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1. In "The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea", what foodstuff did they take with them?


answer Answer: Honey

Interesting Information:
The actual words are "They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five pound note". The nonsense poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" was written by Edward Lear in 1871. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Happy Meals, Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Doritos

2. In the "Inspector Gadget" animated television series, who was the Inspector's sharp arch-enemy?


answer Answer: Dr. Claw

Interesting Information:
Dr. Claw, who is the main villain in the "Inspector Gadget" cartoon series, gained his nickname after having his left hand replaced by a mechanical claw. Dr. Eggman is the main antagonist in the "Sonic the Hedgehog" video games, and Mr. Freeze is a DC Comics villain, and an enemy of Batman. Finally, Dr. Cluster is a made-up name that I created especially for this question.
Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Dr. Eggman, Mr. Freeze, Dr. Cluster

3. What is the Enid Blyton character Elizabeth Allen known as?


answer Answer: The Naughtiest Girl

Interesting Information:
Elizabeth Allen appears in four Enid Blyton books 'The Naughtiest Girl in the School', 'The Naughtiest Girl Again', 'The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor' and 'Here's the Naughtiest Girl!'. Anne Digby (author of the 'Trebizon' series) was invited to continue the series and wrote six more. Jill Robinson is also an Anne Digby creation. 'The Worst Witch' is a series by Jill Murphy and Jane Eyre is a much earlier book by Charlotte Brontė. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The Worst Witch, Jill Robinson, Jane Eyre

4. In which European capital city can you find the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey?


answer Answer: London

Interesting Information:
Nelson's column stands in Trafalgar Square. Admiral Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and he died upon his ship the HMS Victory. Buckingham Palace is also in London. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Paris, Berlin, Rome

5. We all know Harry Potter pretty well, but do you know what his middle name is?


answer Answer: James

Interesting Information:
So, it's Harry James Potter. Harry was named after his father, James Potter and Harry's mom was named Lily Evans. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
John, Jeremy, Jackson

6. What is the little girl's name in the children's book "The BFG" written by Roald Dahl?


answer Answer: Sophie

Interesting Information:
BFG stands for "Big Friendly Giant". Dahl based the character Sophie on his own granddaughter named Sophie. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Liza, Katie, Nancy

7. What did the rat do in "The House that Jack Built"?


answer Answer: Ate the malt that lay in the house

Interesting Information:
The Nursery Rhyme "The House that Jack Built" was first published in 1755, but its origin is unknown. It is a cumulative verse:-

"This is the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog that worried the cat
That killed the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built." Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Kissed the maiden all forlorn, Worried the cat, Milked the cow with the crumpled horn

8. How many of Santa's reindeer have a name that starts with the letter "D"?


answer Answer: Three

Interesting Information:
Donder (also known as Donner), Dasher & Dancer, the rest are Cupid, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen, Vixen & Rudolph. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Four, Six, Nine

9. Rupert, Sooty and Winnie the Pooh are all types of which animal?


answer Answer: Bear

Interesting Information:
8th November 1920 saw the debut of Rupert the Bear in the Daily Express newspaper. Sooty, a glove puppet created by Harry Corbett, was first seen on the BBC in 1952. He got the name Sooty as his ears and nose were blackened with soot so he could be seen. A.A. Milne first wrote about Winnie the Pooh in 1926. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Dog, Cat, Mouse

10. What colour is Gumby's sister, Minga?


answer Answer: Pink

Interesting Information:
Minga appeared in the 1988 reincarnation of the "Gumby" series. Pokey the pony was red, Prickle the dinosaur was yellow, and Gumby was green. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Green, Yellow, Red

11. Which beloved "Sesame Street" character and roommate of Ernie sang a song called "Doing the Pigeon" after his favorite type of bird?


answer Answer: Bert

Interesting Information:
An original "Sesame Street" song from 1973, Bert's entire body was shown demonstrating this dance. The original version on "Sesame Street" showed footage of pigeons as an introduction. (from http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Doin%27_the_Pigeon) Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster

12. When you cut this yummy fruit horizontally you'll see that its seeds create a star shape. Can you name this fruit?


answer Answer: Apple

Interesting Information:
Apples come in different colors and are very good for your health. An old proverb says: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
If you cut up an apple horizontally you will see that the seeds create a shape that resembles a star. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Orange, Peach, Plum

13. Who is Huckle Cat's invertebrate friend?


answer Answer: Lowly Worm

Interesting Information:
Invertebrates don't have a backbone. 95% of animals are invertebrates.

Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and Bananas Gorilla are all characters from Richard Scarry's "Busytown" books. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Creepy Spider, Spotty Ladybird, Bananas Gorilla

14. In which classic children's fairy tale can the words "Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman" be found?


answer Answer: Jack and the Beanstalk

Interesting Information:
In the tale, Jack climbs up the beanstalk where he finds a giant living in a house in the clouds. He steals from the giant who chases him down the beanstalk, but Jack chops it and the giant falls to his death. The origin of the story is unknown but its earliest printed edition was in 1807. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Rumpelstiltskin, The Gingerbread Man, Tom Thumb

15. What part of the body is also a name for a place of worship?


answer Answer: Temple

Interesting Information:
Your temple is the side of your head behind the eyes. This use of temple is a separate meaning from the word "temple" used to mean "place of worship" though both have Latin origins. Difficulty: Very Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Mosque, Heart, Trunk

16. In the "Harry Potter" books by JK Rowling, what sort of creatures are the primary operators of Gringotts Wizarding Bank?


answer Answer: Goblins

Interesting Information:
Goblins are described as greedy creatures who will protect their valuables at any cost. This makes them perfect guardians for the bank. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Trolls, Elves, Ogres

17. Which Pokemon is given to Ash as his first ever Pokemon?


answer Answer: Pikachu

Interesting Information:
Ash is given Pikachu although his original choices were Squirtle, Bulbasaur or Charizard. He was late and was given Pikachu. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Turtwig, Bulbasaur, Eevee

18. In which children's television programme would you find the characters Scoop, Muck and Dizzy?


answer Answer: Bob the Builder

Interesting Information:
Bob is voiced by Neil Morrissey of "Men Behaving Badly" fame. Bob's catchphrase is "Can we fix it?", to which he receives the response "Yes, we can!" apart from Lofty who says "Yeah, I think so !". The title song from "Bob the Builder" became the Christmas #1 single in the UK in 2000. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Little Red Tractor, Chuggington, Mr Maker

19. What British author is most known for writing children's books, including "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "The Witches", and "James and the Giant Peach"?


answer Answer: Roald Dahl

Interesting Information:
Many of Dahl's books have been made into movies, including "Matilda," "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," twice. Dahl also wrote fiction for adults, mainly in the form of short stories. A British television show called "Tales of the Unexpected" was based on a book of his short stories by the same name; many of his stories were also filmed for episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
C.S. Lewis, Donald Sobel, J.K. Rowling

20. A child is sitting with his fists together and counting his knuckles. What is he trying to recall?


answer Answer: The only months with 31 days

Interesting Information:
Using the knuckle trick, if you count from left to right across the bumps and dips in your knuckles, the bumps are months with 31 days and the dips are the ones with 30 (or 28!). I still use this trick at times. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The vowels in the alphabet, The notes on the treble staff, How to tie his shoes

21. What was the children's TV show "The Adventures of Papyrus" based on?


answer Answer: Egyptian mythology

Interesting Information:
Papyrus was an orphan who, with the help of the princess, solved the problems of Egypt with the help of the gods. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Greek mythology, Norse mythology, All of these

22. What, in headphones, allow you to listen to music?


answer Answer: speakers

Interesting Information:
If you listen to your music too loudly, you may cause damage to your ears. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
drums, dynamos, little men shouting loudly

23. Basil Brush was a popular character on British children's TV in the 1970s. What kind of animal was Basil Brush?


answer Answer: fox

Interesting Information:
Basil Brush gets his name from the bushy tail of a fox, known as a "brush". Basil Brush was a comic character played by a glove puppet. He was notable for his cheeky humour, and for his catch-phrase, "Boom, Boom!" Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
rabbit, badger, wolf

24. In "Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events", who is always chasing after Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire?


answer Answer: Count Olaf

Interesting Information:
Count Olaf appears in every book written by Lemony Snicket, trying to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. In the film version, Count Olaf is played by Jim Carrey. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Count Omar, Count Onud, Count Okas

25. Which children's TV show are you watching if the words "Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away" begin the theme song?


answer Answer: Sesame Street

Interesting Information:
"Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" "Sesame Street" has been a staple of children's educational television since its premiere in 1969. It uses live actors, animation, and puppets - Jim Henson's Muppets are the puppet stars. It was one of the first television shows to make use of strenuous research into its target audience (young children). Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Teletubbies, Dora the Explorer

