Diana Wynne Jones by BahnamanS


"Who's That?" I asked foolishly when Megan Barnes won the right to request two Alpaca Farm quizzes as part of our fundraiser for Andy Arnold. I learned a great deal writing this ModKos PG quiz about a young-readers' fantasy author who has had outsized influence compared to the familiarity of her name. You'll learn some things too.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

Neil Gaiman called Jones "the funniest, wisest, fiercest, sharpest person I've known." Both Gaiman's book "Stardust" and her own "Howl's Moving Castle" incorporate a poem by WHICH MAJOR AUTHOR that begins "Go and catch a falling star; get with child a mandrake root"?

Question 2

"Howl's Moving Castle" sequel "Castle in the Air" bases much of its plot on stories from WHAT EVOLVING COLLECTION, first popularized in Europe by Antoine Galland?

Question 3

The third book in that series, "House of Many Ways," includes an appropriately blue-tinted race of WHAT CREATURE, whose name comes from German and is etymologically connected to a periodic table element?

Question 4

Jones' 1996 "Tough Guide to Fantasyland" is a bit like a cross between the Devil's Dictionary and TVTropes.com, but for the fantasy genre. WHAT is she defining here? "The only allowable cutting WEAPON apart from a SWORD. To be allowed one you must be a NORTHERN BARBARIAN, a DWARF, or a BLACKSMITH"

Question 5

Jones' "Dark Lord of Derkholm" won Britain's 1999 Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature, notably defeating both "Ella Enchanted" and WHAT WORK largely responsible for the growth of Bloomsbury Publishing? (Don't focus on the year too much; book awards are weird like that)

Question 6

There's nothing semi- about it; WHAT FIRST BOOK in the Chrestomanci series deals with the family struggles of the Chant family?

Question 7

Spoilers. In "Hexwood," the amnesiac boy Hume turns out to be this well-known character of legend; in the Magids series, it's a title given to the magical governor of Blest and the subject of a title "Conspiracy." WHAT IS THIS SHARED NAME?

Question 8

A quartet of novels including "Cart and Cwidder" and "The Spellcoats" is set in WHAT REGION, whose north and south halves are often at war? The eight-letter name of the region includes a word for "valley" and a German word for "tract of land" that appear in many place names.

Question 9

"Archer's Goon" was Jones' only work adapted for television and featured Roger Lloyd-Pack. Two of Lloyd-Pack's most famous roles are directly attached to WHAT SCOTTISH ACTOR, whom he antagonized as parent Barty Crouch Sr. and cybermen creator John Lumic? (The actor is also the audiobook reader for one of the books mentioned in this quiz.)

Question 10

The title of the 1975 novel "Dogsbody" is, unsurprisingly, a pun for the life a "guardian luminary" is forced to live in a...dog's body. Also unsurprisingly, WHAT STAR was he the guardian of?

Question 11

Jones' book based on the Scottish ballads Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer is called "Fire and" WHAT POISONOUS PLANT in the Apiaceae family?

Question 12

Also known for his wit, Jones' husband John Burrow was a leading medievalist. Burrow is cited thrice in the Wikipedia article on which Arthurian tale about a Camelot hero and an unnamed man who can just pick up his severed head and walk away?