Saturday, January 5, 2013

First Lines of Period Dramas Quiz

Bonus Question: What Christmas carol is sung at the beginning of Little Women (1994)?

To Play: Look at the first lines below and try to guess which period film or miniseries each quote comes from. I've taken out letters of some names and place names to make it a bit more of a challenge (but you don't need to guess these). Don't forget to answer the bonus question! Leave your guesses in a comment and I'll respond with your score. Guess as many times as you wish. Answers will be posted next Saturday. 

 Scoring: Ten points will be awarded for each correctly guessed period film. 40 Bonus Points can be earned by correctly answering the Bonus Question above. A total of 200 points can be earned. 

 First Lines Clues: 

#1
"Striking girl, very striking. What do you think G---------?" 
"A man might risk hanging for her. Well, a fool might."  
"No, no, she's English." 
"And rich? Eh, who knows." 
"Who knows that about anybody these days?"

#2
"Boundaries of...propriety...vigorously assaulted. Propriety were... The boundaries of propriety were vigorously assaulted, as was only right, but not quite breached, as was also right. Nevertheless, she was not pleased."

#3
"There's something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You can never quite tell where they'll take you. Mine took me here. Looking back, the city and I never much liked each other. An unmarried woman, after all, was expected to behave in very particular ways, which did not include traipsing from publisher to publisher with a gaggle of friends."

#4
"E--- W-------- was born with the sun shining to a father who always expected the worst and a carefree mother whose smile E--- was not to remember."

#5
"Ah, well done, Mrs. D-----! A very nice little...girl, indeed! Yes! Ah, there's a pretty! Now, would you care to hold her, Mr. D-----?"

#6
"Imagine you're a child again, a child who has never been away from home before, not for one single day. When I was ten years old my mother decided she could no longer afford to keep me."

#7
"Now, is there anyone under the bed? I am very much afraid we may have burglars. We must ascertain that we are safe!  
Twelve noon! We must make haste and change our caps. Calling hours have commenced."

#8
 (singing) "The lads and the lasses a sheep-shearing go. Fa a lee fa diddle..."  
"D---? That you, D--- D---?"  
"The very same, R----- P----."  
"'Tis as chill a Christmas Eve as I remember."

#9
"The former D--- and D------ de la G--------."  
"There they are!" 
 "The former B----- of A--."

#10
"The brothers G----, Your Majesty."  
"Good day, gentlemen. Thank you so much for coming. I suppose you're wondering why anyone my age would request an audience with the authors of children's stories."

#11
(cough, cough, cough) 
"Hi honey!" 
"Hi mom." 
"You feeling any better?"
"Not a bit."
"Guess what?" 
"What?" 
"Your grandfather's here." 
"Mom, can't you tell him I'm sick?" 
"You're sick - that's why he's here."
"He'll pinch my cheek. I hate that!"

#12
"Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver, Thro' the wave that runs for ever, By the island in the river,  Flowing down to C------. Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of S------."

#13
"Sigh no more ladies, Sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever, One foot in sea, And one on shore, To one thing constant never, Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blithe and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe, Into hey, nonny, nonny!

#14
"I something nasty, in the woodshed."

#15
"Your son has arrived from L-----, sir."  
"Father."  
"J---. J---, you will find out soon enough from my will that the estate of N------ was left to me in such a way as prevents me from dividing it between my two families."

#16
"Government bonds consoles. Yes, I see. And what would you say that would bring in?"  
"Three thousand pounds a year, sir."  
"You're a fortunate man, Mr. T--------."  
"I think I am sir. And especially so now, having met your daughter."


Have fun and don't forget to answer the Bonus Question above!



26 comments:

Kiri Liz said...

They sing Ding Dong Merrily On High.

3. Miss Potter

4. Emma '09

5. Little Dorrit

7. Return to Cranford

10. Ever After

11. The Princess Bride

12. Anne of Green Gables

Charity U said...

