The Gore Vidal Quiz - Part 1
Vidal's first novel took place aboard a ship in what body of water? [1245 responses]

Atlantic Ocean (156) 13%
Pacific Ocean (623) 50%
Indian Ocean (55) 4%
Arctic Ocean (388) 31%
Caribbean Sea (23) 2%
 
Answer: Pacific Ocean
Jim from "The City and the Pillar" appears in what other Vidal novel? [1215 responses]

Judgment of Paris (457) 38%
Messiah (100) 8%
Season of Comfort (272) 22%
Dark Green, Bright Red (170) 14%
Washington, D.C. (216) 18%
 
Answer: Judgment of Paris
What was Vidal's first book to be translated into a foreign language? [1073 responses]

Williwaw (242) 23%
In a Yellow Wood (109) 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? [1059 responses]

French (676) 64%
German (116) 11%
Spanish (91) 9%
Norwegian (113) 11%
Dutch (63) 6%
 
Answer: Norwegian, in 1947
Which of Vidal's plays for live television was the first to become a feature film? [1006 responses]

Visit to a Small Planet (376) 37%
The Death of Billy the Kid (170) 17%
The Turn of the Screw (32) 3%
The Catered Affair (79) 8%
The Best Man (349) 35%
 
Answer: The Death of Billy the Kid
Who reportedly wanted to play "Myra Breckinridge" before Raquel Welch? [991 responses]

Gina Lollobrigida (264) 27%
Bette Davis (163) 16%
Katharine Hepburn (155) 16%
Anne Bancroft (356) 36%
Connie Stevens (53) 5%
 
Answer: Anne Bancroft
Vidal has not been translated into which of the following languages? [973 responses]

Icelandic (130) 13%
Albanian (246) 25%
Arabic (365) 38%
Catalan (126) 13%
Ukrainian (106) 11%
 
Answer: Arabic
Which screenplay did Vidal not write in part or whole? [956 responses]

Suddenly, Last Summer (163) 17%
Ben-Hur (120) 13%
Is Paris Burning? (203) 21%
Myra Breckinridge (365) 38%
Caligula (105) 11%
 
Answer: Myra Breckinridge
Which of the following writers has Vidal not penned admiring essays about? [973 responses]

Dawn Powell (157) 16%
Anthony Burgess (85) 9%
Italo Calvino (43) 4%
John Updike (636) 65%
Tennessee Williams (52) 5%
 
Answer: John Updike
Which Vidal novel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize? [965 responses]

Washington, D.C. (77) 8%
Myra Breckinridge (52) 5%
Burr (244) 25%
Lincoln (523) 54%
Creation (69) 7%
 
Answer: Lincoln
Which of the following is not a Vidal pseudonym? [941 responses]

Katherine Everard (73) 8%
Edgar Box (33) 4%
Eric Blair (438) 47%
Libra (316) 34%
Cameron Kay (81) 9%
 
Answer: Eric Blair
Which of the following is not the title of a book by Vidal? [924 responses]

Dangerous Voyage (174) 19%
Clara Reeve (291) 31%
The Ladies in the Library and Other Stories (139) 15%
Virgin Islands (141) 15%
Sex, Death and Money (179) 19%
 
Answer: Clara Reeve
Vidal's famous essay about the Kennedys, "The Holy Family," first appeared in what publication? [928 responses]

Esquire (468) 50%
Life (55) 6%
Look (23) 2%
Vanity Fair (267) 29%
The New York Review of Books (115) 12%
 
Answer: Esquire
Which of the following is not a short story by Vidal? [908 responses]

Mostly About Geoffrey (199) 22%
The Bride Wore a Business Suit (287) 32%
A Moment of Green Laurel (90) 10%
Summer Pavilion (139) 15%
Three Strategems (193) 21%
 
Answer: Summer Pavilion
BONUS QUESTION: Which of the following novel pairs do not go together? [956 responses]

Messiah & Kalki (97) 10%
Live from Golgotha & The Smithsonian Institution (286) 30%
Washington, D.C. & The Golden Age (38) 4%
In a Yellow Wood & Dark Green, Bright Red (410) 43%
Julian & Creation (125) 13%
 
Answer: In a Yellow Wood & Dark Green, Bright Red

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