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Five Big Read As & Qs

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Although there hasn?t yet been a Big Read category on Jeopardy!---we're looking at you Trebek---many of the titles and authors in  The Big Read library have been featured in categories such as American Literature, 19th Century Literature, and Nobel Prize Winners.  Below are five clues that have been used on the game show---how many can you answer correctly?

1. ANSWER: This Poe tale ends with the line "The Inquisition was in the hands of its enemies."

QUESTION:  What is "The Pit and the Pendulum"

2. ANSWER: When this title slat bridge with vine handrails broke, five victims were hurled to their death.

QUESTION: What is The Bridge of San Luis Rey?

3. ANSWER: "Under the spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands" begins his poem "The Village Blacksmith."

QUESTION: Who is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

4. ANSWER: 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Naguib Mahfouz is best known for tales of this African capital.

QUESTION: What is Cairo?

5. ANSWER: "The Mute" was the working title of this 1940 novel by a female author.

QUESTION: What is The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter?

Do you have a Big Read question, er I mean, answer for us? Leave a comment and see if you can stump us. (And don't forget to visit The Big Read website for even more As and Qs.)

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