30 Days of Trivia, Second Roundup

The second week of the 30 Days of Trivia game zoomed by, and we are ready with an updated scoreboard. We have loved to see your enthusiasm during this game, and we are happy to see that so many people either know the answers or have gone ahead and studied each subject before answering.

If you haven’t participated already and are worried to start out way behind, don’t worry. There are still 33 questions left, and even more points to be awarded. There is still a chance to overtake the top participants, though we suspect they will be working harder than ever to maintain their positions.

So, without further ado, here is the list of trivia participants in order of highest to lowest scores:


AnnaLund2011 – 41 points

Lisbeth Tejada – 34 points

Kathy – 22 points

Ooza – 16 points

Melissa – 15.5 points

Iris – 13 points

Ale – 12 points

Amanda K – 4 points

Idealskeptic – 4 points

Daphodill – 4 points

Answers and Bonus Points

In case you are interested, here is the list of the second batch of questions and the answers we awarded points to:

#14 Correct the mistake: “Please bring me some butter”, she asked. (1 pt)

One point for moving the comma inside the quotation marks.

#15 Is this a simile, a metaphor, or an analogy? “The knife was sharp in her hand as she sat down to write a scathing letter to her council representative.” (1 pt)

One point for saying metaphor.

#16 Amy Sedaris is the sister of which famous writer? (1 pt)

One point for David Sedaris.

#17 Correct the mistake: “I don’t want to go!” he sniffled. (1 pt)

One point for eliminating “sniffled” as a dialogue tag. One bonus point for coming up with several correct versions. Possible versions:

  • “I don’t want to go!” He sniffled.
  • “I don’t want to go!” he said, sniffling.
  • Sniffling, he said, “I don’t want to go!”
  • He sniffled. “I don’t want to go!”

#18 What does “jargon” mean? (1 pt)

One point for saying it’s a vocabulary for a particular trade or profession (the dictionary, standard meaning). Bonus point for mentioning the connotation of it meaning gibberish.

#19 Which literary work is 10 Things I Hate About You derived from? Please include the author. (2 pts)

Two points for William Shakespeare and The Taming of the Shrew.

#20 Correct the mistake: I’m throwing a party this weekend, and your invited! (1 pt)

One point for changing “your” to “you’re.” We were especially happy to see all the horror-struck responses to this one.

#21 Is “ginormous” a real word? (1 pt)

One point for “yes.”

#22 Of Mice and Men is a reference to which poem by which poet? (2 pts)

Two points for Robert Burns and To a Mouse. Bonus point for quoting the poem (“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry,” or, as in the original, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley”).

#23 Correct the mistake: In theory, the placement of the sun is at the center of the solar system and Galileo Galilei did his best to prove that. (1 pt)

One point for adding a comma between “system” and “and.” Bonus point for coming up with several solutions (such as “solar system; Galileo Galilei” or “solar system. Galileo Galilei”).

#24 What is the past perfect tense used for? (1 pt)

One point for saying that it is used to express an action in the past that happened before another action in the past. Bonus point for pointing out that “perfect” comes from the latin for “to finish.”

#25 “[T]o die: to sleep—To sleep, perchance to dream” is a part of a famous speech in one of Shakespeare’s works. How does it start, and who speaks? (2 pts)

Two points for “To be or not to be, that is the question,” and Hamlet.

#26 Correct the mistake: I wanted to tell you; but you were ignoring me. (1 pt)

One point for changing the semicolon to a comma.

#27 Arrange from the biggest unit to the smallest: word, sentence, letter, morpheme, paragraph, phrase, clause. (3 pt)

Three points for: paragraph, sentence, clause, phrase, word, morpheme, letter. One or two points depending on how many words were correctly ordered.

BQ#1 Eugene Francois Vidocq was a criminal and a private detective who inspired the two main characters in a very famous novel/musical. Which novel, and who is the writer? (2 pts)

Two points for naming Victor Hugo and Les Misérables. Extra point for mentioning that Eugene also inspired writers such as Honoré de Balzac, Augste Dupin, Alexandre Dumas, Edgar Allan Poe, and others. Extra point for mentioning which two characters Eugene was the inspiration for: Inspecteur de police Javert and Jean Valjean.


For better explanations for answers, check out the trivia site, EBStrivia.tumblr.com, and read the Answer posts. If you would like any of the answers to be explained more fully, please feel free to suggest for us to do so by commenting on this post or contacting the admins.

Bonus Question!

BQ#2 This popular novel for children has been winning readers’ hearts since 1988. The main character of the story is an extraordinary child with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold, and very unpleasant (if not shady) parents. The story is full of pranks involving telekinetic powers, superglue, and hostile headmistresses. What is the name of the character and who wrote this story?

Answers should be submitted using the usual methods (click here). Please identify the question number as BQ#2.

The answer will be revealed at the next roundup, so everyone is free to submit an answer until then.

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