Thursday’s quiz

It’s your turn to ask the questions.

You don’t have to follow my usual five question formula.

Anyone who stumps us all will win a virtual basket of stone fruit.

7 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way?”

    From what book is this taken and who wrote it?

    (2) “Eh bien, prince, que vous disais-je? Gênes et Lucques sont devenues les propriétés de la famille Bonaparte. Aussi, je vous le déclare d’avance, vous cesserez d’être mon ami, mon fidèle esclave, comme vous dites, si vous continuez à nier la guerre et si vous vous obstinez à défendre plus longtemps les horreurs et les atrocités commises par cet Antéchrist…, car c’est l’Antéchrist en personne, j’en suis sûre! Allons, bonjour, cher prince; je vois que je vous fais peur… asseyez-vous ici, et causons …”

    Which famous novel opens with this paragraph and who is the Author?

    (3) Who was Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration and how is he connected with the preceding question?

    (4) The aforementioned also Bagration gave his name to a major offensive during WW2 – what was that operation?

    (5) Have you read the literary works from questions 1 and 2

    Have you seen BBC adaptations of them

    Or films

    Can the BBC or Hollywood do them justice?

  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) Who is commonly attributed to have said: “My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.”

    2) The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey features music by two different composers with the same surname. Who are the composers, and which pieces of music were used?

    3) Which piece of music is scored to include Orchestra, brass band, choir, carillon and cannon?

    4) Which Disney movies consist of a series of animated scenes set to orchestral music?

    5) Which was the only piece of music to appear in both movies in question 4?

  3. J Bloggs says:

    1) Tolstoy – Anna Karenina, I think
    2) I’m going to guess that this one is War and Peace, also by Tolstoy
    3) Pass
    4) Pass
    5) I confess I haven’t read them, nor been able to sit through a TV/ movie adaption (I don’t really sit through any period piece adaption regardless, so no slight on the material). I suspect the BBC lacks the resources now to do them true justice. I don’t have much faith in Hollywood to do so (insufficient Americans in the source to make it worth their while…)

  4. Willdwan says:

    1. Anna Karenina.
    2.War and Peace, Tolstoy – my version has less French.
    3. The general who commanded the Russian defence.
    4. Can’t remember, defence of Stalingrad?
    5. Yes, both are terrific books but I was blind to Anna’s charm. Preferred Levin and Kitty’s story.

  5. Andrei says:

    (1) I don’t know but those of us of a certain age can relate.

    Incidentally, anticipating Question 2 Stanley Kubrick also abused it in Clockwork Orange

    (2) Richard Strauss ( Also sprach Zarathustra, which opens the movie) and Johann Strauss (An der schönen blauen Donau)

    (3) 1812 Overture

    (4) Fantasia

    (5) I’d guess a section from the Blue danube i.e. An der schönen blauen Donau

  6. Willdwan says:

    1. Don’t know, but it’s funny.
    2. Johann and Richard Strauss.
    3. That thing by Beethoven? Wellington’s victory?
    4.Fantasia. Not sure Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  7. Willdwan says:

    Did not notice the last part of Andrei’s question. Saw Anna K. on film, it was just a vehicle for whoever it was. Did not work. Nor did War @ P. but I always thought of Audrey Hepburn when reading Natasha’s story. Should work as a serial.

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