Valentine’s Day Quiz     

 

Here are the answers to the Valentine Day’s Quiz, with explanations should you need them.

 

Best entry:  Mick and Pat

 

 

  1. Adam and Eve (biblical:  first humans and first alphabetically)
  2. Antony and Cleopatra (theatrical:  subjects of play All for Love by John Dryden)
  3. Beatrice and Benedict (theatrical:  characters in Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare)
  4. Bonnie and Clyde (historical:  bank robbers perhaps better known through the film)
  5. Daphnis and Chloe (musical:  ballet by Maurice Ravel based on a pastoral myth)
  6. David and Bathsheba (biblical:  Bathsheba, whom David admired bathing, was the wife of Uriah, whom David had killed in battle in order to marry her)
  7. Dido and Aeneas (mythical:  Dido, Queen of Carthage, killed herself when deserted by Aeneas, future founder of Rome, perhaps best known through Virgil’s epic poem and Purcell’s opera)
  8. Edward and Mrs Simpson (historical:  Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee)
  9. Harlequin and Columbine (theatrical:  pantomime characters originating in the Italian Commedia Dell'arte)
  10. Heloise and Abelard (historical:  Abelard, a prominent French philosopher, was disgraced after a secret marriage to his pupil, Heloise, and withdrew to a monastery, while Heloise also took vows and became an abbess)
  11. Hero and Leander (mythical:  Leander swam the Hellespont daily to meet Hero, until he was drowned in a storm)
  12. Hiawatha and Minnehaha (poetical:  in the poem The Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow, Hiawatha takes his bride, Minnehaha, from a rival tribe)
  13. John Smith and Pocahontas (historical:  Pocahontas allegedly saved Captain Smith from her father’s warriors and later married an English colonist, securing peace for several years)
  14. Judith and Holofernes (biblical:  Holofernes was an Assyrian general seduced and beheaded by the Jewish patriot, Judith)
  15. Lancelot and Guinevere (mythical:  in the court of King Arthur at Camelot, Lancelot was Guinevere’s secret lover, until exposed and forced into exile)
  16. Napoleon and Josephine (historical:  Napoleon married Josephine in 1796, divorcing her in 1809, in order to marry into the Austrian royal family)
  17. Orpheus and Eurydice (musical:  in the light opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, by Jacques Offenbach, Orpheus, son of Apollo, the god of music, attempts unsuccessfully to bring back his dead wife, Eurydice, from the underworld)
  18. Porgy and Bess (musical:  in the opera, Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, Bess runs off with Sportin’ Life while the crippled Porgy is in jail)
  19. Pyramus and Thisbe (mythical:  the young lovers speak through the wall between their houses and arrange to meet at Ninus’ tomb, where, under a mulberry tree, after a tragic sequence of misunderstandings, they both commit suicide)
  20. Robin Hood and Maid Marian (historical:  legendary outlaw operating in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham and his lover)
  21. Romeo and Juliet (theatrical:  described as ‘star-crossed’ in the play by William Shakespeare)
  22. Samson and Delilah (biblical:  famed for his strength, Samson was seduced and betrayed by Delilah)
  23. Solomon and Sheba (biblical:  Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, was visited by the Queen of Sheba)
  24. Tristan and Isolde (musical:  in the opera by Richard Wagner, Tristan was bringing Isolde from Ireland to marry King Mark of Cornwall, but Tristan and Isolde fell in love with tragic results)
  25. Venus and Adonis (poetical:  in the poem by William Shakespeare, the goddess of love falls for the handsome shepherd, Adonis)

 

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