I regularly team up with fellow blogger and all round bibliophilic good egg Norfolk Bookworm to host a book quiz at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.
For those who can't be there, 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: Over the Rainbow
1) Which author, best known for creating the character Jack Ryan, wrote Rainbow Six?
A: Tom Clancy
2) Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City are set in which city?
A: San Fransisco
3) Which doubting scientist wrote “Unweaving the Rainbow”?
A: Richard Dawkins
4) Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories form the basis of which famous musical?
5) D H Lawrence wrote the novel The Rainbow in 1915, but what do the initials D H stand for?
A: David Herbert
6) What is not the only fruit?
7) The daughter of which Irish Prime Minsiter wrote Where Rainbows End and PS I Love You?
A: Bertie Ahern
8) The Oscar winning film Brokeback Mountain was originally short story by which author?
A: Annie Proulx
9) Gravity’s Rainbow has been summarised as a “a blizzard of references to science, history, high culture and the lowest of jokes” Who wrote it?
A: Thomas Pynchon
10) Who wrote the poem that starts “My Heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky”A: Wordsworth
Round 2: Here, There, and Everywhere
1 – What is the name of Sebastian Flyte’s palatial home in Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel?
2 - Which two places connect Dickens Tale of Two Cities with Orwell’s Down and Out?
A: London and Paris
3 – In which city is the first of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brody Case Histories novels set?
4 – Bruce Chatwin’s 1980s bestseller, The Songlines, is about which country?
5 – From where do the pilgrims depart in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
6 - What is the capital of hell as described in John Milton’s ’Paradise Lost’?
7 - In the first Winnie the Pooh book Christopher Robin leads an expedition (or expotition as he puts it) to find which well-known geographical location?
A: The North Pole
8: Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer prize winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is partially set in which Caribbean country, whose history is paralleled with that of Middle Earth?
A: Dominican Republic
9. What is the name of the other house in the Wuthering Heights estate, formerly the home of the Linton family?
A: Thrushcross Grange
10 - Which author wrote about the fictional region of Wessex?
A: Thomas Hardy
Round 3: Trees
1 - What tree do Harry and Ron fly a Ford Anglia into in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
A: Whomping willow
2 - In which New York suburb does a tree grow according to the author Betty Smith?
3 - Where do Moonface, Silky, dame Washalot and the Saucepan-Man live?
A: The Magic Farway Tree
4 - According to the Arabian legend which tree was plucked up by the devil who then thrust its branches into the earth and left its roots in the air?
A: The Baobab
5 - The dryads were the nymphs of the forest according to Greek mythology but which Goddess were they the companions of?
6 - Which fruit tree orchard features in the title of a play by Chekhov?
A: The Cherry
7 - Which play is set in the imaginary village of Llareggub?
A: Under Milk Wood
8 - What are the sentient trees known as in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings?
9 - When the Greenwoods Laugh is the 4th book featuring the Larkin family by which author?
A: H.E Bates
10 - Who had a Little House in the Big Woods?
A: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Round 4: Sport
1 – Which French author, who played goalkeeper for Racing Universitaire d’Alger Junior Team in the 1920’s, later said:
“After many years during which I saw many things, what I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport.”
A: Albert Camus
2 – Joseph O’Neill’s Richard and Judy selected book Netherland features attempts to introduce which sport back to America?
3 - In his 1975 biography, what did Muhammed Ali claim he did with the Gold Medal he won at the 1960 Rome Olympics?
A: Throw it in a river
A: Throw it in a river
4 – What blight on sport is satirised in the 12th Asterix comic, Asterix at the Olympic Games ?
A: The use of performance enhancing drugs
5 – David Peace’s novel, The Damned Utd, recently made into a film staring Michael Sheen, is about which famous football manager
A: Brian Clough
6 – Which athletic pursuit unites books by Alan Sillitoe and Haruki Murakami?
A: (Long distance) Running
7 – David Storey’s masterful novel This Sporting Life, is about which ball game?
A: Rugby League (half a point for Rugby)
8 – Obsession with which football team does Nick Hornby chronicle in Fever Pitch?
9 – Which year was the last Olympic Games that awarded medals for art competitions including literature?
A: 1948 - London
10 - In which of Shakespeare's plays does the Dauphin taunt the king of England with a gift of tennis balls, intended to suggest the king's idleness and youth?
A: King Henry V
Table Round 1
Can you name the main character (1/2 point) and the author who created them (1/2 point) for all the below
---------- Juliet -----------
Romeo – Juliet – William Shakespeare
1) Sherlock Holmes Doctor Watson Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2) Vladamir Estragon Samuel Beckett
3) Rosencrantz Guildenstern William Shakespeare/Tom Stoppard
4) Don Quixote Sancho Panza Miguel de Cervantes
5) Mr Pickwick Sam Weller Charles Dickens
6) Hercule Poirot Arthur Hastings Agatha Christie
7) Bambi Thumper Felix Saltern
8) Charlie Brown Snoopy Charles M Schulz
9) Andrew Dalziel Peter Pascoe Reginald Hill
10) Dorothy Gale Toto L Frank Baum
11) Bertie Wooster Reginald Jeeves PG Wodehouse
12) Endeavour Morse Robbie Lewis Colin Dexter
13) Tarzan (or GreystokeJane Porter Edgar Rice Burrows
14) Beatrice Benedick William Shakespeare
15) Scarlett O’Hara Rhett Butler Margaret Mitchell
16) Anne Shirley Gilbert Blythe LM Montgomery
17) Santiago Manalo Ernest Hemingway
18) Arthur Dent Ford Prefect Douglas Adams
19) Tintin Snowy Herge
20) Calvin Hobbes Bill Watterson
Book Title: The Hobbit
Author: JRR Tolkein
Book Title: Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Book/Series Title: Oz
Author: Frank L Baum
Book Title: Gulliver’s Travels
Author: Jonathan Swift
Book Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Author: George Orwell
Book Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Series Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Book Title: The Odyssey
Book Title: The Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Book Title: Candide
Series Title: Thomas the Tank Engine
Author(s): Rev W Awdry and his son, Christopher (either scores the point)
Series Title: Harry Potter
Author(s): JK Rowling
Book Title: Utopia
Author: Thomas More
Series Title: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones accepted)
Author: George R R Martin
Book Title: Around the World in Eighty Days
Author: Jules Verne
Book Title: Swallows and Amazons
Author: Arthur Ransome
Series Title: Narnia
Author: CS Lewis
Book Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Series Title: Discworld
Author: Terry Pratchett
The Dreamlands feature in a number of books by this author, but there is no single series title. So for this final question you need name only the author: