Sicilian Literature

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Sicilian Literature

Today you can test your knowledge of Sicilian literature: do you know your opera dei pupi from your opera, your Verga from your Vittorini and how much do you know about Sicilian women writers? Take the quiz to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Foodie detective, the creation of Andrea Camilleri:
    • A. 

      Montalbano

    • B. 

      Bellodi

  • 2. 
    Nobel-prize-winning poet born in Modica in 1901:
    • A. 

      Eugenio Montale

    • B. 

      Salvatore Quasimodo

  • 3. 
    Vastasate were:
    • A. 

      Long, 18th century novels

    • B. 

      18th century plays

  • 4. 
    What kind of theatrical tradition was introduced in  Sicily by don Giovanni Grasso in the 19th century?
    • A. 

      Puppet theatre

    • B. 

      Carnival masks

  • 5. 
    Born in Agrigento in 1867, the theme of many of this author's works is the nature of truth.  He was:
    • A. 

      Luigi Capuana

    • B. 

      Luigi Pirandello

  • 6. 
    The 11th Prince of Lampedusa was the author of:
    • A. 

      Il Leone

    • B. 

      Il Gattopardo

  • 7. 
    Daughter of a Sicilian Princess, this writer is the author of L'età del malessere and La lunga vita di Marianna Ucria.  She is:
    • A. 

      Maria Messina

    • B. 

      Dacia Maraini

  • 8. 
    Teacher and politician who devoted his later life to writing about Sicily and the Mafia.  One of his most famous journalistic works is L'affare Moro [1978]:
    • A. 

      Leonardo Sciascia

    • B. 

      Elio Vittorini

  • 9. 
    Born in Siracusa in 1908, this author left Sicily in 1924 and was imprisoned for his criticism of the fascist régime:
    • A. 

      Elio Vittorini

    • B. 

      Giovanni Verga

  • 10. 
    Author of Cavelleria Rusticana and I Malavoglia:
    • A. 

      Pietro Mascagni

    • B. 

      Giovanni Verga

  • 11. 
    Feminist writer among whose works are La Briganta, Complice Il Dubbio and La donna che visse per un sogno:
    • A. 

      Dacia Maraini

    • B. 

      Maria Rosa Cutrufelli

  • 12. 
    Author of Volevo i pantaloni [1988]:
    • A. 

      Lara Cardella

    • B. 

      Maria Rosa Cutrufelli