Novel Bible titles: a quiz for bibliophiles

Bible stories have not only provided plots for novelists for decades, but have also been rich sources of allusions and book titles.

The 15 clues below are each related to familiar Bible stories. The answer to each clue  is the title of a best-selling novel twentieth century  published 50 or more years ago.  The novels’  are not necessarily religious novels or related to Bible themes.

  1. Jacob’s 12 boys
  2. King David said it first
  3. The last great battle
  4. Isaac’s 7-year-itch
  5. Samson at his last public appearance
  6. A first for Noah — and everyone else
  7. Peter was given them
  8. Worth a gamble
  9. Describes Goliath perfectly
  10. Stephen was the first Christian one
  11. Departure from Egypt
  12. Time for circumcision
  13. Where Joseph was when the Midianites came along
  14. Passover comestible
  15. The lawgiver

Answers will be posted April 14.

© 2012 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Answers to last week’s novel titles quiz

Here are my answers to last week’s quiz on titles of bestseling novels from the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Answers to last week’s quiz.
1. He’s so indecisive.
Richard Yea-and-Nay (Maurice Henry Hewlett, 1901 #8)

2. French bread.
The Long Roll (Mary Johnson, 1911 #7)

3. Adam put the blame on her.
The Woman Thou Gavest Me (Sir Hall Caine, 1913 #7)

4. The prodigal’s destination
A Far Country (Winston Churchill, 1915 #2)

5. Usually 18 or 21.
When a Man’s a Man (Harold Bell Wright, 1916 #2)

6.  The second king of Israel.
Just David (Eleanor H. Porter, 1916 #3)

7. Mars
The Red Planet ( Willian J. Locke, 1917 #3)

8. A phrase describing humankind.
Kindred of the Dust (Peter B. Kyne, 1920 #2)

9. The opposite of Wall Street.
Main Street (Sinclair Lewis, 1921 #1)

10. Always sees the glass half full
Pollyanna (Eleanor H. Porter, 1914 #2)

Did you find another top 10 title that is a better answer? Post your alternatives in a comment here.

© 2010 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Think you know your bestsellers?

Test  your knowledge of twentieth century bestselling novels with this quiz. The answer to each question is the title of a novel from an annual top 10 list. Hint: the answers are title from the first quarter of the century.

  1. He’s so indecisive.
  2. French bread.
  3. Adam put the blame on her.
  4. The prodigal’s destination
  5. Usually 18 or 21.
  6. The second king of Israel.
  7. Mars.
  8. A phrase describing humankind.
  9. The opposite of Wall Street.
  10. Always sees the glass half full

Answers next Wednesday.

© 2010 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Answers to second set of novel Bible stories clues

As promised, here are the answers to last week’s quiz. How well did you do?

  1. Bears sins into wilderness: The Scapegoat (Daphne du Maurier, 1957)
  2. Judas’s role: The Moneyman (Thomas B. Costain, 1947)
  3. Plea in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive Us Our Trespasses (Lloyd C. Douglas, 1943)
  4. Eden before the fall: The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton, 1921)
  5. Where Israelites’ wandered: In the Wilderness (Robert S.Hichens, 1917)
  6. Description of the Jews:  The Chosen (Chaim Potok, 1969)
  7. The lawgiver: Moses (Sholem Asch, 1951)
  8. Where Joseph was when the Midianites came along: The Pit (Frank Norris, 1903)
  9. Samson went most of his life without feeling it: The Razor’s Edge (W. Somerset Maugham, 1944)
  10. Zelophehad’s daughters wanted theirs: Inheritance (Phyllis Bentley, 1932)
  11. Nuisance confounded: The Tower of Babel (Morris L. West, 1968)
  12. Rahab’s red cord hung against it: The Wall (John Hersey, 1950)
  13. Was this what Esau sold his birthright for? Red Pottage ( Mary Chomondeley, 1900)
  14. Samson felt it once to his sorrow: The Razor’s Edge (W. Somerset Maugham, 1944)
  15. Legendary cup from Last Supper: The Silver Chalice (Thomas B. Costain, 1952)

I hope you enjoyed that break from the routine. If you didn’t, that’s OK.  Next Wednesday I’ll return to reviewing novels.

©2009 Linda Gorton Aragoni

More novel Bible stories for you to identify

When it is too cold to be outside and there’s nothing on TV, test your Bible and novel knowledge on these clues.

The answer to each clue is the name of a novel that was on the bestseller list between 1900 and 1970. The novel itself may have nothing to do with the Bible or religion.

