Trivia Friday: Writin’ Illini

Answers below.

1. The forty-nine bells on the McFarland Carillon know 500 pre-programmed songs thanks to a computer, or can be played from a keyboard. On September 20, 2008, some visually-oriented pranksters used the under-construction bell tower to recreate which iconic literary/film image?

2. Home to 24 million items, including 13 million books, the University Library also keeps an archive of papers from Marcel Proust, author of In Search of Lost Time. The Library became the unlikely landing place of Proust’s papersĀ in which way?

3. The all-knowing oracle of the Undergrad Library known as the Question Board has answered student queries on countless topics and even opened an online QB in 1997. Nineteen years after its founding, the QB appeared in which Time magazine Book of the Year?






1. The Eye of Sauron, from J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings

2. Phillip Kolb, a professor of French, edited the collection of Proust’s letters

3. The 1991 novel The Gold Bug Variations, by UIUC alum Richard Powers