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10 Questions That Librarians May Need to Know Quiz


It's your first day on the job as librarian in the small town of Forgetfullville. The townspeople know what it is they want to read, they just have a hard time remembering titles. Hopefully you can help them out.

A multiple-choice quiz by MyrdinSasnak. Estimated time: 8 mins.
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Author
MyrdinSasnak
Time
8 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
226,147
Updated
Mar 13 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. This is your first day on the job as Head Librarian and Media Specialist for the Forgetfullville library. It is early on a foggy morning and the library has just opened. Soon there are several people browsing the library's many book shelves.

The rotund Mrs. Welles waddles up to the circulation desk with her son Orson and daughter Amber in tow. She needs help.

"I'm looking for a really magnificent read," she says in an aristocratic tone. "Something about change, something that speaks to the struggle between old and new things. I like books that are part of a series, too. My husband told me about such a book, but I can't recall the name or author."

What book is she after?
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. It is not long before two more people show up at the circulation desk. They are Eve and Adam Exelixi. Eve is chewing on an apple and Adam has on his favorite Smaug cap.

"I'm interested in a book that speculates on what we are and how we think and how we came to be that way," says Adam adjusting his cap so that Smaug is better displayed.

"Yes, me too," choruses Eve taking a healthy bite from her apple. "Our slimy snake of a lawyer recommended a book to us, but we can't remember what it is."

"I think I might know," you say and give them instructions on where to find which book?
Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. A tall giant of a man ambles up to the desk. It is Marion M. Morrison, Forgetfulville's famous ornithologist. He lives alone on a ranch just outside of town.

"I'm lookin' for a rip-roarin' epic of a yarn, pardner," he says in a deep voice. "It's somethin' with lotsa memorable characters. Somethin' historic. I can't remember what the wife said its name was. Well, pardner, do you think you can 'steer' me towards somethin' like that or am I just waitin' fer a blue moon?"

You nod. "I think so," you say and point him to which book?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Mr. Bu Who, a rather short fellow, peers over the edge of your desk and asks, "A friend said I'd like reading a novel about a famous conflict and the people who fought it, but I can't remember the name of the book. One of my ancestors fought in the War Between the States, doncha know." His large pet dog Chamberlain pants expectantly next to him. "I really like historical fiction," he adds.

You know just the book. You ask him to leave the dog outside the library next time and point him to which book?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. You are amazed to see a man dressed as Admiral Adama from Battlestar Galactica walk up to you. "I asked the A.I. that I'm working on to recommend a good book to read. By the Lords of Cobol, I can't remember what HAL said. I would like a good read about the birth of something. It's really old hat now, but I really like RPG. Do you C? Can you help me?"

You nod and hand him which book?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Henry Higgins approaches. The whole town is buzzing with the news that Henry was recently accepted into the Naval Academy at Annapolis when everyone thought he was going to go to Harvard to study law. "Got any good yarns about the U.S. Navy I can read? I heard of one about a less than stellar naval officer but I can't recall what it is."

You nod and point him toward which book?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Eva Elaine Ellyfant, the high school math teacher, is searching the shelves and is getting quite perturbed. "I can't find it! If I saw the title, I'd remember! I'm looking for a book that's about many things I think - or is it three people? --or is it both? I hear it's a splendid read. I remember a quote from the author saying the book was 'a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll.' I only wish I could find it! Did I mention that I like clever word play and puns?"

You know just the book she is talking about and direct her to which book?
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Trish Tanz is trying to remember the title of the book she needs to read for her English class. "I remember it's about prejudice and growing up, and that it's a really famous book, but that's about it. Oh, and it has an honest lawyer in it. I didn't think there was such a thing."

You smile and tell her where to find which book?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Tyler C. Beagle, a doctor who is very much interested in 19th century medicine states, "I'm looking for a book set in the south during the Civil War. I remember one of the many central characters is a doctor. I think it might have been made into a movie. Can you help?"

You nod and give him instructions to find which book?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. It's been a long day, but you think you like your new job. The townspeople seem nice and friendly, albeit a bit forgetful. As you close up the library, you realize that each book you recommended today had a common link. You wonder if the townspeople know or care that they are all reading books that have what in common? Hint



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1. This is your first day on the job as Head Librarian and Media Specialist for the Forgetfullville library. It is early on a foggy morning and the library has just opened. Soon there are several people browsing the library's many book shelves. The rotund Mrs. Welles waddles up to the circulation desk with her son Orson and daughter Amber in tow. She needs help. "I'm looking for a really magnificent read," she says in an aristocratic tone. "Something about change, something that speaks to the struggle between old and new things. I like books that are part of a series, too. My husband told me about such a book, but I can't recall the name or author." What book is she after?

