Brain Game

I set a timer for five minutes and tried to list every book title I could think of which constituted a complete sentence.  I had some students do this the last couple of days, using titles of songs and movies, also, and the biggest thing that came of it is that many of them couldn’t recognize a complete sentence–an independent thought with a subject and a predicate–when they saw one.  Many answers were just phrases. The most popular answers were Christmas songs, understandably: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

At any rate, in five minutes I was only able to come up with a piddling eight book titles.  See how well you do.  My answers are after the jump. 

  1. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  2. Tender Is the Night
  3. The Sun Also Rises
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  5. Along Came a Spider
  6. I Am the Cheese
  7. We Were the Mulvaneys
  8. You Shall Know Our Velocity


* I also put Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on my list, but found afterward that it’s a play, not a book, so I didn’t include it in my total.

2 comments on “Brain Game

  1. I like it when someone’s full name is a complete sentence: C. Scott Grow, for example, or George Burns. And an imperative is a complete sentence as well, is it not? So then my friend “Mark Poritt” counts as well.

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