Language and literature: 10 questions

  1. Which country is known in its own language as Suomi?
  2. Which Shakespeare play does Iago appear in?
  3. What is the official language of Iran?
  4. Which Russian novel centres on the murder of an anonymous woman by the protagonist Raskolnikov?
  5. Which German word literally means “time ghost”, and means the spirit of the age?
  6. The Good Soldier Swejk by Jaroslav Hacek is a cornerstone of the literature of which country?
  7. Which language has dialects including Egyptian, Moroccan and Mesopotamian?
  8. Which Japanese author appeared on the 1000 yen note prior to the current occupant?
  9. What does the French term “esprit de escalier”, literally “spirit of the stairs”, mean?
  10. Margaret Mitchell only ever wrote one novel, but it became one of the most successful novels of all time, and was made into one of the most famous films of all time. What was it called?

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  1. Which country is known in its own language as Suomi?
    A: Finland
  2. Which Shakespeare play does Iago appear in?
    A: Othello
  3. What is the official language of Iran?
    A: Farsi
  4. Which Russian novel centres on the murder of an anonymous woman by the protagonist Raskolnikov?
    A: Crime and Punishment
  5. Which German word literally means “time ghost”, and means the spirit of the age?
    A: Zeitgeist
  6. The Good Soldier Swejk by Jaroslav Hacek is a cornerstone of the literature of which country?
    A: Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic
  7. Which language has dialects including Egyptian, Moroccan and Mesopotamian?
    A: Arabic
  8. Which Japanese author appeared on the 1000 yen note prior to the current occupant?
    A: Natsume Soseki
  9. What does the French term “esprit de escalier”, literally “spirit of the stairs”, mean?
    A: Thinking of a witty remark too late for the appropriate situation (i.e. on the stairs after leaving a party)
  10. Margaret Mitchell only ever wrote one novel, but it became one of the most successful novels of all time, and was made into one of the most famous films of all time. What was it called?
    A: Gone with the Wind

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