Answer: 'The Magnificent Ambersons' by Booth Tarkington

'The Wisdom of Carnac the Magnificent' is a figment of my imagination. Being a big fan of the late Johnny Carson, I wish such a book did exist.

'The Nine Princes of Amber' is part of a series of Science Fiction novels. Mrs. Welles does not look like she much fancies SciFi.

'The Prince and the Pauper' fits much of Mrs. Welles criteria but is not part of a series.

'The Magnificent Ambersons' is part of Tarkington's 'Growth' trilogy along with 'The Turmoil' and 'National Avenue'. The novel chronicles change in the turn of the century United States midwest by contrasting the decline of the aristocratic Ambersons and the rise of the 'new money' Morgan family.

Orson Welles' second film was based on the novel. RKO studios stripped fifty minutes from the film without Welles' persmission. As far as is known, the deleted portion was destroyed and no copy of it exists.
2. It is not long before two more people show up at the circulation desk. They are Eve and Adam Exelixi. Eve is chewing on an apple and Adam has on his favorite Smaug cap. "I'm interested in a book that speculates on what we are and how we think and how we came to be that way," says Adam adjusting his cap so that Smaug is better displayed. "Yes, me too," choruses Eve taking a healthy bite from her apple. "Our slimy snake of a lawyer recommended a book to us, but we can't remember what it is." "I think I might know," you say and give them instructions on where to find which book?

Answer: 'The Dragons of Eden' by Carl Sagan

'The Red Dragon' is a suspense novel about the pursuit of a serial killer - not at all what Mr. and Mrs.Exelixi are after. They could care less about Hannibal Lector's first literary appearence.

'The White Dragon' is a novel in Anne McCaffrey's famous Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series. Not exactly what the two are looking for either.

With all of the biblical references to Adam and Eve, I can see how some might choose 'East of Eden' which is a symbolic retelling of the story of Cain and Abel, but that is not the best book given the choices available.

'The Dragons of Eden' is a fascinating book about the evolution of human intelligence, exactly what they were looking for.

Oh, Smaug was the name of the dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit.'
3. A tall giant of a man ambles up to the desk. It is Marion M. Morrison, Forgetfulville's famous ornithologist. He lives alone on a ranch just outside of town. "I'm lookin' for a rip-roarin' epic of a yarn, pardner," he says in a deep voice. "It's somethin' with lotsa memorable characters. Somethin' historic. I can't remember what the wife said its name was. Well, pardner, do you think you can 'steer' me towards somethin' like that or am I just waitin' fer a blue moon?" You nod. "I think so," you say and point him to which book?

Answer: 'Lonesome Dove' by Larry McMurtry

'The Eagle Has Landed' is a World War Two novel where the Germans attempt to kidnap Winston Churchill. It has nothing to do with the famous Apollo moon flight and is not quite epic enough to interest Mr. Morrisson.

Not 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull.' It is a religious allegory involving a seagull.

'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' is an outstanding book centered on the lives of some people in a small town, not really what Mr. Morrison has in mind.

Mr. Morrison was after 'Lonesome Dove'. It is a novel with many memorable characters on a final cattle drive in the old west.

Marion Morrison was John Wayne's real name by the way.
4. Mr. Bu Who, a rather short fellow, peers over the edge of your desk and asks, "A friend said I'd like reading a novel about a famous conflict and the people who fought it, but I can't remember the name of the book. One of my ancestors fought in the War Between the States, doncha know." His large pet dog Chamberlain pants expectantly next to him. "I really like historical fiction," he adds. You know just the book. You ask him to leave the dog outside the library next time and point him to which book?

Answer: 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara

'The Second World War' is quite an historical conflict, but it is not historical fiction.

'In Cold Blood' likewise is non-fiction concerning a murder and its aftermath.

'The Butter Battle Book' is fiction and I suppose covers a conflict, but it is not exactly historical.

'The Killer Angels' concerns the battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. It centers on several of the real life participants but creates plausible fictional conversations bewteen them while relating the story.

One of the characters is Joshua Chamberlain.
5. You are amazed to see a man dressed as Admiral Adama from Battlestar Galactica walk up to you. "I asked the A.I. that I'm working on to recommend a good book to read. By the Lords of Cobol, I can't remember what HAL said. I would like a good read about the birth of something. It's really old hat now, but I really like RPG. Do you C? Can you help me?" You nod and hand him which book?

Answer: 'The Soul of a New Machine' by Tracy Kidder

'The Soul of a New Machine' chronicles the creation of a new computer system from the beginning of its design through the finished product.

The costumed Adama referred to three computer languages, the older COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) and RPG (Report Programming Language), along with the more modern C language.

HAL, of coarse, was the computer in the novel and film '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
6. Henry Higgins approaches. The whole town is buzzing with the news that Henry was recently accepted into the Naval Academy at Annapolis when everyone thought he was going to go to Harvard to study law. "Got any good yarns about the U.S. Navy I can read? I heard of one about a less than stellar naval officer but I can't recall what it is." You nod and point him toward which book?

Answer: 'The Caine Mutiny' by Herman Wouk

All of these are really great stories about the sea, but only one book concerns the U.S. Navy.

'Mutiny on the Bounty' is the story of Fletcher Christian and William Bligh and the famous mutiny that occurred in the British Navy in the 19th century.

'Beat to Quarters' is one of Forester's fantastic novels in the Horatio Hornblower series that chronicles the life of an English officer during and following the Napoleonic era.

'Moby Dick' is the classic tale of good and evil concerning a quest of vengeance of the fanatical Captain Ahab as told by the crew of the whaler Pequod.

'The Caine Mutiny' centers on a young officer fresh out of Annapolis during World War II who aspires to great things but instead finds himself assigned to the minesweeper U.S.S. Caine. The climax concerns the courtmartial of the executive officer who conducted a mutiny to save the ship during a typhoon.
7. Eva Elaine Ellyfant, the high school math teacher, is searching the shelves and is getting quite perturbed. "I can't find it! If I saw the title, I'd remember! I'm looking for a book that's about many things I think - or is it three people? --or is it both? I hear it's a splendid read. I remember a quote from the author saying the book was 'a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll.' I only wish I could find it! Did I mention that I like clever word play and puns?" You know just the book she is talking about and direct her to which book?

Answer: 'Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid' by Douglas R. Hofstadter

The other three books are novels I just made up.

'Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Braid' by Douglas Hofstadter (or GEB as many like to call it), is a book that discusses common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Godel, the artist M.C. Escher, and the classic composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Clever use of words and puns are used throughout the book.
8. Trish Tanz is trying to remember the title of the book she needs to read for her English class. "I remember it's about prejudice and growing up, and that it's a really famous book, but that's about it. Oh, and it has an honest lawyer in it. I didn't think there was such a thing." You smile and tell her where to find which book?

Answer: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

'Watershipdown' (one of my favorite books) is a story about a group of rabbits fighting to survive and find a new home.

'1984' is Orwell's classic cautionary tale of life in the future (well, it was when he wrote it).

'Exodus' is an epic tale about the birth of modern Israel.

The book Trish is after is 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' If you have not read it, you should.
9. Tyler C. Beagle, a doctor who is very much interested in 19th century medicine states, "I'm looking for a book set in the south during the Civil War. I remember one of the many central characters is a doctor. I think it might have been made into a movie. Can you help?" You nod and give him instructions to find which book?

Answer: 'Andersonville' by MacKinlay Kantor

'The Last Unicorn is a fantastic read, but it has nothing to do with the subject that Dr. Beagle is looking for except for the fact that it was made into a movie. It is a fantasy novel.

'Lincoln' has been adapted into a film and is obviously set during the Civil War, but it is not set in the south or have a doctor as a central character.

'Gone With the Wind' comes very close to what the doctor ordered, but not quite. It is set in the south and has been made into a film, but it does not feature a doctor as a central character.

'Andersonville' is the novel the forgetful doctor is looking for. Set in Georgia during the Civil War, it chronicles life on a plantation and prisoner of war camp. One its central characters is a doctor.
10. It's been a long day, but you think you like your new job. The townspeople seem nice and friendly, albeit a bit forgetful. As you close up the library, you realize that each book you recommended today had a common link. You wonder if the townspeople know or care that they are all reading books that have what in common?

Answer: All the books won the Pulitzer prize.

Many of the books were turned into films, but not all of them.

The correct answer is that all of the books won a Pulitzer Prize:
o 'The Magnificent Ambersons' - 1919 Novel
o 'The Dragons of Eden' - 1978 General Non-Fiction
o 'Lonesome Dove' - 1986 Fiction
o 'The Killer Angels' - 1975 Fiction
o 'The Soul of a New Machine' - 1982 General Non-Fiction
o 'The Caine Mutiny' - 1952 Fiction
o 'Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid' - 1980 General Non-Fiction
o 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - 1961 Fiction
o 'Andersonville' - 1956 Fiction
Source: Author MyrdinSasnak

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