As you all probably know, there are a bunch of literary events going on in New York right now. One of them is the NYC LitCrawl. And, being a big fan of Europa Editions awesome line of international noir, I thought I’d join them for the reading they sponsored by Alexander Maksik from his new book You Deserve Nothingto be followed by an Existentialist Quiz. Guess what. I won the quiz! And I kept my answer sheet! So, below are the quiz questions (as I remember them…I only have the answers). I think they’re pretty easy, but try it for yourself and I’ll post the answers next week. No cheating.

1. This Dane was one of the first existential philosophers proper, although he never actually used the term itself.
2. How did Camus die?
3. According to Nietzsche, who is dead?
4. This Jewish-German philosopher explored how people relate to one another.
5. Many consider this one of Shakespeare’s plays to be “Existentialist”.
6. Who was Sartre’s lover?
7. Which cemetery, in which city, is Sartre buried?
8. Which play, and by whom, are the following lines from?  “Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!”
9. According to Sartre, Man is not created like this common desktop object.
10. Published in 1890, this novel was called, in its original Norwegian, Sult.
11. According to Sartre, man is condemned to be what?
12. What is the first and last name of person who dies in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying?
13. According to the tenets of Existentialism, does Existence precede Essence or does Essence precede Existence?
14. What are the opening lines, in French, to The Stranger?
15. This philosopher compared Liberalism to “herd-animilization”.
Good Luck!


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