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Christmas Quiz

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Opened the presents? Watched the Queen's Speech? Eaten the turkey? Well, it must be time for the Christmas quiz! Why not settle down with Unbound's literary brain-teasers?

1 – THE ODD ONE OUT

For one point per answer, pick the odd one out and explain why:

A) Anton Chekhov, Michael Crichton, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle

B) Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Coriolanus

C) Dr Frankenstein, Dr Seuss, Doctor Doolittle, Doctor Zhivago, Doctor Faustus

D) Samuel Johnson, Robert Allen, Noah Webster, Ambrose Bierce, Peter Mark Roget

E) Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess, The Bone People by Keri Hulme,
Rites of Passage by William Golding, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood


2. THINGS ARE AS SIMILAR AS THEY ARE DIFFERENT

For one point per correct answer, what links the following novels (or characters within novels)?

A) Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos

B) Cassandra Mortmain, Lorelei Lee, Logan Mountstuart, Bridget Jones

C) Augustus Melmotte, Roger Yount, Patrick Bateman, Ebenezer Scrooge

D) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke, The Prestige by Christopher Priest, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

E) A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy, Pure by Andrew Miller


3. IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT BOOKS: THE ‘CULTURE’ ROUND

For one point per answer, correctly identify which of these audio-visual presentations are derived from books (including short stories, novellas, celebrity memoirs, practical manuals, etc.)

La Traviata (1853 opera)

There Will Be Blood ( 2007 film)

The Nutcracker (1892 ballet)

The Sound of Music (1959 musical)

I, Claudius (1976 TV mini-series)

For an extra point, which of the correct answers’ source materials is the odd one out and why?


4. PARALLEL NOVELS

For one point per correct answer, identify the source book for the following works (for example, Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike is inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet…)

A A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
B Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
C Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
D March by Geraldine Brooks
E Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser


5. FIRST AND LAST LINES ROUND

For one point per correct answer, identify either the author or the novel from these first or last lines:

A ‘I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.’

B ‘Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery.’

C “The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.”

D ‘Has not the count just told us that all human wisdom is summed up in two words? – Wait and hope.’

E “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

For a bonus point, identify the poem and poet from these opening lines:

“‘ Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

(W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”)


ANSWERS:

THE ODD ONE OUT

A) Charles Dickens did not train as a doctor

B) Othello is the only protagonist who kills himself, everyone else is done in by others.

C) Dr Seuss (pseudonym of Theodore Geisel) is an author, not a character

D) Peter Mark Roget compiled a thesaurus, the others compiled dictionaries.

E) Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess did not win the Booker in its shortlisted year. The prize went to Rites of Passage by William Golding.

THINGS ARE AS SIMILAR AS THEY ARE DIFFERENT 

A) All epistolary novels

B) All these characters are diarists

C) All these characters are bankers

D) All novels about magicians

E) All novels about the French Revolution

IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT BOOKS: CULTURE ROUND

A) based on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils

B) based on Oil! by Upton Sinclair

C ) based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann

D) based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp

E) based on I, Claudius by Rupert Graves

Bonus point: The odd one out is D) the only work of non-fiction

PARALLEL NOVELS

A King Lear by William Shakespeare
B Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
C Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
D Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
E Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

FIRST AND LAST LINES ROUND

A the first line of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

B the first line of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

C the last line of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

D the last line of The Count of Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

E the last line of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Bonus point:  “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats