Reader Don Didier wrote to me after a quiz appeared in this space, suggesting I write a column based on the moon.
He also thoughtfully included a few questions for my consideration, and you’ll find them in this quiz. He admitted “to not being familiar with any poems or famous books containing the title moon,” so don’t blame him if there are a couple you are having a problem with. They are undoubtedly my fault. Anyway, you may now proceed, full steam ahead. Surely you will score 80, with 5 points for each correct answer.
1. Who composed the beautiful piano piece “Clair de Lune”?
2. In what very famous play do we hear the young leading lady implore, “Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon”?
3. Hoosier Theodore Dreiser wrote the song’s words, “Oh, the moonlight’s fair tonight along the (blank).” Name the river.
4. What delightful couple “danced by the light of the moon” in Edward Lear’s poem?
5. Ready for an easy one? OK. What animal jumped over the moon as the little dog laughed?
6. “War is at best barbarian. Its glory is all moonshine. War is hell.” Who is the author of these immortal lines?
7. Name the year in which Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon.
8. “By the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big Sea Water, Stood the wigwam of Nokomis, Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.” Who was the poet and what is the name of the poem from which these lines are quoted? (5 points for each answer)
9. “The road was a ribbon of moonlight” is a line from a famous romantic poem by Alfred Noyes. Former students, you should know this: I used this line to illustrate what a good metaphor is. In the poem the young woman sacrifices herself to save her approaching lover. Name the poem.
10. She was known as a singer, reaching fame first with Sonny, then on her own. Now she starred in this film that won her all kinds of awards. Who is she? And the name of the movie? (An extra 5 points)
11. The moon’s gravitational influence produces what phenomenon we see coming in and going out?
12. It was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, and it has charmed small children for many years now as they are tucked into bed. The book’s title?
13. What is a “blue moon”? No, not the song!
14. It is “wider than a mile” and written by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The name of this wonderful song, please.
15. “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars,” says the actress at the conclusion of “Now Voyager.” Who was the actress?
16. Our young hero says to her, “Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear,” trying to convince her of his love. Who is he?
17. Where do we find the lines, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars”?
18. The “Moonlight Sonata” has to be included when the focus is on the moon. Who wrote that glorious music?
19. What is a moon pie?
20. We’ll end with one of the questions Mr. Didier suggested. What was Glenn Miller’s orchestra’s theme song?
There are no bonus questions this time because two questions already give you extra chances to score well. OK, stop complaining. Here is a bonus: Name the composer whose song begins, “Night and day, you are the one, only you beneath the moon and under the sun.”
Answers: 1. Debussy; 2. “Romeo and Juliet”; 3. Wabash; 4. The Owl and the Pussycat; 5. the cow; 6. William Tecumseh Sherman; 7. July 21, 1969; 8. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Song of Hiawatha”; 9. “The Highwayman”;
10. Cher, “Moonstruck”; 11. ocean tides; 12. “Goodnight Moon”; 13. an extra full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, like when there are two full moons in one month; 14. “Moon River”; 15. Bette Davis; 16. Romeo; 17. the Bible, Psalms; 18. Beethoven; 19. made of two round graham cracker cookies with marshmallow filling in the center, dipped in a flavored coating; 20. “Moonlight Serenade”; Bonus: Cole Porter.
Happy, Mr. Didier?