  1. Bears sins into wilderness:
  2. Judas’s role:
  3. Plea in the Lord’s Prayer:
  4. Eden before the fall:
  5. Where Israelites’ wandered:
  6. Description of the Jews:
  7. The lawgiver:
  8. Where Joseph was when the Midianites came along:
  9. Samson went most of his life without feeling it:
  10. Zelophehad’s daughters wanted theirs:
  11. Nuisance confounded:
  12. Rahab’s red cord hung against it:
  13. Was this what Esau sold his birthright for?
  14. Samson felt it once to his sorrow:
  15. Legendary cup from Last Supper:

Answers will be posted next Wednesday. Enjoy!

© Linda Gorton Aragoni

Answers to last week’s novel Bible stories clues

Here are the answers to last week’s clues. I  put in parentheses the name of the author and the date the book appeared on the bestseller list.

Jacob’s 12 boys: Joseph and His Brethren (H. W. Freeman, 1929)
King David said it first: My Son! My Son! (Howard Spring, 1938)
The last great battle: Armageddon (Leon Uris, 1964)
Isaac’s 7-year-itch: Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier, 1938)
Samson at his last public appearance: Eyeless in Gaza (Aldous Huxley, 1936)

A first for Noah and everyone else: The Rains Came (Louis Bromfield, 1937)
Peter was given them: The Keys of the Kingdom (A. J. Cronin, 1941)
Seamless garment: The Robe (Lloyd C. Douglas, 1953)
Describes Goliath perfectly: Giant (Edna Ferber, 1952)
Stephen was the first Christian one: The Martyred (Richard E. Sim, 1964)

Another set of questions on the Bible stories theme is coming up today.

© 2009  Linda Gorton Aragoni

Novel Bible stories: test your knowledge

The answer to each of these clues is the title of a twentieth century best-selling novel published 40 or more years ago. In today’s quiz, the 10 clues are all related to familiar Bible stories. The novels’ whose titles provide an answer are not necessarily religious novels or related to biblical themes.

Jacob’s 12 boys
King David said it first
The last great battle
Isaac’s 7-year-itch
Samson at his last public appearance

A first for Noah and everyone else
Peter was given them
Seamless garment
Describes Goliath perfectly
Stephen was the first Christian one

Next week I’ll give you the answers to these and 10 more clues to solve.

© 2009 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Answers to It’s All Relative

Here are the answers to last week’s quiz. I’ve noted the titles and authors of the novels along with the year(s) in which they appeared on the bestseller lists.

  1. Globetrotting relative of  Patrick Dennis: aunt  (Auntie Mame [1956 #4] and Around the World with Auntie Mame [1958 #4])
  2. B.F., Anderson Crow and Lady Rose each had one: daughter (B.F.’s Daughter by John P. Marquand [1946 #9];  The Daughter of Anderson Crow by George Barr McCutcheon, 1907 #7]; Lady Rose’s Daughter by Mrs. Humphrey Ward [1903 #1])
  3. A red black woman: Scarlet Sister Mary (by Julie Peterkin [1929 #1] )
  4. They married into the family: The Sisters-in-Law (by Gertrude Atherton [1921 #9])
  5. The priests see to her: Grandmother (Grandmother and the Priests by Taylor Caldwell, 1963 #6 )
  6. Sorrell had one: son (Sorrell and Son (by Warwick Deeping [1926 #3] )
  7. You’ll never see the end of her: Immortal Wife (by Irving Stone [1945 #10])
  8. Grandchildren would be shorter: His Children’s Children (by Arthur Train [1923 #2])
  9. Jacob may have called his bride this:  My Cousin Rachel (by Daphne du Maurier [1952 #4])
  10. He’ll give away his daughter: Father of the Bride (by Edward Streeter [1945 #10])

I hope you enjoyed that quiz. We’ll do another again some day.

~Linda Gorton Aragoni

It’s all relative: A quiz for vintage novel lovers

The answer to each of these clues is in the title of a bestselling vintage novel published before 1960. See how well you do at sorting out the family connections. Think of it as practice for holiday gatherings.

  1. Globetrotting relative of  Patrick Dennis
  2. B.F., Anderson Crow and Lady Rose each had one.
  3. A red black woman
  4. They married into the family
  5. She associates with priests
  6. Sorrell had one
  7. You’ll never see the end of her
  8. Grandchildren would be shorter
  9. Rachel was first one
  10. He’ll give away his daughter

Answers will be posted Nov. 25.

© 2009 Linda Gorton Aragoni