Last week I teamed up with fellow blogger and all round bibliophilic good egg Norfolk Bookworm to host our second book quiz at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.
For those who couldn't be there on Thursday, those who just like testing their quizzing acumen, and those wanting to test the water before booking, here are the questions. (Answers are in white below the question: highlight the - apparently - blank space to see them)
Enjoy! And Good Luck!
Round 1: Food and Drink
1) When Oliver Twist utters the words, “Please, sir, I want some more.” What food does he want more of?
2) In Fannie Flagg’s novel, what food is the Whistlestop Café known for?
A: Fried Green Tomatoes
3) Complete the title of the Alexander McCall Smith novel: The Unbearable Lightness of _____
4) What food preservation process does Saleem Sinai compare the historical process to?
5) Which of Pi’s travelling companions was the first to be eaten?
A: The Zebra
6) What was Wendy Cope drinking with Kingsley Amis in her 1986 collection?
7) What is the non-alcoholic drink popular with Hogwarts students in the Leaky Cauldron?
8) What does the Very Hungry Caterpillar eat on its first day?
A: 1 red apple
9) “The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.” What is this from?
A: Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
10) What is the following passage from: “Well loved he garleek, oynons, and eek lekes. And for to drinken strong wyn, reed as blood.”
A: Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Round 2: Animals
1) Who was the leader of the wolf pack in the Jungle Book?
2) Colleen McCullogh wrote which best selling book set on a sheep station in the Australian Outback?
A: The Thorn Birds
3) Who wrote the poem that starts ‘Tyger, Tyger! Burning bright’?
A: William Blake
4) Fiver and Bigwig are what sort of animal?
5) Which John Grisham novel was made into a film in 1993 starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington?
A: The Pelican Brief
6) Which Jack Higgins novel concerned the assassination of Winston Churchill?
A: The Eagle Has Landed
7) What is the name of the lawyer in To Kill a Mocking Bird?
A: Atticus Finch
8) In which story does a man wake up one day to find he has turned into a giant bug?
A: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
9) “The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.”
This is the first line of which novel?
This is the first line of which novel?
10) Who wrote the novels that started with All Creatures Great and Small?
A: James Herriot
Round 3: Politics, elections, and literary referenda
1 - Which of Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s novels takes place in an unnamed democracy where the voters turn up to the polls in large numbers, but the election count reveals that the vast majority of the ballots are blank?
2 – Which US novel speculates about how history would have altered had Charles Lindbergh run against Roosevelt for the US presidency in 1940 and won?
A: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
3 - Hunter S Thompson's "gonzo" account of the 1972 US presidential election was called…
A: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72
4 - In Alan Hollinghurst's Booker-winning The Line of Beauty, Gerald Fedden enters Parliament and has two major political ambitions. They are:
A: To have a latex likeness on Spitting Image and to have Margaret Thatcher home for supper
5 – "Ancient Institutions and Modern Improvements" is the campaigning slogan cooked up by spin doctors Tadpole and Taper for the election in which novel by a famous politician?
A: Coningsby by Benjamin Disreli
6 - Which New Labourite enjoyed a previous career writing erotica?
A: Alastair Campbell
7 - Which thinker claimed that the best rulers are those who do not want to rule?
8 – In which 2002 film, based on a short story by Philip K Dick, is a referendum held on 22 April 2054 on whether people should be arrested and judged for a murder they will commit in the future.
A: Minority Report
9 – The character of Napoleon and Snowball represent which two Soviet leaders?
A: Stalin and Trotsky
10 – Which celebrated play deals with the decision by West German chancellor Willy Brandt to expose the Communist spy Günter Guillaume who worked as his secretary and had heard some of the state's most important secrets?
A: Democracy by Michael Frayn
Round 4: Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside
1) In which 1903 novel do Carruthers and Davies discover a German plan to attack Britain while they are on a yachting holiday?
A: The Riddle of the Sands
2) What was the name of captain Nemo’s submarine?
3) The late Eva Ibbotson wrote Journey to the River Sea, but which river is known as the River Sea?
A: The Amazon
4) In the Old Man and the Sea what is Santiago failing to do?
A: Catch fish
5) The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a prequel to which 1847 novel?
A: Jane Eyre
6) Which naval hero created by CS Forest starts life as a seasick midshipman but ends up admiral of the fleet?
A: Horatio Hornblower
7) Iris Murdoch won the Booker Prize in 1979 for which novel?
A: The Sea, The Sea
8) Neville Shute’s 1963 novel about the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust caused by World War 3 is called what?
A: On The Beach
9) Which poet and novelist wrote the poem Sea-Fever?
A: John Masefield
10) What is Captain Hook’s ship called?
A: The Jolly Roger
Table Round 1
Name the author and title of the following works, whose plots have been summarised in 140 characters
1) Vladimir and Estragon stand next to tree waiting for their friend. Their status is not updated.
A: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
2) Upper-class woman gets it on with gamekeeper.
A: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
3) Man walks around Dublin. Not much happens.
A: Ulysses by James Joyce
4) In order to get out of here I have to prove I am insane. But wanting out of here proves I’m sane. What to do?
A: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
5) Hero has wild time at Oxford with teddy-bear-fancying posh mate. On graduating, pair obliged to grow up. Neither fancies idea.
A: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
6) Man shipwrecked alone on desert island, or so he thinks. Happily for him, other bloke turns up and agrees to be his slave.
A: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
7) Beastly business, war. Especially when spent tunnelling under trenches. If only you could return to woman you bedded back in Chapter One.
A: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
8) Woodworm eat ark. Then tried for blasphemy. Eight and a bit other chapters follow.
A: A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters by Julian Barnes
9) Very poor. Too proud to ask for help from the undeserving rich. Woe is me. I know, I’ll rob a pawn broker. Woe is me some more.
A: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
10) O, I am fortune's fool! And so I die. BTW that other woman I was into at the beginning? Would've been a safer bet.
A: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
11) Anarchy is revolting. The London Underground map, now that’s poetic. But is the Council of Days anarchist or not?
A: The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton
12) What kind of man doesn’t know the proper way to knot a tie? Kill, screw, intend to return videos. Ah, but the British cast recording of Les Miserables is just divine.
A: American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
13) Professor of symbology has to solve a murder by following touristy locations in Rome. Very few paragraphs are longer than tweets.
A: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
14) Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.
A: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
15) RT: Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together.
A: Diary of Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding