The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

November 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional town of Arkham has a prestigious university named after this river, which runs alongside it.
  2. This mathematician and astronomer had strong occult leanings, devoting much of his life to the study of magic, divination, and alchemy. He was a trusted advisor to Elizabeth I and used astrology to choose her coronation date.
    A) Nicolas Flamel
    B) Gerardus Mercator
    C) Albertus Magnus
    D) Edward Kelley
    E) John Dee
  3. Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” suggests that the poor people in this country should ease their economic woes by raising their children as food for the rich.
  4. In the novel Dracula, the Count comes to England aboard this ship.
    A) Demeter
    B) Lucia
    C) Czarina Catherine
    D) Daedalus
    E) Persephone
  5. In 1835 Edgar Allan Poe married a 13-year-old relative. What was her name? (For an extra point, what was their relationship?)
  6. The “Heaven’s Gate” cult committed mass suicide in anticipation of being uplifted to a UFO they believed to be hiding behind this comet.
    A) Halley
    B) Shoemaker–Levy 9
    C) Hyakutake
    D) Kohoutek
    E) Hale-Bopp
  7. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what is the name of the vampire who sired Angel?
  8. Which of these is NOT a suit in a modern Tarot deck?
    A) Wands
    B) Skulls
    C) Swords
    D) Cups
    E) Coins
  9. The “Ghostly Trio” are uncles to what cartoon ghost?
  10. Many cryptid researchers claim that this legendary water-dwelling monster from Congo River basin folklore is really a relict dinosaur.
    A) Menehune
    B) Bunyip
    C) Mokele-mbembe
    D) Ogopogo
    E) Wolpertinger

(Answers below the fold)

  1. The Miskatonic River
  2. E) John Dee
  3. Ireland
  4. A) Demeter
  5. Virginia (Clemm) was Poe’s first cousin.
  6. E) Hale-Bopp (There’s an interesting recent article about the cult here.)
  7. Darla
  8. B) Skulls
  9. Casper the Friendly Ghost
  10. C) Mokele-mbembe (The other choices are all cryptids too.)

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8 Responses

  1. WitchArachne Says:

    7! Yay me! I almost couldn’t remember Miskatonic though. I stared into space for quite a while, refusing to cave and check the answer.

  2. Pixel Pixie Says:

    Got all but the last. Funnily, the one about Dracula’s ship was going to be one of the questions for my Halloween trivia contest, which never ended up happening.

  3. jeanne e. Says:

    8 for me! (though, admittedly, a couple were somewhat educated guesses) :)

  4. Kathy White Says:

    5, which is not too awful for me. I could have sworn that Dracula’s ship was the Persephone. And I just like the sound of the name “Nicolas Flamel”. I could walk around repeating “Nicolas Flamel, Nicolas Flamel” until I got a limerick out of it.

  5. Kathy White Says:

    Which I am not going to do because today is a busy day.

  6. xJane Says:

    5½ (because I knew Virginia was his cousin but not what her names was). What does Miskatonic mean?

  7. StoneMaven Says:

    9. Missed the ship…and isn’t Nicholas Flammel in Burgendorf Prison? ;)

  8. Mim Says:

    Eight. Poe’s cousin and Angel’s sire foxed me.

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