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Neverwhere - the Author's Preferred Text Quiz


How well do you know Neil Gaiman's "modern fable" about London Below and its weird and wonderful inhabitants?

A multiple-choice quiz by Rowena8482. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Rowena8482
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
299,040
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
326
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Question 1 of 10
1. 'Our Hero' is Richard, who is just an 'ordinary bloke' trying to do the right thing. What is his surname? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What leaving present do Richard's friends buy him when he is preparing to set off for his new job in London? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Who is the young 'rat speaker' who is sent to escort Richard through London Below, and is "taken by the Darkness as tribute" on Knight's Bridge? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. At the first floating market he visits, Richard trades a biro pen for a sandwich and a drink. What is in the sandwich? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What does the Marquis use to 'bribe' Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar so they will talk with him rather than killing him on sight? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Where do Richard and Door find the Angelus? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. After Richard has won the key from the Black Friars, who does Door take it to, to have a chain made so she can hang it round her neck?

Answer: (One or Two words, 11 letters in total)
Question 8 of 10
8. Who turns out to be a traitor and betrays Door and Richard to Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. As Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandermar are sucked through the door out of Islington's prison room to be lost, hopefully forever, what is the last word either of them says? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What does Old Bailey give Richard as a parting gift when he is leaving London Below to return to his old life? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 'Our Hero' is Richard, who is just an 'ordinary bloke' trying to do the right thing. What is his surname?

Answer: Mayhew

Richard never sets out to be brave, or heroic; all he wants is a quiet life, but as he says more than once, "sometimes there is nothing else you can do."
Right through the story, all Richard wants is to go home and have everything back the way it was, but once he gets there he realises it isn't what he wanted after all and he returns to London Below.
2. What leaving present do Richard's friends buy him when he is preparing to set off for his new job in London?

Answer: An umbrella with a map of the London Underground on it

Richard gives his umbrella away to a homeless lady outside the pub, during his leaving party. It is pouring with rain and he feels sorry for her.
3. Who is the young 'rat speaker' who is sent to escort Richard through London Below, and is "taken by the Darkness as tribute" on Knight's Bridge?

Answer: Anaesthesia

While they journey Anaesthesia tells Richard about how she ended up in London Below. She is one of the people who 'fall through the cracks' and was rescued by the rat speakers when she was ill and alone, sleeping in an underpass, aged just 11.
4. At the first floating market he visits, Richard trades a biro pen for a sandwich and a drink. What is in the sandwich?

Answer: Cottage cheese and lettuce

The first floating market Richard visits is held inside Harrod's store.
Richard is searching for Door and the Marquis, and is still basically in shock at the loss of his ordinary life in London Above.
5. What does the Marquis use to 'bribe' Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar so they will talk with him rather than killing him on sight?

Answer: A rare piece of Tang Dynasty pottery

Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar trade questions and answers with the Marquis, and then give him an hour's "head start," but they cheat.
When they catch him they kill him very painfully, but the Marquis was prepared for this and "hid his life" with Old Bailey so he could be revived later.
The idea is that he will learn more because he is about to die; they will speak more freely in front of him.
6. Where do Richard and Door find the Angelus?

Answer: The British Museum

Richard and Door have to find the Angelus in order to get to Islington. At this point they think Islington is a friend to Door and her family, and that it will help them find out who killed Door's family.
The Angelus is "the easy way" to Islington, and can only be used once.
7. After Richard has won the key from the Black Friars, who does Door take it to, to have a chain made so she can hang it round her neck?

Answer: Hammersmith

Hammersmith makes Door a chain and also, unbeknownst to anyone else, makes her a replica key.
She hangs the replica round her neck and slips the real key into Richard's back pocket so nobody, not even Richard himself, knows where it is.
8. Who turns out to be a traitor and betrays Door and Richard to Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar?

Answer: Hunter

Hunter is hired as a bodyguard, and she is a good one until the very last, when she betrays Door.
Her price for the betrayal is "the spear" which is the only weapon to give her a chance at killing the fabled Beast of London.
In the end the Beast kills Hunter, and is in turn killed by Richard.
9. As Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandermar are sucked through the door out of Islington's prison room to be lost, hopefully forever, what is the last word either of them says?

Answer: Buh-bye

Door opens the door to Islington's prison "as far and hard away as she can" and the Angel, Mr. Croup, and Mr. Vandemar are sucked out.
Door, Richard, and the Marquis are saved because they are chained to the pillars of the room.
10. What does Old Bailey give Richard as a parting gift when he is leaving London Below to return to his old life?

Answer: A feather with a red thread wrapped round it

Old Bailey is one of the few people who inhabit London Above and London Below, although his life is far from ordinary. He lives on the rooftops of the City, among his birds, and deals in information.
Source: Author Rowena8482

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