Answers to the titles/band names which came from books quiz

Titles/band names which came from books: a quiz

I recently posted a quiz:

Titles/band names which came from books: a quiz

If you want to try it yourself, go there first; I’m about to post the answers!

Each of these are quotations where I knew the source before I knew the work which used it…

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    1. Source: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
    1. Source: The Tyger by William Blake (AKA Tiger, Tiger…”burning bright”)
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    1. Source: The Tempest by William Shakespeare (I could probably have done an entire game based on “Billy the Bard” allusions) 😉
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
    1. Source: The Bible, specifically Exodus
  5. The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
    1. Source: Julius Caesar, again by Shakespeare
  6. The Doors (the name of the band…and the origin of the name of the book on which the band name was based)
    1. Source: It’s a shortening of “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley…which is, in itself, quoting William Blake’s (Blake, again) The Marriage of Heaven and H*ll
  7. The band Steppenwolf
    1. Source: (Der) Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
  8. The band Veruca Salt
    1. Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Veruca is the spoiled one who wants it now)
  9. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    1. Source: The Odyssey by Homer
  10. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
    1. Source: Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII by John Donne. The poem also includes the line “No man is an island”

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7 Responses to “Answers to the titles/band names which came from books quiz”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII by John Donne.” No wonder I couldn’t remember the title.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      🙂

      I think a lot of people refer to it as “No man is an island”, even though that’s not really the title…

  2. Allie Says:

    More trivia: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is also one of Metallica’s biggest hits, off the album “Ride The Lightning”. They’re a very diverse group! lol I am quite fond of Hemingway (he was my second literary love, after Fitzgerald : ) but I love Metallica too, and would feel remiss not to mention them here!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      You taught me something I didn’t know…and that’s one of my favorite things!

      As a Fitzgerald fan, have you watched the new Christina Ricci series on Amazon? If so, what do you think?

      • Allie Says:

        I’m glad I taught you something -as someone who enjoys teaching and learning, I take that as a compliment!

        I’ve hesitated to watch the Zelda show because I’m worried I might hate it. Yes I’m backwards! We knew that already. There’s so much apocryphal in biographical fiction like this…. I do try to suspend disbelief and I generally enjoy things more (kind of like stories that involve time-travel. Just slingshot around the sun and leave it at that! 😉 ). But it’s not as easy to ignore differences when I already have a LOT of background knowledge.

        Short answer – “I’ll get to it!” 🙂 I have higher expectations from The Last Tycoon, which is also playing as a miniseries on Amazon – it’s based on Fitzgerald’s novel that was left unfinished at the time of his death.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Allie!

        Yes, I intended it as gratitude/compliment! It’s truly appreciated. 🙂

        I understand what you are saying. I don’t write about it a lot on this blog, although I’ve mentioned it, but I have a deep knowledge of UFOs/paranormal phenomena/cryptozoology and more. For that reason, people assumed I would love The X-Files. I watched the first episode, and didn’t watch it again for years. 🙂 That’s even though my normal rule is to give a show two episodes before judging it. I had a big problem with Scully being shown in underwear, but it was also jarring for me in a way different than it would be for people with a more casual knowledge. I said to somebody at the time that it was like watching a Civil War movie and having fighter jets show up. 🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      You taught me something I didn’t know…and that’s one of my favorite things!

      As a Fitzgerald fan, have you watched the new Christina Ricci series on Amazon? If so, what do you think?

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