The Return of the Shiny Advent Quiz!

Questions by Annabel

hollyWe featured a Christmas quiz in our first Yuletide issue – and now it’s back. Thirty questions (I got carried away), featuring old favourites and the latest titles, books for young and old – a festive cornucopia of bookish quizzage!

Some are easy – some are real stinkers!  We hope you have fun, whether you have a go on your own or test your families and guests.

The answers are cunningly hidden in a snowdrift at the bottom of this page – the text is white so you’ll have to highlight it with your cursor to see them.

No cheating… do tell us how you fared in the comments!

  1. Which author, celebrated for her Georgian romances, also wrote mysteries including one called A Christmas Party?
  2. christmasaurusWhich boy-band member has just published his first young children’s novel, The Christmasaurus?
  3. What is the name of Mark Forsyth’s new book on ‘The Hidden Stories behind our Yuletide Traditions’?
  4. “Then I saw in one of those little miscellaneous shops—news, sweets, toys, stationery, belated Christmas tomfoolery, and so forth—an array of masks and noses.” These disguises will become useful to one of H.G.Wells’ characters – who?
  5. Which author has just published a collection entitled: Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 days?
  6. “Every year, starting about the middle of November, there is a good deal of anxiety and apprehension among owners of the better class of country-house throughout England as to who will get B____ W___’s patronage for the Christmas holidays.” Whose patronage are we talking about?
  7. Which Christmas plant features in the title of P.D.James’ seasonal short story collection?
  8. dickens-christmasWhich of the following is not one of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books or stories: The Holly Tree; What Christmas is as we grow older; The Poor Relation’s Story; Old Christmas; Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings; Somebody’s Luggage.
  9. Which country house features in the title of Anthony Trollope’s seasonal short story collection?
  10. Which poet published the story of Mrs Scrooge?
  11. What is the name of the Christmas Donkey in the new novel by Tracy Garton?
  12. Who has narrated the audiobook of Matt Haig’s new Christmas novel for middle grade children, The Girl Who Saved Christmas?
  13. “Our first Christmas Day was spent at Plymouth; the second at St. Martin’s Cove, near Cape Horn; the third at Port Desire, in Patagonia; the fourth at anchor in a wild harbour in the peninsula of Tres Montes; this fifth here; and the next, I trust in Providence, will be in England.” Who said this of his voyage on The Beagle?
  14. Which former school inspector’s latest Christmas offering is called The Virgin Mary’s Got Nits?!
  15. “With a journey before him, Charley Mason’s mother was anxious that he should make a good breakfast, but he was too excited to eat. It was Christmas Eve and he was going to Paris.“ Which novel, by whom begins thus?
  16. briggs-christmasWhose 1973 graphic novel Father Christmas won the Kate Greenaway Medal?
  17. Who wrote “Once upon a Christmas Eve, Just after it had snowed, The Jolly Postman (him again!), Came down the jolly road; And in the bag upon his back, An … interesting load.”
  18. What gift does the boy ask for in Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express?
  19. One classic thriller set in Hungary that we’ve previously reviewed has a Christmas carol connection in its title. What is it and who wrote it?
  20. This is snow,’ _______ whispered to himself.” Which Finnish creature who usually hibernates during midwinter discovers this?
  21. Who wrote the poem used for the Christmas carol In the bleak midwinter?
  22. Pawn in Frankincense is the fourth volume in a six volume set of novels by whom?
  23. fir-tree-bedtime-stories-1In the never-ending Rainbow Magic  series of books, by Daisy Meadows for little girls, what is the name of The Christmas Fairy?
  24. It’s Christmas, and Temple Gault has killed again at the start of From Potter’s Field, 4th novel in which long-running crime series?
  25. The 27th novel by Ngaio Marsh to feature Roderick Alleyn takes place over Christmas too. What was its title?
  26. Kinsey Millhone gets an unexpected Christmas present of $5000 in the Sue Grafton’s fifth alphabet novel. What in this case does ‘E’ stand for?
  27. Published on the same day as The Snow Queen in December 1844, which of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories is said to be the first of his to show deep pessimism?
  28. A priceless jewel is stolen from the hotel suite of the Countess of Morcar just before Christmas in which Sherlock Holmes short story?
  29. What was the title of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book that inspired Carol Anne Duffy to write her poem The Christmas Truce?
  30. Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.” Begins chapter 2 of which novel by G.E.?


… and here are the answers (Highlight to view):

1. Georgette Heyer  2. Tom Fletcher of McFly  3. A Christmas Cornucopia  4. The Invisible Man (aka Griffin)  5. Jeanette Winterson  6. Bertie Wooster (in The Ordeal of Young Tuppy, short story).  7. Mistletoe  8. Old Christmas (by Washington Irving)  9. Thompson Hall  10. Carol Ann Duffy  11. Alan (couldn’t resist!)  12. Carey Mulligan  13. Charles Darwin  14. Gervase Phinn (also wrote A Wayne in a Manger)  15. Christmas Holiday by Somerset Maugham  16. Raymond Briggs  17. Janet and Allan Ahlberg (The Jolly Christmas Postman)  18. A single bell from the reindeer’s harness (only believers in Santa can hear it ring)  19. The night of Wencelas by Lionel Davidson  20. Moomintroll (from Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson)  21. Christina Rosetti  22. Dorothy Dunnett (The Lymond Chronicles. 23. Holly (of course!)  24. Kay Scarpetta – Patricia Cornwell  25. Tied up in tinsel  26. Evidence  27. The Fir-Tree  28. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle  29. The best Christmas present in the world. 30. The Mill on the Floss  End of Answers


Annabel is one of the editors of Shiny New Books – and loves quiz-setting…

Now tell us how you did!

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