O. Henry (not the candy bar) by VaccaD

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Although the Moon is only one-fourth the size of the Earth, it is further away.


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Quiz Description

Answer the following about the works of O. Henry, including his inspirations and those he inspired -- and then be stunned at the twist ending!

Warning: there are spoilers ahead, but these stories are more than a century old. This ain't The Force Awakens.

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Questions:

O. Henry's most famous story is probably WHAT ACCOUNT of a young couple, Della and Jim, who both secretly sell their most prized possessions to buy the other the perfect present?

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THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

TWO ANSWERS REQUIRED: in the story referenced in the previous question, WHAT GIFTS do Jim and Della buy each other?

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A SET OF COMBS, A PLATINUM WATCH FOB

"Oh, I know what to do when I see victuals coming toward me in little old [BLANK]-on-the-Subway. I strike the asphalt three times with my forehead and get ready to spiel yarns for my supper.

WHAT CITY fills in the blank in this O. Henry quote, in which he coined one of New York City's innumerable nicknames?

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BAGHDAD

The title of O. Henry's story collection The Four Million was intended as a rejoinder to Ward McAllister's assertion that there were only 400 people in New York City who really mattered. McAllister picked the number 400 because that was the capacity of the ballroom of WHAT SOCIALITE, the former Caroline Schermerhorn?

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MRS. WILLIAM BACKHOUSE ASTOR, JR.

O. Henry's short story "The Caballero's Way" was made into a movie, which began a series of 27 western movies and a six-season television show starring WHAT DESPERADO? The character was the villain (insofar as there was one) of the original story, but the Hollywood version was a heroic Robin Hood figure and attracted a sidekick called Pancho.

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THE CISCO KID

The title character of WHAT O. HENRY STORY is actually an alias for Johnny Dorset, who tries to befriend Sam (the narrator) and Bill? The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "A Dog and Pony Show" is a rough adaptation, with Rarity as Johnny and the Diamond Dogs in the Sam and Bill roles.

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THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF

In the O. Henry story "A Retrieved Reformation", small-town shoemaker Ralph Spencer reveals he's actually the criminal Jimmy Valentine. WHAT SPECIFIC CRIMINAL CAREER did Jimmy Valentine walk away from, which proved essential in keeping his fiancee's niece Agatha from dying of asphyxiation?

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SAFECRACKER

The title object of WHAT O. HENRY STORY is the long-promised masterpiece of an artist named Behrman, painted while standing on a ladder during a raging storm for the benefit of a woman suffering from pneumonia?

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THE LAST LEAF

O. Henry's story "Makes the Whole World Kin", about a burglar who winds up befriending a would-be victim when they bond over their health woes, takes its title from Ulysses' line "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin" in WHAT SHAKESPEARE PLAY?

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TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

O. Henry's mastery of the short story form is commemorated in the O. Henry Award, given for short stories of exceptional merit. The current first prize holder is "The Gun" by Mark Haddon, who is best known for WHAT DETECTIVE NOVEL told from the point of view of a 15 year old boy with an autism spectrum disorder?

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Possibly the most consequential winner of the O. Henry Award is "Barn Burning" by WHAT AUTHOR? The story is a prequel to three novels (The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion) by the same author and deals with the problems of tenant farmer Abner Snopes and his son Sartoris.

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WILLIAM FAULKNER

Okay, no big twist ending, just a personal note: my inspiration for an O. Henry quiz was learning while writing the "Curved Yellow Fruit" quiz that O. Henry coined the term "banana republic". (And being surprised how few people knew O. Henry spent time on the lam in Honduras for bank fraud.) Anyway, the term appeared in a story from his collection Cabbages and Kings, whose title is taken from a line from WHAT POEM?

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THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER (by Lewis Carroll)