Good Reading : May 13
Grab your favourite snack and gobble your way through our quiz about food in books. 1. Loveable bear Winnie-the-Pooh is addicted to which sweet food? 2. Snozzcumbers, whizzpoppers and frobscottle are foods that are found in which novel by Roald Dahl? 3. Marmalade sandwiches are the preferred snack of which wellington-wearing bear? 4. What type of pickled fruit does Amy March from Little Women announce as the latest craze at school? 5. In Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, who serves up the eponymous fried snack? 6. Which bumbling British character from a 1996 novel attempts to host a fancy dinner party but inadvertently ends up making blue soup? 7. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games saves Katniss Everdeen from starving by giving her what type of food? 8. The effects of which drink in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is said to be like ‘having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick’? 9. In Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, what unusual implement does Pippi use to beat her pancake batter? 10. In which magical series do the characters get to munch on Jelly Slugs, Cockroach Clusters and Ice Mice? 10 LITERARY FOOD QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Honey 2. The BFG 3. Paddington Bear 4. Limes 5. Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison 6. Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Diary 7. Burnt bread 8. A Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster 9. A bath brush 10. JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series WHAT’S IN A NAME Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë are the well-known 19th- century authors of enduringly popular works that include Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. But hardly anyone knew who the three sisters were when their books were first published because they wrote under the male pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Each of the pen names shared the first letter of each sister’s real name. The publisher of two of the books launched a rumour that all the Bell books were the product of just one author – Ellis Bell (Emily). Upset at not receiving their rightful recognition, Anne and Charlotte battled through a snowstorm to see their London publisher, who had never met them. Publisher George Smith was amazed to discover that Charlotte was in fact the author of Jane Eyre, and soon the word spread about the true identities of the ‘Bells’ – and the Brontë sisters received the fame they deserved.