Taylor Swift: The Scholar's Approach by BringMoreLegos

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Runner(s)-Up:

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Quiz Description

This is a quiz about the oeuvre of the queen, the goddess, our inspiration Taylor Swift as literature. Her personal life, celebrity, achievements, accolades, background, and all other such accoutrements will be explored only insofar as they relate to the text.

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Questions:

Multiple Taylor Swift songs, including "You Belong with Me" and "Forever and Always," mention events that occur on a Tuesday. WHAT SONG, notably (and not coincidentally with regard to the Tuesday motif), describes the events of a Wednesday?

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BEGIN AGAIN

WHAT OBJECT is implied to produce the sound effect central to the hook of "Blank Space"? (This may be the subject of debate among fringe Swift scholars, but I refer you, as always, to the text.)

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PEN

Younger Swifties may not catch the winking pretension to anonymity of WHAT SONG TITLE, a generic term for a breakup letter (coined in reference to servicemen overseas) that just so happens to use the real name of her ex-lover?

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DEAR JOHN

Speaking of letters, WHAT TERM is used for the poetry technique of starting and ending with the same line, an oft-used Tayloric signature heard on such songs as "Teardrops on My Guitar," "Fifteen," and "Love Story"?

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ENVELOPE

"Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes;
Tell myself it's time now, gotta let go,
But moving on from him is impossible
When I still see it all in my head..."

This is the bridge of WHAT SINGLE, whose verse and chorus lyrics consist entirely of a list of similes and metaphors?

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RED

Much of 1989 purportedly chronicles Swift's relationship with ex Harry Styles. But a fellow student of the T[ayl]orah has suggested to me that another valid interpretation hints at an intense, on-again-off-again secret tryst with supermodel Karlie Kloss. A key piece of evidence is WHAT PHYSICAL FEATURE shared by Styles and Kloss, mentioned in such lyrics as "I Know Places" and "Wonderland"?

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GREEN EYES

NAME ANY ONE of the several titles in which Ms. Swift concludes the lyric (or at least the final verse) by explicitly stating to the implied audience that she has written a song (the current song, in fact) for them. (edited at 2:42 pm, January 26, 2017 (CST))

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OUR SONG; HEY STEPHEN; DEAR JOHN

"I've never felt the need to apologize in a song before," Taylor commented in an interview about one of her songs. But she lied, because a track from the previous album ends with the repeated lyric "I'm sorry." NAME EITHER SONG.

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BACK TO DECEMBER; BREATHE

WHAT SONG TITLE is a pun on a British cultural movement of the late 70s to early 80s, associated with a synthpop musical style that influences the song's production?

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NEW ROMANTICS

Though received by the masses as a carefree youth anthem, a careful reading of the text suggests WHAT SONG is in fact a prelude to a casual sexual encounter with a stranger?

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TWENTY-TWO

"Please don't be in love with someone else.
Please don't have somebody waiting on you."

This is the secondary hook of WHAT SIX-MINUTE EPIC (and my personal favorite from the Taylor Swift canon)?

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ENCHANTED

I propose that Taylor Swift's work is most meaningfully viewed through a lens I term "Swiftian Duality." (Let me finish!) This literary theory makes no attempt to reconcile the competing views of the artist as either (a) calculated, image-conscious power broker or (b) goofy, aw-shucks girl next door; rather, it holds that both interpretations are accurate and, furthermore, one and the same.

In WHAT MUSIC VIDEO did Taylor herself essentially state (visually) this duality?

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YOU BELONG WITH ME