The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

October 9th, 2012 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. The English word “pumpkin” originates from the Greek pepon (πέπων), which means what?
  2. Which wife of Henry VIII is said to haunt the Tower of London chapel in which her body is buried?
    A) Catherine Parr
    B) Catherine of Aragon
    C) Jane Seymour
    D) Anne Boleyn
    E) Anne of Cleves
  3. In Celtic folklore, the Kelpie is a water creature that usually appears as what kind of animal?
  4. What flowers are traditionally associated with Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations?
    A) Roses
    B) Chrysanthemums
    C) Daisies
    D) Lilies
    E) Marigolds
  5. This cryptid, which attacks livestock, has a name which literally means “goat sucker.”
  6. In the Old Testament, Saul asks the Witch of Endor to conjure up what dead prophet?
    A) Samuel
    B) Ezekiel
    C) Daniel
    D) Isaiah
    E) Elijah
  7. Algonquian mythology includes this fearsome man-eating spirit. Humans who indulge in cannibalism are at great risk of becoming one, and it also gives its name to a cannibalistic psychosis.
  8. The Boto, a were-creature from the Amazon, is a shape-shifting what?
    A) Jaguar
    B) Monkey
    C) Dolphin
    D) Parrot
    E) Piranha
  9. During the Salem Witch Trials, this slave was one of the first to be accused and the first to confess to witchcraft in Salem Village.
  10. The festival of Lemuria was intended to exorcise the spirits of the restless dead, and usually included offerings of beans. What ancient culture celebrated this holiday?
    A) Roman
    B) Etruscan
    C) Greek
    D) Persian
    E) Babylonian

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Large melon
  2. D) Anne Boleyn
  3. Horse
  4. E) Marigolds
  5. Chupacabra
  6. A) Samuel
  7. Wendigo
  8. C) Dolphin
  9. Tituba
  10. A) Roman

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4 Responses

  1. WitchArachne Says:

    w00t! 8/10! I’m getting my groove back, it seems.
    I had no clue about the pumpkin one (I guessed at ‘gourd’) and I think I confused the Boto with those Olmec were-jaguar statues.

  2. xJane Says:

    4, 5, 9, & 10. Although I fully admit I mistook “kelpie” for “selkie” (totally unforgivable), confused my dead queen-wives, and completely forgot my prophets. Also: I’ve always wondered exactly what a wendigo was and weredolphins‽ Holy shit, y’all, Lisa Frank suddenly makes sense!

  3. Maven Says:

    7 out of 10.
    Missed Pumpkins, said Jane Seymour, and thought roses were the flores para con muertos.

  4. Jes Says:

    7/10. I’m losing my touch. :/

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