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On Monday night my boyfriend and I went to trivia at Wonderland Ballroom in Washington, DC. Our team name was Pretty Pretty Princess Special, and I think we came in last place.
You see, the situation at Wonderland is that every trivia night has a different host, so you never really know what you’re going to get. What we got Monday night was a host obsessed with college basketball. This was not good news for Pretty Pretty Princess Special, whose areas of expertise include math, children’s literature, physics, and the lyrics to Less Than Jake songs. None of those, by the way, were round categories. Instead we had a round about March Madness and another round dedicated to “the Big Ten.”
“What’s the Big Ten?” I whispered to Paul.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I think they’re schools in the mid-west.”
“Excuse me,” I shouted out to the host, who stood on stage in a basketball jersey and baseball cap. “What’s the Big Ten?”
He stared at me like I had just asked him to explain where babies come from. “Uhhh, they’re eleven schools that are in the Big Ten Conference.”
“Is that for basketball?”
He said yeah, but he might as well have said duh and started slapping his hand against his chest like we used to do in the 90’s.
“So they’re schools that are good at basketball?” I clarified.
Now other people in the bar were starting to stare at me.
“They’re in the mid-west,” he said, looking uncomfortable. “State schools.”
The crowd began to murmur about whether or not I was going to shut up and let him read the first question, and when I looked at Paul, he was burying his face in his hand.
I turned to the rest of the bar and shouted, “there are no stupid questions!”
Only stupid trivia questions, I thought.
Paul and I proceeded to answer “Ohio” for every single question in the Big Ten round. We figured we’d be guaranteed one point that way. We then daydreamed about what our categories would be if we were to host Wonderland trivia night.
Naturally, one of the rounds would be about children’s literature. And so, as a way to make myself feel better after our crushing defeat Monday night, I have created this set of questions about children’s books that have been made into movies. Half of the questions are about the books, the other half about the movies. See what you know, without cheating, and I’ll post the answers next time.
Pretty Pretty Princess Trivia: Children’s Books That Were Made Into Movies
#1 In the movie The Wizard of Oz, the magical shoes Dorothy takes from the Wicked Witch are ruby. What color are they in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum?
#2 What is the name (first and last) of the character played by Margaret Hamilton who is a mean woman in Kansas (who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West) in the movie The Wizard of Oz?
#3 Name two of Jess’s four sisters in the book Bridge to Terabithia.
#4 Who plays Jess’s music teacher in the movie version of Bridge to Terabithia?
#5 What is Zero’s real name in the book Holes by Louis Sachar?
#6 What is the most noticeable physical difference between the character Stanley Yelnats in the book Holes and Shia LeBouf, who plays Stanely in the movie version?
#7 Name 3 physical characteristics of “real witches” according to the book The Witches by Roald Dahl.
#8 Which famous actress plays The Grand High Witch in the 1990 movie version of The Witches?
#9 What candy does the White Witch give to Edmund in the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?
#10 James McAvoy, who played Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, starred in two different Oscar-winning movies. What were they?
#11 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. Name the two other books.
#12 Name the famous actor and actress who play Lyra’s parents in the movie version of The Golden Compass.
#13 In what year was the final Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) released?
#14 In what year was the final Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) released?