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THE WEEKLY QUIZ THAT TESTS YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ARTS
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The Independent Culture
1 Who were George "The Cow" Cowley, William and Ray?

2 What play by Tom Stoppard revolves around an encounter between moral philosophers and footballers in a Prague hotel?

3 What play did Shaw write "to draw attention to the truth that prostitution is caused, not by female depravity and male licentiousness, but simply by underpaying, undervaluing, and overworking women so shamelessly that the poorest of them are forced to resort to prostitution to keep body and soul together"?

4 In what novel of 1886 does the hero start by knocking down his maths master and running away to Australia, before becoming the most successful boxer of his era?

5 As a friend, Mr Wegg drops into poetry; that's as opposed to what?

6 Conversely, where would you meet an ex-nun turned writer of pornographic fiction?

ANSWERS:

1 The Professionals in the much-missed television action series - William and Ray were Bodie and Doyle's first names. 2 The 1977 television play Professional Foul. 3 Mrs Warren's Profession. 4 Cashel Byron's Profession - also by Shaw. 5 "Professionally, he declines and falls" - Noddy Boffin, the Golden Dustman of Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, on Silas Wegg, whom Boffin employs to read aloud from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 6 In Hal Hartley's 1994 film Amateur.

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