Thank you for joining us!
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.
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Meet this year's winning team, Solihull U3A Booklovers Group - congratulations to them!
QUESTIONS FROM CATHERINE
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
Pip, who befriended a convict and Estella, had Great what?
Expectations. ‘Great Expectations’ (1861), Charles Dickens
Which is the cruellest month, ‘mixing memory and desire’?
April. ‘The Waste Land, 1. The Burial of the Dead’ (1922), T S Eliot
To which family did Romeo belong, the Montagues or the Capulets?
The Montagues. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1595), William Shakespeare
ANIMALS IN PRINT
In ‘Animal Farm’ what kind of animal is Snowball?
A pig. ‘Animal Farm’ (1945), George Orwell
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
Which German-born author, who celebrated her 95th birthday last year, wrote the 1968 children’s classic, ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’?
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?
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)
What colour of pencil is traditionally the favourite of the literary editor?
What are the plurals of these words?: stratum, phenomenon, mongoose
strata, phenomena, mongooses
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’
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
Whose book, ‘Normal People’, an unconventional love story set in rural Ireland, won the 2018 Costa Novel Award?
SLEUTHS ON PAPER
Whose address is 56B Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Square, London W1?
Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot
Which forensic examiner was created by Patricia Cornwell?
Complete Sherlock Holmes’s comment to his friend Dr Watson; ‘You see, but you do not ………………’?
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
What is the surname of the Charlie who is the hero of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’?
After which London terminus was Michael Bond’s ursine hero named?
In ‘Little Women’ which of the March girls goes to bed with a clothes peg on her nose to improve its shape?
What is the name of the dragon in J R R Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’?
Which character in Wonderland tells Alice, ‘Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast’?
The Queen of Hearts
Where was ‘Our Man’ in the title of a novel by Graham Greene?
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.
What is the name of ‘The Island’ in Victoria Hislop’s 2005 novel?
‘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.