A Trivia quiz on American Presidents, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Shakespeare, and Miscellaneous

This week's quiz is from guest quizmaster Jonathan Harvey. Jon also wrote a trivia quiz about 2001:A Space Odyssey.

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1. Match the following Presidents of the United States with their autobiographies.

Some presidents wrote more than one autobiography, one before they took office, and one after they left, so there are more autobiographies listed than presidents.

(5 pts per match. 45 pts possible)


Presidents (in chronological order)

Lyndon Johnson

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

George Bush


Autobiographies (in alphabetical order)

An American Life

Keeping the Faith


My Six Crises

A Time To Heal

The Vantage Point

Where's the Rest of Me?

Why Not the Best?

A World Transformed


2. Which president(s)

a) was the only bachelor President?

b) was the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms?

c) were father and son?

d) died on July 4 (there are 3)

e) was not elected to office?

(5 pts each. 25 pts possible)




1a. What actor has played Inspector Lestrade in 2 otherwise unconnected (post-1950) Sherlock Holmes film or TV productions? (25 pts)

What important plot-point do the 2 films have in common which make those films mutually inconsistent? (5 pts)

What major Shakespearean role has this actor played on film? (10 pts)

1b. What actor has played Mycroft Holmes in 2 otherwise unconnected (post-1950) Sherlock Holmes film or TV productions?(15 pts)

What major Shakespearean role has he played on TV? (25 pts)

2a. What actor has played all of these roles: (10 pts)

Baron Frankenstein

Dr. Van Helsing (the Dracula story)

Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Who

2b. What actor played both Dracula to 2a's Van Helsing and played Sir Henry Baskerville to 2a's Sherlock Holmes? (10 pts)

3. How many of the original Sherlock Holmes stories are narrated by Holmes instead of Watson, and can you name them? (20 pts)

4. How many of the original Sherlock Holmes stores are entirely in 3rd person, and can you name them? (20 pts)

5. What were Sherlock Holmes' first words to Dr. Watson? (10 pts)



1a. Who is the only actor to play the same role opposite all 5 actors to play James Bond? (10 pts)

1b. What role is it? Give both the characters code name (5 pts) and real name (15 pts).

1c. In which 3 Bond movies is his real name used or referred to? (15 pts per movie)

1d. What is the only James Bond movie in which a different actor played this character? (25 pts)

(The answer to the last question is not "Never Say Never Again" the only major Bond film not produced by Albert Broccoli and United Artists. In that film there is a character *modelled* on our character with a slightly different name. Nor is the answer the Bond parody "Casino Royale" or the 1955 made-for-TV "Casino Royale" in which this character did not appear. The answer is one of the regular Bond films produced by Albert Broccoli and UA.)

2. The following actors and actresses have all appeared in exactly 2 James Bond movies, no more and no less. Which ones played the same role both times, and which ones two different roles? Which ones appeared in 2 consecutive films, and which ones in 2 non-consecutive films? (4 out of 7 appeared in consecutive films).

As a very helpful hint, one of the (1 or 2) role(s) will be listed. James Bond spoofs are fair game on this question.

(10 pts for same vs. different/10 for consecutive vs. non. Possible 140 pts)


Eunice Grayson

Sylvia Trench in "Dr. No"

Charles Gray

Blofeld in "Diamonds are Forever"

Clifton James

Sheriff Pepper in "Live and Let Die"

Richard Kiel

Jaws in "The Spy Who Loved Me"

Joe Don Baker

Brad Whitaker in "The Living Daylights"

Ursula Andress

Honey Ryder in "Dr. No"

Maude Adams

Octopussy in "Octopussy"


3a. The American CIA agent Felix Leiter is a character in the Bond movies who is played by a different actor in every Bond movie. Who is the only actor to play Felix Leiter twice (15 pts) and in which 2 Bond films did he appear? (10 pts per movie)

3b. In which Bond film was Felix Leiter black? (10 pts)

3c. Which two actors to play James Bond in a non-spoof film have so far (1998) not teamed with Felix Leiter? (5 pts each)

3d. What disability does Leiter have in most of the novels that appeared only in the most recent movie (up to 1998) in which Leiter appeared? (15 pts)

