Are You An Agatha Christie Fan?

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Are You An Agatha Christie Fan?

Agatha Christie is certainly one of the finest novelists of all time. With over 60 novels to her name she certainly is a mistress of crime. Her character Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are her most renowned characters. Are you her fan of Agatha Christie? Then congratulations, this quiz is for you.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Agatha Christie, whom Joan Acocella writes about in The New Yorker this week, is
    • A. 

      A duchess

    • B. 

      A lady

    • C. 

      A dame

    • D. 

      A wench

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is the pseudonym that Christie has used?
    • A. 

      Jane Marple

    • B. 

      Mary Westmacott

    • C. 

      Martine Crackenthorpe

    • D. 

      Lord Windlesham

  • 3. 
    Which actor has not played Christie’s foppish lead detective Hercule Poirot, who, as Acocella describes, “wears pointy patent-leather shoes ill-suited to walking the grounds of the country houses where he must often do his sleuthing” and “deplores the English preference for fresh air, thin women, and tea”?
    • A. 

      Alfred Molina

    • B. 

      Albert Finney

    • C. 

      Jason Alexander

    • D. 

      Patrick Stewart

  • 4. 
    In “Elephants Can Remember,” Poirot notes that his initials are the same as HP Brown sauce, which he calls “such a fine delicacy, a good English creation." Where did HP Brown sauce get its initials?
    • A. 

      Herman Plottsville, in honor of the inventor of the sauce

    • B. 

      Holland Pride, after its founder’s country of origin

    • C. 

      Hot and Pucker, to describe the sauce’s spicy yet sour taste

    • D. 

      The Houses of Parliament, which the founder claimed was serving it

  • 5. 
    Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” was based in part on what real-life murder?
    • A. 

      Elizabeth Short, known as “The Black Dahlia”

    • B. 

      Lizzie Borden’s father

    • C. 

      Charles Lindbergh’s son

    • D. 

      Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim

  • 6. 
    In 1993, the scientist Douglas Erwin used the phrase “Murder on the Orient Express” to describe his model of what?
    • A. 

      Climate change

    • B. 

      A predicted asteroid collision in 2182

    • C. 

      The Permian–Triassic extinction event

    • D. 

      That year’s oil spill in the Persian Gulf

  • 7. 
    Christie’s book “Curtain” topped the New York Times best-seller list for fiction on January 11, 1976, the day before she died. What was in second place?
    • A. 

      “Ragtime,” by E. L. Doctorow

    • B. 

      “Slapstick,” by Kurt Vonnegut

    • C. 

      “1876,” by Gore Vidal

    • D. 

      “Sleeping Murder,” by Agatha Christie

  • 8. 
    Who invented the detective story?
    • A. 

      Charles Dickens

    • B. 

      Edgar Allen Poe

    • C. 

      Raymond Chandler

    • D. 

      Louisa Mae Alcott

  • 9. 
    When Christie disappeared for eleven days in 1926 following her first husband’s request for a divorce, she was finally discovered by whom?
    • A. 

      Her bridge partner at the hotel where she was staying

    • B. 

      Nancy Neele, her husband’s mistress

    • C. 

      A police officer, who served as the model for a character in “4:50 from Paddington”

    • D. 

      The drummer and saxophonist whose shows she was frequenting

  • 10. 
    Christie wrote “The Mousetrap,” which is the longest continually running play in history, as a birthday present for Queen Mary. What was President Obama’s birthday present for Queen Elizabeth II, who turned eighty last year?
    • A. 

      A sonnet that he wrote

    • B. 

      A signed copy of “Dreams of My Father”

    • C. 

      Tickets to “The Lion King” on Broadway

    • D. 

      An iPod

  • 11. 
    In “The Secret Adversary,” Christie’s 1922 book that introduces the detective duo Tommy and Tuppence, what does Tuppence say she thinks about “morning, noon and night!”?
    • A. 

      Justice

    • B. 

      Love

    • C. 

      Money

    • D. 

      Truth

  • 12. 
    Who attacked Agatha Christie and the entire mystery genre in three essays in The New Yorker in the nineteen- forties?
    • A. 

      Edmund Wilson

    • B. 

      E. B. White

    • C. 

      Roald Dahl

    • D. 

      George Orwell