Quiz Number 1
Questions set by Mel Kinsey
A Literature Quiz
1) In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the mariner shoots what seabird with a crossbow and later wears it around his neck as punishment?
2.) Mohandas Gandhi carried whose essay entitled “Civil Disobedience” with him during his prison stays?
3.) What literary character had a little sister named Phoebe, wore an iconic red hunting cap and saw expulsion from school?
4.) Who made the one ring in The Lord of the Rings?
5.) Ian Fleming built a Jamaican home named after which of his James Bond novels?
6.) Who wrote Treasure Island?
7.) Helen Fielding wrote whose best-selling Diary in 1996?
8.) Originally rejected by 121 publishers – more than any other bestselling book – what 1974 Robert M. Pirsig novel explores the metaphysics of quality during a 17-day motorcycle journey across the United States?
9.) Jack Dawkins goes by what nickname in Oliver Twist?
10.) Who wrote Interview with a Vampire?
11.) George H.W. Bush owned a famous book-writing dog with what name?
12.) Amy, Beth Jo and Meg share what last name in Little Women?
13.) Who wrote Peter Pan?
14.) Who wrote the series of suspense novels pertaining Hannibal Lecter?
15.) What sexy cinema septuagenarian wrote the 2010 book subtitled Beyond the Cleavage?
16.) Elizabeth Bennet acts as the protagonist of what 1813 novel?
17.) Who wrote Mary Poppins?
18.) Who wrote the epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha” in 1855?
19.) Later adapted into the film Schindler’s List, what author wrote the book Schindler’s Ark?
20.) Mary Lennox arrived in England after her parents’ death in The Secret Garden; Lennox lived where prior to this event?
Quiz Number 2
Questions set by Maya Davis
Brush up your Shakespeare.
1/ Shakespeare is generally regarded as having been born and having died on the same date (though obviously in two different years). What date?
2/ Which character was the son of the witch Sycorax?
3/ In which Italian city is the story of Romeo and Juliet set?
4/ In which play does a character discuss the side-effect of drunkenness known colloquially as brewer’s droop?
5/ What is the name of the Merchant of Venice?
6/ Which minor Shakespearean characters are the title figures in a modern play by Tom Stoppard?
7/ In which play is a play performed by a tailor, a weaver, a tinker and other tradesmen?
8/ Which Shakespeare play has been retold in modern settings as a film by Kurosawa and a novel by Jane Smiley?
9/ In which play do we find the stage direction ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’?
10/ Which play includes two scenes partly in French?
11/ And which one has a part for a native Welsh speaker?
12/ With whom did Shakespeare collaborate on a play based on Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale of Palamon and Arcite?
13/ In Othello, who is married to Emilia?
14/ Speaking in Hamlet, silent in Julius Caesar, Macbeth and Richard III. What sort of character?
15/ Volumnia is the mother of the title character of a Shakespeare play. Which play?
16/ Which play has the alternative title of What You Will?
17/ What relation was Dr. John Hall to Shakespeare?
18/ Which Shakespeare play has been turned into operas by Verdi and Vaughan Williams?
19/ ‘My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood.’ From which play does this quotation come?
20/Which 20th century work is the origin of the title of this quiz?
Quiz Number 4
Questions set by Les Morrell
1. The first official Grand National took place in 1839, 3 years after
an unofficial race was run and won by The Duke.
Which appropriatelynamed horse won the 1839 event? Lottery
2.The Mayflower set sail for America in 1620 but was forced to turn
back to Dartmouth when about 100 miles west of Land's End
because her sister ship had sprung a leak. What was the name of
the sister ship? Speedwell
3. Which Chancellor of the Exchequer introduced Premium Bonds in
1956? Harold McMillan
4. When James Beck died in 1973, Private Walker disappeared
from Dads' Army. He was indirectly replaced by Talfryn Thomas
who played which character? Private Cheesman
5. Alderney is the most northerly Channel Island. What is the name
of its main town? St. Anne
6. What is a tittle? The dot on an i or j
7. The Prime Minister of Sweden was assassinated in 1986 by
Christer Petterson. What was the victim's name? Olaf Palme
8. Which notable character from World War 1 died in a Czech prison in April 1918 as a result of Tuberculosis?
Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
9. Who was the only woman to appear regularly in Monty Python'
Flying Circus? Carol Cleveland
10. Sir Edward Elgar composed the music for Land of Hope and
Glory but who wrote the words? Arthur Christopher Benson