3e. Leiter appears in more Bond novels than movies. What is the one and only Bond story in which Leiter is in the movie but not in the book? (20 pts)

4a. Of the following recurring characters in James Bond movies, which is the only one who was invented for the movies, and does not appear in Fleming's novels? (10 pts)

Which character has been played by only one actor? (10 pts)

M, Q, Miss MoneyPenny, Blofeld, Felix Leiter, General Gogol

4b. What is Blofeld's full name? (10 pts)

5. Who played James Bond in the 1955 made-for-TV version of "Casino Royale"?

(not to be confused with the 1967 Bond-spoof "Casino Royale") (10 pts)

6. Who played James Bond in the 1967 Bond-spoof "Casino Royale"? (10 pts)



1. Match the following Shakespeare plays with their retelling in a different setting

Two of the Shakespeare plays have two retellings listed, so there are more retellings than plays. One of the retellings is strictly speaking a story of actors putting on a production of the Shakespeare play, but their real lives mirror that of the play.

(5 pts per match, possible 35 pts)


Shakespeare plays in alphabetical order

King Lear


Romeo and Juliet

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest


New dramas in alphabetical order

Forbidden Planet

Kiss Me, Kate

Men of Respect

Ran (Japanese for chaos)

A Thousand Acres

Throne of Blood

West Side Story


2. Following is a list of some of Shakespeare's plays, and then a listing of the first line of Act 1, Scene 1 or those plays. How many can you match?

IMPORTANT: Three of the plays listed have prologues which come before Act 1. In all three cases you are getting the first line of Act 1, Scene 1, *not* the first line of the prologue. Thus, the correct match for "Romeo and Juliet" will *not* be "Two households, both alike in dignity, / In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, / From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,...."

(5 pts per match; 105 pts possible)


Shakespeare Titles

All's Well that End's Well

As You Like It

The Comedy of Errors

Love's Labours Lost

Measure for Measure

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merchant of Venice

A MidSummer's Night Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Henry V

Richard III


Julius Ceasar

King Lear



Romeo and Juliet

Anthony and Cleopatra


First Lines of Act 1, Scene 1 of the plays


As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion

bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns,

and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on his

blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my







Gregory, o' my word, we'll not carry coals.


Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:


If music be the food of love, play on;


In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband.


I learn in this letter that Don Peter of Arragon

comes this night to Messina.


In sooth, I know not why I am so sad:

It wearies me; you say it wearies you;


I thought the king had more affected the Duke of

Albany than Cornwall.


Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,

Live register'd upon our brazen tombs

And then grace us in the disgrace of death;


My lord, I'll tell you; that self bill is urged,

Which in the eleventh year of the last king's reign

Was like, and had indeed against us pass'd,

But that the scambling and unquiet time

Did push it out of farther question.


Nay, but this dotage of our general's

O'erflows the measure:


Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour

Draws on apace;


Now is the winter of our discontent

Made glorious summer by this sun of York;


Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall

And by the doom of death end woes and all.


Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Star-

chamber matter of it: if he were twenty [character's name deleted]s,

he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.


Tranio, since for the great desire I had

To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,

The pleasant garden of great Italy;

And by my father's love and leave am arm'd

With his good will and thy good company,

My trusty servant, well approved in all,

Here let us breathe and haply institute

A course of learning and ingenious studies.


Tush! never tell me; I take it much unkindly

That thou, [character's name deleted], who hast had my purse

As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.


When shall we three meet again

In thunder, lightning, or in rain?


Who's there?




1. What single physical trait do the following 3 people all have in common?

Jerry Garcia (departed guitarist for The Grateful Dead)

Frodo Baggins (hero of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings")

the villain in Hitchcock's film of "The 39 Steps" (25 pts)


2. For this question, "one degree of separation" means shared staff. It might mean set designer, music composer, screen writer, or art director or whatever. But these are major jobs which appear in opening credits, not some minor job like catering or gaffer. All 3 people in the answer are major players in film and TV.

Q: How is Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" one degree of separation from each of the 3 classic science-fiction series of the '60s, "The Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", and "Star Trek"? (10 pts each; Possible 30 total)

NOTE: Correct answer is not an actor.


3. What is the only movie in the original "Star Wars" trilogy in which light sabers are held with one hand instead of 2? (5 pts)


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