Answers to 2012 LitFest Quiz

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Congratulations to the lucky winner of this year’s Literary Quiz.

The questions and answers are:

1.Of which novel is this the opening sentence? It 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

2.Name the 1986 film screenplay written by Michael Frayn and starring John Cleese as a school headmaster trying to reach a conference. Clockwise

3.Which 1951 novel describes murderous plants taking over the world? The Day of the Triffids

4.Name the eponymous cat in the 17-strong classic series of book’s by children’s author Judith Kerr. Mog

5.For which novel did Howard Jacobson win the Man Booker Prize in 2010? The Finkler Question

6.Which of his own novels did Dickens say was his favourite? David Copperfield

7.In which country was Judith Kerr born? Germany

8.Which twentieth-century poem begins with these lines? April is the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land. The Wasteland

9.Name the famous literary critic who was Howard Jacobson’s tutor at Cambridge. FR Leavis

10.What was the name of Edward Lear’s cat? Foss

11.Name four Shakespeare plays that include the character Falstaff. Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor

12.Name the latest (ninth) volume in Iain Banks’ nine book sci-fi series. The Hydrogen Sonata

13.Who is the link between Josephine Tey and an archaeological excavation recently in the news? Richard III

14.Name the feast day before the Battle of Agincourt in Shakespeare’s Henry V. St Crispin’s Day (or St Cripian’s Day)

15.Which English football team does Simon Armitage support? Huddersfield Town

16.Which Dickens novel has a plot that centres on someone leaving money to his nephew’s lover’s guardian’s brother’s youngest daughter? Little Dorrit

17.What two names link Parade’s End with The Manchester Murals? Ford Maddox

18.Which author has recently worked on a new edition of the fairytales of The Brothers Grimm? Phillip Pullman

19.What name links Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and 18th Century author Samuel Richardson? Clarissa

20.What is the final sentence in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol? And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us Every One!