Jul 3, 2009

Weekly Geeks - Quiz time!

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This week’s Weekly Geeks theme is to come up with book-related trivia questions, and although I’m late as usual, this time I’m not too late! I tried to put this together sooner, but life got in the way. Anyway, here are fifteen questions for your answering pleasure. There will be a prize for whoever gets the most right, and if there’s a draw, I’ll let random.org decide. I don’t know what the prize will be yet, but surprises are exciting, right? I promise to make it good, thought. Maybe a book from the winner's wishlist? And something else tailored to the winner's taste?

I know I'm not giving you much time to answer, and that what with this being a long weekend in the US, not many people will even be reading blogs. But on the bright side, less competition! If you do answer, you'll have more of a chance to win.

I tried to make it accessible, but I realize that "accessible" is very subjective. Do give it a try, though, even if you only know a few. I’m trusting you all not to google, and so that you don’t accidentally see one another’s answers, I’m moderating comments until Sunday. I’ll give the answers then and announce the winner.
  1. Which famous Victorian poem is quoted at the beginning of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty?

  2. Who wrote the book on which the movie Adaptation was based?

  3. Name two Printz Award winners and two Honor books.

  4. Name one Lambda Award winner.

  5. In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, what is the title of the book Sam Vimes religiously reads to his young son?

  6. Which book won the 2009 Carnegie Medal?

  7. Who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

  8. Name three authors (yes, three!) who have written personifications of death.

  9. In Bill Willingham’s Fables series, who was the first mayor of Fabletown?

  10. What are the titles of the second and third books in Lois Lowry’s The Giver trilogy?

  11. Shannon Hale’s Book of One Thousand Days is a retelling of which fairy tale?

  12. And while we’re at it, Jeanette Winterson’s Weight is based on which myth?

  13. Who illustrated Kate Bernheimer’s The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum?

  14. Which other well-known author was Daphne du Maurier connected with? (I almost wrote “related to”, but that wouldn’t be quite right.)

  15. What was Lewis Carroll’s real name?
Good luck, and have fun!


  1. 1. The Lady of Shallot by Tennyson? Or was that later on in the book?
    2. Charles Sturridge
    3. I don't know - I could google it, but I won't.
    4. Sarah Waters for 'The Night Watch'
    5. Where's My Cow - such a sweet book!
    6. I don't know.
    7. Selma Lagerlof
    8. Terry Pratchett, Markus Zusak (in 'The Book Thief')
    9. No idea again.
    10. No idea once again.
    11. Maid Maleen
    12. Was it Atlas and Heracles?
    13. Drawing a blank again. *sigh*
    14. Angela du Maurier was her sister or do you mean J.M. Barrie?
    15. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

    This was a lot of fun, even though I did not know much! Thanks for doing this!

  2. I can answer 7 of these off the top of my head! Fun quiz!

  3. 1. Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallott"
    2. Charlie Kaufman
    5. Where's My Cow?
    6. Bog Child, Siobhan Dows
    7. Selma Lagerlof
    8. Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak
    10. Gathering Blue and Messenger
    11. Maid Maleen
    12. Atlas and Heracles
    13. Nicolletta Ceccoli
    14. JM Barrie
    15. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

    That was TOUGH!

  4. 1. the Lady of Shalott (Tennyson)

    2. ?

    3. Winners: American Born Chinese and On Jellicoe Road. Honor books: The Book Thief and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing.

    4. Grief by Andrew Halloran

    5. ?

    6. ?

    7. Pearl S. Buck??

    8. Markus Zusack, Neil Gaiman, Emily Dickinson in her poetry

    9. ?

    10. Gathering Blue and Messenger

    11. Uh...sleeping beauty? Somehow, I think that's wrong.

    12. ?

    13. ?

    14. JM Barrie

    15. ?

    PS - this is a joint effort between me and Jason, since we live in the same house. Pretty pathetic for a joint effort, isn't it?

  5. I just saw this on Twitter so hmmm might as well try the trivia before I read more law stuff (either that or play Farm Town on Facebook, hahaha, the review life is crazy!)

    1. Totally have no clue :(

    2. Susan Orlean (because I know I own a copy and quoted from it for a WG way back)

    3. Printz: The Book Thief by Zusak (which I haven't read) and American Born Chinese by Yang (which I've read). As for Honor: Hatchet by Paulsen (well it's on top of my desk beside my law books) and The Graveyard Book by Gaiman (because it's this year, I think)

    4. Colm Toibin's The Story of the Night (though I'm not so sure of this, hahaha)

    5. Moo, Where's My Cow? (Oh goodness, tell me I remember this correctly).

    6. I have no idea. Really. Sorry.

    7. Toni Morrison? This is just a guess.

    8. Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett. Dave Loupre (writer with Dan Sweetman as illustrator for my favorite BSFUC release ever).

    9. Old King Cole (was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he).

    10. I know The Gathering Blue. The other one is hmmm, The Messenger? I'm not sure.

    11. I'd like to say Scheherazade's story but my brain's not working at this point. A Thousand and One Nights? Hahaha! I only have Shannon Hale's Goose Girl and I haven't read it yet.

    12. Oh goodness, ask me anything Winterson prior to Weight! Kidding. The name of the god escapes me at this point though I think you posted about the book previously. Hahaha, I'm laughing at my own inane answers to your trivia questions!

    13. I have no idea, sorry. Haven't been reading fiction for months now. Seriously.

    14. Can I peek at my copy of Rebecca? The inside back cover probably has a reference on it. But that would be cheating :P

    15. I used to know but my harvests are calling for me in Farm Town.

    I had fun, sort of. Hope you're doing great and still reading great books. I don't get to drop by the blogs often and don't get to comment so it's nice to see you on Twitter.

