From Monday's Chicago Tribune.
Your Kafka pop quiz: Pencils ready? Julia Keller | CULTURAL CRITIC
September 29, 2008
"Kafka on the Shore" has almost nothing to do with famed author Franz Kafka (1883-1924). That does not mean, however, that we all couldn't benefit from brushing up on the man whose name has become synonymous with soul-destroying frustration. Test your Kafka knowledge with our Kafka quiz.
1. What did Kafka's father, Hermann, have in common with President Harry Truman?
2. Which of these are Kafka quotes?
A. "Women are snares, which lie in wait for men on all sides.
B. "Life is merely terrible . . . I doubt that I am a human being."
C. "I am at the end or at the beginning."
3. Kafka was a devotee of Horace Fletcher, a crackpot nutritionist who believed that each bite of food should be chewed how many times?
1. Both were haberdashers. 2. All three. 3. 32.
One who knows of Herman Kafka's life could not endorse the first answer as being accurate.