Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Parts. Corporal Strappi is probably the most dislikable character in the whole book. He is a coward and is both sexist and speciesist. (There is a lot of Speciesism about on the Disc. You have to remember it is sometimes difficult for humans, dwarves, werewolves, vampires, trolls, gnomes and zombies to get along with each other.)
Mildred. This is revealed in one of my favourite parts of the book. Jackrum exposes the fact that most of the high ranking officers in the Borogravian army are in fact women, including its most famous general.
Otto Chriek. I put the term "photographer" in brackets because the device he uses is not exactly a camera. Chriek is a vampire which is a bit of a disadvantage as he turns to dust every time he uses the flash.
Blouse. In theory Blouse is a good soldier. After all, he has read all the books about warfare. However, he has never actually been to war before. Jackrum spends a lot of time trying to manipulate the lieutenant into doing what he wants him to do.
Wazzer. Wozzer has the power to speak to the Duchess. However the rest of the regiment think that she is mad.
Angua. Angua is a member of the Ankh-Morpork city watch and has featured in other Discworld novels, including "Feet of Clay" and "The Fifth Elephant".
Ankh-Morpork. Vimes made a meteoric rise from sergeant in the City Watch to noble status. However, he often gives the impressiion that he wishes it all had not happened.
f. Once again this is a character who turns out to be female. Maladict's real name is Maladicta.
Oliver. The sergeant is called Sergeant Jackrum. He is a big fat "man" (He later turns out to be a woman) who likes shouting a lot and is a real proffesional soldier.
Polly Perks. Polly poses as a man and enlists in the army to try to find her brother Paul.
|At the end of the book Polly and Maladicta meet two girls who want to join the army for the new war; what were their names?||Monstrous Regiment
Mary and Rosemary. Polly encourages both of the girls to keep their disguises as boys since they get better swearwords, trousers are more comfortable than skirts and, as she had noticed, the socks are an interesting psychological aid.
|At the end of the book we learn that Jackrum had a son who she left with her grandmother and who grew up to be a very good swordsmith. Sergeant Jackrum had a son in which city?||Monstrous Regiment
Scritz. In the end Jackrum doesn't reveal that she is a woman to anyone but Polly, not even to her own son who thinks that Jackrum is his father. This seems to be because Polly is a second generation Jackrum, just like Tiffany Aching seems to be a second generation Granny Wetherwax.
|When the girls needed clothes to pretend to be women, Jackrum took them down into the army camp to get some from the Ladies of the Night. What was the exact sign on the house of negotiable affection?||Monstrous Regiment
The SoLid DoVes. "Soiled Doves" was a name for prostitutes, originating in the American west during the 19th century.
-Information taken from "Annotated Pratchet File" v9.0
|As is usual, cultural references translate badly and the Borogravian anthem is no exception. What does the Borogravian anthem end with? "The day is a great big_______"||Monstrous Regiment
Fish. This phrase is also the ending of the book.
|During the tavern scene in Plotz a certain person embraces Polly and gets a painful surprise. Who does Polly kick in the unmentionables?||Monstrous Regiment
Prince Heinrich. Polly learned this trick from Gummy Abbens, just like the one for headbutting.
|Her first night as a soldier, Polly is given some useful advice concerning socks and the placement of them in certain areas, by a mystery voice in the privy. Who gives Polly the advice?||Monstrous Regiment
Sergeant Jackrum. The advice was for rolling them up and stuffing them down one's pants to simulate the propper male "bulkiness". One must wonder, though, how Jackrum learned this.
|When thinking up a name under which to register in the army, she picked "Oliver". Why did Polly choose the pseudonym (fake name) "Oliver"?||Monstrous Regiment
Because of a song. The song that Polly gets the name Oliver from, called "Sweet Polly Oliver", is a real song.
Prince Heinrich. Prince Heinrich is the not-so-nice Prince of Zlobenia. Khufurah is the nice Prince of Klatch. Cadram is the mean Prince of Klatch. Vimes is a Duke and the Commander of the Ankh-Morpork Watch.
