The story “Wedding Preparations in the Country” (1907) by Franz Kafka seems to directly foreshadow Gregor Samsa’s plight, as a train passenger lying in bed imagines himself as a giant bug.
- What action by Pancho Villa spurred the U.S. to invade Mexico in 1916? In 1916, the rebel leader Pancho Villa raided Columbus, New Mexico, and killed 18 people. Villa opposed U.S. influence in Mexico and was seeking to overthrow the…
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- Which number did Ryan O'Neal's character in Love Story (1970) have after his name? Ryan O'Neal's character had the number IV after his name, as in "Oliver Barrett IV.", in Love Story (1970). His father was Oliver Barrett III, played by…
- For what magazine did Macauley Connor work in The Philadelphia Story (1940)? Macauley Connor worked for Spy magazine in The Philadelphia Story.
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- Who is the psychiatrist to whom Alexander Portnoy tells his story in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint (1969)? Dr. Spielvogel is the psychiatrist to whom Alexander Portnoy tells his story in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint.