Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A rather unnecessary quiz!

As if you do not have enough else to do this summer (you must be bored else you would not be reading this), here is a little quiz to test your literary knowledge.  If you do not pass, you'll have to repeat the seventh grade, so take this seriously.

1. "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to speak of many things.  Of sailing ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and Kings.  Of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings."  Where does this rhetorical masterpiece come from?

2. In the Anne of Green Gables novels, it is mentioned that an acquaintance of our heroine would have enthusiastically agreed with her even if she had said she felt like a pelican of the wilderness.  Where on earth is a pelican of the wilderness found and what is it?

3. The phrase, 'water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink,' is a common misquote from a lengthy and bizarre poem.  What is the correct quotation and from whence does it come?

Pick up your pencils and begin......the answers are below:


1. "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll, found in Through the Looking Glass.

2. Psalm 102:6 KJV, "I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the dessert."  This is the cry of a person completely miserable and depressed.

3. 'Water, water, every where,
 And all the boards did shrink;
 Water, water, every where,
 Nor any drop to drink.'

from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

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