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TabbyTom has been a FunTrivia author since Nov 22 01 and has written 57 quizzes. TabbyTom writes for many different categories, but is most active in Literature, People, and General Knowledge, and has won 3 Editor's Choice awards on submitted quizzes.

  • has earned 4,452 excellent quiz ratings from quiz takers.

Hobbies: Baroque and classical music, reading (mainly social history, biography and humour), watching England lose at cricket.
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1.
  Title Characters editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A literary work is often named after its main character. Some titles are descriptions of characters, not names. For example, in John Fowles' novel, Sarah Woodruff is "The French Lieutenant's Woman." How many of these title characters can you identify?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 26 07
Category: Literary Titles
Average
TabbyTom
7830 plays
2.
  French Literature 842 - 1980 editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
When I took some of the quizzes in the "Literature by Region" sub-category, I was surprised to see that there was very little material on French literature. So I've tried to produce a quiz, if only to encourage someone else to do better.
Tough, 20 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 27 07
Category: French Literature
Tough
TabbyTom
2275 plays
3.
  The Lyrics of Noel Coward editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For his devotees, Coward is "the Master," but he seems to have been overlooked so far on Fun Trivia. So here are a few questions, mainly about his better known songs.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 23 13
Category: Coward, Noel
Average
TabbyTom
2441 plays
4.
  London Alphabeticals No 2   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
For anyone who enjoyed my first "London Alphabetical" quiz, here is a second on the same theme. Again, the main source of information is the London Encyclopaedia compiled by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert and published by Macmillan.
Average, 25 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 23 18
Category: London
Average
TabbyTom
Feb 23 18
8669 plays
5.
  London Alphabeticals   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
I've had a few compliments on my "UK Alphabeticals" quiz, so here is a similar quiz restricted to London. Non-Brits may find it difficult. My main source of information is Weinreb and Hibbert's London Encyclopaedia, published by Macmillan.
Average, 25 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 22 22
Average
TabbyTom
Feb 22 22
7530 plays
6.
  My True Love Guild To Me - 7th Day   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Quiz Maker Guild author Tabby Tom has wrapped a Christmas quiz gift of "Seven Swans A-Swimming." See how much you know about swans, swimmers and heptads (groups of seven).
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Dec 29 12
Average
TabbyTom
9495 plays
7.
  UK Alphabeticals   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
I enjoyed Jim_in_Oz's quiz "Aussie Alphabeticals", and so I've tried to create an alphabetical quiz for the UK, with a question for every letter except X.
Average, 25 Qns, TabbyTom, Dec 27 22
Category: Mixed UK
Average
TabbyTom
Dec 27 22
8383 plays
8.
  Streets of London   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
"Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London" and see how many you can recognize from their brief descriptions.
Easier, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, May 08 16
Category: London
Easier
TabbyTom
1345 plays
9.
  Eponymous Noblemen   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many things are named after their discoverers or inventors. If these were British noblemen, the name that's used may be the title, not the surname. Can you work out the titles of the following nobs who have left their mark on the language?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 10 18
Average
TabbyTom
Jun 10 18
3795 plays
10.
  The UK According to Whitaker: 1900   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I've recently bought a facsimile reprint of Whitaker's Almanac (a British reference book) for 1900. From it I've culled the following ten questions about the UK at the end of the nineteenth century.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jul 10 20
Category: 1900s UK History
Average
TabbyTom
Jul 10 20
2970 plays
11.
  È La Solita Storia (It's The Same Old Story!)   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
According to some literary critics, there are only a tiny number of really different dramatic plots. So if you go to the opera often, you will probably find a lot of similarities between the stories.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 03 13
Category: Opera
Average
TabbyTom
343 plays
12.
  Let's All Go Down The Strand   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The title of this quiz is from the chorus of an old music-hall song. But what will you see if you follow this advice, walking from west to east along one of London's most famous streets, in 2013?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 08 13
Category: London
Average
TabbyTom
762 plays
13.
  "Done into English": 1,000 Years of Translation   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Translation is an under-appreciated art. Much of it may be hackwork, but for a thousand years the best translators have been enabling readers of English to understand and enjoy the world's masterpieces in that language.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jan 02 21
Tough
TabbyTom
Jan 02 21
1478 plays
14.
  Poetic Parodies   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Verse parody in English is as least as old as Chaucer, but this quiz deals with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Can you identify the poets who are the authors or targets of ten parodies?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Dec 25 16
Category: Name the Poet
Average
TabbyTom
2249 plays
15.
  Operatic Aliases and Disguises   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Opera plots frequently revolve around intrigue and deception, and so it's not surprising that characters sometimes assume false names or appearances. Can you solve these questions of operatic identity?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 10 22
Category: Opera
Average
TabbyTom
Apr 10 22
321 plays
16.
  Historic Hastings   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Every Brit knows about the Battle of Hastings, but the town has also made a few other contributions to British history. This quiz calls for a general knowledge of British history and life rather than a detailed knowledge of Hastings.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 30 11
Tough
TabbyTom
1367 plays
17.
  Author Anagrams   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Fifteen British and American authors introduce themselves with anagrams of their names (in capitals) and a few more clues (usually references to their works). Many anagrams were generated by Anagram Genius software. Fill in the blanks with the names.
Difficult, 15 Qns, TabbyTom, Aug 17 05
Category: Writers & Authors
Difficult
TabbyTom
2176 plays
18.
  Written in Prison   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Throughout the ages, writers have fallen foul of the law, sometimes because of their writings and sometimes for other reasons; so it's not really surprising that many works of literature were written in prison. This quiz deals with a few of them.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Mar 28 15
Category: Author's Life
Average
TabbyTom
779 plays
19.
  London Churches   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Even for those of us with no religious belief, London's churches are important landmarks and many are architectural masterpieces. Can you recognize a few central London churches?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 13 16
Average
TabbyTom
230 plays
20.
  London In Literature   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Naturally enough, a lot of English literature is concerned with the capital, and many authors are intimately associated with the city. Here is a quiz on London in literature from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Tough, 15 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 22 23
Category: British Literature
Tough
TabbyTom
Feb 22 23
2638 plays
21.
  British Reference Books   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dedicated trivia buffs need to be acquainted with reference books. This quiz deals with some of the better known British works.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jan 08 14
Category: Non-Fiction
Average
TabbyTom
1013 plays
22.
  The City Of Oxford    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We've all heard of Oxford University, and the aptly-named Frideswide has an excellent quiz on it. But Oxford isn't just an academic centre, and so here is a quiz about the city and its history which has little connection with its famous seat of learning.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 27 18
Tough
TabbyTom
Apr 27 18
795 plays
23.
  Sir Walter Raleigh   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Explorer, soldier, courtier, lover, poet, historian, - Sir Walter Raleigh was all of these. Here are a few questions on his unusually varied life.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Aug 11 05
Category: People Q-S
Tough
TabbyTom
1241 plays
24.
  Early Days of ITV   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Independent (i.e. commercial) television came to Britain in 1955, and soon gained the biggest share of the rapidly expanding TV audience. This quiz covers some of its best known programmes from the 1950s.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Mar 08 04
Category: UK Classic TV
Average
TabbyTom
1928 plays
25.
  Private Eye   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Founded in 1961, "Private Eye" has become Britain's best known satirical periodical. This quiz deals with some of its main features through the years.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Nov 26 07
Category: UK Newspapers
Tough
TabbyTom
429 plays
26.
  Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The British music hall has gone the way of the bustle, the gas mantle and the hansom cab, but a few snatches of its songs live on in the folk memory. This quiz covers some of the best known.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 24 09
Average
TabbyTom
760 plays
27.
  Guilding the Stone - June   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Quiz Makers Guild monthly birthstones series reaches June - the pearl, according to the American Gem Society. This quiz explores some of the cultural associations of the pearl.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, May 23 09
Category: Guilding the Stone
Tough
TabbyTom
1013 plays
28.
  We're the Men from Sussex!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"We plough and sow and reap and mow, and useful men are we," according to our county song, and we do plenty of other things as well. Can you identify these Sussex men?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 05 16
Category: England
Average
TabbyTom
216 plays
29.
  The Life Of Samuel Johnson   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I've always been an admirer of Samuel Johnson, both as a man and as a writer. If you share my tastes, can you answer the following questions on his life?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Mar 25 03
Category: Johnson, Samuel
Tough
TabbyTom
545 plays
30.
  Hogarth   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Beef-eating, beer-swilling Englishmen like me feel an affinity for Hogarth; but I hope he's more widely appreciated. Here are a few questions on his life and work. All the pictures mentioned are on the web, though the originals are nearly all in London.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Mar 09 22
Category: People H-J
Tough
TabbyTom
Mar 09 22
724 plays
31.
  Doctors in Literature   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some fictional doctors are selfless saviours, some are unscrupulous quacks, and some are just fairly ordinary human beings. Here are a few questions on physicians in literature.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 08 14
Tough
TabbyTom
964 plays
32.
  Kipling's British History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Inspired by LilahDeDah's "Kipling World Tour," I've attempted a quiz on British history in Kipling's verse. My main source is "Kipling's English History" by Marghanita Laski, based on a BBC radio series. I haven't retained Kipling's Cockney spellings.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Dec 28 04
Category: Kipling, Rudyard
Average
TabbyTom
517 plays
33.
