30 Days of Trivia, Third Roundup

The third week of the 30 Days of Trivia game is over, and we are ready to share with you an updated scoreboard. It’s such a pleasure to see that your interest in this game is still high, and some of your answers are so elaborate we learn new things from you as well. Thank you!

If you haven’t participated already, we still encourage you to try. We guarantee it to be fun and a great learning experience regardless of the score. We hope you join us!

And now, here is the list of trivia participants in order of highest to lowest scores:


AnnaLund2011 – 65 points

Lisbeth Tejada – 53 points

Kathy – 28 points

Ooza – 27 points

Melissa – 26.5 points

Ale – 23 points

Iris – 19 points

Amanda K – 4 points

Daphodill – 6 points

Idealskeptic – 4 points

Katie Cav – 2 points

Kat and Crystal – 1 point each


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:

#28 This novella written in 1951 won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was credited as a major contributing factor to the awarding of a Nobel Prize in Literature to its author. Name the novel and the author. (2 pts) 

Two points for identifying The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Bonus points for including information about when the novella was published and won the Pulitzer.

#29 Correct the mistake: I’ve never seen a bluer sky then when I was in Greece. (1 pt)

One point for  using “than” instead of “then”. “Then” means “at that time” or “after that.” In this case, “then” should be changed to “than,” which indicates a comparison or contrast.

#30 Find the concrete noun in this sentence: On this gray day he dreamed of a rainbow. (1 pt)

One point for identifying “rainbow” as the concrete noun. A concrete noun is something you can experience with at least one of the five senses: touch, taste, smell, see, or hear.

#31 What are the last two lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18? (1 pt)

One point if you answered, “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, / So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

#32 Correct the mistake: Between you and I, this is complete nonsense. (1 pt)

One point for saying “I” should be “me.”

#33 Which narrative mode displays a single character’s thought process in what seems to be a string of random observations? (1 pt)

One point for saying “stream of consciousness”.  Writers such as Virgina Woolf and James Joyce were one of the first to experiment with this narrative mode.

#34 Name that character: He is of unknown age but is definitely old. He has magic powers and has been known to change color. His name originates in Völuspá’s Catalogue of the Dwarves, though he himself is not a dwarf. (1 pt)

One point for naming Gandalf the Grey (and later, the White). Bonus point for referencing Nordic myths in relation to where the name comes from.

#35 Correct the mistake: The stars compliment the moon; without them, the moon looks lonely. (1 pt)

One point if you suggested to use “complement” instead of “compliment”. “Compliment” means to praise someone or something. “Complement” means to complete something or improve it. The stars complement the moon.

#36 Name the seven coordinating conjunctions. (3 pts)

Three points if you named the FANBOYS: “for”, “and”, “nor”, “but”, “or”, “yet”, “so.”

#37  The author of this 1831 novel succeeded in building up excitement about the story months before it was finished by posting “teasers” and related articles. Despite a five month delay in publication, it was sold out instantly. Hint: What would you do if you found a magical artifact fulfilling your every desire? Name the author and the novel. (2 pts)

Two points if you named The Magic Skin (or Le peau de chagrin) by Honore de Balzac. Bonus point for mentioning both the English title and the original.

#38 Correct the mistake: Martin fought hard to keep his job; but he lost. (1 pt)

One point for replacing a semicolon with a comma. Semicolons are not supposed to be used with coordinating conjunctions when joining two independent clauses.

#39 Is this a simile, a metaphor, or an analogy? “The book was to her what the blanky was to her baby brother—a sense of security.” (1 pt)

One point if you identified it as analogy.  Analogy means comparing of two things by pointing out shared characteristics.

#40 Which literary work is Lion King derived from? Please include the author. (2 pts)

Two points for saying Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

#41 Correct the mistake: You and I are talking about grammar. (1 pt)

One point if you found this sentence to be correct. It was a trick 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? (2 pts)

Two points for naming Roald Dahl and Matilda. 


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#3 This American writer is considered to be an inventor of this sub-genre of criminal genre and is best known for his macabre stories. Name the writer, the sub-genre and any story written by him (3 pts)

Answers should be submitted using the usual methods (click here). Please identify the question number as BQ#3.

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

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