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The Geek Interpreter

Created by WesleyCrusher

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The Geek Interpreter game quiz
"So you are a geek and don't speak any normal language any more? Well, don't worry - I have put some well-known literary works into computer code for you! (No actual programming skills required - just look at keywords distributed in the code)"

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. We'll start on the somewhat depressing side of things. I have coded the plot of a well-known dystopian novel. Here are some lines from my code:

enum $castes alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon;
$location = "London";
$year = "632 A.F.";
forall ($character) do daily add ($soma);

That should be enough - can you identify the work?
    The Time Machine
    1984
    Brave New World
    Animal Farm


2. My next snippet of code relates to a book written by German author Michael Ende:

$bastian=child(world(outside));
$empress=ruler(world("Fantasticia"));
$bastian.invent ($name, $empress);
$empress.give($auryn, $bastian);
auryn.use (make($wish), forget($memory));

Which novel has been translated to Geek here?
    The Dream Eater
    Momo
    The Neverending Story
    Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver


3. Completely changing genres again, how about a work by Stephen King, encoded for your pleasure by the Geek Interpreter:

$location="USA";
select (boys [100]);
if speed($any_boy)<"4 MPH" then kill($that_boy);
repeat until count(boys)=1;

Which of King's "Bachman novels" is referenced here?
    Running Man
    The Long Walk
    The Regulators
    Rage


4. For our next work, let's look at a classic drama of the early 19th century. Which work, based on an older folk hero tale, would be best characterized by the following code?

$location = "Switzerland";
$weapon = "Crossbow";
everyone.salute ($governor.cap);
$weapon.shoot ($apple) from ($protagonist.son.head);
    The Robbers
    Wilhelm Tell
    Wallenstein
    Intrigue and Love


5. Back to the 20th century with a science fiction novel which has also been developed into a classic movie:

$monolith.locations="Africa","Moon","Iapetus";
$spaceship.destination="Saturn";
foreach member($crew) kill() unless $name="Bowman";
$crew["Bowman"].transform(space_child());

Which novel have I translated into Geek?
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Rendezvous with Rama
    Star Wars: A New Hope
    Starship Troopers


6. How about a work that is essentially one story but that was originally published as a trilogy?

#include "classic_good_vs_evil.h"
$fellowship=$hobbit[4],$elf,$dwarf,$human[2],$wizard;
$destination=$land("Shadows");
$golden_item.destroy;

I am sure it takes no particular fluency in Geek to translate this back into English - what epic am I referring to?
    The Lord of the Rings
    The Wheel of Time
    The Lord of the Flies
    A Game of Thrones


7. The next work I will present has a lot in common with the previous one; in particular, I can reuse the first of my code lines unchanged:

#include "classic_good_vs_evil.h"
create_gateway ($our_world,$fantasy_world,$wardrobe);
$wardrobe.transfer (["Peter","Susan","Edmund","Lucy"]);
$antagonist=$witches["white"];
$antagonist.tempt ("Edmund");

Which seven-work cycle is this novel a part of?
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Dark Tower
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    The Dragonriders of Pern


8. From fantasy and noble purposes, we move to one of the darkest aspects of humanity: war. Which work by Erich Maria Remarque fits the following code snippet?

$location = "France";
$year = 1918;
$protagonist = "Paul Bäumer";
$setting = "trenches";

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Spark of Life
    Three Comrades
    The Promised Land


9. What self-respecting quiz about mixed literature could be without at least one Jules Verne novel? For the geek in you, I have picked one of his less-known works:

$deceased = "William J. Hypperbone";
$location = "USA";
$game = "The Noble Game of Goose";
$winner = "XKZ";

Which work am I referring to? (If you have no idea, pick the one that seems to best meet the description!)
    The Will of an Eccentric
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    From the Earth to the Moon
    Around the World in Eighty Days


10. Here's one last book for you of which some might argue it might not even belong into this category, but it is, on top of everything else, also a literary work of substantial artistic value. Here are the Geek language excerpts, unfortunately slightly garbled in transmission (* denotes an unknown character):

$structure = [$*********s],[books],[chapters],[v*****];
$structure [1,7]="Judges";
$structure [2,4,11,35]="******wept.";
$commandments[10].keyword="covet";

Which work, written and compiled over the course of many centuries, am I referring to?
    The Qur'an
    The Talmud
    The Mahabharata
    The Bible


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