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Not Tonight Josephine Trivia Quiz


This title was handed out to me in Commission XXIX. I decided not to write about the song by Slade, nor the band with the same name. What do you know about various people called Josephine?

A multiple-choice quiz by JanIQ. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
JanIQ
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
361,141
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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496
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Question 1 of 10
1. "Not tonight, Josephine. You need not dance tonight, the theatre is closed for renovations." Well, actually no one ever said this to Josephine Baker (1906-1975), for the theatre at which she became world famous would only undergo major restorations in 2011. Where in Paris did Josephine show her "Banana Dance"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Forget the next chapter about David Wintringham, I'd like to go to a comedy with you". Doris Collier's husband never made this remark, for he died before Doris took up writing. What was Doris' pen name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "Not Tonight, Josephine. The next bagatelle is for Elise (or was it someone else? I can't decipher my own handwriting)". No, Josephine Brunsvik probably never heard such an outrageous comment by her piano teacher. He preferred writing long letters to his "Immortal Beloved", supposedly Josephine Brunsvik (although historians do not agree). Who taught piano to Josephine Brunsvik? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Is that Emma Grady really the character you want in your first books?". Which British author debuted in 1989, became famous with the Emma Grady trilogy in 1991, and continued writing romantic - historic fiction? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I want you to sit for my painting of a Summer Interior". Her husband didn't ever say this to Josephine Nivison, for they had not met yet when Edward painted "Summer Interior" in 1909. Josephine married Edward in 1924 and took on his family name. What was that family name? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I want to read that famous book by your sister Margaret, instead of watching your performance in some soap opera." Well, Josephine's husband did never make this remark - for the Australian actress named Josephine is not a sister to her American namesake Margaret. What is the surname Josephine the actress shares with Margaret the author? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I'd like you to read to me your poem about a bird." Josephine Peabody never heard these words spoken out by her father, for he died before she published her first book. Back to the avian poem: what was the title? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "Not Tonight, Josephine. You won't have to worry about spilling your cup of tea". Patricia Routledge would not use the word Josephine, for it was the character played by Josephine who always spilled tea. Startled by a brusque move by Patricia, Josephine's character once threw a "Royal Doulton cup with the periwinkles" high up in the air. Which role did Josephine Tewson perform opposite Patricia Routledge? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I'd like to speak with Gordon Daviot". Well, no reporter who made his or her homework would ever utter such a daft comment to Elizabeth Mackintosh, who wrote under two aliases: Josephine Tey and Gordon Daviot. We'll stick here to her pen name Josephine Tey, for that one fits in this quiz. Who is the protagonist in six of Josephine's detective novels? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Why don't you complete your sculpture about those sensitive robots?" Anyone who is familiar with the artwork produced by the addressee, will notice why she never heard this sentence. Indeed: the Josephine in this last question focuses on painting, with a preponderance for weeping angels, young virgins with unicorns, and other elements of apparently medieval fantasy. What is the name of this artist? Hint



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1. "Not tonight, Josephine. You need not dance tonight, the theatre is closed for renovations." Well, actually no one ever said this to Josephine Baker (1906-1975), for the theatre at which she became world famous would only undergo major restorations in 2011. Where in Paris did Josephine show her "Banana Dance"?

Answer: Folies Bergeres

Josephine Baker was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. She grew up in poverty, until some impresario noticed her and contracted her for a vaudeville show - at first locally, later in New York on Broadway. But she only became world famous when she moved to Paris in 1925, to dance in the Folies Bergeres. Her most extravagant dance was the "Banana Dance", which she performed dressed in nothing else but a tiny skirt decorated with (fake) bananas, a pair of sandals and a few pieces of jewellery (ear rings, necklaces, arm beads).
Although Josephine preferred France over the USA, she did support the American Civil Rights Movement. On the Great March on Washington in 1963, Josephine delivered a speech in the preliminary program.
The Madeleine is a church in Paris, where Josephine's funeral service was held. The Dome des Invalides is a building in Paris with the tomb of Napoleon. The Tuileries is a former royal palace in Paris, now serving as a garden to the Louvre museum.
2. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Forget the next chapter about David Wintringham, I'd like to go to a comedy with you". Doris Collier's husband never made this remark, for he died before Doris took up writing. What was Doris' pen name?

