Saturday, 11 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 11-7-2015: To Kill A Mockingbird

Oh, now that’s sad … Omar Sharif’s died … 

Seemingly of a heart attack, at a hospital in Egypt.

I have to confess, I don’t know that I ever saw Lawrence of Arabia or Dr Zhivago, his two seminal films.

I DO the man was suffering with Alzheimer’s, at the end though.

Not something I — were I a family member — would be pleased to hear.

After all, the disease effective killed my grandmother, And my favourite author.

As things stand?

I can only offer my condolences to his family.

And start looking around to see if he wrote anything on Backgammon: one of my favourite games.

That seems only right … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring four out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s literary questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 11th July saw the first US publication of To Kill A Mockingbird.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) Who’s the book’s author: Harper Lee, Stagger Lee or Lee Remick?
Q3) The story takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb.   Maycomb is in which US state?
Q4) The story’s narrator is the six-year-old Jean Louise Finch.   Miss Finch is also known as what: Ranger, Scout or Ferret?
Q5) Who is her older brother?
Q6) Jean Louise and her brother are cared for by their father, Atticus: who is a local lawyer.   Who played Atticus in the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird?
Q7) More to the point, in which year was that film released?
Q8) One strand of the book’s plot follows a rape trial: one in which Atticus is defending an African American man, wrongfully accused of rape.   What was that man’s name?
Q9) The children in To Kill A Mockingbird are fascinated by their neighbour, the reclusive Arthur Radley.   How is Arthur better known?
Q10) Finally … To Kill A Mockingbird’s sequel is due to be published, this year.   What’s the sequel called?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 10th July, 1980, saw Alexandra Palace burn down: for the second time in its history.   Which British broadcaster used it for many years?
A1) The British Broadcasting Corporation: but just plain BBC will do …
Q2) 10th July saw Boris Yeltsin take office: as the first elected President of Russia.   In which year of the 1990s?
A2) 1991.
Q3) 10th July, 1997, saw London based scientists reveal they DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton.   They found in this analysis, that humanity had come from which continent: Africa, Asia or Europe?
A3) Africa.
Q4) 10th July, 1972, saw Britain’s then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announce to the House of Commons he’d been in peace talks with the Provisional IRA.   Who WAS the then Secretary?
A4) William ‘Willie’ Whitelaw.
Q5) Finally … what was admitted as the 44th US state: on the 10th July, 1890?
A5) Wyoming.
I’ll leave you with this line from To Kill A Mockingbird
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Miss Maudie Adams, a character in To Kill A Mockingbird.
And — fully aware the band has nothing to do with the book — this tune … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Imelda May does knock out a good one, Debbi.   Although I always keep thinking of her as Imelda Mayhem, after the first tune of her’s I heard … 


Debbi said...

Imelda Mae is awesome! :)

1. 1960
2. Harper Lee
3. Alabama
4. Scout
5. Jem
6. Gregory Peck
7. 1962
8. Tom Robinson
9. Boo
10. Go Set a Watchman (that's one I to read!)

Olga Nunez Miret said...

I have watched both Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Both epic movies, and long, although beautiful (not the style of movies they make these days though). Shame, I agree. I was reading an article about the new book by the writer of to Kill a Mockingbird (I'm not giving clues). It seems that it's not really a sequel but rather the book originally she wanted to publish but the publisher convinced her to write more about the childhood of the character and she spent two years rewriting the book. It seems Atticus is a racist in this version, so it might be a difficult read.