Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

Reply
BN Editor
Bill_T
Posts: 366
Registered: ‎03-20-2007
0 Kudos

A Trivia Quiz for Spring

[ Edited ]
Hi everyone --

As a sort of springtime treat, I've put together a little Literary Trivia quiz for today, with a season-appropriate theme.

See how many of the answers to the ten questions below you know or can guess correctly (naturally, using an Internet search would be cheating!) We'll post an answer key in this thread later today.

TEN BOOKISH QUESTIONS FOR SPRING

1. What famous poem begins "April is the cruellest month..."

2. What book, first published in 1962, is often credited with launching the environmental movement?

3. What 1922 novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim about four women vacationing in Italy was adapted for the big screen in 1992?

4. Michael Wallner's recent novel about the French resistance in World War II borrows its title from a 1932 song with lyrics about "chestnuts in blossom" and "holiday tables under the trees." What is the title of the song -- and the novel?

5. In 1903, what award-winning novelist -- famous for portraying life in the Midwest -- made her publishing debut with the collection of poems titled "April Twilights?"

6. What 14th-century poem begins by describing April showers?

7. The author of Uncle Fred in the Springtime is more famous for creating what fictional English servant?

8. Finn Coren's 1997 album Spring sets to music the words of a famous English poet born in 1757, including his works "The Tyger" and "London" -- who is the poet?

9. In April of 1912, the Titanic sunk in the North Atlantic. What author had his first bestselling novel with a 1980 story about efforts to bring the wreck to the surface?

10. Who wrote "In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love"?

_________________________

In the thread below, post your thoughts about the questions (which are hard? which are easy?), but if you want to post your guesses now, post them in this separate thread -- that way everyone has a chance to try the quiz for themselves...we'll post the correct answers later today in this thread. Have fun!

UPDATE: As promised, I've posted the answer key -- but you can still test yourself and check the solutions later! Thanks to all who've been playing along.

Message Edited by Bill_T on 04-06-2007 05:23 PM

Melissa_W
Posts: 4,124
Topics: 516
Kudos: 966
Blog Posts: 3
Ideas: 15
Solutions: 33
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

I'm having a little trouble with the poetry (sheepish - I've taken several poetry classes, but mostly Victorian women's poetry, so that might be the problem)
Melissa W.
I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
balletbookworm.blogspot.com
Contributor
love2teach
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎04-04-2007
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

Fun! The more modern stuff is difficult!! I know my classics better and think I have 3 for sure, a few probably right, but the rest are pure guesses! Looking forward to the answers later today : )
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
BN Editor
Bill_T
Posts: 366
Registered: ‎03-20-2007
0 Kudos

New thread for your guesses

Hey everyone -- I didn't want to have spoilers appear in here, and since there are already some guesses being posted, I created a new thread for you to post your guesses, and moved a post there.
Distinguished Wordsmith
Everyman
Posts: 9,216
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

Too chronologically unbalanced!

I had most of them, but you included 70% works of the 20th century and none more than a few centuries back. No fair to classicists!
_______________
I think, therefore I drive people nuts.
BN Editor
Bill_T
Posts: 366
Registered: ‎03-20-2007
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

Next time I'll try to include a few more antiquities, Everyman!




Everyman wrote:
Too chronologically unbalanced!

I had most of them, but you included 70% works of the 20th century and none more than a few centuries back. No fair to classicists!


Distinguished Wordsmith
Everyman
Posts: 9,216
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring



Bill_T wrote:
Next time I'll try to include a few more antiquities, Everyman!

And for love2teach, too, who had the same problem.

A little Hesiod, some Xenophon perhaps, maybe a titch of Aquinas if you want to get a bit more modern. Yummy!
_______________
I think, therefore I drive people nuts.
Frequent Contributor
hasenbein
Posts: 99
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

Hi Everyman,

I'm gradually getting back into these book groups. My "name" is my previous log in and there is some problem with changing it, but I'm really KathyH. Are you really Christopher?

KathyH
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 3,107
Registered: ‎10-27-2006
0 Kudos

Re: A Trivia Quiz for Spring

Gosh, this must be some April joke. How fun! I definitely quizzed myself out of it with total of zero points. Moreover, I am not even ashamed and I keep on reading happily...so many books, so many questions, so many more years to explore all the printed matters :smileywink:

ziki
in the paper kingdom
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 3,107
Registered: ‎10-27-2006
0 Kudos

next Quiz for summer



Everyman wrote:A little Hesiod, some Xenophon perhaps, maybe a titch of Aquinas if you want to get a bit more modern. Yummy!




Oh, spare me, Bill T...and why should it be too easy only for Everyman? No way :smileywink: Let him sweat as well!

ziki