Franz Kafka's Trivia Challenge
ROUND 1 For the last thirty years, M-----'s gait has been gradually slowing under an accruing burden of recollection and regret. Fifteen years ago he walked at half normal speed. Today, while shambling tediously across an intersection, he is about to stop forever, right in front of oncoming traffic. For ten points: make a sort of nervous, almost spasmodic gesture commenting on his fate.
ROUND 2 Through no fault of your own, you have become enmeshed in a hideous bureaucratic spiral. It started with some mysterious billing errors, and escalated through a collection agency, harrassment, a trial, and now jail. For ten points: give up all hope of extricating yourself from this situation.
The isolated village of S-- P------ is ruled by a local dictator. The villagers submit to his rule because they have no concept of any other form of government and no knowledge of any political entity larger than themselves. On the other hand, the government of the country containing the village had thoroughly forgotten about it---until you, a lowly revenue clerk, unearthed records indicating that the village hasn't paid taxes in nearly a century. The government sends you to the village along with another clerk, a strange man named R---- from a different department. You have seen him around the office occasionally, but have never worked with him. When you arrive at S-- P------, the villagers treat you like gods, but you are disturbed by R----'s disdainful and abusive attitude towards them. Finally, you gain an audience with the local dictator, but for some reason he orders you thrown in jail, while he elevates R---- to become his right-hand man. After a few days living on moldy bread and foul water, you are led out to the hot, dusty village square, where you, along with dozens of other villagers, are tied to makeshift whipping posts and beaten severely. As your life slowly ebbs, you begin to realize that the sadistic laughter of the man beating you is that of R----. For twenty points: resign yourself to a miserable death at his hands.
BONUS ROUND Using the sheet of paper in front of you, write a three- hundred word letter to your father. Carry the letter in your breast pocket for sixteen years, during which time do not visit your father or return his increasingly desperate and pathetic calls. Then, when you learn from your haggard, anorexic sister that he is on his deathbed, burn the letter and hang yourself.
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