Brain Teaser – Birds in Literature

Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia)

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Birds are a common subject in books, poems and plays. Can you identify the birds referred to in these clues? Need help? Use Credo Reference

1. Which poem by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man who is visited by a bird that tells him he will see his lost lover “Nevermore”?

2. Complete this title of a 1930 thriller by Dashiell Hammett which was filmed in 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart: “The Maltese…”

3. In a nonsense rhyme by Edward Lear, which bird went to sea with the Pussy-Cat in a beautiful pea-green boat?

4. Which English poet wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in 1819?

5. Which author of children’s stories wrote “Swallows and Amazons” and “Pigeon Post”?

6. Name the play written by Anton Chekhov about the unrequited love of Trepliov, a young writer, for Nina, an actress who favours the more successful writer, Trigorin.

7. Complete the title of this 1984 novel by Julian Barnes (in which the narrator is named Geoffrey Braithwaite) by adding a kind of bird: “Flaubert’s…”

8. Who wrote a poem “To a Skylark” with the first lines: “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! Bird thou never wert”?

9. In Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which bird is shot by the mariner?

10. Complete the title of this 1941 book by Paul Gallico by adding a kind of bird: “The Snow…”

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 ( for Credo Reference.


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