    Have a great week Book Twin!

  6. 2. Susan Orlean - Orchid Thief (I think--loved the movie)
    15. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson!

    Ah man, I give up. I could totally looks these up and do better but I'm running out the door right now for the weekend. GREAT questions, though. And I can't wait to learn the answers. :)

  7. The only one I think I know is #15 - I think it's Charles Dodgson.

  8. the only one I know is #12- Sisyphus.

  9. I know just a few of these off the top of my head.

    3.Two Printz Prize winners are The Book Thief and The White Darkness, which I recently checked out of the library. A Printz Honor book? I'll guess something by John Green. =)

    6. Didn't Bog Child win the 2009 Carnagie Medal? Or was it Snow Goose?

    7. The first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature was Edna St. Vincent Millay for poetry.

    8. Three authors: Neil Gaiman in The Graveyard Book for the White Lady, (or was she gray?), Marcus Zusak for The Book Thief, and Jose Saramago in Death with Interruptions.

    9. The first mayor of Fabletown was Old King Cole.

    10. The Messenger and Gathering Blue.

    13. Carl is going to kick me in the butt for not remembering the illustrator's name.

    I only have 6 out of 15. That's bad. Good luck to everyone!

  10. hmmm...tough. I can just remember one at the moment

    15. Charles Dodgson (I hope the spelling is right)

  11. I had a good guess but probably a lot of these are wrong:

    4.) My Most Excellent Year
    5.) Where’s My Cow
    6.) The Graveyard Book
    7.) Margaret Atwood
    8.) Terry Pratchett, Marcus Zusak and Neil Gaiman
    11.) Cinderella
    12.) The Myth of Sisyphus

  12. So hard Nymeth! :p Lots of these are going to be guesses!

    2. Can't even think of what Adaptation is....I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Vonnegut

    3. Easy! The Jellicoe Road, Looking for Alaska (winners) Hard Love, Tender Morsels (honors)

    4. Hard Love!

    6. Nation?

    7. Maya Angelou? Or was that poetry...

    8. Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Marcus Zusak

    9. I should really know this, but I don't :( Bigby?

    10. Gathering Blue and The Messenger

    12. Atlas

    13. Oooooh! It's Nicola someone :( Can't think of her last name. Something Italian though like Castecilinni or something...

    14. Hmmm....I'm trying to think of who was around around her time...Tolkien maybe?

    15. Another one I should know from Alice in Sunderland but I forgot!! Oh well...

    Great quiz Nymeth!!

  13. I feel extremely challenged!!

    3. Looking for Alaska

    Princess Academy

    8. The Book Thief-Mark Zusak

    10. Gathering Blue
    I can't remember the other one. I read it but the title eludes me!!

    I did not look up any of these questions!!!

  14. Ack, this is mad hard! Okay.

    4. Moises Kauffman's play Gross Indecency. I just love it so much when my Oscar Wilde knowledge comes in handy.

    7. Drat, I really know this, and I just can't think of her name. It's the Wonderful Adventures of Nils lady! Selma something. *fail*

    8. Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak, and, I've been given to understand, Terry Pratchett

    9. Old King Cole

    10. Gathering Blue (love that title!) & Messenger

    14. J.M. Barrie? I know that she was related to the Llewellyn-Davies boys. Is that what you had in mind?

    15. Reverend Charles Dodgson

  15. Drat. I commented on this and then my internet died and it didn't work. Here I go again (these are hard!):

    4. Moises Kauffman's Gross Indecency. I love it ever so very much when my dorky Oscar Wilde knowledge comes in handy.

    7. You know, I know this, and I just cannot think of her name. It's the woman who wrote The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. *fail*

    8. Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak, and (I hear) Terry Pratchett

    9. Old King Cole

    10. Gathering Blue & Messenger

    14. I'm not sure if this is what you're after, but I know she was related to the little boys with the double-barreled name that J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan for.

    15. Reverend Charles Dodgson.

  16. I have the answers...should I just post them or send them to you? Are we using the honor system?

  17. ah...visible after blog owner approval...you decide then! Here's my answers!

    1.The Lady of Shallott
    2. Susan Orlean
    3. I Am the Messenger and An Abudnance of Katherines; Stone Soup & an Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
    4.Dress Your Children in Courderoy and Denim by David Sedaris
    5. Where's my cow?
    7. Siobhan Dowd
    8. Pratchett (Discworld), Christopher Moore (Dirty Job), and Zusak (The Book Thief)
    9. Charming?
    10.Gathering Blue & Messenger
    11.Maid Maleen
    12. Atlas holding the weight of the world
    13. Nicoletta Ceccoli
    14. Charlotte Bronte
    15.Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

  18. I don't think I'm going to know too many of these!!

    1. haven't read it.
    2. OH...I do know this one: The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean?
    3. Good Thing I joined this challenge:
    Jellico Road winner
    Looking for Alaska winner
    Book Thief honor
    Tender Morsels honor (which I'm reading right now...and not loving, much to my disappointment)
    4. I think Sarah Waters won for Night Watch and maybe Tripping the Velvet?
    5. Didn't read them
    6. ???
    7. Guess....Toni Morrison?
    8. 3 authors....Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Mark zuzak
    9. Old King Cole
    10. The messenger and Gathering Blue
    11. Didn't read it....guessing..Sleeping Beauty?
    12. No clue. Humpty Dumpty?
    13. Nope. No clue
    14. ??
    15. Dodgson.

    Yeah... I suck!

  19. This is fun, Nymeth!
    I'm enjoying reading all the answers. ;P

  20. My thanks again to everyone who played! I'm sorry; I didn't mean to make it quite as challenging :P Also, I'm glad the LOLcat was appreciated :P


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