Since it’s the end of the week (and a loooong week it was, at least for me as we head into this irritating, er, festive season), and a week away from Jane Austen’s birthday, I thought it might be fun to try another quiz. 🙂 This one comes again from the Jane Austen Centre newsletter, and is an Austen-at-Christmas theme. I’ll post answers tomorrow. Good luck, and let us know how you do!
1) With what feelings did Fanny Price creep slowly up the staircase at Mansfield after the Christmas ball?
a) Hopes and fears
b) Restless and agitated
c) Both of the above
2) What was served at the ball?
a) Soup and negus
c) Bullet pudding
3) Who usually visited the Bennetts at Christmas?
a) Mr. Collins
b) Mr. Bingley
c) The Gardiners
4) Where did they spend Christmas after Elizabeth and Darcy married?
5) Who spent Christmas at Uppercross with the Musgroves, to improve the noise at Lyme?
b) The little Harvilles
c) The Crofts
6) What amusement did Mrs. Musgrove find for them?
a) Making decorations with silk and gold paper
c) A parlor game
7) Mr. and Mrs. Weston held a party on Christmas Eve. Who was absent?
b) Mr. John Knightley
8) What nearly prevented the party from going ahead?
a) A fever
b) A sore throat
9) Jane Austen was born just before Christmas in what year?
10) What was the main ingredient of a Regency mince pie?
Well, I’m fairly sure of 6 of them and have guesses for the rest (will not embarrass myself by saying what they are).
I have to admit I’m least versed on the MANSFIELD PARK questions; MP is my least favorite JA (though that’s still not a very bad thing).
I am _so_ bad at this stuff. I never remember the details. Although I think I am going to dig out some of the lesser-read Austens for this week’s birthday honors. Maybe then I can answer a question or two.
MP is also my least favorite Austen. Though saying it’s my “least favorite” Austen is like saying it’s my least favorite chocolate. 🙂 But I do tend to forget details unless I’ve only very recently read something.
My cousin’s 14-year-old daughter had her birthday last week, and she received the Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursit game for a gift. I read the questions as she and her brother played, and I was absolutely amazed at the factoids they could remember. I think I answered correctly about 2 of those questions, and I once read the books and then obseesively watched the movies (Orlando, y’know).
Oh, reading the Tolkien books once is nothing, Amanda! 🙂 True Middle Earth fan(atic)s obsessively read not just The Hobbit and LOTR, but even The Silmarillion, the Lost Tales, etc etc, over and over, including the indices, and make timelines and charts etc etc etc.
Starting at age 11, I read LOTR every year through my late teens. (Also read Little Women every year!) But I don’t count myself as an obsessive fan.
My brother, on the other hand… Well, yes, I’d call him an obsessive fan, at least in some ways. You can learn how to read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, et al in a totally chronological order (so important for the true fan, of course) on his website here:
By the way, he also knows how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. And you thought your brother was useful!