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2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Brandeis and UCLA A - #3 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
In one of this man's novels, jazz drummer Rufus Scott commits suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. This author wrote another novel about a man who deceives his fiancée Hella until the title character is guillotined for killing the Paris gay bar owner Guillaume. This author of Another Country and Giovanni's Room also wrote a work divided into two parts, “My Dungeon Shook” and “Down at the Cross,” in which he urged racial acceptance and warned of a title conflagration. In one novel by this author, a preacher named Gabriel steals his wife's savings; that novel opens on the fourteenth birthday of the protagonist John Grimes. For 10 points, name this author of The Fire Next Time and Go Tell it On the Mountain.
Answer: James Baldwin

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Caltech and Dartmouth A - #2 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
One speaker in this poem remembers “They called me the hyacinth girl” after quoting a German song that translates to “Fresh blows the Wind.” This poem notes the “falling towers” of “Jerusalem Athens Alexandria Vienna London.” This poem also references an “unreal city” and a “famous clairvoyante” with “a bad cold” and “a wicked deck of cards.” Madame Sosotris appears in the section of this poem called “The Burial of the Dead” which opens with the line “April is the cruelest month.” For 10 points, name this poem which ends with the Sanskrit mantra “Shantih shantih shantih,” a work of T.S. Eliot.
Answer: The Waste Land

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Caltech and Dartmouth A - #14 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
A prologue by this author decries singing of “wars, of captains, and of kings, Of cities founded, commonwealths begun.” This poet whined “My burning flesh in sweat did boil” in a poem about a fever, and in another poem wrote of “piteous shrieks of dreadful voice” and “fearful sound of ‘fire' and ‘fire.'” This author of “Verses Upon the Burning of Our House” addressed one collection as an “ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,” and opened another poem with the line “If ever two were one, then surely we.” For 10 points, name this poet who included “The Author to Her Book” and “To My Dear and Loving Husband” in her collection The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America.
Answer: Anne Bradstreet

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Chattahoochee - #9 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
In one of this author's novels, Pavel tells a story about how he threw a newlywed couple out of a carriage to save himself from wolves. In a second novel by this author, Frank shoots his wife Marie when he finds her cavorting with the protagonist's brother Emil in an orchard. In the former novel by this author, the protagonist first works for the Harlings and then takes a job with Wick Cutter after establishing a relationship with Jim Burden in Black Hawk.  The latter work of this author centers on Carl Linstrum's relationship with Alexandra Bergson and is set in Hanover, Nebraska. For 10 points, name this author of O Pioneers! who wrote about the Bohemian Shimerdas in My Antonia.
Answer: Willa Cather

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by CMU and LASA A - #2 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
The narrator of this novel hangs up on a character after being asked to send out some tennis shoes. Another character in this novel talks about “Oggsford College” and is alleged to have fixed the World Series. The narrator of this novel becomes involved with a professional golfer who cheated to win her first tournament. A man known as Owl-Eyes is one of the few who shows up at the title character's funeral after he is shot in his pool by George Wilson, who incorrectly believes that the car that killed Myrtle Wilson was driven by the title character rather than Daisy Buchanan. For 10 points, name this novel narrated by Nick Carraway, a Jazz age work by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Answer: The Great Gatsby

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by CMU and LASA A - #13 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
In one work, this author parodied the condescending Henry James as “Mr. Nixon.” The title character of that work by this author writes “medallions” in an attempt to “resuscitate the dead art of poetry.” Another poem by this man consists of the lines “The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.” This author of “In a Station of the Metro” and “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” translated several works of the Chinese poet Li Po. This author included Chinese characters in a work that has “Rock-Drill” and “Pisan” sections and was largely written in an Italian jail. For 10 points, name this fascist sympathizer, an American modernist poet who wrote The Cantos.
Answer: Ezra Weston Loomis Pound

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Duke A and Harvard Zhao - #13 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
This work describes a “hung jury” that “threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism.” This poem's description of “twenty five thousand mad comrades” is reference to the population of Pilgrim State, a mental institution where one person mentioned in this poem received shock therapy. This poem's end references a “sea-journey on the highway across America in tears.” This work repeats the word Moloch and tells Carl Solomon “I'm with you in Rockland.” This poem opens with the line “I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by madness, starving hysterical.” For 10 points, name this paragon of beat poetry by Allan Ginsberg. 
Answer: “Howl”

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Dunbar HS and Minnesota - #15 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
This poet wondered if the title concept could “govern in a thing so small” in a poem about a white spider on a white flower holding a white moth. This poet admitted “I have passed by the watchman on his beat and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain” in his tirza rima poem “Acquainted With the Night.” This author of “Design” wrote that “He is all pine and I am apple orchard” in one work, and concluded another of his poems with the concession “I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” For 10 points, name American poet who wrote “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and quoted the adage “'Good fences make good neighbors” in his poem “Mending Wall.” 
Answer: Robert Frost

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Furman, Claremont A, Illinois A, and ULL A - #2 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
One version of this work was published as “Clawed Back into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil,” after its author translated a French version back to English word for word. One character in this story tells of a mare with asthma and a dog named Andrew Jackson. The narrator goes to Angel's Camp looking for information for an article about a Reverend Leonidas, but instead, Simon Wheeler tells him about how a stranger used quail shot to win forty dollars off of Jim Smiley. For 10 points, name this short story in which the title creature named Daniel Webster loses a bet for its owner because it can't leap, a work by Mark Twain.
Answer: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” [or “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” or “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”]

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Furman, Claremont A, Illinois A, and ULL A - #15 [report this tossup]
Literature — American
The narrator of this novel fails to complete his thesis on Cass Mastern when he experiences a lack of focus he terms his “Great Sleep.” Miss Littlepaugh's brother commits suicide in this novel when he loses his job at the power company due to the bribery Judge Irwin. Sugar-Boy O'Sheean is the hotheaded chauffeur of one character in this work. In this novel, one character's affair with Anne Staunton is revealed by Tiny Duffey, causing the surgeon Adam to shoot a character known as “The Boss.” For 10 points, name this novel narrated by Jack Burden, a chronicle of the rise of the southern politician Willy Stark written by Robert Penn Warren. 
Answer: All the King's Men

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