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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? 


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? 


3. Which Chancellor of the Exchequer introduced Premium Bonds in



4. When James Beck died in 1973, Private Walker disappeared

from Dads' Army. He was indirectly replaced by Talfryn Thomas

who played which character?


5. Alderney is the most northerly Channel Island. What is the name

of its main town? 


6. What is a tittle?  


7. The Prime Minister of Sweden was assassinated in 1986 by

Christer Petterson. What was the victim's name?


8.  Which notable character from World War 1 died in a Czech prison in April 1918 as a result of Tuberculosis?


9. Who was the only woman to appear regularly in Monty Python'

Flying Circus?  


10. Sir Edward Elgar composed the music for Land of Hope and

Glory but who wrote the words? 


Quiz 5

Questions set by Tony Bell


1/ Takeyuki Nakayama and Jon Brown share which unenviable Olympic record?


2/ Why was the final Test match of the 1938-9 series between South Africa and England drawn?


3/ Which tennis player reached 3 Wimbledon finals in 1977 and lost all of them?


4/ In which modern country did the 1980 Olympic sailing events take place?


5/ Which Italian born cricketer once stood against future Prime Minister James Callaghan in a General Election?


6/ Ken Matthews and Paul Nihill are the last British athletes to win Olympic medals in which athletics discipline?


7/ Who is the most successful individual British athlete at the Winter Olympics?


8/ Who was the last Frenchman to win the Tour de France?


9/ What connects South African cricketer Ali Bacher, German runner Thomas Wessinghage, English canoeist Tim Brabants and Welsh Rugby player J.P.R. Williams?


10/ The brother of which British Olympic Gold Medallist competed at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics?


Quiz 6

Questions set by Mel Kinsey

Name the Opera


1/ This Mozart opera based on a stage play by Pierre Beaumarchis is often called the greatest opera often written. Some roles are common with the Barber of Seville.


2/ This American opera by George Gershwin is set on Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina and concerns two African-Americam Lovers.


3/ Puccini's last opera, it has an oriental setting. It concerns a Chinese princess who sets riddles for her suitors. Calaf the Prince of Persia wins her over.


4/ Wagner opera based on The Holy Grail. For several years it could only be performed at Bayreuth.


5/ A Mozart opera that concerns the rescue of Constanze from a harem by Belmonte and his side-kick Pedrillo.   


6/ Rossini's comedy based on a play by Beaumarchis. Concerns the attempts of Count Almaviva to wed the beautiful and rich Rosina aided by Figaro, who is the title character.


7/ Mozarts opera about the adventures of a libertine who is dragged to hell in the climax for his misdeeds.


8/ Beloved opera of Menotti, inspired by Heironymus Bosch's painting Adoration of the Magi


9/  This 1892 Leoncavello opera is a tragady about clowns.


10/  Verdi's last opera. About the adventures of the titular fat knight on a mission to seduce Mrs Ford and Mrs Page.


11/ Opera by Donizetti based  on a Walter Scott novel, concerning the fueding Ashton and Ravenswood families.


12/ Richard Strauss' opera famous for featuring  The Dance of the Seven Veils.  It ends with the title character kissing a severed head.


13/ One of the many melodies in this Verdi classic is The Anvil Chorus performed by a group of gypsies.


14/ Modest Mussorgsky's only completed opera. About a real-life Russian ruler who reigned as Tsar from 1598-1605


15/ Puccini tragedy which ends with the titular heroine's lover mmeting his end at the hands of a firing squad and her jumping to her death.


16/ Name the four opears in Wagner's Ring Cycle.


17/ Popular German opera by Richard Strauss it concerns the presentation of a silver flower by Octavian to Sophie


18/ Verdi's tragedy about a prostitute named Violetta who loses her life to tuberculosis


19/ Most sucessful opera of Tchaikovsky that has several references to Pushkin's verse novel of the same name. Mainly about the title character rebuffing then longing for Tatania.


20/ Verdi's tragedy about a hunchbacked Jester ends with him crying over the dead body of his daughter Gilda.











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