Welcome to the website woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell.

 

The fifth annual Feastival of Books will take place virtually on Saturday, August 21, 10 am-5 pm. For information about this bibliophilic event, click sdfestivalofbooks.com.

Honoring this great cultural event, I share with you a quiz of “Perfect Matches,” from my bouncing baby book, Richard Lederer’s Ultimate Book of Literary Trivia.

Match each real or imaginary person in the left-hand column with his or her perfect literary title in the right-hand column. Let’s start with a cast of imaginary people, such as Apollo, The Sun Also Rises; King Midas, Goldfinger; and Barney the Dinosaur, The Color Purple.

1. Captain Ahab Arms and the Man
2. Ben-Hur The Big Sleep
3. Bugs Bunny Chariots of Fire
4. Chicken Little A Farewell to Arms
5. Count Dracula Fences
6. Lemuel Gulliver For Whom the Bell Tolls
7. Lady Macbeth Giant
8. Popeye The Jungle
9. Hester Prynne The King Must Die
10. Quasimodo Magnificent Obsession 
11. Tom Sawyer Marley and Me
12. Ebenezer Scrooge Rabbit Run
13. Tarzan The Red Badge of Courage
14. Rip Van Winkle Skyfall
15. Venus de Milo White Fang

 Answers

  1. Magnificent Obsession 2. Chariots of Fire 3. Rabbit Run 4. Skyfall 5. White Fang 6. Giant 7. The King Must Die 8. Arms and the Man 9. The Red Badge of Courage 10. For Whom the Bell Tolls 11. Fences Marley and Me 13. The Jungle 14. The Big Sleep 15. A Farewell to Arms

Now match each real-life person with his or her perfect book title. Examples: Yogi Berra, Catcher in the Rye, and Amelia Earhart, Gone Girl.

1. John and Priscilla Alden The Birds
2. Louis Armstrong Black Beauty
3. Neil Armstrong The Bluest Eye
4. Benedict Arnold The Boys in the Band
5. John Jay Audobon Brave New World
6. The Beatles The Cherry Orchard
7. Jeff Bezos Come Blow Your Horn
8. Camilla Parker Bowles Crime and Punishment
9. Al Capone Deliverance
10. Christopher Columbus An Enemy of the People
11. Thomas Crapper Game of Thrones
12. Euclid The Good Earth
13. Anthony Fauci The Grapes of Wrath
14. W.C. Fields Heart of Darkness
15. Benjamin Franklin The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
16. Jane Goodall The Iceman Cometh
17. Wayne Gretzky Jaws
18. Harry and Meghan The Kite Runner
19. Adolph Hitler Life of Pi
20. Jay Leno Lord of the Flies
21. Bruno Mars and Venus Williams Love Story
22. Willie Mays Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
23. Mona Lisa Moonwalk
24. Moses The Once and Future King
25. John Muir The Pilgrim’s Progress
26. Elvis Presley The Plague
27. Frank Sinatra Planet of the Apes
28. Neil deGrasse Tyson The Portrait of a Lady
29. George Washington Travels with Charley
30. Vanessa Williams Up from Slavery

 

Answers

  1. Pilgrim’s Progress 2. Come Blow Your Horn 3. Moonwalk 4. An Enemy of the People 5. The Birds 6. The Boys in the Band 7. Deliverance 8. Travels With Charlie 9. Crime and Punishment 10. Brave New World 11. Game of Thrones 12. Life of Pi 13. The Plague 14. The Grapes of Wrath 15. The Kite Runner 16. Planet of the Apes 17. The Iceman Cometh 18. Love Story 19. Heart of Darkness 20. Jaws 21. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus 22. Lord of the Flies 23. The Portrait of a Lady 24. Up From Slavery 25. The Good Earth  26. The Once and Future King 27. The Bluest Eye 28. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 29. The Cherry Orchard 30. Black Beauty