THE SOME-POASYUM QUIZ
Participants who signed up for the full weekend were invited
to take part in a quiz featuring 56 cryptic questions on the work of
Russell Hoban, for which prizes were handed out at The Troubadour on Sunday
evening. If you'd like a(nother) go, the questions are reproduced below. (Alternatively,
download the quiz in PDF format here.)
A link to a page giving the solutions is at the bottom of this page.
PART ONE - MASTERMIND: THE GAP
1) Complete the title of an early Hoban essay published in 1972: "Time Slip,
Uphill Lean, Laminar Flow, Place-to-Place Talking and ..."
a) Sailing with the Winds of Change
b) Hearing the Silence
c) Stirring the Primordial Soup
d) Climbing the Waves
2) Who says, "...there's nothing on the other side of nothing but us" ?
a) Fremder Gorn
b) Neaera H.
c) Max Lesser
d) the mouse child
3) What technology allows the protagonists of Fremder to jump from one galaxy to
a) flicker drive
c) leaps of the imagination
d) anamorphotic distortion
4) What is Mr Rinyo-Clacton's real name?
a) Hans Zucker
b) Dieter Scharf
c) Theodor Kandis
d) Wolfgang Pfeffer
5) Which work of art does Harold Klein sell to support Melissa's study of
emotional dysfunction in men?
a) Odilon Redon's Pegase Noir
b) Bruno Schulz's Eunuch with Stallions
c) a Meissen figure of a girl with a golden ball
d) Alfred Rethel's Death as a Friend
6) Who wrote the ghost story The Beckoning Fair One which colours Peter Diggs's
perception of Amaryllis?
a) H. P. Lovecraft
b) Edgar Allan Poe
c) Margaret Oliphant
d) Oliver Onions
7) What happens when you tune in to the Medusa frequency?
a) you hear a voice reciting a poem by the German poet
Rainer Maria Rilke
b) Medusa speaks to you
c) you get turned to stone
d) the Head of Orpheus appears to you
8) Pilgermann is aware that story isn't necessarily the most important part of
an action. Complete his explanation "One: Samson in the vineyards of Timnah;
Two: the lion comes roaring at Samson; Three: Samson tears the lion apart.
That's a story but actually the main part of the action may have been that..."
a) there was a butterfly in Samson's field of vision the whole time.
b) he felt a blister on the sole of his left foot.
c) a flee bite tempted him to abandon the lion and scratch his itch.
d) he was aware that his mother was watching his every move.
9) How tall was the model used to represent King Kong in the original film with
a) 12 inches (30 cm)
b) 18 inches (46 cm)
c) 24 inches (60 cm)
d) 36 inches (91 cm)
10) Which inscription was NOT on one of Amaryllis's T-shirts?
a) How clever of God to put two holes in the skin of the cat exactly where the
b) Unnatural practices yes
c) WALKING SPANISH
d) Whichever way you turn, your arse stays always behind
11) Which novel is this quotation from? "At length Klein, with a Godfather
gesture, index finger pointing upward, says, 'I look at you and I see myself
twenty-five years ago, always greedy for more love and other love. Always
a) Amaryllis Night and Day
b) Angelica's Grotto
c) Her Name Was Lola
d) The Bat Tattoo
12) Which famous poem helped to name two of Hoban's heroines, i.e. Neaera and
a) John Milton's "Lycidas"
b) Alfred Tennyson's "The Kraken"
c) Wallace Stevens's "The Worms at Heaven's Gate"
d) the first of Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies
13) Under whose foot must Apasmara stay so as not to annoy people?
14) Which director did Russell Hoban collaborate with to create the two animated
short films Deadsy and Door?
a) Gösta Kraken
b) Tom Tykwer
c) Aki Kaurismäki
d) David Anderson
15) Which owl does Pilgermann encounter, flying towards him in the twilight?
a) A tawny owl
b) An eagle owl
c) A veiled owl
d) The lesser-spotted German Büchereule, or “book owl”
16) Who built the 12th Century stronghold of Montfort in Galilee, which was part
of Russ’s inspiration for Pilgermann?
a) The Teutonic Order of Saint Mary
b) Baldwin and the Order of the Knights Templar
c) Bohemond of Taranto and the Franks
d) Alexius Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium
17) “I know what happens/I read the book…” This partial quote from the Donald
Fagen song The Goodbye Look from the album ‘Nightfly’ appears in which of
Russell Hoban’s adult novels?
a) Angelica’s Grotto
d) Her Name Was Lola
PART TWO: ANAGRAMS
Unscramble the titles of these Russell Hoban
18) A Shallower Amen
19) Canberra – Fame and Fjords
20) Cannibal-Chief on a Bad
Jazz Joint, Ho Ho
21) Ein Kitzel
22) First-Floor Necromancy
23) Handy Admiralty Signal
24) Hid Outlandish Scheme
25) I'm the Menaced Cow
26) Merchants Defy Queue
27) Mr Freed
28) Octagonal Tigers
29) Pan Gremlin
30) That Boat Tote
31) The Month Entered
PART THREE: CHAPTER TITLES
Are the following chapter titles from The Medusa Frequency
33) Am I Orpheus?
34) To Borrow the World
35) Remains to be Seen
37) Could Go Either Way
38) Where Do We Go From Here?
39) The Visit
40) Eurydice Looked Ahead
41) Nnnhh, Zurff, Kruljjj
And are these chapter titles from Amaryllis Night and Day
or Angelica’s Grotto?
42) OLD WOMAN AS
43) RUBICON GROVE
44) WALKING SPANISH
45) LAST TANGO IN FULHAM
46) BOWL OF CHERRIES
47) THE BECKONING OTHER
48) SECOND SESSION
49) THE SECOND TIME
50) MEMORIES OF YEW
51) CATCHING THE BUS
PART FIVE: YES AND NO
From which books are the following phrases OR chapter titles
53) Unnatural Practices Yes
54) Magic No
55) Migrants Yes
56) Zonk No
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Quiz questions set by Yvonne Studer, Chris
Bell, Roland Clare and Richard Cooper
Deena Omar, the winner of the Some-Poasyum Quiz with an amazing 50
points out of a possible 56. She won a
complete set of signed
Russell Hoban Bloomsbury novels, kindly donated by
Five runners-up won a Jonathan Cape hardback Hoban first edition, donated by
Tim Haillay from his personal collection:
1) Coral Dunwell, 48 points
2) Lisa Greenstein, 47 points
3) Catherine Ghosh, 44 points
4) Eli Bishop, 42 points
5) Linda Whitebread, 41 points
Only 11 Some-Poasyacs in total attempted the quiz, so for the record the
following remaining participants attained these scores:
Diana Slickman, 40 points
Chris Bell, 35 points
Olaf Schneider, 34 points
Steve Long, 30 points
Helen Eve, 30 points
And finally, the winner of
the glorious Wooden Spoon, who scored an unrivalled nul points, was
Anthony Davis (a.k.a. Jacob Apsley, agent), who was awarded a fabulous V&A
Special thanks to Yvonne Studer for marking the quiz sheets and
announcing the winners at The Troubadour.