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Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld novels, set in a world that is a disc which travels through space supported by four elephants which stand on the back of a (pretty large) turtle known as the Great A'tuin.
207 Terry Pratchett quizzes and 2,898 Terry Pratchett trivia questions.
  Terry Pratchett's 'Feet Of Clay'   great trivia quiz  
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Another one of Pratchett's finest. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, dizzybuggy, Jan 14 07
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  'Making Money' by Terry Pratchett   top quiz  
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This is Terry's 36th Discworld book. I am indebted to the compilation book 'The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld' for informing me that the Discworld series has now around twice the amount of words as the Bible and Shakespeare's plays together. Enjoy!
Average, 15 Qns, Quiz_Beagle, Sep 24 16
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  The Truth   great trivia quiz  
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This is a quiz about Terry Pratchett's book "The Truth". It contains questions that detail some of the more interesting parts of the book. I hope you like it!
Average, 10 Qns, discworldfan, Mar 21 07
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  The Dance of the Seasons   top quiz  
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"Wintersmith" is the 35th Discworld novel by author Terry Pratchett. It is the third of five in the Tiffany Aching series.
Tough, 10 Qns, kino76, Jun 11 18
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Jun 11 18
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  The Dark Side of the Sun    
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The "Dark Side of the Sun" is the name of at least two films and a BBC drama series. This quiz has no connection with any of those but is about the science-fiction book by Terry Pratchett.
Tough, 10 Qns, paper_aero, Nov 03 18
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Nov 03 18
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  "Raising Steam": The Railway Comes to Discworld    
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"Raising Steam", in which Dick Simnel brings his big idea and big invention, the steam locomotive to Ankh-Morpork and hence to the rest of Discworld.
Tough, 10 Qns, paper_aero, Oct 22 18
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Oct 22 18
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  Dropped from "The Discworld Companion"    
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This quiz on entries that were dropped from "The Discworld Companion" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs between the 1994 edition and the 2003 edition.
Average, 10 Qns, tnrees, May 02 09
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  "Strata" - Another Layer of Terry Pratchett    
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Before the Discworld books were published, Terry Pratchett wrote two science fiction novels. One of them was called "Strata", the other one wasn't; this is a quiz about the one that is.
Tough, 10 Qns, paper_aero, Oct 09 15
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  The Last Hero    
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"The Last Hero" by Terry Pratchett.
Average, 10 Qns, SkateS, Nov 20 06
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  Terry Pratchett's 'Carpe Jugulum'    
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Fifteen not too hard (I think) questions on Terry Pratchett's novel.
Average, 15 Qns, Maharet, Jan 08 06
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trivia question Quick Question
What country had Astrozoologists?

From Quiz "Dropped from "The Discworld Companion""

  Lu-Tze's Yearbook of Enlightenment    
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This is the 2008 "Discworld" yearbook by Terry Pratchett with Stephen Briggs.
Average, 10 Qns, tnrees, Apr 24 08
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  A Tour of "Nation"    
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This is a quiz about Terry Pratchett's stand-alone book "Nation".
Average, 10 Qns, NeilK, Apr 10 12
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  The Diskworld Almanak    
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About the book by Terry Pratchett OBE, creator of the "Diskworld" series, and Bernard Pearson, the cunning artificer.
Tough, 10 Qns, tnrees, Sep 27 05
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Terry Pratchett Trivia Questions

1. The story starts and ends on the homeworld of Dom Sabalos which is in orbit about the purple star See-Why. What is the name of this planet?

From Quiz
The Dark Side of the Sun

Answer: Widdershins

See-Why is more formally called CY Aquirii, and is identified as having two orbiting planets, one of which is Widdershins. The other options are all listed in the book; Terra Novea, or New Earth, is described as being "metal-rich and dynamically technological", Eggplant is a place where the vegetarians had to be ferocious due to the aggressive flora and Quaducquakucckuaquekekecqac is the homeworld of the cannibalistic Drosk.

2. Introducing the first of our heroes, the human Kin Arad. Kin's employer creates and modifies planets. Although named early on as 'John Company' how is this employer generally referred to through the book?

From Quiz "Strata" - Another Layer of Terry Pratchett

Answer: The Company

Although there is one reference giving the company's official name as 'John Company', all other references are simply to 'the Company', (note the capital C). The Company "builds worlds and terraforms planets", including laying down the fake fossils, coal deposits and other strata of a fake pre-history - the Strata of the book's title - or possibly not. Magrathea is the planet in Douglas Adam's "Hitchiker's Guide" series which also constructed planets.

3. On Mau's island (called simply "the Nation"), there are four gods. What is the name of the main one?

From Quiz A Tour of "Nation"

Answer: Imo

Imo created everything, including Locaha, the god of death. Om and Anoia are from Pratchett's "Disworld" series.

