The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

February 2nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

  1. Pottsylvanian spies Boris and Natasha are Rocky and Bullwinkle’s perennial arch-enemies. What are their last names?
  2. What’s the animal symbol of Ravenclaw?
    A) Crow
    B) Dragon
    C) Lion
    D) Eagle
    E) Badger
  3. One of the denizens of Corpse Bride‘s cheerful Land of the Dead is Bonejangles, a one-eyed, singing skeleton. What musician performs his voice?
  4. The golem is a creature from Jewish folklore, an anthropomorphic being magically created from inanimate matter. The most famous golem story involves the rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel creating one to protect this European city.
    A) Vienna
    B) Warsaw
    C) Kiev
    D) Budapest
    E) Prague
  5. Arguably the most famous Dungeons & Dragons monster, this creature appears as a floating sphere of flesh with a large mouth, single central eye, and many smaller eyestalks (each of which have a different magical ability).
  6. This classic Western stars Clint Eastwood as an enigmatic revenant, returned to mete out justice to the corrupt townspeople who murdered him.
    A) A Fistful of Dollars
    B) Unforgiven
    C) High Plains Drifter
    D) Pale Rider
    E) Hang ‘Em High
  7. In Neil Gaiman’s American Gods the protagonist takes a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, who is actually an incarnation of what god?
  8. Where was the eventually murderous HAL 9000 computer built, according to 2001: A Space Odyssey?
    A) Urbana, Illinois
    B) Berkeley, California
    C) Riverside, Iowa
    D) Cambridge, Massachusetts
    E) Steve Jobs’ garage
  9. One of the classic sequences in Disney’s Fantasia is the “Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria” segment, which features this giant demon looming above a mountain and summoning his evil minions.
  10. Before she became the vengeance demon Anyanka, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Anya was a 9th-century Scandinavian named what?
    A) Alida
    B) Anke
    C) Agneta
    D) Aud
    E) Astrid

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. (Natasha’s last name is apocryphally given as “Nogoodnik,” so that answer is acceptable as well.)
  2. D) Eagle
  3. Danny Elfman
  4. E) Prague. The city still does a roaring business in souvenir golem figurines.
  5. Beholder
  6. C) High Plains Drifter
  7. Odin/Wotan. (“Wednesday” derives from “Wotan’s Day,” after all.)
  8. A) Urbana, Illinois. Specifically, at the University of Illinois’ Coordinated Science Laboratory
  9. Chernabog
  10. D) Aud

Posted in Trivia | 7 Comments »

7 Responses

  1. Mim Says:

    Four. Not good!

  2. Devries Says:

    I knew all but the American Gods one :-}

  3. Pixel Pixie Says:

    I couldn’t enjoy American Gods because I figured right off who Wednesday was and was screaming at the characters over it.

    I might have issues.

  4. Angelus Says:

    4 1/2. Only knew Boris’s last name.

  5. cookie Says:

    None….perfect score!

  6. Dave Says:

    3.5- I knew Boris’s last name but not Natasha’s. I got 4,5, and 7. I missed 6, but answered Hang’em High, ’cause that’s another film Eastwood’s character was wrongfully hung and he survived to seek justice against those who hung him.

  7. WitchArachne Says:

    Four. Pretty pov, but I guess it could have been worse.
    How I forgot the golem was made in Prague though…

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