There Was A Crooked Man

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There Was A Crooked Man

"Crooked men, along with other crooked items associated with this nursery rhyme, have appeared in many media over the years. "


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The original nursery rhyme was first collected in the middle of the 19th century by James Halliwell-Phillips. According to the rhyme, where did the crooked man find a crooked sixpence?
    • A. 

      Behind a crooked wall

    • B. 

      In a little crooked house

    • C. 

      Against a crooked stile

    • D. 

      Under a crooked fence

  • 2. 
    Ernest George Henham, both using his own name and writing as John Trevena, wrote a number of books set on Dartmoor. In which of them does Beatrice Pentreath use the rhyme 'There Was a Crooked Man' to describe John Burrough?
    • A. 

      A Pixy in Petticoats

    • B. 

      Furze the Cruel

    • C. 

      Granite

    • D. 

      Heather

  • 3. 
    Near the end of W. H. Auden's 1937 poem 'As I Walked Out One Evening', the monitory city clocks are reported as issuing a warning that "You shall love your crooked neighbour, with" what?
    • A. 

      Your heart and soul

    • B. 

      Your scalding tears

    • C. 

      Your crooked mind

    • D. 

      Your crooked heart

  • 4. 
    In Robert A. Heinlein's 1942 short story '-And He Built a Crooked House-', architect Quentin Teal had a radical design for a house in the shape shown here. This is a three-dimensional net of a four-dimensional figure with what name?
    • A. 

      Glome

    • B. 

      Parallelipiped

    • C. 

      Tesseract

    • D. 

      Cube

  • 5. 
    'Crooked House' is said to have been one of Agatha Christie's personal favourites of all the books she wrote. What aspect of the eponymous house is the basis for its name? 
    • A. 

      Rolling lawns

    • B. 

      Chimneys

    • C. 

      Gables

    • D. 

      Ivy-covered walls

  • 6. 
    In the 1960 film 'There Was a Crooked Man', Norman Wisdom played the role of Davy Cooper, a criminal with what area of expertise? 
    • A. 

      Get-away driving

    • B. 

      Explosives

    • C. 

      Burglary

    • D. 

      Blackmail

  • 7. 
    In 1964 the Serendipity Singers released a song subtitled 'Crooked Little Man', a calypso number with lyrics based on the nursery rhyme 'There Was a Crooked Man'. What was the main title of this song?
    • A. 

      Under the Boardwalk

    • B. 

      Don't Let the Rain Come Down

    • C. 

      The MTA

    • D. 

      Walk Right In

  • 8. 
    The 1970 movie 'There Was a Crooked Man ...' told of the search for missing money from a half-million dollar robbery. Where had Paris Pitman hidden the money?
    • A. 

      Near a rattlesnake nest

    • B. 

      In his mother's backyard

    • C. 

      In Ah-Sing's car

    • D. 

      In a closet in the bordello

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