Answer: Josephine Bell

Did you guess Doris chose the name Josephine as first name for her alias? Well, you should expect no less in a quiz about famous (and less famous) women named Josephine. Alas, the options didn't help you to solve this mystery.
Doris Collier was born in 1897, studied medicine and married Dr. Norman Bell in 1923. They worked together as physician until Norman died in 1935. Two years after being widowed, Doris published her first mystery under the pen name Josephine Bell. She would continue to write in total 45 mystery novels until she died in 1987. Many of her books star David Wintringham, a junior assistant physician from a wealthy family.
I'll mention here just a few of Josephine's books: "Murder in Hospital", "A Pigeon Among Cats"; "Death in Clairvoyance".
Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814) was Napoleon's first wife.
Josephine Foster is an American folk singer who tries and avoids to publish her birth date. I presume she was born in 1981.
Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) was a Roman Catholic nun, canonized in 2000.
3. "Not Tonight, Josephine. The next bagatelle is for Elise (or was it someone else? I can't decipher my own handwriting)". No, Josephine Brunsvik probably never heard such an outrageous comment by her piano teacher. He preferred writing long letters to his "Immortal Beloved", supposedly Josephine Brunsvik (although historians do not agree). Who taught piano to Josephine Brunsvik?

Answer: Ludwig van Beethoven

"Fr Elise" should have pointed you in the direction of the correct answer. Beethoven composed this bagatelle in 1810, but music historians still quarrel about whom it was dedicated to. The fact that Beethoven's handwriting was a mere scribbling, doesn't help to decide the matter.
Josephine Brunsvik (1779-1821) studied piano with Beethoven, who grew very fond of her. But Josephine married Joseph Count Deym (1752-1804) and remarried the Estonian Baron Christoph Stackelberg (1777-1841) in 1810. Uncorroborated rumours state that Josephine was only twice with her husband, and yet she gave birth to three children to Baron Stackelberg. Gossipers claim the youngest daughter of Josephine's, Mimona, would be a child of Beethoven's.
The red herrings were all married to dear ones who were musically active: Mahler married Alma Schindler (1879-1964), a student of composing; Wagner's second wife Cosima (1837-1930) was daughter to Franz Liszt and helped Richard founding the Bayreuth Festspiele; Verdi married the soprano Giuseppina Strepponi (1815-1897).
4. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Is that Emma Grady really the character you want in your first books?". Which British author debuted in 1989, became famous with the Emma Grady trilogy in 1991, and continued writing romantic - historic fiction?

Answer: Josephine Cox

Josephine Cox was born in England in 1941. Her first novel appeared in 1989, and twenty-four years later she had published forty-odd books. Her style has been compared to Catherine Cookson's.
Most books by Josephine are stand-alone stories. Only the novels "Outcast", "Alley Urchin" and "Vagabond" share the same protagonist: Emma Grady, a woman living in the 1860's and married to a wheeler-dealer. At first glance her husband Caleb seems very sociable, but in fact he is as trustworthy as a three euro note.
Josephine Ruffin was an Afro-American early suffragette. Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium, the daughter of King Leopold III and Astrid, became the consort of Grand-Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Josephine Earp was a dancer married to Wyatt Earp.
5. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I want you to sit for my painting of a Summer Interior". Her husband didn't ever say this to Josephine Nivison, for they had not met yet when Edward painted "Summer Interior" in 1909. Josephine married Edward in 1924 and took on his family name. What was that family name?

Answer: Hopper

Josephine Nivison was born in Manhattan in 1883. She started painting in 1905 as a pastime, for she had a teaching job. In 1923 she met Edward Hopper (1882-1967), whom she married the next year. Since then Josephine made several artworks herself, and the two spouses did influence each other's style. Josephine died in 1968.
Edward Hopper started painting in an Impressionist style. One of his first canvases, "Summer Interior", shows us a sunlit bedroom with a young girl (dressed only in a white top) sitting next to the bed. Later paintings of Edward's show some alienation (see for instance his iconic painting "Nighthawks", bearing a title suggested by Josephine).
The other painters have no first name Edward. David Hockney is the painter known for "A Bigger Splash". Mary Cassatt is a female Impressionist specialised in children's portraits (for instance: "The Pink Sash", "The Child's Bath"). And Berthe Morisot, another Impressionist, painted domestic tableaus ("The Dining Room", "Hanging the Laundry out to Dry"). 
6. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I want to read that famous book by your sister Margaret, instead of watching your performance in some soap opera." Well, Josephine's husband did never make this remark - for the Australian actress named Josephine is not a sister to her American namesake Margaret. What is the surname Josephine the actress shares with Margaret the author?

Answer: Mitchell

Josephine Mitchell is an Australian TV actress born in 1965. She starred in "A Country Practice" and in "Home and Away". She also appeared in two episodes of "Neighbours" and in one episode of "All Saints".
Revealing that Margaret only completed one single novel, would be giving away the answer. Most of you know Margaret Mitchell published only "Gone with the Wind" during her lifetime.
As to the red herrings: Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was a French writer and movie director, best known for "Hiroshima, Mon Amour". Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996) was a model and actress. Margaret (Maggie) Thatcher (1925-2013) was a British politician, the first female Prime Minister of her country.
7. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I'd like you to read to me your poem about a bird." Josephine Peabody never heard these words spoken out by her father, for he died before she published her first book. Back to the avian poem: what was the title?

