For no particular reason at all, this week’s Literary Trivia is focused on children’s literature. The Literary Man has fond memories of his 1990s literary childhood, his artistic gestation phase, if you will. Some of these books were, admittedly, not published in the 1990s; nevertheless, they were read by the Literary Man in the 1990s, and he happens to be thinking about them today. It might have something to do with Karen Russell’s SWAMPLANDIA!, which the Literary Man recently read and very much enjoyed. Not exactly a children’s book per se, but it does cite ALICE IN WONDERLAND in its epigraph, and its narrator is a child, so maybe it’s a children’s book. Meh. Whatever. This is all by and by. So let’s get this thing started (answers are contained in Comment #1).
Question 1: in what is probably the greatest book series about children living in trains — THE BOXCAR CHILDREN — which of the following is NOT one of the title train-dwelling orphans?
Question 2: Many of Beverly Clear’s novels — including HENRY HUGGINS, BEEZUS AND RAMONA, and RIBSY — take place in which Pacific Northwest city?
Question 3: Lois Lowry was awarded the prestigious Newberry Medal for which book in 1993?
1. The Racers
2. The Giver
3. Number the Stars
4. A Day No Pigs Would Die
Question 4: in THE JUNGLE BOOK, written by Rudyard Kipling, the main human character, Mowgli is raised from infancy by which animal?
1. Raksha the Wolf
2. Baloo the Bear
3. Bagheera the Panther
4. Shere Kahn the Tiger
Question 5. in T.H. White’s THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, what is the name of young Arthur’s foster-father?
1. Sir Galahad
2. Sir Ector
3. Sir Bors
4. Sir Lancelot
Question 6: what is the name of the pig in E.B. White’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB?
Question 7: which author created the fictional characters Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet?
1. e.e. cummings
2. L. Frank Baum
3. A.A. Milne
4. E.B. White
Question 8: in Jules Vernes’ unforgettable, mind-altering classic TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, what is the name of the Nautilus’ captain?
1. Long John Silver
2. Captain Courageous
3. Captain Bluebeard
4. Captain Nemo
Question 9: in Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND, what is the meaning of “the black spot?”
1. Recipient of the Black Spot will be rewarded in some way.
2. Recipient of the Black Spot has been assigned to a ship
3. Recipient of the Black Spot will surely be killed, quickly, and without mercy.
4. None of the above.
Question 10: in Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK, how is the dinosaur DNA retrieved?
1. from fossilized eggs
2. from mosquitoes trapped in fossilized amber
3. from bones frozen in glaciers
4. from dinosaurs frozen in avalanches