Pub Quiz, Alternate Titles

Edward Albee’s play “The goat, or who is Sylvia?” and Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death” are among the many creative works to have dual titles, even though many people only know the first part. For this quiz, your task is to guess the first part of the title preceding the “or”, the rest of which is presented below.

You earn one point for each correct answer. Google not and do your best, posting your scores at the end. Five is a respectable score, more than that is very good.

1. …or, the Modern Prometheus

2. …or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

3. …or, There and Back again

4. …or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes

5. …or, What You Will

6. …or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

7. …or, The Whale

8. …or, The Wreck of the Titan

9. …or, How One Becomes What One Is

10. …or, Life Among the Lowly

Answers after the jump,

1. Frankenstein
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. The Hobbit
4. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
5. Twelfth Night
6. Peter Pan
7. Moby Dick
8. Futility
9. Ecce Homo
10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

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