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Ghosts Who Never Really Were
Ghosts and Spirits in Entertainment
"The possibility of the persistence of life beyond death both fascinates and repels. How much do you know about these fictional ghosts, apparitions, poltergeists and phantasms?"
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In Charles Dickens' 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol", Ebeneezer Scrooge's former business partner died seven years before on Christmas Eve. He returns to haunt Scrooge, wearing the chains of greed which he forged in life. Scrooge dismisses him as a figment of "an undigested bit of beef" in his supper. This ghostly apparition predicts the coming of three more-- the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas yet to come-- to persuade Scrooge to mend his ways. Who is this first ghost?
In "The Canterville Ghost", an American family moves into Canterville Chase, a house haunted by Sir Simon, despite the warnings of Lord Canterville. This short story has been adapted into numerous movies and television programmes. Who is the author?
George Bernard Shaw
W.S. (Sir William Schwenck) Gilbert
Ectoplasm is defined as a material substance draped over a spiritual entity's immaterial body. In what popular movie from the 1980s did a "focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm or a class 5 full roaming vapor" composed of green ectoplasm named Slimer appear?
In "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, which is sometimes described as a "haunted play", Macbeth orders his men to kill an ally who returns to haunt him at a banquet. Only Macbeth can see this ghost who presumptuously takes the new king's seat at the meal. Who is it that returns to vex Macbeth?
In a series of three novels (1926, 1932, 1934) by Thorne Smith, the ghosts of George and Marion Kerby return to haunt a rigidly proper Wall Street banker and liven up his life. These novels were adapted in a series of three Hollywood films (1937, 1939, 1941). The story was further adapted in 1953 into a successful American television series, which was revived in 1973 and again in 1979. Who is the respectable businessman after whom all of these stories were named?
Augustus "Gussie" Fink-Nottle
This "friendly ghost" was at first conceived in the late 1930s as a character in a children's picture book but, before publication, was sold to Paramount Studios' Famous Pictures division which produced cartoon shorts. After his first appearance in animation in 1945, he went on to a parallel career in comic books in 1949. He also had a six-year run of Saturday-morning television cartoons and was the principal in several feature-length movies. Name that ghost.
Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore
The Lonesome Ghost
R.A. Dick (a pseudonym for Josephine Leslie) wrote a novel, published in Britain in 1945, called "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1947, starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. Two adaptations as radio plays were produced (1947, 1951). An American television series starring Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare ran from 1968 to 1970. What was the name of the ghost?
Captain Daniel Gregg
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Which of the following operas include a character or characters who are ghosts?
Both of them
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
Neither of them
Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw"
The Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian mercenary, features in the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" published in 1819. Who wrote this spooky tale?
Edgar Allan Poe
James Fenimore Cooper
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the "Harry Potter" series of novels, who is the resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower?
The Bloody Baron
The Grey Lady
The Fat Friar
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Compiled Jun 28 12