issue 35: march - april 2003 

All About Books QuizALL ABOUT

With World Book Day on April 23 (celebrated in the UK and Ireland on March 6) it was only fitting that the quiz should be All About Books. You may need to use a little brainpower rather than a search engine to help you on one or two, but you can do it. Next issue’s quiz will continue the book theme with questions concerning films based on books.

As always, in case of a tie a name will be drawn a hat; answers by May 1, please; and the winner receives 30 euros (around $30 or £20) to spend at Amazon

 Quiz now over but please feel free to have a go
and then see the answers

1. Which city was involved in getting UNESCO to officially declare April 23rd ‘World Book Day’?
a) London
b) Frankfurt
c) Barcelona
d) New York
e) Quebec

2. What are the leaves called that secure a book’s pages to its front and back covers?
a) endpapers
b) backcloths
c) tie papers
d) securi
e) bookends

3.What, respectively, are the left-hand (even-numbered) and right-hand pages of a book called?
a) reverse and obverse
b) lucht and reht
c) sinister and dexter
d) sinistra and dextera
e) verso and recto

What’s in a title?

4. Which book’s title comprises the simplified instructions for its destruction?

5. Shhh! It’s not The French Lieutenant’s Woman nor The English Patient but…

6. This German book went on to worldwide success. Strange, considering it stinks.

7. Strange fruit indeed. Mine seems to be ticking!

8. Which literary work takes its title from a translation of the Hebrew word, known in English as ‘Beelzebub’?
a) The Satanic Verses
b) The God of Small Things
c) Heart of Darkness
d) The Lord of the Rings
e) Lord of the Flies

Don't you dare!9.Which of the following has a one-word final chapter that is also the title of the author’s next book?
a) Mansfield Park
b) Angela’s Ashes
c) Manhattan Transfer
d) Of Human Bondage
e) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

10. A Hemingway title was taken from a sermon by which one of the following?
a) John Milton
b) John Donne
c) John Dryden
d) Edmund Spenser
e) Sir Philip Sidney

11. In what logically progressive order would you put…
a) Kurt Vonnegut
b) Alexandre Dumas
c) Ken Kesey
d) Charles Dickens
e) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-just put the letters in sequence, i.e. a,b,c, etc

12. Not trying to send you barking mad, but what links Pinkney Benedict, Frederick Forsyth, Richard Adams, Kem Nunn and John Lydon?

Quotes about books. Who said or wrote…

It's on the tip of my tongue13. “And yet on the other hand unless warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image, but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye."

14. “There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.”

15. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

16. “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.” And: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” And, finally: “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”

17. “Due attention to the inside of books, and due contempt for the outside, is the proper relation between a man of sense and his books.”

18. “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

And to round up…

19. Which author had on the copyright page of one novel: ‘The opinions expressed in this book are not those of the author’?
a) Philip K. Dick
b) Poppy Z. Brite
c) Arthur C. Clarke
d) Robert A. Heinlein

20. Initially, what is bound to link these authors?
SOD IT! I GIVE UP!a) J.G Ballard
a) George Orwell
a) Joyce Carol Oates
a) Ken Kesey

© 2003 The Barcelona Review.
Quiz set by M.G. Smout with special thanks to Peter Noel

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 tbr 35           March - April 2003 

-Short Fiction
      Alexei Sayle: Barcelona Plates
      Laura Hird: The Happening
      Barbara Lefcowitz: Medea, The Girl from Albania, The Walking Tree
  picks from back issues:
      Des Dillon: The Blue Hen
      Pedro Juan Gutiérrez: Buried in Shit
and Stars and Losers

      Gretchen McCullough: March 2003: Letter from Cairo

      Sue Thomas: Spivak

     with Scottish author Laura Hird

     All About Books
      Answers to last issue’s Graham Greene quiz

-Book Reviews
      Adios, Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría
     Strictly Casual: Fiction by Women on Love, edited by Amy Prior

-Special Links
      writers speak out on the issue of war

-Regular Features
      Book Reviews (all issues)
      TBR Archives (authors listed alphabetically)

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