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:

Scoreboard

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. 

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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.

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:

Scoreboard

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.

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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.

30 Days of Trivia, First Roundup

It’s  been a week since we launched this program, and it has been very exciting so far. We have loved going over your answers and seeing how knowledgeable you are about certain subjects. Even when the answers have been wrong, we feel like we are learning something new while teaching at the same time.

If you haven’t participated already and are worried to start out way behind, don’t worry. There are still 47 questions left, and even more points to be awarded. And, as you will see below, some questions allow for the opportunity to add information to the answer, in which case we might award bonus points.

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

Scoreboard

AnnaLund2011 – 16 points

Lisbeth Tejada – 15 points

Melissa – 8.5 points

Ale – 7 points

Iris – 6 points

Kathy – 5 points

Amanda K – 4 points

Idealskeptic – 4 points

Ooza – 1 point

Answers and Bonus Points

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

#1 Who compiled the stories of the legend of King Arthur and Merlin, and what is the title of the compilation? (2 pts)

No one answered this question correctly in time, but the answer was Thomas Malory and Le Morte D’Arthur.

#2 Correct the mistake: She asked him to keep it a secret, so he had to be discrete. (1 pt)

One point for replacing “discrete” with “discreet.”

#3 Name three typical spelling differences between American and British English. (3 pts)

Points given for o/ou (color/colour), ize/ise (realize/realise), er/re (theater/theatre) and single vs double consonant when adding -ing (traveling/travelling). Half a point for pyjamas vs. pajamas, as it is a spelling difference, but a difference for only that particular word.

#4 He was an Oxford scholar, an English professor, and a member of the Inklings. Born in Ireland, he was highly influenced by religion in his writings. (1 pt)

One point for C.S. Lewis.

#5 Correct the mistake: The boy cried “Wolf! Wolf!” (1 pt)

One point for adding a comma after “cried.”

#6 Is “yawned” a dialogue tag?

One point for saying “no.”

#7 Four writers were vacationing close to Lake Geneva. On one stormy night, the group decided to each write a ghost story to tell the others around the fire. This resulted in one of the most famous science fiction stories of all time, and indeed one of the first of its genre, written by the only woman in the group. What is the story, and who wrote it? (2 pts)

Two points for naming Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. Extra points for mentioning Galvani, whose ideas the group were discussing when they started their challenge, and for mentioning Mary Shelley’s full name (Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin), and the full title of the novel (Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus).

#8 Correct the mistake: Leave he and I alone, please. (2 pts)

One point for changing “he and I” into “us.” Two points for replacing “he” and “I” with “him” and “me.” One point if only one of the pronouns was changed.

#9 Is this a simile, a metaphor, or an analogy? “The falling snow was like little tufts of cotton drifting down from heaven.” (1 pt)

One point for simile.

#10 Many people might know the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as Ode to Joy. Who wrote the poem that goes with that tune? (1 pt)

One point for Schiller or Friedrich Schiller.

#11 Correct the mistake: I went to the store, it was busy. (1 pt)

One point for changing the comma to a period or a semicolon, or for adding an “and” after the comma.

#12 What’s the difference between “denotation” and “connotation”? (1 pt)

One point for saying that denotation is the literal meaning and connotation is a meaning associated with the word. We got a few variations of these definitions, but they were all correct.

#13 What were the pen names of the Brontë sisters? (3 pts)

One point for each: Acton, Currer, and Ellis Bell. Extra point for mentioning that they used the middle name of Charlotte’s husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, as their last name.

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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#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)

Answers should be submitted using the usual methods (click here). Please identify the question number as BQ#1.

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

30 Days of Trivia

Starting April 1, we are doing 30 days of trivia. No, this is not an April Fools’ prank.

Questions will be posted on our Facebook page and Twitter. Longer questions will direct to a Tumblr page. To answer a question, submit the answer via the form on the page dedicated to this event.

The questions will be posted 12 hours apart, at 9am and 9pm EDT (that’s 6am/pm PDT and 2am/pm GMT). Each question will be open for 10 hours, or until the answer is posted by EBS. Once the answer has been posted, we will no longer be accepting responses for that question.

We are going to be keeping tabs on scoring, so make sure to always use the same name and email in the form. Extra interesting answers may be awarded bonus points, at our discretion. Each Sunday or Monday, we will post the status of the scoring, along with the answers that got awarded points. There are no special prizes at the end, but the top three participants will be getting badges once the results have been published.

We hope everyone will have some fun with this. We can’t stop you from googling the answers, but we have tried our very best to make it at least a little hard for you to do so 😉

We also can’t stop you from answering our questions on Twitter or Facebook, but please keep in mind that there are others participating as well, and answering publicly can ruin the fun.

The first question will be posted at 9am EDT tomorrow morning.

Once the 30 days of trivia are over, we have a big surprise for everyone, so stay tuned!

Meet Raum — Judges Choice Winner

Raum

Raum’s entry, The Second Line, won the Judges Choice round in our 2nd Anniversary Challenge. The entry is about a couple anxiously waiting to see the results of a pregnancy test — waiting for the second line. The Second Line is a clever spin on the Free Pass primary prompt, which called for two or the second of something. The piece is short and sweet — a perfect read if you want something to brighten your day, even if for just a moment.

Raum is an Italian fan fiction writer who has been writing non-stop for the past two years. She has eleven completed stories posted on FanFiction.Net, four of them multi-chapter stories. Currently, she is working on a multi-chapter story called Snare: 

“The lives of Charlie and Bella Swan were devastated when Renée was murdered by a serial killer: The Drainer. Charlie, a former FBI profiler, is convinced that the killer is a vampire, and that those creatures are real. Nobody believes him, till the day he captures one of the undead.” AU.

This busy writer also maintains a website called My Reading Lounge, where she reviews and recommends her favorite fan fiction stories and published works; publishes her own stories, along with extra material related to her stories; posts banners and blinkes made by her for her favorite stories; and recommends or posts articles and resources for her fellow writers.

While she is content in the Twilight community right now, she dreams of tackling  original fiction. Maybe one day in the not-too-distant future we’ll see her work on display at our local bookstore or library, or in the book recommendations at Amazon.com.

You can find Raum on fanfiction.net, Facebook, Twitter, and My Reading Lounge.

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