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1. William Henry Porter wrote the short story 'The Gift of the Magi', describing the efforts of a young and impecunious couple to buy Christmas gifts for each other, and ending with an ironic twist characteristic of this author's writing. What pen name did he use for this story, along with many others?
2. Although L Frank Baum is better known for his works about the Land of Oz, he created a mythological world in which Santa lives in a place called Laughing Valley, near the Forest of Burzee. What magical creatures, inhabiting caves in nearby mountains, are his antagonists in the short story 'A Kidnapped Santa Claus'?
3. In Anton Chekhov's short story 'At Christmas Time', what do Vasilisa and Peter ask Yegor to do for them?
4. Christmas time is the traditional season for the performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet 'The Nutcracker'. Written in 1892, the ballet was based on Dumas pere's adaptation of the novella 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King'. What German author wrote the novella, first published in 1816?
5. Sherlock Holmes was not one for Christmas sentimentality, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used a Christmas setting for 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'. What was unusual about the gemstone in the story's title?
6. Henry van Dyke's 1895 novella 'The Other Wise Man' tells the story of a hypothetical fourth magus who missed the rendezvous, arrived in Bethlehem too late to see the infant Jesus, and spent the next 33 years searching for him and performing charitable acts, only to arrive in Jerusalem in time for the crucifixion. What caused him to miss the departure of the caravan formed by the Three Magi described in the Gospel of Matthew?
7. What is the trade of Spare and Scrub, the brothers at the centre of Frances Browne's story 'The Christmas Cuckoo'?
8. You know the song 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer', written by Johnny Marks and turned into a number one hit by Gene Autry in 1949. What was the name of Marks's brother-in-law who wrote the original story in 1939?
9. Agatha Christie wrote a book which has been published with multiple titles, including 'Murder for Christmas' and 'A Holiday for Murder'. Her original title, however, included the name of the detective who solved the mystery of the death of Simeon Lee on Christmas Eve. Which of these titles was it?
10. We cannot finish this quiz without looking at that perennial favorite, 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. Which of the ghosts who visit Ebenezer Scrooge makes this statement?
"It is required of every man," the ghost returned, "that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death."
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