17 Apr 2016

Quiz 3 : 10 questions on books that never existed

1. He wrote the book " Upon the distinction between the ashes of the various Tobaccos " between 1880 and 1890 and his other well known book that never really existed is "Practical Handbook of Bee keeping". Which well known Personality?

2. The book  'The Seven Minutes'  is a 171 page book which appears in a novel by the same name. According to the author Seven Minutes is the most-banned novel in history and the book consists of " the thoughts in one woman's head during seven minutes of copulation with an unnamed man". Which author?

3. Ariadne Oliver is a fictional character and the author of several non-existing works like The Affair of the Second Goldfish,  The Body in the Library, The Cat it Was Who Died, Death of a Debutante
The Lotus Murder,  The Clue of the Candle Wax etc. She is consulted for her "feminine intuition" and her most famous works are those featuring her vegetarian Finnish detective Sven Hjerson. Where will you find Mrs Oliver?

4. " The Curious Experiences of the patterson family on the island of Uffa" was a work only mentioned, but never set down on paper. Whose non-existing work?

5. To mask some wood-work this well known author had a set of 19 volume make-believe, dummy work titled  "Hansard's Guide to Refreshing sleep" displayed on the book shelf of his home. Modern Warfare by General Tom Thumb was another such non-book among many other books which was used by the author to decorate his library Who?

6. In which work will you come across the below mentioned shelf and non existing books ?

7. 'Necronomicon' was a blasphemous work by Abdul Alhazerd , which was described as "the Ghastly soul symbol of the forbidden corpse-eating cult of inaccessible Leng in central Asia" . This non-existent book actually appears in horror stories of which author?

8. In which TV series do the following books appear?

9.  I, Libertine was a literary hoax novel that began as a practical joke by  radio story teller Jean Shepherd. Shepherd urged his listeners to enter bookstores and ask for a book that did not exist. He fabricated the author (Frederick R. Ewing) of this imaginary novel, concocted a title (I, Libertine), and outlined a basic plot for his listeners to use on skeptical or confused bookstore clerks. Fans of the show eventually took it further, planting references to the book and author so widely that demand for the book led to it being listed on The New York Times Best Seller list.
What was the reason this hoax was perpetrated ?

The cover painting was done by Frank Kelly Freas.

10. Many fictional books are mentioned in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Most are textbooks and few are books of general interest. However what connects or what is common to these three books. : Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp , Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander , and The Tales of Beedle the Bard ?


  1. 1. Sherlock Holmes
    3. Poirot books by Agatha Christie
    4. Dr. John Watson, again of Sherlock Holmes fame
    6. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    8. The Simpsons
    9. As a critique of the method used by the New York Times to list best sellers
    10.She's actually written and published them, under various pseudonyms.

  2. 1. Sherlock Holmes
    2. Carl Jung
    3. Agatha Christie's Books
    4.J. K Rowling
    5. G. B Shaw
    6. The Chronicles of Narnia
    7. Edgar Allan Poe
    8. The Simpsons

  3. 1. Sherlock Holmes
    2. Irving Wallace
    3. In Agatha Christie's Poirot novels
    4. Daniel Defoe?
    5. Mark Twain?
    6. Chronicles of Narnia?
    7. H.P. Lovecraft?
    8. The Simpsons
    9. To prove that the bestseller lists were all bunkum
    10. Rowling has actually written these since

  4. 1. Oscar Wilde
    2. Irving Wallace
    3. Modesty Blaise
    4. Mark Haddon
    5. Charles Dickens
    7. Stephen King
    10. Same author

  5. 1 Sherlock Holmes
    2 Irving Wallace
    3 Agatha Christie's novels
    5 Mark Twain
    6 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    7 H.P.Lovecraft
    8 Simpsons
    10 Actually published -My sister owns two of them:)

    Julian D'Costa

  6. 3. Agatha Christie novels.

    Regards. Paul

  7. 1. Sherlock Holmes
    2. Simone de Beavouir (pardon my spelling)
    3. Alexander McCall Smith's books
    8. Simpsons
    10. Harry Potter had these on his bed side.


  8. Arghhhhhhhhh...........

    -AAM Aadmi