Set by Maya Davis
Literary Lions and other fictional animals
1/ Which fictional lion is named after an old Turkic word for ‘Lion’?
2/ In a story by Roald Dahl, the eponymous character’s parents were killed by a rhinoceros which had escaped from a zoo. What is the story called?
James and the Giant Peach
3/ A fictional detective called Thursday Next owns a pet called Pickwick. What species is Pickwick?
4/ A novel by the Czech writer Tesnohlídek, serialised in a Brno newspaper with illustrations by Stanislav Lolek became the basis for an opera by a Czech composer about its heroine Bystrouška. Give one of the usual English titles of the opera.
The Cunning Little Vixen/The Story of Sharp-Ears the Vixen
5/ What was the name of the villainous Penguin in the Wallace & Gromit cartoon The Wrong Trousers?
6/ In which Shakespeare play does Proteus’ servant Launce own a dog called Crab?
Two Gentlemen of Verona
7/ What sort of army was led by General Woundwort?
An army of rabbits in Watership Down
8/ In the original novel by Felix Salten, what species of deer is Bambi? Roe
9/ Which Dickens character owned a dog called Bull’s-Eye?
Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist
10/ In Walter de la Mare’s poem Five Eyes, set to music by C. Armstrong Gibbs, to which creatures do the five eyes belong?
Hans the miller’s three black cats – one of which, Jill, has only one eye
11/ In Gerald Durrell’s novel Rosy is my Relative, what sort of creature is Rosy?
12/ Which farmyard creature and his wife are the central characters in Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale?
Chanticleer/Chaunticlere the cockerel and his wife Pertelot
13/ Which fictional aristocrat owned a prize pig called Empress of Blandings?
Clarence, Lord Emsworth
14/ In 1935 Alfred Bestall took over the writing and illustrating the Rupert Bear strip in the Daily Express from Rupert’s original creator. Who originally created Rupert in 1920?
15/ In T. H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, what is the name of Merlin’s owl?
16/ William Horwood’s ‘Duncton’ books centre on which species of British mammal?
17/ Lottie the Otter is introduced in David Benedictus’ 2009 sequel to a series of stories first published in the 1920s. Which series?
Winnie-the-Pooh. The book is Return to the Hundred-Acre Wood
18/ In The Legend of Tsar Saltan, by Rimsky-Korsakov, the Tsar’s son is changed into an insect and flies away, giving rise to a famous instrumental interlude. What insect?
19/ Who created a poetry-writing cockroach called archy and the alley-cat mehitabel, neither of whom could use the upper-case letters on the typewriter?
20/ In whose trilogy of modern Gothic novels was Lord Groan pecked to death and eaten by owls?
The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake
21/ Which comic strip character owns a dog called Gnasher?
Dennis the Menace
22/ Which fictional Spaniard owned a horse called Rosinante?
Don Quixote de la Mancha
23/ The pet of an eponymous Dickens character was called Grip. Whose pet and what was it?
Barnaby Rudge’s raven
24/ Who created a forgetful cat called Mog, and also a much larger cat which accepted an invitation to tea?
25/ According to Hilaire Belloc, who ran away from his nurse on a trip to the zoo and was eaten by a lion called Ponto?
Jim – see Cautionary Tales