26. To which series of children's books does the book "The Silver Chair" belong?


answer Answer: The Chronicles of Narnia

Interesting Information:
Chronologically, "The Silver Chair" is the sixth book in C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, but it was published fourth. The other books are "The Magician's Nephew", "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Horse and His Boy", "Prince Caspian", "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Last Battle". Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
The Famous Five, Harry Potter, The Secret Seven

27. In CS Lewis's "Narnia" series, with what confectionery does the Ice Queen lure Edmund away from his siblings?


answer Answer: Turkish Delight

Interesting Information:
This would of course have been the traditional candied sweetmeat originating in the Middle East which has been around for centuries and not the chocolate covered type encountered today.
As 'much as he could eat' would not amount to a great deal as far as I'm concerned as it's far too sweet and sickly to consume in great quantities. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bonbons, Walnut whips, Strawberry cream cakes

28. Which dog in the "Mickey Mouse Club" cartoons does not talk?


answer Answer: Pluto

Interesting Information:
Pluto was one of the few Disney animal characters that acted as an animal and not as a human. He was the pet of Mickey Mouse. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Goofy, Max, Lassie

29. Which children's classic novel introduced us to "The Glad Game"?


answer Answer: Pollyanna

Interesting Information:
"Pollyanna" was written by Eleanor H. Porter in 1913. It tells the story of young orphaned Pollyanna Whittier who gets sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna lives her life according to 'The Glad Game', a game of optimism her father taught her, where you have to find something to be glad about in every situation no matter how bad it may seem. She teaches all the troubled residents of the small town how to play the game and changes many lives. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Heidi, Anne Of Green Gables, Little Women

30. What is Paddington Bear's favourite food?


answer Answer: Marmalade Sandwiches

Interesting Information:
Paddington Bear first appeared in children's books in 1958. He was found by the Brown family in Paddington Station in London after being sent by his Aunt Lucy from darkest Peru. He took elevenses at an antiques shop in Portobello Road every day and was most fond of marmalade sandwiches. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cheese and Crackers, Egg and Chips, Peanut Butter and Jelly on Toast

31. The cartoon character Dora, from the show "Dora the Explorer", has a cousin whose interest is taking care of the environment. What is his name?


answer Answer: Diego

Interesting Information:
In each episode of this show bi-lingual Diego answers a call for help from a South American animal and during the rescue young children learn about the animal, the environment in which it lives and a little about South American culture, stories and music. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Manuel, Gonzales, Pedro

32. How many men did the 'Grand Old Duke of York' have?


answer Answer: ten thousand

Interesting Information:
This is a popular childrens' nursey rhyme or song. It is often performed with actions too. No one really knows what the historical basis for this song is, but most probably it relates to Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany who led men in the Napoleonic Wars. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
ten, five hundred, one thousand

33. As the children's song goes: "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree". Where in the world do kookaburras live?


answer Answer: Australia

Interesting Information:
The laughing kookaburra is a species of kingfisher native to eastern Australia, but now widespread across the continent. The song was written in 1932 by a music teacher named Marion Sinclair following an inspiration she had in church one Sunday morning. She entered the song into a competition run by the Girl Guides and it has since been sung by Girl Guides around the world. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
New Zealand, South Africa, South America

34. Noddy's best friend is a brownie who lives outside of Toyland. His name refers to which of his large physical features?


answer Answer: Big Ears

Interesting Information:
Enid Blyton introduced Noddy and all his friends in "Noddy Goes To Toyland" in 1949 and continued, for another 23 books, until 1963. The TV adaptation began airing in 1955 and continues to this day (2010) making it Britain's longest running TV show at this time. Besides Noddy and Big Ears notable characters included: Mr Plod, the policeman; Noddy's pet, Bumpy Dog and Clockwork Mouse, who always needed winding up. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Big Hands, Big Nose, Big Mouth

35. In which children's book series will you find the characters Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny?


answer Answer: "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Interesting Information:
"The Boxcar Children" series follows the adventures of four siblings: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. The series, which was originally created and written by Gertude Chandler Warner, was the inspiration for a museum in Putnam, Connecticut. This museum, which is inside a red boxcar, opened in 2004. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
"The Babysitters Club" by Ann M. Martin, "The Berenstain Bears" by Stan and Jan Berenstain, "Harry Potter" by J. K. Rowling
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