Brain Teaser – Which animal(s) appeared in these books?

This week’s brainteaser is about animals who appear in various books. Can you tell us the animal?  Need help? Use Credo Reference Online

1. In Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book”, the boy Mowgli was raised by what kind of animals?

2. In E. B. White’s novel “Charlotte’s Web”, what kind of animal was Charlotte?

3. What was the title of Beatrix Potter’s first book: “The Tale of…”?

4. In the stories about Tintin by the Belgian artist Hergé, what was the name of Tintin’s faithful dog in the English versions?

5. Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” relates the adventures of a group of four animals. Name three of the four kinds of animal.

6. Which 1945 novel includes animals called Napoleon and Snowball?

7. In Edward Lear’s “Nonsense Songs”, which two animals “went to sea / In a beautiful pea-green boat”?

8. In Hugh Lofting’s “Doctor Dolittle” series of books, was Polynesia a pig, a parrot or a porcupine?

9. Who wrote a 1933 book called “Flush”, the fictional biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s spaniel?

10. In Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”, what kind of animals were the Houyhnhnms?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

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Brain Teaser – Sequels

As we recently had a brainteaser about remakes (remade films. etc.), it seemed appropriate to have a quiz about sequels. A sequel is a book, film, play, etc. produced to continue an earlier work or expand on the story.  Need help? use Credo Reference to find the answers.

1. What was the sequel to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”?

2. What is the title of the first sequel to the blockbuster 1977 movie “Star Wars”?

3. David Mamet wrote the screenplay for “Hannibal” (2001), the sequel to which film?

4. ”How to Save Your Own Life” was the 1977 sequel to Erica Jong’s first novel. What was that first novel’s title?

5. Keanu Reeves starred in the film “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey”, which was a sequel to which film?

6. “Catriona” was the sequel to which 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson?

7. American crime writer Elmore Leonard wrote “Be Cool”, the sequel to which 1990 novel that was filmed in 1995?

8. Liza Minnelli starred in the 1981 film “Arthur” and its 1988 sequel “Arthur II”. What was the sub-title of the second film?

9. Which American singer recorded “It’s My Party” and its sequel “Judy’s Turn to Cry” in 1963?

10. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a sequel to which book?

Questions set by Tony Augarde, author of “The Oxford Guide to Word Games”.

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