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Caro

A book everyone has heard of

Not really a quiz or even a game but nearly.  The other evening I was at a quiz night (no doubt have said already we came second!) and had to choose a name.  Problems.  We were mostly our book club so wanted something to do with that.  Thought of the Book Thieves and then thought of other books that we had read, like The Lovely Bones.  Finally I said, "Why don't we think of a book that everyone has heard of?"  One came into my head and then someone else said the very same one.

So what book would first come into your head at that point?

I'll let you know what we said tomorrow or the next day.  

Cheers, Caro.
Sandraseahorse

"War and Peace"?  "Oliver Twist"?
Chibiabos83

The Bible is the first thing that came into my head, though you might argue it's two books, or more than that.
Evie

War and Peace was the first one that came into my head.
county_lady

Pride and Prejudice would suit many a quiz team.
TheRejectAmidHair

county_lady wrote:
Pride and Prejudice would suit many a quiz team.


Or The Idiot!  Very Happy
MikeAlx

Ulysses was the first thing that popped into my head.

I was at a quiz once where the winning team was a group of retired doctors who called themselves "The Old Fallopians".
MikeAlx

"By the book" would be a good team name for bibliophiles. Or how about just "Bookworms"?
Caro

We only had a couple of minutes to think about it, not having put any effort into this earlier.  Those are quite good ideas.  Anyway the one we both came up with was Great Expectations, which fitted quite nicely.  I might have though Pride and Prejudice would be the first book I would think of it, but it wasn't.  (Our quiz team isn't too proud - our ambition was not to be last.)

Not many literary questions in our quiz.  Where is Tom Brown's Schooldays set?  What Gilbert and Sullivan operetta has Nanky Poo? Which spy author wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?  The one that cost us first prize was putting George instead of Philip into the list of Prince William's first names.  We had envisaged this as a question, but I forgot to look it up.  It was worth a point for his name, a point for hers, and an extra point to get them all in the right order.  So we missed an easy two points there.

Cheers, Caro.
TheRejectAmidHair

Caro wrote:
 The one that cost us first prize was putting George instead of Philip into the list of Prince William's first names.  We had envisaged this as a question, but I forgot to look it up.  It was worth a point for his name, a point for hers, and an extra point to get them all in the right order.  So we missed an easy two points there.


I don’t think I’d have got any points at all on that one.

I set a quiz recently for our local music club. You have to have a mixture of questions, of course – but my favourite one was “If Henry is three and green and James is five and red, what’s one and blue?”
Chibiabos83

I presume it's Thomas or Gordon. Or is there one I've forgotten? My wasted youth. Mike will definitely know!
TheRejectAmidHair

Yes, it's Thomas the Tank Engine. There were quite a few groans when I went through the answers.
Mikeharvey

If I'm the Mike you meant..well I don't know.  I never encountered Thomas the Tank Engine as a child or adult.
Chibiabos83

I meant MikeAlx, whose son George is devoted to Thomas et al.
MikeAlx

Yes, George would've got that in an instant! Me too, but I think plenty of adults would struggle with it unless they had young(ish) children. I certainly wouldn't have known it a few years back, despite having read the books as a child.

Gordon is no 4, but also blue (as is no 2, Edward). Percy, no 6, is green. Toby, no 7, is brown and since he's clad with wood. Beyond 7 I start to struggle, though I expect George knows a few more.
TheRejectAmidHair

That's where the question setter has an advantage: I don't need to know everything off the top of my head - once I have the idea for a question, there's the entire net where I can go and check things. I certainly didn't remember the colours of the various engines in the Thomas stories.

Quite a few years ago, in order to do some research on a question, I actually went into Atomic Kitten's website to check on a few things! Oh, the shame of it... Smile

I never ask questions where the answer is a big number (e.g. How many miles is the Nile? How high is K2 in feet?) because no-one knows and no-one cares. I never ask for dates either for the same reason.
Apple

Aah Thomas the Tank Engine, my son was obsessed with that and knew every episode word for word!!

I can still recall many of the characters

Thomas, Henry, Gordon, Percy, James, Edward and Toby which have already been mentioned

Off the top of my head I recall Sir Handle, Oliver, Bill and Ben, Daisy the diesel, Donald and Douglas, Duncan, Skarlowey and Rheneas, Rusty, Duke, Stepney, Colin  and Mavis not to mention Trevor the traction type engine, Toad (I think he was a truck) Thumper, the naughty trucks, Annie and Clarabel the carriages, Harold the helicopter, Bertie the bus, and my two personal fav's the stroppy Crankey the crane and equally stroppy Bulstrode the barge

Duck was number 8 he was green I think , Donald and Douglas were 9 & 10 and both black although I'm not sure which was which number and Oliver was 11 and green thats all I can remember though!
Caro

Himadri, that's exactly the sort of question I hate quiz-masters setting.  I like my questions very straight and general-knowledge.  Nothing tricky. Our quiz master had a section more or less on history, one on geography, one sciency, some local questions, and sport.  When he had a sports question he prefaced it with, "And here's one for Carolyn", since I had queried early how many sports one there would be.  Oh, that was another lot of "literature" ones - they had ten books on NZ sportspeople and we were to give the subject/author from the title.  Only got three of those, but I don't think many people did any better.  

And thankfully he doesn't go for a whole lot of modern celebrity or music questions (has his not-all-that-generally-young audience in mind, I suppose).  

The Thomas books were after my kids' time, so I don't them much either.

Cheers, Caro.
TheRejectAmidHair

Sure, you have to know the profile of the audience - their age is important. I used to set quizzes quite regularly sme years ago, but don't so often nowadays.

Most of my questions are pretty straight, but I do admit I liked the Thomas the tank Engine question!
Evie

I didn't realise your children were so old, Caro!   Wink

The Thomas books were written from the 40s onwards - the last one was late 60s or early 70s, I forget, though Rev. Audry's son has written some since then.  But I only know them through reading them to other people's children many years ago as a babysitter, and wouldn't have known which number was which - used to be better on the colours, but very rusty now.
county_lady

Evie wrote:
I didn't realise your children were so old, Caro!   Wink

The Thomas books were written from the 40s onwards - the last one was late 60s or early 70s, I forget, though Rev. Audry's son has written some since then.  But I only know them through reading them to other people's children many years ago as a babysitter, and wouldn't have known which number was which - used to be better on the colours, but very rusty now.


Yes my brother certainly had some Thomas books in the 50s and of course I read them too.
Sandraseahorse

I would have guessed Thomas from the colour.  When my son was young we did a Thomas the Tank train ride on the Watercress Line.  About a third of the people there weren't families with children but trainspotting anoraks, who pushed the children out of the way to take photos of Thomas as it (he?) was arriving at the station.
MikeAlx

I'm guessing Thomas & Co may have taken a while to filter through to NZ; or at least the TV phenomenon that revived their reputation from the 1980s here may have happened later in NZ.

The quiz questions I hate most are the "kick yourself" ones. I remember being totally stumped by the question "what was the Anglo-Saxon word for 'spider'?". When the answer came back - "Cob" - I felt really stupid that it had never occurred to me to wonder why we call spiders' webs "cobwebs".
Apple

I don't get involved with quiz nights I'm too competitive, especially pub quizzes when I know the answers I have given are correct and have been told they are wrong that and the fact I have probably had a few by that point - its not a good combination!!  Wink

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