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Quiz about A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Quiz about A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

'A Bear Called Paddington' by Michael Bond Quiz


The book by Michael Bond that introduced a very polite bear to the world was written and published in 1958. It was the first of 29 books about Paddington that Bond would write.
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author bubwub

A photo quiz by Snowman. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Snowman
Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
6,406
Updated
May 13 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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180
Last 3 plays: DizWiz (0/10), DaMoopies (10/10), Guest 86 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the "funny" item of clothing that the family notices first about Paddington? It's the place where he keeps his sandwiches! Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. In fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear."

From what place did the Browns take Paddington's name?
Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. When the Browns found him, Paddington had a label around his neck. What did it say?


Question 4 of 10
4. The Browns decided to take Paddington home to stay with them. The road they lived on sounded a little bit like it might be where you would hold an outdoor royal party. What was it called? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Who is Paddington's nosy neighbour? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "I'm a very rare sort of bear," said Paddington. "There aren't many of us left where I come from."

Where was he from?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. On finding out that he had hidden in a lifeboat to make his trip to England, the Browns asked Paddington what he did for food. He showed them a nearly empty jar that had contained his favourite food. What had been in it? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What does Paddington give to people who disappoint or upset him with their behaviour? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Mrs Bird, the housekeeper, decides on first meeting Paddington that he needs a bath. Paddington enjoys the water but forgets one crucial thing that you must do when having a bath. What was it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Where had Aunt Lucy moved to that meant that Paddington could no longer live with her? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the "funny" item of clothing that the family notices first about Paddington? It's the place where he keeps his sandwiches!

Answer: His hat

Paddington's wide-brimmed hat may have looked funny but it was perfect for keeping things inside. As Paddington himself said, "a wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency."

When he was found at the station, he wasn't wearing his famous blue duffel coat. That was purchased on a later shopping trip with the Browns when Paddington had a bit of trouble with some escalators.
2. "Mr and Mrs Brown first met Paddington on a railway platform. In fact, that was how he came to have such an unusual name for a bear." From what place did the Browns take Paddington's name?

Answer: The railway station where they found him

As Paddington himself explained, he only had a name from his home country that no-one could understand so Mrs Brown declared, "We found you on Paddington station so we'll call you Paddington!"

Though he thought it was very long, Paddington soon liked his new name. As he said, "I don't expect there are many bears in the world called Paddington!"

Michael Bond chose Paddington because the station was just down the road from where he was living at the time.
3. When the Browns found him, Paddington had a label around his neck. What did it say?

Answer: Please look after this bear

Mrs Brown was worried that with the label around his neck that the station porters would take him away as a piece of luggage.

The label was inspired by the children that Michael Bond saw on newsreels during World War II - as he recalled "each child [had] a label round its neck and all its important possessions in a tiny suitcase, that prompted me to do the same for Paddington."
4. The Browns decided to take Paddington home to stay with them. The road they lived on sounded a little bit like it might be where you would hold an outdoor royal party. What was it called?

Answer: Windsor Gardens

32 Windsor Gardens to be precise. It is based on a real street in Notting Hill in west London called Lansdowne Crescent. Michael Bond changed the name in the book because he didn't want the people living in the house to be bothered by fans. He chose the new name based on another street in London just under a mile away.
5. Who is Paddington's nosy neighbour?

Answer: Mr Curry

Reginald Curry is not a big fan of Paddington. It doesn't help that in the final chapter of the book, "A Disappearing Trick", Paddington tries to do a magic trick using Mr Curry's watch but hasn't read the instructions properly and ends up smashing the watch.

Of course Mr Curry only had himself to blame for the mishap. The magic trick was part of Paddington's first birthday party and Reginald had turned up uninvited.
6. "I'm a very rare sort of bear," said Paddington. "There aren't many of us left where I come from." Where was he from?

Answer: Darkest Peru

Paddington was born in Peru in South America but was sadly left an orphan following an earthquake there. He was taken in by his Aunt Lucy and raised in a fictional area of the country called Darkest Peru, with very tall mountains and very thick jungle.

Michael Bond had originally written Paddington as coming from Darkest Africa but his publisher pointed out that there were no bears in Africa so Peru was chosen instead.
7. On finding out that he had hidden in a lifeboat to make his trip to England, the Browns asked Paddington what he did for food. He showed them a nearly empty jar that had contained his favourite food. What had been in it?

Answer: Marmalade

Marmalade is a fruit jam made by boiling the skin and juice of citrus fruits with sugar in water. The most commonly used fruit to make it is orange. Paddington had a large jar of marmalade with him as he stowed away and had nearly finished it by the time he met the Browns.

They told him he could have marmalade every day for breakfast when he came to live with them. Paddington was worried that it would be too expensive, as marmalade costs a lot of money in Darkest Peru.
8. What does Paddington give to people who disappoint or upset him with their behaviour?

Answer: A very hard stare

The stare was brought out on special occasions in an attempt to embarrass people into doing the right thing. As Paddington said, "My Aunt taught me to do them when people had forgotten their manners."
9. Mrs Bird, the housekeeper, decides on first meeting Paddington that he needs a bath. Paddington enjoys the water but forgets one crucial thing that you must do when having a bath. What was it?

Answer: Turn off the taps

This was the first of many new adventures for Paddington where his enthusiasm for his new life got him into trouble because of his lack of knowledge about the human world. He didn't know that the taps had to be turned off so the bath started overflowing. Paddington's attempt to fix his mistake by bailing out water using his hat just made things worse. Eventually the Brown kids had to rescue him after water started to drip through the living room ceiling.
10. Where had Aunt Lucy moved to that meant that Paddington could no longer live with her?

Answer: The home for retired bears

As Aunt Lucy was getting a bit too old to look after a young bear, she went to live in the Home for Retired Bears in Lima, the Peruvian capital. She had taught Paddington to speak good English when he was little so that once he was old enough he could make his way over the ocean to find a better life in London.
Source: Author Snowman

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