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Question: What did the Wicked Witch of the West demand of Dorothy?
Answer: Dorothy Gale wore ruby slippers that had belonged to the witch’s sister. The witch’s quest to get those slippers makes up the novel The Wizard of Oz.
Question: Who is the sole survivor of the Pequod in Moby-Dick?
Answer: Ishmael, the narrator of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick, is the only survivor when Captain Ahab’s ship sinks.
Question: What Emily Bront? novel concerns Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw?
Answer: Set in Yorkshire, England, Wuthering Heights is a tragic love story about an orphan named Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy Earnshaw.
Question: Why do Mowgli’s adoptive parents call him Mowgli the Frog?
Answer: Mowgli, the hero of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books, is a human. His wolf parents call him Frog because he has no fur.
Question: What was the profession of John Watson, Sherlock Holmes’s friend and helper?
Answer: John H. Watson was a physician who had practiced with the British Army in Afghanistan.
Question: Of what race was Bilbo Baggins?
Answer: Bilbo Baggins was the short, stout furry-footed hero and a hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Sherlock Holmes explaining to Dr. Watson what he has deduced from the pipe left behind by a visitor (see Notes); engraving from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Yellow Face by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Strand Magazine, London, 1893.

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