Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Night Bloggers: Pop Quiz Answers & More

School may be getting out for the summer, but the Tuesday Night Bloggers are donning their academic robes and enrolling in a month of sinister summer school. Throughout the month of June our group of Golden Age Detective aficionados will be taking our examinations and writing papers on the dastardly deeds of academe. Academic mysteries are one of my favorite sub-genres of the field and so I will be collecting the papers here at the Block. If you'd like to join us for a month of academic mysteries, please stop by every Tuesday for group discussion and I'll add your posts to the list. We focus on the Golden Age of crime fiction--generally accepted as published between the World Wars, but everyone seems to have a slightly different definition and we're pretty flexible.

This week's Star Pupils and their essays:

Brad at ahsweetmysteryblog: "Letter to Teacher: Learning About Shin Honkaku"
Moira at Clothes in Books: "Visiting Academics & a Venture to America"
Kate at crossexaminingcrime: "Death in the Quadrangle (1956) by EilĂ­s Dillon"
JJ at The Invisible Event: "The Light & Shade of Gervase Fen"
Helen at Your Freedom & Ours: "Gervase Fen Makes His Appearance"
Bev at My Reader's Block: "Murder in Any Language"

For Review:  
Week One Essays
Week Two Essays

Pop Quiz Answers

Red Herring # 1: Gownsman's Gallows Katharine Farrer
  Bonus Common Theme: Three academic mysteries with theatrical ties
Red Herring #2: Spotted Hemlock by Gladys Mitchell
 Bonus Common Theme: Three mysteries written by pseudonymous authors (Leslie Ford = Zenith Brown; Edward Candy = Dr. Barbara Boodson Neville; Michael Innes = J. I. M. Stewart)
Red Herring #3: Corpses at Indian Stones by Philip Wylie
 Bonus Common Theme: Three mysteries written by two or more people
Red Herring #4: Darkness at Pemberley by T. H. White
 Bonus Common Theme: Three Oxford mysteries
Red Herring #5: A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake
 Bonus Common Theme: Three academic mysteries with a Professor as detective that do NOT take place at a school or university. The Blake book does take place at a school, but Nigel Strangeways is not a professor.

Red Herring #6: Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
 Bonus Common Theme: Three academic mysteries that do not include a murder. [I realized after the quiz was posted that I had misread Moira's review of The Clue in the Castle. I thought the only death involved there was manslaughter. I have therefore decided to award full credit to anyone who chose a different title and who submitted a bonus point common theme explanation.]
Match Game
1. Hildegarde Withers = The Puzzle of the Red Stallion
2. Gervase Fen = Holy Disorders
3. Adam Ludlow = Death over Deep Water
4. Professor John Stubbs = Unholy Dying
5. R. V. Davie = Death's Bright Dart
6. Ed "Jupiter" Jones = Harvard Has a Homicide
7. Hilary Tamar = The Sirens Sang of Murder
8. Andrew Basnett = A Murder Too Many

I had seven pupils show up for class and complete the pop quiz. The average score out of a possible 20 points (including full bonus points) was 9 with a range from 6 correct to 15. Perhaps your instructor made the quiz a bit too challenging....

Top of the Class
John @ Pretty Sinister Books (15 points)
Moira @ Clothes in Books (14 points)


J F Norris said...

I have no idea how I got the highest score. I may have chosen the right book that didn't belong in each group but in many cases I had a completely different reasons than those you had in mind. I thought since the puzzle incorporated the academic theme all of the linking elements must have to do with the book's content. Never entered my mind to look at writing teams or pseudonyms.

Bev Hankins said...


You got most of the answers right. And as far as the bonus points go--You did correctly identify a couple of the common factors (or close enough) and I gave half-credit for common threads which made sense to me as long as the correct book was identified.