This weekend is the annual That BIG Book Sale, which benefits the Charleston County Public Library. Thousands of items will be for sale, including children’s books, DVDs and CDs. For more information, go to

In honor of the event, this week’s trivia is dedicated to books and reading.

Current trivia champ Kayla Clark, a nanny, is being challenged by Jay Santos, who is taking the semester off and “exploring his options.”


1. Which novel begins with the sentence, “It was a pleasure to burn”?

2. What was the first Dr. Seuss book published?

3. What is the first sentence in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”?

4. Which was published first: Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” or Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems”?

5. What John Steinbeck novel featured a character named Lennie Small?

6. Which book by Joseph Conrad inspired the movie “Apocalypse Now”?

7. Benvolio is a character in which Shakespeare play?

8. What are the names of the three musketeers in the Alexandre Dumas’ novel?

9. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, who is the best-selling novelist of all time?

10. The phrase “Big Brother is watching you” is from what novel?


1. Something by Stephen King.

2. “The Cat in the Hat”

3. Oh, this one’s pretty famous. And, of course, I can’t think of the answer.

4. “On The Road”

5. I know the Joads were in “The Grapes of Wrath,” so ... “Of Mice and Men”?

6. Oh, what is the name of that book?

7. “Romeo and Juliet.” I can’t wait to see the new movie.

8. Porthos, D’Artagnan and Athos.

9. J.K. Rowling

10. “1984”


1. (Contestant chose not to answer.)

2. “Hop on Pop”

3. “Call me Ishmael.”

4. “Howl”

5. “Of Mice and Men”

6. “Heart of Darkness”

7. “Hamlet”

8. Athos, Porthos, Aramis.

9. Dan Brown

10. “1984”


Jay becomes the latest Head2Head trivia champ and will return next week to defend his title.

And now time to address something pointed out by a few sharp-eyed readers from last week’s Oktoberfest trivia: Question No. 9 was incorrectly worded and should have read “Which writer never lived in Bavaria: Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Henrik Ibsen or Hermann Hesse?” The answer, Hesse, was correct.


1. “Fahrenheit 451”

2. “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”

3. “Call me Ishmael.”

4. “Howl and Other Poems” (1956)

5. “Of Mice and Men”

6. “Heart of Darkness”

7. “Romeo and Juliet”

8. Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

9. Agatha Christie

10. “1984”