Monday, January 30, 2012

Beware of the Dragon

Chinese new year: Dragons in literature quiz me ( with answers. The most correct wins a grab bag full of neat stuff. Monday! In case of a tie, a random draw will determine the winner. I'm not kidding, there is neat stuff in the grab bag.

China celebrated its new year on Jan 23. We're entering the year of the dragon: one of the most revered years of the Chinese calendar. To celebrate, test your knowledge of literature's finest firebreathers

1. “There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; thrumming came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low in slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light.” Which dragon?

JRR Tolkien’s Smaug
Ursula Le Guin’s Orm
Robin Hobb’s Tintaglia
The dragon from Beowulf

2. Which colour are the two dragons who fight in front of Vortigern and Merlin in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain?

Red and black
Black and white
Red and white
Silver and Gold

3. Who turns into a dragon in CS Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

Eustace Scrubb


4. How are dragons brought back to life in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series?

Humans are sacrificed by the sinister Red Priest to bring dragons back to the world

Fossilised eggs hatch after lying in a funeral pyre
Life is brought to stone statues of dragons
Lizards are genetically modified to become dragons

5. “Never laugh at live dragons,” says Bilbo Baggins, wisely. But which of the following is not one of JRR Tolkien’s dragons?

Glarung Smaug Ancalagon Erkenbrand

6. What is the point of the dragons in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series?

They are the only source of fuel for the stranded explorers
They protect the planet from a deadly threat which falls from the skies
Battling and killing a dragon is the ultimate test in young Perneses' journey to manhood
They guard the settlers’ treasures

7. Which author created a world in which dragons begin life as sea serpents?

Robin Hobb
Terry Goodkind
Robert Jordan
Ursula Le Guin

8. Who dreamed up Norwegian Ridgeback and Hungarian Horntailed dragons?

Terry Pratchett
JRR Tolkien
JK Rowling
Cornelia Funke

9. What is the name of the dragon in Christopher Paolini’s bestselling young adult series?


What am I reading? Obedience by Jacqueline Yallop. I'm only on page this info is coming from the back cover

"A once bustling convent in the south of France is closing, leaving behind three elderly nuns. Forced, for the first time, to confront the community that she betrayed decades ago, sister Bernard relives her past.

At thirty, sister Bernard can hear the voice of God. when you young Nazi soldier asks her to meet secretly, she agrees. And so begins the horrifying and passionate love affair that will deafen the heavens and define her life, tempting her into duplicity. Obedience is a powerful exploration of one woman's struggle to reconcile her aching need to be loved with her fear of god's wrath."

I'll let you know...cheesy, predictable, or provocative.