Art & literature 37

From the quiz on 13/6/17.

  1. Which Shakespeare play features a singing jester named Feste? Twelfth Night

  2. Do not go gentle into that good night / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light” are the opening lines of a 1951 villanelle by which British poet? Dylan Thomas

  3. What name, ultimately from the Latin for “thread” and “seed”, is given to delicate ornamentation made using twisted wire, usually gold or silver? Filigree

  4. Fear of Flying, released in 1973 to much controversy over its sexual themes, was the début novel of which American author? Erica Jong

  5. Shunga, literally meaning “spring pictures”, is a genre of erotic art from which Asian country? Japan

  6. Down the Rabbit Hole is the opening chapter of which children’s novel first published in 1865? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  7. Kafka’s Dick, The Madness of George III and The History Boys are plays by which English playwright? Alan Bennett

  8. ‘Tis (1999) and Teacher Man (2005) are the lesser-known follow-ups to which memoir first published in 1996? Angela’s Ashes

  9. In which country did the Constructivism, Rayonism and Suprematism art movements all originate in the 1910s? Russia

  10. Which Dutch abstract art movement, founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian, is characterized by the use of geometrical figures such as lines and rectangles along with blocks of colour? De Stijl

Specialist: George Orwell

From the quiz on 16/5/17.

  1. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, what two-word name is given to a small slot used for the disposal and incineration of historical documents by the Ministry of Truth? Memory hole

  2. Which 1938 book by George Orwell recounts his experiences in the Spanish Civil War? Homage to Catalonia

  3. Napoleon, the Berkshire boar who becomes dictator of Manor Farm in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, is based on which real-life Soviet premier? Joseph Stalin

  4. Which town in Greater Manchester features in the title of a 1937 book by George Orwell documenting working-class life in northern England? Wigan (The Road to Wigan Pier)

  5. According to George Orwell in his 1946 essay The Moon Under Water, what should ideally have “uncompromisingly Victorian architecture and fittings”, always be “quiet enough to talk”, and have staff that “know most of their customers by name, and take a personal interest in everyone”? Pub

Art & literature 36

From the quiz on 9/5/17.

  1. In a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a princess can feel which vegetable through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds? Pea

  2. What is the first name of Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre? Edward

  3. Which Chinese artist created the 2010 Tate Modern art installation Kui Hua Zi, which consisted of more than a hundred million hand-crafted porcelain sunflower seeds? Ai Weiwei

  4. What animal is the title character in Daniel Keyes’s 1966 award-winning sci-fi novel Flowers for Algernon? Mouse

  5. In which 1871 novel were the poems Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter first published? Through the Looking-Glass

  6. Which Italian artist painted the c. 1545 work Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time, whose bottom-right corner is the ultimate source of the giant foot from Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Bronzino

  7. Christopher Hitchens’s 1995 book The Missionary Position is an extended critique and exposé of which religious figure? Mother Teresa

  8. In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, by what aviation-related name is the UK known? Airstrip One

  9. What was the Greek mythological name of Jane Austen’s elder sister? Cassandra

  10. The Monarch of the Glen, which shows a stag in the Scottish Highlands, and the four bronze lions at the base of Nelson’s Column are among the best-known works of which English painter and sculptor? Edwin Landseer

Specialist: Philip K. Dick

From the quiz on 2/5/17.

  1. Which American actor plays replicant-hunter Rick Deckard in the 1982 film Blade Runner (adapted from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)? Harrison Ford

  2. Which 1962 Philip K. Dick novel is an alternative history in which the Axis powers have won the Second World War? The Man in the High Castle

  3. What colour was the beam of light that allegedly visited and imparted arcane information to Philip K. Dick in 1974, and which directly inspired his 1981 novel VALIS? Pink

  4. In the short story The Minority Report, what name is given to the mutants who foresee all crime before it is perpetrated? Precogs

  5. Of what are Hubrizine (in We Can Build You), KR-3 (in Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said), CAN-D and CHEW-Z (in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch) and Slow Death (in A Scanner Darkly) all examples? Drugs

Art & literature 35

From the quiz on 11/4/17.

  1. What animal is Reynard in the famous cycle of medieval European folk tales? Fox

  2. Which American poet wrote the 1916 poem The Road Not Taken, which concludes with the much-quoted lines “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”? Robert Frost

  3. The Beautiful Boy, The Whole Woman and The Female Eunuch are important works by which Australian-born feminist writer? Germaine Greer

  4. In which European country were Alberto Giacometti, H. R. Giger, Paul Klee and Le Corbusier all born? Switzerland

  5. By what name is English gentleman Sir Percy Blakeney better known in the title of a 1905 novel by Baroness Orczy? The Scarlet Pimpernel

  6. Which Spanish artist painted The Third of May 1808, which depicts Spanish resistance against Napoleon during the Peninsular War? Francisco Goya

  7. George’s Secret Key to the Universe is a children’s book written by which physicist and his daughter Lucy? Stephen Hawking

  8. A pietà is a religious picture or sculpture of which person cradling the dead body of which other? Virgin Mary and Jesus

  9. Luís de Camões, whose best-known work is the 1572 epic Os Lusíadas, is widely considered which European language’s greatest poet? Portuguese

  10. Sleeper is a 2½-hour video by English artist Mark Wallinger in which he stalks the halls of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin dressed as which animal? Bear

Art & literature 34

From the quiz on 21/3/17.

  1. Neither a borrower nor a lender be”, “This above all: to thine own self be true”, “I must be cruel, only to be kind” and “Brevity is the soul of wit” are quotes from which Shakespeare play? Hamlet

  2. For what form of literature are the annual Forward Prizes awarded? Poetry

  3. What name, literally meaning “novel with a key”, is given to a novel that features real events and people thinly disguised by invented names? Roman à clef

  4. What is the title of the best-selling 1996 memoir by Frank McCourt that recounts his impoverished childhood growing up in Limerick? Angela’s Ashes

  5. In which European city are the Hermitage, Erarta and Stieglitz museums? St Petersburg

  6. Which English painter, born in Suffolk in 1776, is noted for his many paintings of Dedham Vale on the border with Essex and the valley of the River Stour? John Constable

  7. Petey, Meg, Stanley, Lulu, Goldberg and McCann are the characters in which 1957 play by Harold Pinter? The Birthday Party

  8. According to the opening stanza of John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, which birds “still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below”? Larks

  9. Some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled into a ball, and depressed against a wall, A sheet of A4 paper crumpled into a ball, and The lights going on and off, for which he won the Turner Prize in 2001, are among the many works of which controversial English modern artist? Martin Creed

  10. The very first book ever printed in English was a translation by William Caxton of a compilation of tales about which ancient war? Trojan War [book title: Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye]

Specialist: Harry Potter [II]

From the quiz on 14/3/17.

  1. Who founded the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W.) to advocate and fight for the rights of house-elves? Hermione

  2. How many different fouls are possible in Quidditch, according to the Department of Magical Games and Sports? 700

  3. What make and model is the Weasley family’s car, which can both fly and turn invisible? Ford Anglia

  4. Which wizard of the 10th century originally owned the hat that would later be enchanted to make the Sorting Hat? Godric Gryffindor

  5. What is the name of Voldemort’s pet snake and final Horcrux that was eventually slain by Neville Longbottom? Nagini