From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein
February was Black History Month. March is Women’s History Month. April is Poetry Month. In honor of all three, the Rockaway Artists Alliance presents "The 13th (or is it 14th?) Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz." In honor of this humble columnist, all questions are intelligent, informative, clever and fit together beautifully. Because, my loyal readers (have you filled out your questionnaire to let the editors know how much you love this column?), if you line up in a row the first letter of all the answers, you will discern the message of the week. Here goes.
- This writer once said, "The black woman is one of America’s greatest heroes." Her rich body of poetry and prose reflect this belief. "The Color Purple" was her third novel and won a Pulitzer Prize. Who is this author?
- She, her first husband and her parents were all missionaries in China. A writer since childhood, she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. Her second novel, "The Good Earth," won a Pulitzer in 1931. Name this woman.
- This author won the Pulitzer Prize for "Thomas and Beulah". It is the story, in poetry, of her maternal grandparents. In 1993 she was the youngest poet and the first African American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. Her other books include "The Yellow House on the Corner" and "Fifth Sunday." Who is she?
- She once wrote, "I start with a tingle, a kind of feeling of the story I will write. Then come the characters, and they take over, they make the story." Name this Danish author and plantation owner in British East Africa whose most famous novel is…oops! That’s question # 7.
- Among her plays were "Watch on the Rhine," "The Children’s Hour," and "The Searching Wind." All had powerful political and social themes. Who was this American playwright whose story, "Pentimento," was the basis for the film, "Julia."
- Author of "The Secret Garden" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy," she was born in England but moved to Tennessee with her poverty-stricken family when she was a teenager. Name her.
- Remember # 4? Well, we finally got to # 7. Name that writer’s most famous novel, the story of her 17 years on a coffee plantation in British East Africa. (Hint – Meryl Streep and Robert Redford).
- American author Willa Cather grew up in Nebraska. Her novels reflect the semipioneer life of her youth and the English and Latin classics she studied. One of her novels is a cry to those of European stock who settled on the land. Name it.
- Her play, "A Raisin in the Sun," was the first play by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. It won a Drama Critics Circle Award and has been published and produced in 30 countries. Name her.
- This American was known for her lyric, sensitive, romantic, highly personal poetry. She wrote, "My soul is a dark ploughed field / In the cold rain; / My soul is a broken field / Ploughed by pain." Who is this poet?
Answers to this quiz are on page . Don’t forget to line up the first letter of each answer.
Information in this quiz comes from "Knowledge Cards" of the Library of Congress, published by Pomegranate Publications.
Thursday, April 11 – Poetry Night at Patrick’s Restaurant at 112-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Start time: 8 pm. Open mic. More info next week. Call RAA for information.
Sunday, April 7, 1-4 pm at sTudio 7, Fort Tilden is the opening reception for "Remembering," an exhibition of art dedicated to remembering the losses of our recent past and reflecting on our future. All exhibitions and receptions of RAA are admission-free.
Answers to the RAA quiz:
- Alice Walker (b. 1944)
- Pearl Buck (1892-1973)
- Rita Dove (b. 1952)
- Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)
- Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)
- Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
- Out of Africa
- O Pioneers! (Willa Cather, 1873-1947)
- Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)
- Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)