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Scheherazade and the Sultan
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"A look at the collection of tales known as "The Arabian Nights" or "The 1,001 Nights", as well as some of the countless creative works it has inspired."
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The "Arabian Nights" tales are framed as a series of stories (and stories within stories!) told by the clever Scheherazade. For what reason was she supposed to have told them?
Because it was traditional for a bride to tell stories on her wedding night
As a teaching tool for her children
To delay her own execution
To entertain guests at a court banquet
In one of her tales, Scheherazade told of the poor man Ali Baba, who overheard the magical password that opened a cave of fabulous treasure stockpiled by forty thieves. What was this password?
One of the most famous translators of the "Arabian Nights" tales into English happened to share the name of a much more famous actor. What was his name?
Perhaps the best known of all Scheherazade's stories is the one about Aladdin and his magical lamp that can summon a genie to do his bidding - partly because of the popular 1992 Disney animated version. But the cartoon "Aladdin" differs in many ways from the traditional telling. Which is not one of these differences?
In the original story, the princess is called Badroulbadour, not Jasmine
In the original story, Aladdin is killed by the wicked Vizier
In the original story, there is also a magic ring that summons a genie
In the original story, Aladdin's wife is tricked into trading the magic lamp to a peddlar
Scheherazade's tales are mainly fictional, but she does incorporate some real people into her stories. Who is the wise Caliph of Baghdad who figures in at least half-a-dozen "Arabian Nights" tales, often learning news of the common people in the marketplace through his Vizier, Ja'far?
Scheherazade's tales have inspired many films. Who played the swashbuckling title character in the 1924 film "The Thief of Baghdad"?
Scheherazade's character Sinbad the Sailor narrates the story of his own life over several connected tales. Among the movies that have been inspired by Sinbad's life story is a 1958 release that features a smorgasbord of special effects (like skeleton soldiers and giant monsters), which look crude today but were very exciting at the time. What's the title?
The Second Voyage of Sinbad
The Ninth Voyage of Sinbad
The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
In his voyages, Sinbad the Sailor and his crew are attacked by a giant roc, which destroys their ship. What kind of a creature is a roc?
An overgrown octopus
A huge bird of prey
An enormous whale
A gigantic sea serpent
The influence of the Arabian Nights tales extends beyond literature. What 19th-century Russian composer is known for a suite titled "Scheherazade" that has become a standard of the classical orchestral repertoire?
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The "Arabian Nights" stories have even inspired Broadway musicals. In what popular musical of 1953 would you hear the song "Gesticulate", which contains the following unforgettable rhyming lyrics: "Should Scheherazade/Undulate her body/That can be expressed/If you gest-i-cu-late"?
Flower Drum Song
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
The King and I
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Compiled Jun 28 12