Quiz about The Life of Dean Koontz
Quiz about The Life of Dean Koontz

The Life of Dean Koontz Trivia Quiz


You think you know Dean Koontz, but you have no idea.

A multiple-choice quiz by shrilledgeep. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
shrilledgeep
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
104,234
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
25
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
16 / 25
Plays
469
This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What is Dean's mother and father's name? Hint

Rebecca & Marlin
Louise & Guery
Kate & Ray
Florence & Ray

2. What is Dean's wife's full maiden name? Hint

Geraldine Lovitz
Gina Circa
Gerda Cerra
Ginny Logue

3. Who was Dean's father figure when he was a child? Hint

Uncle Ray
Robert Heinlen
Jim Mock
John D. MacDonald

4. Dean used to write pornography strictly for the money.

True
False

5. Dean's mother eventually died due to what? Hint

Stroke
Breast Cancer
Leprosy
Heart Attack

6. Why was Dean reluctant to have children? Hint

He didn't think he could handle the responsibility
He feared that he'd be a bad father
He feared passing on hereditary disabilities
He didn't like children

7. Where did Dean grow up? Hint

Bedford, Pennsylvania
Bedford, Michigan
Bedford, Southern California
Bedford, Illinois

8. Dean and his wife made a deal for her (solely) to support him while he wrote novels for how many years? Hint

3
5
10
12

9. Dean was a teacher for disciplinary students at one time.

True
False

10. Dean had a childhood dog who almost asphyxiated him with its chain in the backyard one day while playing. What was its name? Hint

Muffler
Cartie
Joey
Tiny

11. What breed was Koontz's dog Trixie? Hint

Golden Retriever
Irish Setter
Miniature Schnauzer
Chocolate Lab

12. Dean's father had the following problem: Hint

Drug addiction
Alcoholism
Gambling
Adulterous affairs with men

13. Where does Dean live as of 2002? Hint

Florida
Southern California
Northwestern Pennsylvania
South Carolina

14. Dean is single.

True
False

15. Where did Dean go to college? Hint

Shippensburg State College
Thompson Academy for Literary Arts
Yale University
Penn State

16. Koontz's first real fiction sale was: Hint

The Book of Counted Sorrows
Kittens
Sole Survivor
In My Mind's Eye

17. During a job as a ________
_________, Dean was robbed at gunpoint by two men.
Hint

Toll boother
Sales clerk
Construction worker
Park Ranger

18. Some of Dean's relatives thought he would turn out like his father because of his career progress and: Hint

his wife
his alcoholism
his bad writing skills
his carelessly long hair

19. Which of the following have been one of Dean's pseudonyms? Hint

Beau Love
Gracey Knowles
William Strafford
Brian Coffey

20. What was the main contributing factor to the use of Dean's pseudonyms? Hint

he desired a variety in his publications
his editors suggested it
he chose the name to fit the book
he wanted to be unknown

21. What year was Dean born? Hint

1951
1943
1948
1945

22. Koontz's sister Janie had sextuplets at the age of 16.

True
False

23. Dean once had a dog named ... Hint

Magic
Fabulous
Lucky
Seth

24. Aunt _______ was Dean's aunt whom would have constant mood swings and refused to go to his wedding reception. Hint

Kate
Ginger
Pam
Betty

25. Once Dean dedicated a novel to Lisa Tuttle and the publisher wrote "To Dad" instead.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is Dean's mother and father's name?

Answer: Florence & Ray

2. What is Dean's wife's full maiden name?

Answer: Gerda Cerra

He has dedicated many of his books to her and some of them are even co-written by her.
3. Who was Dean's father figure when he was a child?

Answer: Uncle Ray

He spent most of his time with Uncle Ray.
4. Dean used to write pornography strictly for the money.

Answer: True

He sent some of his stuff to Playboy once, but then decided that kind of writing wasn't his cup of tea.
5. Dean's mother eventually died due to what?

Answer: Stroke

She had many earlier strokes that caused the slow loss of her mental stability.
6. Why was Dean reluctant to have children?

Answer: He feared that he'd be a bad father

He didn't want to be the poor father figure to his own kids that his father his own father had been to him.
7. Where did Dean grow up?

Answer: Bedford, Pennsylvania

8. Dean and his wife made a deal for her (solely) to support him while he wrote novels for how many years?

Answer: 5

She said she would pay the bills while he wrote for five years. If he still didn't get anywhere, he probably wouldn't.
9. Dean was a teacher for disciplinary students at one time.

Answer: True

This is what eventually turned him against school administration and government authority.
10. Dean had a childhood dog who almost asphyxiated him with its chain in the backyard one day while playing. What was its name?

Answer: Tiny

His mother forced him to give up Tiny because of this incident.
11. What breed was Koontz's dog Trixie?

Answer: Golden Retriever

He models lots of the dogs in his stories after his own. Trixie died in 2007.
12. Dean's father had the following problem:

Answer: Alcoholism

Ray Koontz was a serious alcoholic and it affected Dean's life dramatically.
13. Where does Dean live as of 2002?

Answer: Southern California

Most of the settings in his more books take place there.
14. Dean is single.

Answer: False

He married Gerda Ann Cerra in 1966.
15. Where did Dean go to college?

Answer: Shippensburg State College

He lived at the Shippensburg State College's dorm rooms for his freshman year.
16. Koontz's first real fiction sale was:

Answer: Kittens

He sold this piece while still in college when he was 20.
17. During a job as a ________ _________, Dean was robbed at gunpoint by two men.

Answer: Park Ranger

The day after, his picture was in the newspaper.
18. Some of Dean's relatives thought he would turn out like his father because of his career progress and:

Answer: his carelessly long hair

Because of jobs and meetings, he had to keep it short a lot of the time.
19. Which of the following have been one of Dean's pseudonyms?

Answer: Brian Coffey

20. What was the main contributing factor to the use of Dean's pseudonyms?

Answer: his editors suggested it

His editors suggested it because of his changing style of writing. They thought it would confuse and mislead people, so he published certain genres under different names.
21. What year was Dean born?

Answer: 1945

He was born on July 9th.
22. Koontz's sister Janie had sextuplets at the age of 16.

Answer: False

TRICK QUESTION! - He's an only child.
23. Dean once had a dog named ...

Answer: Lucky

Lucky was put to sleep because of his constant regurgitation. *I'm serious*
24. Aunt _______ was Dean's aunt whom would have constant mood swings and refused to go to his wedding reception.

Answer: Kate

She also refused to go to the actual wedding ceremony, but she showed up anyway.
25. Once Dean dedicated a novel to Lisa Tuttle and the publisher wrote "To Dad" instead.

Answer: True

He eventually dedicated another novel to her in the list of dedicatees.
Source: Author shrilledgeep

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