Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Daily Teaser — 14-4-2016: The Grapes of Wrath

Oh, THAT’S a bit better … 

I managed to get sleep, last night.

Which is something I’m thankful for, frankly.

Although it does mean I can remember having a (short) dream.

Where I was talking to a young woman, with a faceful of red make-up — like a red version of this — about the bus.

Apparently, we’d missed it.

She said.

In mime!

I usually find I have half an idea what a dream’s trying to tell me.

Except when it involves red-faced, female mime artists … 


Oh … and just as a small piece of news?

I’ve just had a look at my various social media news feeds …

To find actor Gareth Thomas — who I remember as Blake, in Blake’s 7, and Children of the Stones — has died.

That’s sad!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 14th April, saw the original publication of The Grapes of Wrath.   In which year of the 1930s?
Q2) Who wrote the book?
Q3) The story’s main characters are a family of tenant farmers.   What’s the family’s name?
Q4) The best known film version of the book was directed by John Ford: and released in which year?
Q5) Who played the main character in that film?
Q6) The main characters are Okies.   In other words, they’re from which US state?
Q7) The family left their farm, after being evicted: as a result of a serious drought.   The drought was known as the what?
Q8) The main character is the family’s second son.   What’s his name: Tom, Tim or Titus?
Q9) The family travel from their home state: to which West Coast US state?
Q10) Finally … The Grapes of Wrath was named as one of the reasons its author won the Nobel Prize in Literature.   In which year of the 1960s was this?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 13th April, 1958, saw Van Cliburn win the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.   The competition is for what: chess players, classical musicians or painters?
A1) As the name implies, classical musicians.
Q2) 13th April, 1964, saw Sidney Poitier become the first African-American to win a Best Actor Oscar.   For which film?
Q3) Which country declared itself a republic, on 13th April, 1848: Bulgaria, Hungary or Romania?
A3) Hungary.
Q4) 13th April, 1976, saw the US Treasury introduce a $2 bill.   Which US president is pictured on the bill?
Q5) Finally … Chicago was flooded on the 13th April.   Of which year: 1990, 1992 or 1994?
A5) 1992.
I’ll leave you with this line from the book …
“I gotta see them folks that’s gone out on the road. I got a feelin’ I got to see them.”

Preacher Casey, p.55 of The Grapes of Wrath.
And this song … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Yeah: I’ve just had another look at the relevant Wikipedia link, Olga.   I think we’ve another case of Batman Publication Syndrome.   I’m going to add that to my watch list, I think, and see what happens.   (Got to admit, I’ve not seen Lilies of the Field: I might just have to keep an eye out …)

†        See … ?   Couldn’t resist a Grapes of Wrath Teaser, Debbi.   OK, GRANTED I only Of Mice and Men, at school, Debbi, but … !   (At any rate … ?   I literally just got the news about Gareth Thomas, this morning: and found it very sad.   Blake’s 7, and Children of the Stones were huge, when I was younger.)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1939
Q2) John Steinbeck
Q3) Joad
Q4) 1940
Q5) Henry Fonda
Q6) Oklahoma
Q7) Dust Bowl
Q8) Tom
Q9) California
Q10) 1962
A very good choice. Great book. I quite like East of Eden too (Of Mice and Men, too, shorter). And if you prefer travel, Travels with Charlie is a much lighter book but I enjoyed it...
Sad news again..

Debbi said...

I got your files. Still need to download them, but I'll do that soon.

1. 1939
2. John Steinbeck
3. the Joads
4. 1940
5. Henry Fonda
6. Oklahoma
7. the Dust Bowl
8. Tom
9. California
10. 1962