Walk and Talk and Win with the Animals; Test Yourself on Literature's Big Beasts with Our 20 Questions

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Walk and Talk and Win with the Animals; Test Yourself on Literature's Big Beasts with Our 20 Questions


TEST your memory with Christopher Matthew's Creatures From Literature quiz and win [pound]100-worth of holiday reading for you and your family.

1 'HE WAS the wrong shape, his head was too big, his ears were too pinched, his tail was too long, and it was quite impossible to say what kind of dog he was supposed to be! But he was such a mad, friendly, clumsy, laughable creature that every one of the children adored him at once' - Enid Blyton's description of George's best friend in The Famous Five stories. What is his name?

a) Snuffy, b) Jumble, c) Timothy, d) Peter 2

2 WHICH of Rupert Bear's pals wears a bow tie, tweed suit and knickerbockers?

a) Podgy Pig, b) Algy Pug, c) Bill Badger, d) Edward Trunk

3 IN Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park, which dinosaurs have the urge to emigrate?

a) the tyrannasaurs, b) the stegosaurs, c) the triceratops, d) the velociraptors

4 WHO in The Wind In The Willows prepared the following picnic and for whom: 'Coldchickencoldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench rollscresssandwichespottedmeatgingerbeerlemondadesodawater'?

a) Toad for Ratty and Mole, b) Ratty and Mole for Toad, c) Ratty for Mole, d) Mole for Ratty

5 BERTIE Wooster's fellow Drones Club member, Gussie Fink-Nottle, has a fancy for some unusual creatures. What are they? a) frogs, b) toads, c) newts, d) snails

6 COMPLETE the following stage direction from Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale: 'Exit, pursued by a ...'

a) lion, b) wolf, c) bear, d) tiger

7 WEE, sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie, Oh what a panic's in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle!

I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee Wi' murd'ring pattle!

Which animal is Robert Burns addressing in this first stanza of a famous poem?

a) a rabbit, b) a hare, c) a mouse, d) a squirrel

8 THE 19th-century French novelist Gerard de Nerval would surprise Parisians by walking through the streets with his pet on a lead. What was it?

a) a tortoise, b) a lizard, c) a tarantula, d) a lobster

9 WHICH author wrote short stories about a cat that could speak, a senile tiger that died from a heart attack on hearing a rifle shot, and a polecat that killed a pious woman with short sight?

a) Roald Dahl, b) O. Henry, c) H.H. Munro (Saki), d) Ian McEwan

10 AS a colonial administrator in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Arthur Grimble was talked into being human bait for what terrifying denizen of the deep?

a) a tiger shark, b) a barracuda, c) a moray eel, d) an octopus

11 COMPLETE the title of this Richard Hannay adventure story by John Buchan: The Island Of . …

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