4. How many monarchs with names began with A were dropped?

From Quiz Dropped from "The Discworld Companion"

Answer: Two

The names in brackets are the book they appeared in. They were Artorollo a king of Ankh Morpork (Mort) and Ashk-ur-men-tep pharaoh of Djellibeybi (Pyramids). Djellibeybi has never encouraged originality so he was virtually identical to almost all other pharaohs.

5. The book starts with some things deep underground. What are they?

From Quiz 'Making Money' by Terry Pratchett

Answer: Golems

Yes, real ancient golems, built by golems. At one point it is thought they are made of gold. Dwarfs are traditionally miners, but so far Terry hasn't concerned himself with things vermian in Discworld.

6. Which dwarf runs the printing press?

From Quiz The Truth

Answer: Gunilla Goodmountain

Gunilla Goodmountain's printing press is the first in Ankh-Morpork. They offer to do ten copies of one thousand words apiece for only one dollar.

7. What was the name of the priest who was murdered at the beginning of the book?

From Quiz Terry Pratchett's 'Feet Of Clay'

Answer: Father Tubelcek

Poor Father Tubelcek was found dead in his home by Mrs Kanacki, who alerted the Watch. Vimes mused it was the neatest death he had ever seen as his arms were folded across his chest and his eyes had been closed.

8. What year is this almanak for?

From Quiz The Diskworld Almanak

Answer: The prawn

This is for the common year of 400 days (from one cold season to the next). Owing to the peculiarities of a world on the back of a turtle the true celestial year is 800 days.

9. Who is the main character in "The Last Hero"?

From Quiz The Last Hero

Answer: Cohen

"Fingers" Mazda was the First Hero who stole fire from the Gods. Cohen is returning what was stolen. Rincewind is best classified as a coward. Carrot is a hero at the end, in the opinion of Cohen anyway.

10. What was the name of Vlad's aunt, rumoured to bathe in the blood of up to 200 virgins at a time?

From Quiz Terry Pratchett's 'Carpe Jugulum'

Answer: Carmilla

11. Tiffany and Miss Treason go to the woods to observe the Dark Morris dance. Expressly forbidden to make a noise or move by Miss Treason, what did Tiffany do to garner the attention of the Wintersmith?

From Quiz The Dance of the Seasons

Answer: She joined in the dance

There are two kinds of Morris dance. The first is the traditional dance which welcomes summer, the dancers are dressed in white, wearing ribbons and bells. There are musicians and the Fool who dances between the dancers and entertains the crowd. The Dark Morris is to welcome the winter. It is danced under the moonlight sans musicians and Fool. The dancers are dressed in black and are silent except for their boots hitting the ground. Tiffany felt compelled to dance and this brought her to the Wintersmith's attention and sent the Summer Lady underground. As Granny Weatherwax says to Miss Tick: "A witch who won't wear black. No, it's blue and green for her, like green grass under a blue sky. She calls to the strength of her hills, all the time. An' they calls to her! Hills that was once alive, Miss Tick! They feels the rhythm of the Dance, an' so in her bones does she, if she did but know it. And this shapes her life, even here! She could not help but tap her feet! The land taps its feet to the Dance of the Seasons!"

12. Humans learnt the skills of terra-forming planets when they found the strata machine of which extinct race?

From Quiz "Strata" - Another Layer of Terry Pratchett

Answer: Spindle Kings

Humans learnt about Spindle Kings from their archaeological remains, found in the galaxy and a handy ship with mummified crew and (more importantly) a library which drifted into the solar system. Spindles were telepaths and liked a lot of space to avoid too much mental noise. For example, the ship mentioned above was 100 miles long with 3 crew, the rest was almost entirely empty space. Before the Spindle Kings were the Wheelers, before them the Paleotechs and before them the ChThrones. How these other races fit in to the plot is best found out by reading the book.

13. What are the names of the other gods of the Nation?

From Quiz A Tour of "Nation"

Answer: Air, Fire, and Water

Throughout the book, the grandfathers are yelling at Mau to replace the God Anchors.

14. Which book did Alfonz the sailor appear in?

From Quiz Dropped from "The Discworld Companion"

Answer: Pyramids

He serves on a ship called the Unnamed which is basically a smuggler but also made a good revenue from any pirates who make the mistake of attacking it. He is covered in pornographic tattoos and was very embarrassed when Ptraci, ex handmaiden of the late pharaoh Teppicymon XXVII saw him and used him as a sort of text book.

15. In which book is Lu-tze a major character?

From Quiz Lu-Tze's Yearbook of Enlightenment

Answer: Thief of Time

"The Thief of Time" is about time and Lu-Tze is a member of the history monks whose purpose is to observe things. If these things are not observed by a qualified person they are not history but just sequential events.

16. At the beginning of the book, what is Moist von Lipwig, Postmaster General, doing?

From Quiz 'Making Money' by Terry Pratchett

Answer: Trying to break into his own Post Office

Moist is bored, Adora Belle is away, so he's keeping his hand in by reverting to his old habits. He still has his wonderful gold suit, and he still designs stamps. He doesn't get the chance to really make money until he meets Lord Vetinari.

