what body of water? [1237 responses]

Atlantic Ocean (155) 13%
Pacific Ocean (619) 50%
Indian Ocean (55) 4%
Arctic Ocean (385) 31%
Caribbean Sea (23) 2%
 
Answer: Pacific Ocean
Jim from "The City and the Pillar" appears in what other Vidal novel? [1207 responses]

Judgment of Paris (453) 38%
Messiah (99) 8%
Season of Comfort (270) 22%
Dark Green, Bright Red (170) 14%
Washington, D.C. (215) 18%
 
Answer: Judgment of Paris
What was Vidal's first book to be translated into a foreign language? [1067 responses]

Williwaw (240) 22%
In a Yellow Wood (105) 10%
City and the Pillar (586) 55%
Season of Comfort (32) 3%
Messiah (104) 10%
 
Answer: In a Yellow Wood
Into what language was the answer to #3 translated? [1053 responses]

French (675) 64%
German (115) 11%
Spanish (90) 9%
Norwegian (110) 10%
Dutch (63) 6%
 
Answer: Norwegian, in 1947
Which of Vidal's plays for live television was the first to become a feature film? [1000 responses]

Visit to a Small Planet (374) 37%
The Death of Billy the Kid (169) 17%
The Turn of the Screw (32) 3%
The Catered Affair (78) 8%
The Best Man (347) 35%
 
Answer: The Death of Billy the Kid
Who reportedly wanted to play "Myra Breckinridge" before Raquel Welch? [985 responses]

Gina Lollobrigida (261) 26%
Bette Davis (163) 17%
Katharine Hepburn (154) 16%
Anne Bancroft (354) 36%
Connie Stevens (53) 5%
 
Answer: Anne Bancroft
Vidal has not been translated into which of the following languages? [968 responses]

Icelandic (128) 13%
Albanian (245) 25%
Arabic (363) 38%
Catalan (126) 13%
Ukrainian (106) 11%
 
Answer: Arabic
Which screenplay did Vidal not write in part or whole? [951 responses]

Suddenly, Last Summer (163) 17%
Ben-Hur (120) 13%
Is Paris Burning? (201) 21%
Myra Breckinridge (363) 38%
Caligula (104) 11%
 
Answer: Myra Breckinridge
Which of the following writers has Vidal not penned admiring essays about? [968 responses]

Dawn Powell (157) 16%
Anthony Burgess (85) 9%
Italo Calvino (43) 4%
John Updike (632) 65%
Tennessee Williams (51) 5%
 
Answer: John Updike
Which Vidal novel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize? [960 responses]

Washington, D.C. (76) 8%
Myra Breckinridge (52) 5%
Burr (242) 25%
Lincoln (521) 54%
Creation (69) 7%
 
Answer: Lincoln
Which of the following is not a Vidal pseudonym? [936 responses]

Katherine Everard (73) 8%
Edgar Box (33) 4%
Eric Blair (436) 47%
Libra (313) 33%
Cameron Kay (81) 9%
 
Answer: Eric Blair
Which of the following is not the title of a book by Vidal? [919 responses]

Dangerous Voyage (174) 19%
Clara Reeve (289) 31%
The Ladies in the Library and Other Stories (139) 15%
Virgin Islands (139) 15%
Sex, Death and Money (178) 19%
 
Answer: Clara Reeve
Vidal's famous essay about the Kennedys, "The Holy Family," first appeared in what publication? [923 responses]

Esquire (465) 50%
Life (55) 6%
Look (23) 2%
Vanity Fair (266) 29%
The New York Review of Books (114) 12%
 
Answer: Esquire
Which of the following is not a short story by Vidal? [903 responses]

Mostly About Geoffrey (199) 22%
The Bride Wore a Business Suit (287) 32%
A Moment of Green Laurel (90) 10%
Summer Pavilion (137) 15%
Three Strategems (190) 21%
 
Answer: Summer Pavilion
BONUS QUESTION: Which of the following novel pairs do not go together? [951 responses]

Messiah & Kalki (97) 10%
Live from Golgotha & The Smithsonian Institution (284) 30%
Washington, D.C. & The Golden Age (38) 4%
In a Yellow Wood & Dark Green, Bright Red (408) 43%
Julian & Creation (124) 13%
 
Answer: In a Yellow Wood & Dark Green, Bright Red

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