Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mystery Authors - Random Trivia Questions

Although at initial glance this quiz seems to be misnamed, as most of the questions aren't about mystery writers, you will soon realize that the mystery at hand is, "What's the connection?" It won't take much sleuthing to figure the answer out.

Mystery Authors Questions

  • Q1) What author's novels were turned into the movies A Passage to India (1984), A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991), and Howards End (1992)?
  • Q2) What author's fictional detective Father Brown debuted in The Innocence of Father Brown in 1911?
  • Q3) According to the television show 60 Minutes what living person has the most entries in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations?
  • Q4) What novelist appeared as Titania in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and wrote I Go By Sea, I Go By Land, Gingerbread Shop, Mr. Wigg's Birthday Party, The Magic Compass, and Friend Monkey in addition to her most famous stories?
  • Q5) What English author cofounded The Diabetic Association charity, now known as Diabetes UK, in 1934?
  • Q6) What author adapted Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows into the play Toad of Toad Hall in 1929 and turned Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice into the play Miss Elizabeth Bennet in 1936?
  • Q7) What author's most famous work was the tetralogy consisting of The Sword in the Stone, The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind?
  • Q8) What Scottish novelist began his career with Auld Licht Idylls in 1888, and wrote Quality Street, The Admirable Crichton, and The Little White Bird in the years leading up to his most famous play?
  • Q9) What novelist and essayist published poetry using the last name Hamilton, was known to his friends as Jack, and passed away on the same day as John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley?
  • Q10) For what author's character was the Internet search engine Ask Jeeves named?
  • Q11) What author's 400 poems include "Stop all the clocks" (a.k.a., "Funeral Blues"), "In Memory of Sigmund Freud", "The Fall of Rome", and "The Shield of Achilles"?
  • Q12) What writer was more famous for his poetry but also created the plays The Rock, Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, The Cocktail Party, The Confidential Clerk, and The Elder Statesman from 1926 to 1958?

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