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Trivia Quiz - Allen Ginsberg: Beat Poet
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s.
November 29, 2011
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1. Ginsberg's breakthrough poem became the focus of an obscenity trial in San Francisco. What was the title of the poem?
A. The Raven
C. Public Pissants
D. The Death of a Hired Man
2. What famous 19th century poet was a major inspiration for Ginsberg, on his free verse style of poetry?
A. Walt Whitman
B. Walter Sickert
C. Robert Frost
D. Jim Morrison
3. What religion did Ginsberg practice?
4. Ginsberg's mother, aside from having psychological illness leading to a suicide attempt, had unusual political beliefs which she shared with her children. What political party was she affiliated with during Allen's youth?
5. The 1955 San Francisco poetry reading organized by Ginsberg could be termed the defining moment of the Beatkiks. What was the name of the poetry reading?
A. Ginsberg and Friends Howls
B. The Seven Gallery reading
C. Beatniks: East meets West
D. The Six Gallery reading
6. What is Ginsberg's most famous line of poetry?
A. "The soft parade has now begun, can't you hear the engines run . . . "
B. "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked...."
C. "Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints, as heads is tails, Just call me Lucifer . . . "
D. "Send lawyers, guns, and money, Dad, get me out of this. . . "
7. Ginsberg went to Cuba, but was deported in 1965. Why?
A. Protesting persecution of homosexuals.
B. Performing his famed, if graphic, poems.
C. He made a pass at Raul Castro.
D. Taking acid (LSD) in public in one of the bar's Hemingway had frequented.
8. In 1965, Ginsberg was involved in Vietnam War protests; when a local motorcycle club threatened to violently interrupt the protest, Ginsberg appealed to this famous man to effect peace:
A. Hunter S. Thompson
B. Sonny Barger
C. G.Gordon Liddy
D. Ken Kesey
9. What famous medical doctor teamed with Ginsberg, touting the wonders of LSD?
A. Dr. Margaret Kildare
B. Dr. TImothy Leary
C. Dr. Augustus Owsley Stanley III
D. Dr. Jocelyn Brothers
10. What was Ginsberg's profession before becoming a poet?
B. He worked odd jobs until he could support himself as poet.
C. College Student.
D. Glass blower.
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