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Old MacDonald had a farm; Betty Stein had a quiz; both had lots of animals

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 11:29 am

Son has a dog. Daughter has a cat. Local granddaughter has a dog. I have a cat.

Guess an animal quiz fits right in. So here we go – but not all the animals are domesticated. Five points for each correct answer.

1. American presidents seem to be dog people. Two famous dogs of presidential renown were Scottish terrier Fala and cocker spaniel Checkers. Name the two presidents with whom they were associated.

2. What is the name of the author of the long-loved book “Black Beauty”?

3. Where do we find the famous line “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”?

4. What is the title of a recent best-seller, which was also made into a movie, about a young vet student who drops out of school and joins a circus? It’s by Sara Gruen.

5. It was a film and a hugely successful stage play about a lion cub’s journey to adulthood. Two characters in it are named Mufasa and Scar. What’s its name?

6. Who wrote “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”?

7. Where do we first find the line “a hair of the dog that bit us” — advice for treating a hangover?

8. Name Donald Duck’s three nephews.

9. Who wrote about “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”?

10. Perhaps the Great American Novel? Anyway, Captain Ahab went seeking him — continuously. His name and the title of the book?

11. The Cheshire Cat is a character we meet in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Who is the author?

12. Who was the winner in the duel between the cobra and the mongoose in Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”?

13. Why was the line “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” practiced by students learning to type on a typewriter?

14. Name the famous horse of Greek mythology who was captured by Bellerophon.

15. Name the author of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

16. I’ll be proud of you if you can name the American humorist who was author of the line “It is difference of opinion that makes horse-races.” Clue: Do you know Pudd’n Head Wilson?

17. His large ears made him the target of laughter from many around him, but those large ears enabled him to fly. Name the Disney character.

18. What girl lost her sheep?

19. “Who touches a hair of yon gray head Dies like a dog!” is from a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier – and I used it in a recent quiz. Let’s see if you paid attention. Name the poem.

20. In “Peter Pan” we meet the Darlings’ dog. What is the dog’s name?

Bonus: Name the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Answers: 1. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon; 2. Anna Sewell; 3. “King Richard III” by Shakespeare; 4. “Water for Elephants”; 5. “The Lion King”; 6. T.S. Eliot; 7. Proverbs, the Bible; 8. Huey, Dewey and Louie; 9. C.S. Lewis; 10. “Moby Dick.” 11. Lewis Carroll; 12. The mongoose; 13. It contains every letter of the alphabet; 14. Pegasus; 15. Tennessee Williams; 16. Mark Twain; 17. Dumbo; 18. Bo Peep; 19. “Barbara Frietchie”; 20. Nana.

Bonus: Pestilence, famine, war and death.

Easy one, yes? How about a score of 80?

Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher.