Quiz about Robert Jordan
Quiz about Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan Trivia Quiz


Robert Jordan is best known as the author of the epic fantasy series "The Wheel of Time". What do you know of his life?

A multiple-choice quiz by reedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
reedy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
377,140
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
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1. He was best known as Robert Jordan, but that was a pen name and not his birth name. What was Robert Jordan's real name? Hint

James Oliver Rigney, Jr.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Eric Arthur Blair
James Alfred Wight

2. Robert Jordan was born in and lived the majority of his life in Charleston, in which Southern US state? Hint

Alabama
Georgia
Florida
South Carolina

3. During the Vietnam War, Jordan served two tours between 1968 and 1970 as a helicopter gunner - in which branch of the military? Hint

Navy
Army
Air Force
Marines

4. After returning from Vietnam, Robert Jordan acquired an undergraduate degree in physics from which military college? Hint

Virginia Military Institute
Valley Forge Military Academy
Norwich University
The Citadel

5. Jordan began writing in 1977, and managed to publish his first novel in 1980. It was written under a DIFFERENT nom de plume, and is an historical romance set in Jordan's hometown of the 1760s, following the fortunes of Irish immigrant Michael Fallon. What is its title? Hint

The Fallon Pride
The Fallon Blood
The Fallon Legacy
The Fallon Death

6. 'Robert Jordan' is a pen name, and you already know that his first published novel was written under a different pen name. Which of these is NOT a psuedonym that he used? Hint

Richard Bachman
Jackson O'Reilly
Reagan O'Neal
Chang Lung

7. She published his first novel, then agreed to marry him. Who was Robert Jordan's wife and editor? Hint

Harriet McDougal
Melissa Ann Singer
Bridget McGovern
Stephanie Lane

8. Robert Jordan was a Freemason.

True
False

9. On March 23rd, 2006, Robert Jordan announced to his fans that he had been diagnosed with a disease of the heart, and a median life expectancy of four years (with treatment). What disease? Hint

Cardiac amyloidosis
Hirschsprung disease
Adie syndrome
Ewing's sarcoma

10. Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, "The Wheel of Time", was left incomplete due to his untimely death. Young author Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish the story. What was the title of Jordan's last book, the eleventh in the series? Hint

Crossroads of Twilight
The Gathering Storm
Winter's Heart
Knife of Dreams


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. He was best known as Robert Jordan, but that was a pen name and not his birth name. What was Robert Jordan's real name?

Answer: James Oliver Rigney, Jr.

James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (or Jim Rigney) was the true name of Robert Jordan. He is most famous for "The Wheel of Time" epic fantasy series of novels. The lengthy story surrounds the journey of a group of young people from a remote rural community to positions of prominence in the world in the fight against the Dark One - as a result of prophecy. It's kind of hard to summarize such a big story in one sentence.

All of the other names given are the true names of authors who you likely will better recognize by their pseudonyms:

Eric Arthur Blair: George Orwell
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: Lewis Carroll
James Alfred Wight: James Herriot
2. Robert Jordan was born in and lived the majority of his life in Charleston, in which Southern US state?

Answer: South Carolina

Jordan was born (as James Oliver Rigney, Jr.) on October 17th, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, a city with a rich history. It is the home of Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the US Civil War were fired. It is a small wonder that Jordan became such a history buff, being raised there.

Jordan was at the Medical University of South Carolina when he passed away in 2007 on September 16th, at the age of 58.
3. During the Vietnam War, Jordan served two tours between 1968 and 1970 as a helicopter gunner - in which branch of the military?

Answer: Army

Jordan was awarded four medals during the conflict:

The Distinguished Flying Cross (with oak leaf cluster), awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. The oak leaf cluster refers to an additional award.

The Bronze Star (with 'V'), awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service. The 'V' device for the Army denotes participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy.

Two Vietnam Gallantry Crosses (with Palm), awarded by the government of South Vietnam for accomplishing deeds of valor or displaying heroic conduct while fighting the enemy.
4. After returning from Vietnam, Robert Jordan acquired an undergraduate degree in physics from which military college?

Answer: The Citadel

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, was founded in Jordan's hometown of Charleston in 1842, and is one of six senior military colleges in the United States.

After completing his degree, Jordan found work with the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.
5. Jordan began writing in 1977, and managed to publish his first novel in 1980. It was written under a DIFFERENT nom de plume, and is an historical romance set in Jordan's hometown of the 1760s, following the fortunes of Irish immigrant Michael Fallon. What is its title?

Answer: The Fallon Blood

"The Fallon Blood" (1980) was the first in what became a trilogy of books. Michael Fallon, an Irishman escaping English brutality, comes to Charleston, South Carolina as an indentured servant. He becomes romantically involved with Elizabeth, the daughter of the merchant to whom he is indentured.

"The Fallon Pride" (1981) and "The Fallon Legacy" (1982) carried on the story of the Fallon family through the next two generations.
6. 'Robert Jordan' is a pen name, and you already know that his first published novel was written under a different pen name. Which of these is NOT a psuedonym that he used?

Answer: Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman, of course, is the pen name of horror author Stephen King.

As Reagan O'Neal, Jordan wrote the "Michael Fallon" trilogy of books.

As Jackson O'Reilly, Jordan wrote a 1982 western entitled "Cheyenne Raiders".

Chang Lung was the pseudonym that Jordan used to write theater and dance critiques.

And as Robert Jordan, in addition to "The Wheel of Time" novels, he also wrote seven "Conan the Barbarian" novels in the early 1980s.
7. She published his first novel, then agreed to marry him. Who was Robert Jordan's wife and editor?

Answer: Harriet McDougal

Harriet McDougal, like her husband, was born in Charleston, South Carolina (in 1939, making her Jordan's senior by 9 years). Her maiden name was Popham, and she was married to her first husband (Ed McDougal) from 1964 until 1970, while living and working in New York City.

Robert Jordan met Harriet after she returned to Charleston in 1977. They married in 1981, and together they lived in Harriet's family home, an estate established in 1797.

After publishing his first novel ("The Fallon Blood") through Harriet, Jordan subsequently sent his works directly to Tom Doherty of Tor/Forge for publication. Harriet, however, continued to work as Jordan's editor.
8. Robert Jordan was a Freemason.

Answer: True

Robert Jordan was, indeed, a Freemason, although he did not advertise that fact to the world. He did respond to a direct question from a fan about the subject, saying that both his father and grandfather had also been Freemasons. He stated that his decision not to advertise this was that "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs."
9. On March 23rd, 2006, Robert Jordan announced to his fans that he had been diagnosed with a disease of the heart, and a median life expectancy of four years (with treatment). What disease?

Answer: Cardiac amyloidosis

You can look it up for more information, but cardiac amyloidosis is a moderately rare disease of accumulation of inappropriately folded proteins in or affecting the heart.

After undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which included a study using the drug Revlimid, Jordan finally succumbed to his illness on September 16th, 2007.

His funeral was held on the 19th; Robert Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried at the St. James Church near Charleston.
10. Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, "The Wheel of Time", was left incomplete due to his untimely death. Young author Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish the story. What was the title of Jordan's last book, the eleventh in the series?

Answer: Knife of Dreams

"Knife of Dreams" was published in October of 2005. In the novel, unusual things begin happening in the world to indicate that Tarmon Gai'don (the Last Battle) is approaching.

Since that time, and through his illness, Jordan worked on what was meant to be the final (12th) novel of "The Wheel of Time", entitled "A Memory of Light". Knowing that he might not survive his illness, nor even last the median life expectancy of four years, Jordan worked to dictate the rest of the story for a successor to potentially complete his work.

Brandon Sanderson was chosen by Jordan's widow after she read a eulogy written by him about her husband (and after she followed that up by reading his novel "Mistborn: The Final Empire"). Sanderson accepted the gargantuan task, and the end of the story was eventually told over three additional novels:

"The Gathering Storm" (2009), "Towers of Midnight" (2010), and "A Memory of Light" (2013).
Source: Author reedy

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