Scritz. Scritz is the Borogravian town where Jackrum's son is a blacksmith. Slice is in Lancre. Ankh-Morpork is quite far away from Borogravia, and Zlobenia is at war with Borogravia, making these choices incorrect.
The Cheesemongers . The name comes from a folk song where a member of the Ins-and-Outs steals some cheese.
Scubbo. The army calls soup scubbo, and it is not very good. To everyone's amazement, Lieutenant Blouse actually likes army food. The regiment believes that he is crazy.
Lieutenant Blouse. Lieutenant Blouse is a man who has never been in battle before. He is good enough at pretending to be female to fool men, but women can tell immediately. It is actually Sergeant Jackrum, not lieutenant, and he is also in the Monstrous Regiment. He is not, however, the leading officer. As for Strappi, he pretends to be a corporal although he is really a captain so that he can spy on the regiment and Jackrum. Froc is really the General in charge of the army.
An Igorina . The Igor in Monstrous Regiment is really an Igorina. Because of this, the Igors don't think she should be a surgeon. In the end, however, Igorina opened a store and became a surgeon for women.
|Lieutenant Blouse hoped to become a hero and have either a form of clothing or some kind of dish named after him. His wish was fulfilled at the end of the book. What was named after him?||Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment"
A fingerless glove. Polly returns to join the Army and meets Maladicta on the way who tells her that Blouse had been promoted to the rank of Major.
The cover illustration on the British edition of the book was done by Paul Kidby and parodies the historic photograph "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" which depicts the United States Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
|Sam Vimes makes an attempt to speak in the local language of Borogravia and ends up saying "I am a cherry pancake" instead of "I am a citizen of Borogravia". According to an urban legend, which U.S. president made a similar gaffe in Germany?||Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment"
John F. Kennedy. Kennedy made a memorable speech in West Berlin to show American support for the democratic West Germany after the Berlin Wall was erected. According to an urban legend, Kennedy wanted to refer to himself as a citizen of Berlin and said "Ich bin ein Berliner" which actually meant "I am a jelly doughnut". This is not true and Kennedy's statement is correct. Most people in Germany are unaware of this popular urban legend.
Washerwomen. Despite being a man, Lieutenant Blouse managed to easily trick the guards into thinking he was a washerwoman. The others, however, were caught and just escaped being locked in a dungeon. Sergeant Jackrum flatly refused to dress up as a woman for any reason.
|Maladict was a Black Ribboner - a member of the League of Temperance and hadn't touched a drop of human blood for the past two years. He had transferred his longing for blood to coffee instead. When he ran out of coffee, what did Shufti try to use as a substitute?||Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment"
Acorns. It wasn't of much help. When Sam Vimes realised that things could get out of hand, he had Corporal Buggy Swires air drop a bag of coffee at the place the squad had camped.
Otto Chriek was also a Black Ribboner who had chosen to refocus his desire for blood to photography.
Lieutenant Blouse. Tonker's real name was Magda while Carborundum's was Jade. Sergeant Jackrum had joined the army many years ago to be with her boyfriend, William. Lieutenant Blouse was the only male member of the squad and surprisingly he was the only one who had no trouble passing off as a woman.
Thalacephalos. Lieutenant Blouse had named his horse after General Tacticus' legendary stallion without even realising that his own horse was a mare.
Napoleon's horse was named Marengo while that of the Duke of Wellington was called Copenhagen. Bucephalus belonged to Alexander the Great.
Joan of Arc. Wazzer (Alice) was a young girl who had escaped from the Girl's Working School where she had been beaten and ill-treated. She had great faith in the Duchess and made the others uncomfortable with her excessive prayers. The Duchess did seem to protect and guide her though.
Joan of Arc was a young French girl who helped lead her country to victory against England. She claimed to have visions from God who guided her but was ultimately convicted of heresy and burnt at the stake. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on 16 May 1920.
A river. Unfortunately, the river changed its course frequently leading to disputes between the two countries. When the Borogravians destroyed the clacks because they suddenly ended up being on Borogravian soil, Ankh-Morpork decided to step in and try to resolve the conflict.