Put your general knowledge to the test with our bumper five-round quiz from the team at QI. Good luck!
ROUND ONE: FABER TITLES
(Answers for Round One will be revealed at the end.)
ROUND TWO: LITERATURE
9. What was quite interesting about the author of the Billy Bunter books?
10. What effect did jellyfish have on author Evelyn Waugh?
11. What was wrong with the first edition of Dr Johnson's Dictionary?
12. Apart from the obvious, what did J.M. Barrie, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse and A.A. Milne have in common?
13. Why were the Brontës not happy with their first book of poetry?
14. What was Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum's first book about?
15. In the first versions of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, who was Gabriel Grubb?
ROUND THREE: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
16. What’s a crena?
17. What is Colonel Blood famous for?
18. What did John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA, keep in his bathroom?
19. What happens when an election in New Mexico results in a draw?
20. How long has The Hague been a city for?
21. What was New York called before it was the Big Apple?
22. How did King Frederick William I of Prussia like to cheer himself up?
23. What’s quite interesting about the gar fish?
24. Why are there no dollar coins in the USA?
25. What is the 'Rhubarb Triangle'?
ROUND FOUR: TRUE OR FALSE?
26. In his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe’s bestseller was a how-to book about keeping poultry.
27. The Danish for bookseller is ‘Boghandler’.
28. Margaret Atwood has written a book that won’t be published until 2114.
29. In the French Harry Potter books Voldemort’s middle name is Pierre.
30. During the Second World War, Foyle’s bookshop bomb-proofed itself by covering the roof with copies of Mein Kampf.
31. The Norwegian version of Mr Bump is called Herr Dumpidump.
32. A book by George H. W. Bush’s dog spent 30 weeks on the US bestseller list.
33. The most-borrowed book from the Houses of Parliament library is called How Parliament Works.
34. The Vatican’s chief astronomer has written a book called Is There God On Mars?
35. The first real murder on the Orient Express took place the year after Agatha Christie’s novel came out.
ROUND FIVE: (IM)POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
36. Why are there no pandas mentioned in any of Charles Dickens’ novels?
37. The first Chicken Little (Chicken Licken in English) film was made in 1943. It involved Foxy Loxy whipping up the farmyard into an apocalyptic frenzy after reading which book?
38. King George III once descended into madness after reading which Shakespeare play, whose title character utters the line: ‘O! let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven’?
39. Which Russian writer died in February 1837 after his 29th duel?
40. What is the motto of the Game of Thrones’ House Targaryen? As a clue, it’s the same as the motto of the Salvation Army with the words reversed.
41. Of the 66 detective novels written by Agatha Christie, how many times did the Butler do it?
42. In which city did Edgar Allen Poe die? Their American football team is called the Ravens? Baltimore
43. Which winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature wrote the following words:
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a bowl of soup
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a rolling hoop
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a ton of lead
Wiggle—you can raise the dead
44. Little Men is the sequel to which novel?
45. Which author was named after a lake just outside Stoke, despite the fact that he was born a good 4,500 miles away from Staffordshire?