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Thank you so much to all the clubs who joined us in our second Schoolreaders Book Club Challenge.  We had a fantastic response and heard from many of you about what an enjoyable evening you had testing your wits against our questions.  Most importantly, your enthusiasm and support means that we raised lots of money, and this will help us to reach more children who need reading practice. 

The Answers:

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Meet this year's winning team, Solihull U3A Booklovers Group - congratulations to them!

QUESTIONS FROM CATHERINE

1         

What is ‘a truth universally acknowledged’?

‘that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’  ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1813), Jane Austen

2

Pip, who befriended a convict and Estella, had Great what?

Expectations.  ‘Great Expectations’ (1861), Charles Dickens

 

3

Which is the cruellest month, ‘mixing memory and desire’?

April.  ‘The Waste Land, 1. The Burial of the Dead’ (1922), T S Eliot

 

4

To which family did Romeo belong, the Montagues or the Capulets?

The Montagues.  ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1595), William Shakespeare

ANIMALS IN PRINT

5

In ‘Animal Farm’ what kind of animal is Snowball?

A pig.  ‘Animal Farm’ (1945), George Orwell

 

6

The rock group Mungo Jerry got their name from a poem in which book?

‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ (1939), T S Eliot

 

7

Which German-born author, who celebrated her 95th birthday last year, wrote the 1968 children’s classic, ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’?

Judith Kerr

 

8

In Yann Martel’s 2001 novel ‘Life of Pi’, the hero takes refuge in a lifeboat, but he is not alone.  What kind of animal accompanies him? 

A tiger

 

9

Can you match the author with his or her pet?

1 - Charles Dickens

2 - Virginia Woolf

3 - Lord Bryron

A - A cocker spaniel named Pinka

B - A raven named Grip

C - An unnamed bear

A2, B1, C3 Byron bought his bear when told by the authorities at Trinity College, Cambridge, that he couldn’t keep a dog. He wrote to a friend ‘I have got a new friend, the finest in the world, a tame bear. When I brought him here, they asked me what I meant to do with him, and my reply was, ‘he should sit for a fellowship’’.

 

EDIFYING EDITING (AND PUBLISHING)

10

What colour of pencil is traditionally the favourite of the literary editor?

Blue

 

11

What are the plurals of these words?: stratum, phenomenon, mongoose

strata, phenomena, mongooses

 

12

What word describes a sentence or phrase in which the same thing is said – usually inelegantly - in two different ways?

Tautology, for example, ‘Repeat that again’

 

13

Can you match the noms de plume with the authors?

1 - George Fitz-Boodle

2 - Robert Galbraith

3 - George Eliot

4 - Lewis Carroll

A - Mary Anne Evans

B - JK Rowling

C - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

D - William Makepeace Thackeray

A3, B2, C4, D1

 

14

Whose book, ‘Normal People’, an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland, won the 2018 Costa Novel Award?

Sally Rooney

 

SLEUTHS ON PAPER

15

Whose address is 56B Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Square, London W1?

Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot

           

16

Which forensic examiner was created by Patricia Cornwell?

Kay Scarpetta

 

17

Complete Sherlock Holmes’s comment to his friend Dr Watson; ‘You see, but you do not ………………’?

Observe

 

18

The title of Ian Rankin’s first novel, ‘Knots and Crosses’, refers to a picture puzzle tauntingly sent by the book’s villain to those pursuing him.  It gave Rankin an idea for his hero’s name; what is his detective called?

Inspector John Rebus

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

19       

What is the surname of the Charlie who is the hero of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’?

Bucket

 

20

After which London terminus was Michael Bond’s ursine hero named?

Paddington

 

21

In ‘Little Women’ which of the March girls goes to bed with a clothes peg on her nose to improve its shape?

Amy

 

22

What is the name of the dragon in J R R Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’?

Smaug

 

23

Which character in Wonderland tells Alice, ‘Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast’?

The Queen of Hearts

LITERARY LOCALES

24

Where was ‘Our Man’ in the title of a novel by Graham Greene?

Havana

 

25

In which county is Hardy’s Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of Thomas Hardy? The property is now in the care of the National Trust.

Dorset

 

26

What is the name of ‘The Island’ in Victoria Hislop’s 2005 novel?

Spinalonga

 

27

‘Incident at West Egg’ was the working title of which famous novel?

‘The Great Gatsby’ (1925),  F Scott Fitzgerald

We hope you will join us for the Schoolreaders Book Club Quiz 2020.  Details of next year's challenge will be on the website in the autumn.

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