Answer: The Nightingale Unheard

Josephine Preston Peabody was born in New York in 1874. Her father died in 1884, and she published her first poem in 1888. Her best known poetry books are "The Singing Leaves" (1903) and "The Piper" (1909), for which she was awarded the Stratford Prize.
The poem "The Nightingale Unheard" tells about tourists in Italy who long to hear a nightingale. Alas, not a single nightingale is heard.
"And north and north, to where the hedge-rows are, //
That beckon with white looks an endless way; //
Where, through the fair wet silverness of May, //
A lamb shines out as sudden as a star, //
Among the cloudy sheep; and green, and pale, //
The may-trees reach and glimmer, near or far, //
And the red may-trees wear a shining veil. //
And still, no nightingale!"
The red herrings (if we may call birds herrings - there's something odd from the point of view of a zoologist) are a bit more famous, but these poems had other authors. George Meredith wrote "The Lark Ascending", Edgar Allen Poe is world famous for his poem "The Raven", and Edward Lear's book "Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets" contains the well known poem "The Owl and the Pussycat".
8. "Not Tonight, Josephine. You won't have to worry about spilling your cup of tea". Patricia Routledge would not use the word Josephine, for it was the character played by Josephine who always spilled tea. Startled by a brusque move by Patricia, Josephine's character once threw a "Royal Doulton cup with the periwinkles" high up in the air. Which role did Josephine Tewson perform opposite Patricia Routledge?

Answer: Elisabeth Warden

Josephine Tewson (born 1939) is a theater and TV actress. In the theatre, she played mostly dramatic roles (for instance in "Coriolanus" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"), while her TV career was centered upon comedy ("The Two Ronnies", "Last of the Summer Wine", and "Keeping Up Appearances").
All these roles are picked from English comedy TV series from the seventies up till the nineties.
Patricia Routledge is of course the star of "Keeping Up Appearances" (1990-1995). She plays Hyacinth Bucket ("It's pronounced Bouquet") with overwhelming flair. Her character intimidates the neighbour, Elisabeth Warden (played by Josephine Tewson), so much that the daily cup of tea becomes a nightmare to Elisabeth.
"Are You Being Served" (1972-1985) starred, among others, Mollie Sugden as Mrs. Betty Slocombe.
In "Fawlty Towers" (1975), Connie Booth played the hotel maid Polly Sherman.
Listen very carefully, for I'll write this only once. Vicki Michelle played Yvette Carte-Blanche in "Allo allo" (1982-1992).
9. "Not Tonight, Josephine. I'd like to speak with Gordon Daviot". Well, no reporter who made his or her homework would ever utter such a daft comment to Elizabeth Mackintosh, who wrote under two aliases: Josephine Tey and Gordon Daviot. We'll stick here to her pen name Josephine Tey, for that one fits in this quiz. Who is the protagonist in six of Josephine's detective novels?

Answer: Inspector Alan Grant

Elizabeth Mackintosh was born in Inverness in 1896. She was a school teacher (physical education) for a while, but took up writing in 1926. Her total production is only a dozen of books, quite contrary to most detective writers.
She died in 1952. In 1990 the Crime Writers' Association selected her book "The Daughter of Time" as the best mystery novel ever, and "The Franchise Affair" figured eleventh on the top 100 established by the CWA in 1990.
Both these books have Inspector Alan Grant as the major sleuth. In "The Daughter of Time", Grant is confined to a hospital bed when he decides to do some research into the question whether Richard III did or did not have his two cousins killed in the Tower of London. "The Franchise Affair" starts with the inhabitants of the house called "the Franchise" being accused of kidnapping, by a woman whom they claim never to have seen in or about their house.
Inspector Morse is the sleuth created by Colin Dexter. Rodney David Wingfield has written dozens of stories about Inspector Frost. And Ruth Rendell keeps cooking up mysteries for Inspector Wexfield to solve.
10. "Not Tonight, Josephine. Why don't you complete your sculpture about those sensitive robots?" Anyone who is familiar with the artwork produced by the addressee, will notice why she never heard this sentence. Indeed: the Josephine in this last question focuses on painting, with a preponderance for weeping angels, young virgins with unicorns, and other elements of apparently medieval fantasy. What is the name of this artist?

Answer: Josephine Wall

Josephine Wall was born in 1947. She started her artistic career in 1967, decorating ceramics with Tolkien characters and mythological creatures. In 2011 she opened a gallery in London, with all her paintings. Many of these paintings have been used for derived products, such as greeting cards, calendars, or jigsaw puzzles. I particularly like "Forest Friends", where a girl dressed in green trousers and a beige top sits down on an open spot, to cuddle various forest animals (including rabbits, butterflies, a pair of foxes, a weasel). Josephine Siao is a Chinese actress born in 1947. Josephine Humphreys is an American author. Josephine Balsamo is a fictitious character, antagonist of Arsne Lupin in the books by Maurice Leblanc.
Source: Author JanIQ

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