  Art Under Attack   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is a response to a challenge from kevinatilusa. Many of us know little about art, but we know what we don't like. Can you answer these questions on critical condemnation over two centuries?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Dec 11 09
Category: Art History
Tough
TabbyTom
766 plays
34.
  Quotes by Dr Johnson   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
In just about any dictionary of English quotations, Dr Johnson is one of the main sources with his unique mixture of wit, wisdom and downright rudeness. How well do you know his sayings?
Tough, 25 Qns, TabbyTom, Aug 01 08
Tough
TabbyTom
1126 plays
35.
  Nell Gwyn   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The mistresses of British kings can be numbered in hundreds, but one of the best known and best loved is Eleanor ("Nell") Gwyn. This quiz is based largely on Derek Parker's biography of her, published by Sutton Publishing in 2000.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Mar 20 11
Category: People E-G
Tough
TabbyTom
783 plays
36.
  Authors' Dedications   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Authors use the device of the dedication to express all kinds of feelings for others. This quiz takes ten dedications from the "Bloomsbury Dictionary of Dedications" by Adrian Room. The dedication itself often gives some kind of clue to the answer.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 25 22
Tough
TabbyTom
Feb 25 22
637 plays
37.
  Quotes About History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History has been argued about since ancient times, so it's not surprising that many prominent men and women have voiced opinions about it. Do you recognize these quotations?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 15 14
Category: Quotes
Tough
TabbyTom
737 plays
38.
  British Measurements   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The UK has succumbed to the Système International d'Unités (a.k.a. the metric system), but old units are still remembered and sometimes used in some activities. How much do you know about these?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 13 23
Average
TabbyTom
Jun 13 23
2190 plays
39.
  Literary Heavyweights    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Having been overweight for most of my life, I tend to feel sympathetic towards generously proportioned literary figures. Can you identify these literary references?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 08 14
Average
TabbyTom
394 plays
40.
  The Wallace Collection   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People called Wallace have distinguished themselves in many fields. How much do you know about these Wallaces?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Sep 17 08
Category: Same Surname
Tough
TabbyTom
690 plays
41.
  The Life Of John Milton   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the life of one of our greatest (and probably least likeable) poets?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 13 04
Category: Milton, John
Tough
TabbyTom
769 plays
42.
  Title Characters No 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you identify the characters who are described in the titles of ten literary works (e.g. Sarah Woodruff, in John Fowles' novel, is "The French Lieutenant's Woman")?
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jan 19 14
Category: Literary Titles
Tough
TabbyTom
1233 plays
43.
  Guild-y as Sin: Sloth   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In 1321, Dante climbed the terraces of Purgatory and saw a new deadly sin on each level. Now the Quiz Makers' Guild is making the same trip, and seeing things Dante never dreamed of. The fourth level is Sloth. Coming soon: Greed, by patricck.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Aug 26 17
Average
TabbyTom
Aug 26 17
416 plays
44.
  London in Quotations   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The British capital has been celebrated and execrated in prose, poetry and song for centuries. Can you answer a few questions about a cross-section of quotes?
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Nov 10 05
Category: U.K. People
Very Difficult
TabbyTom
1460 plays
45.
  George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman Novels   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fraser's novels take up the story of Harry Flashman, the villain of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays'. In a series of racily written and superbly researched books, Fraser shows us how Flashman climbed to the top of the tree in Victorian England.
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 04 07
Average
TabbyTom
715 plays
46.
  Early Days Of English Cricket   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most cricket quizzes seem to deal with very recent history, so I'm trying to balance, by going back to the days when the game was taking shape.
Difficult, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jan 10 05
Category: England
Difficult
TabbyTom
857 plays
47.
  April 22nd in History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Like other quizmakers, I've been tempted to make a quiz about events that happened on my birthday. In my case, that's April 22nd. Main sources: "The Wordsworth Book of Days" and "Encyclopaedia Britannica".
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Apr 27 03
Category: April May June
Average
TabbyTom
826 plays
48.
  The Clergy in English Literature    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The clergy has figured largely in English literature over the centuries. Here are a few questions about fictional clerics.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 08 14
Tough
TabbyTom
562 plays
49.
  Oxford in Quotations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are just a few of the many quotations inspired by the city and university of Oxford.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 11 05
Category: U.K. People
Tough
TabbyTom
480 plays
50.
  'Lucky Jim' By Kingsley Amis    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A few questions on Kingsley Amis's first and possibly funniest novel.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, May 25 05
Category: A
Tough
TabbyTom
417 plays
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