17. What does William de Worde charge for his newsletter?

From Quiz The Truth

Answer: 5 dollars

The Lady Margolotta of Uberwald, the Dowager Duchess of Quirm, King Verence of Lancre, and many other Ramtop nobles pay him five dollars for this service. The Seriph of Al-Khali pays him half a cartload of figs for the newsletter, instead of five dollars.

18. Which species did Commander Vimes have a particular hatred of?

From Quiz Terry Pratchett's 'Feet Of Clay'

Answer: Vampires

Famous for quoting "Not really alive but not dead enough."

19. What is the significance of the late Mrs Edith Barnfather?

From Quiz The Diskworld Almanak

Answer: Name of a meteorite that would land in the sea near Quirm if the great A'Tuin did not take evasive action.

It was named after an aunt of the discoverer. Retrophrenology works on the principal that if the bumps on your head control your character, altering the bumps will alter your character.

20. What did the first hero steal?

From Quiz The Last Hero

Answer: Fire

Cohen is planning to return it with interest because the gods let him get old.

21. Which country does Mightily Oats hail from?

From Quiz Terry Pratchett's 'Carpe Jugulum'

Answer: Omnia

22. One of the driving factors in this story is the use of mathematics to predict the future. Which branch of maths is used here?

From Quiz The Dark Side of the Sun

Answer: Probability math

The correct answer is probably the least interesting option. Probability maths (abbreviated to p-maths) is "a set of nine equations which can be used to predict the future". The immediate problem is that our hero, Dom, is predicted to die at noon on the day after the story starts, not that he knows it. Psychohistory is found in the Foundation books written by Isaac Asimov. The alternative options are both real studies in mathematics.

23. According to the footnotes in "Raising Steam", what is the official [Discworld] collective noun for goblins?

From Quiz "Raising Steam": The Railway Comes to Discworld

Answer: Malignity

I suspect that this doesn't appear in any roundworld list of collective nouns, but if Sir Terry Pratchett has written that it is correct on Discworld who are we to argue. It is used to describe the numerous goblins living on the roof of the house nominally inhabited by Moist von Lipwig and Adora Bell Dearheart. One learns a lot about Discworld goblins in this book.

24. The Wintersmith first created billions of snowflakes, each an exact replica of Tiffany. What did he create next in an attempt to impress Tiffany?

From Quiz The Dance of the Seasons

Answer: Paper thin ice roses

The Wintersmith first created the Tiffany snowflakes. He then made dozens of paper thin roses out of ice. Following that, he wrote Tiffany's name over and over on the cottage windows with frost ferns and then he created Tiffany shaped icebergs. Thankfully he did not create heart shaped hailstones, but no-one would probably have noticed anyway as with the Tiffany snowflakes. Nanny Ogg says that the Wintersmith was trying to impress Tiffany, "he wanted to show you his muscles".

25. Back to the human, Kin Arad. What has she done outside of her job that is so noteworthy?

From Quiz "Strata" - Another Layer of Terry Pratchett

Answer: Written a book

Writing a book may not seem a big deal, but I feel that Terry Pratchett here has anticipated the trend towards e-books and away from printed words long before anyone else, considering that this was written in the 1970s. To quote from Strata: "The actual writing hadn't been difficult. The real problem had been learning how to make paper, then hiring a staff of robots and setting them to build a printing press." It also has made Kin a celebrity, being asked to sign copies at various places.

26. What is Daphne's real name?

From Quiz A Tour of "Nation"

Answer: Ermintrude

Daphne's grandmother thought Ermintrude was a good name, but Daphne hated it.

27. What is "Alls Fallow"

From Quiz Dropped from "The Discworld Companion"

Answer: a date

It is supposed to be the day when witches and warlocks stay in bed. With regard to witches this is a legend - they stay in bed on the day they feel like having a lie in and no one even knows what a warlock actually is. It is not noted which book it appears in.

28. What is Lu-tze's rank in the abbey?

From Quiz Lu-Tze's Yearbook of Enlightenment

Answer: Sweeper

He is technically not actually a monk but just a servant. No one but an idiot confuses the technicality with actuality.

29. Moist was most upset that he'd only got two paragraphs in the 'Tanty Bugle' when he was hanged. Who, who had 'only managed A and W', had hogged the front page?

From Quiz 'Making Money' by Terry Pratchett

Answer: The Dyslectic Alphabet Killer

According to Vetinari, the editor of the 'Tanty Bugle' appeared to think that it was 'not a proper crime unless someone is found in three alleys at once' and Moist (as Albert Spangler) had not been hanged for murder - of course, he hadn't been hanged at all. You may recognise the real murderers I distorted for the wrong answers.

30. What is Mr. Tulip reincarnated as?

From Quiz The Truth

Answer: A woodworm

Mr. Tulip was going to just die, but Terry Pratchett's editor kept telling him that Mr. Tulip shouldn't die. She wanted to see him in another book, but instead Terry Pratchett brought him back as a woodworm.

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