Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Good Read

Hello my dear family and friends. I think it is time for a new read. Let's start the new book on September 1. Any suggestions?  Please type your suggestions into the comments. 

Until then, see if you can answer these trivia questions: 

1. When and where was the first public library established on the North American Continent?

2. As of the year 2000, what was considered the most valuable (monitarily) book in the world?

3. Before settling on the moniker "Tiny Tim", what other names did Charles Dickens consider for his sickly character in "A Christmas Carol"?

4. What was "Dr. Suess" full name? Do you know what year he wrote his first book?

5. A.A. Milne's son was the inspiration for the Christopher Robin of the Winnie the Pooh books. What was his name and how did his parents decide on it?

6. Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world's first Novel. In what year was it written?

7. Harriet Wilson was the first African American to have a novel published in the United States. She wrote it in 1859. What was the title? (I might get in trouble if I publish it here. ;-)

8. German Johann Gutenberg invented the moveable type in 1440 and printed his first book, the Latin Bible, in what year?

9. The first book printed in English was in the year ______ ?

10. What is the historical significance of the books Freeman's Oath and An Almanack, published in Cambridge, Massachusetts?

Find the answers here. ANSWERS and more.


Jacob and Cami said...

I do not know the answers to any of these questions.

Hillary and Jake said...

I'm going to guess without google
10. was the first book published in america
9. 1445
7. My nig? I'm not 100% sure though
6. 60 b.c.
3. "Gimpy Gabe"
2. The Gutenburg Bible
1. 1600

some of these are actual educated guesses the rest are just jokes.I'll try and think of a book everyone would enjoy. when I do I'll leave a comment.

Cunningham Girls Book Club said...

1. Philadelphia in the 18th century by Benjamin Franklin
4. Theodore Geisel

Darryl and Cindy Cunningham said...

1. The first public library in America was opened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1698.

2. J. J. Audubon’s The Birds of America, published in 1840, is the most valuable book in the world. It sold for $8,802,500 in March 2000—the highest price ever paid for a book.

3. Charles Dickens called the sickly character in A Christmas Carol “Small Sam” and “Puny Pete” before settling on “Tiny Tim.

4. Dr. Seuss’ full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He loved to wear crazy hats to parties. When he was having a hard time coming up with rhymes, he would sometimes put on one of his many “thinking caps” for inspiration.

Dr. Seuss wrote his first book in 1936 while crossing the Atlantic on the luxury liner Kungsholm. The sound of the ship’s engines annoyed him, and his wife suggested that he use their rhythm to help him write a book in rhyme. The book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times before Vanguard Publishing took a chance and accepted the manuscript. The gamble paid off! Dr. Seuss went on to write 43 other books that have been enjoyed by millions of children and parents around the world.

5. His son, also named Christopher Robin, grew up hating the stories because his schoolmates teased him about his imaginary friends. When Christopher was born, Milne and his wife wanted to name him Billy. They had second thoughts because they considered Billy too informal, but they didn't like the name William. Instead, they decided to give him two first names, with each parent choosing a name.

6. Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of the Genji, in around 1008.

7. The first novel written by an African American and published in the United States was Our Nig, by Harriet Wilson. She wrote it in 1859.

8. German Johann Gutenberg, who invented movable type in 1440, printed his first book, a Latin Bible, in 1455.

9. The first book printed in English, in 1475, was The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. by Englishman William Caxton.

10. In 1639, Stephen Daye printed Freeman's Oath and An Almanack in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first books published in the American colonies