Oooo, is the one from Little Women "Ding Dong Merrily on High"? I had always enjoyed it in that movie (I know it's in there, just not sure if it's the first one), and then one year we got a CD of older Christmas carols and that was on it...and to this day, whenever I hear that, it reminds me of that movie. :)

#4 is Emma.

Feel like I should know #6...*sigh*. Oh well. :P :)

#7 sure sounds like Cranford. But having only seen it once...I confess to not being sure at all.

#10, I assume the missing word must be Grimm. But that's no help, because I'm sure I've never seen that.

#11 is Princess Bride! Hehe...like that movie. :)

#12...they say that poem in Anne of Green Gables. And the missing words are Camelot and Shalot. But unfortunately...well, I'm guessing an AoGG film. Probably the second one. Or maybe the first.

#15 is S&S.

There. That's my guesses. By the way, have you ever watched Merlin? You might enjoy that TV show...it's a very good one. And free on Hulu, season 1-4. I'm currently addicted.:P ;) But they have a few really pretty dresses in that!

Hayden said...

oooh! This is a hard one....

Bonus Question: Ding Dong Merrily on High?

1:
2:
3:
4: Emma 2009
5:
6:
7: Return to Cranford!!! :)
8:
9: The Scarlet Pimpernel?
10: Ever After
11: The Princess Bride
12: Anne of Green Gables
13: Much Ado About nothing
14:
15: Sense and Sensibility 2008
16:

argh!!! I can't wait for the answers...

Melody said...

Bonus--I think it's "Ding Dong Merrily on High"?

3. Miss Potter
4. Emma!!!! 2009. ;)
5. Little Dorrit
6. I'm guessing some Mansfield Park.
7. Possibly Cranford?
8. Maaaaybe Under the Greenwood Tree? I don't remember how that one begins... it just reminded me of it.
11. The Princess Bride. ;)
12. Anne of Green Gables! :)
13. Sense and Sensibility

Jazzie said...

I think I might give this a try for the first time, despite knowing very few :D

#2 - Becoming Jane
#4 - Emma (2009)
#6 - Mansfield Park (2007)
#13 - Much Ado About Nothing

as I said I know very few :P

Stephanie said...

The carol is Ding Dong Merrily on High I believe. It's my one of my favorites but I cant find it anywhere half as pretty as these ladies do it

2)Becoming Jane
4)Emma
5)Little Dorrit??
6)Persuasion
7) Cranford
10) Ever After
11) The Princess Bride
12) Anne of green Gables
13) Much Ado About nothing
15) Sense & Sensibility

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Kiri Liz,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct. Your guesses on screencaps 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 12 were correct. Your score is 110 points.

Charity U,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct (hearing that song always reminds me of them too!). Your guesses on screencaps 4, 11, 12 and 15 were correct. Your guess on #7 was incorrect but so so close! Your score is 80 points.
Yes, I have seen Merlin, all four seasons and can't wait for Season 5! My sister and I have been addicted too! :)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Hayden,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct. Your guesses on quotes 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 were correct. Your score is 120 points.

Melody,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct. Your guesses on quotes 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12 was correct. Your guess on #7 is so close! Your guess on #13 was incorrect but maybe you guessed for the wrong number?
Your score is 110 points.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Jazzie,
Your guesses on quotes 2, 4, 6 and 13 were correct. Your score is 40 points. Thanks for joining in! :)

Stephanie,
Your guesses on the Bonus Question was correct (one of my favorite too and they do sing it so sweetly!).
Your guesses on quotes 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 were correct. Your guess on #6 was incorrect and your guess on #7 was incorrect but so close. Your score is 120 points. Thanks for playing! :)

Melody said...

Okay, I meant 15 was S&S... and is 7 Return to Cranford? I was actually thinking it might be that the first time. ;) Sometimes they're considered to be all one series, though, like on IMDb. I don't consider them to be though. ;)

Stephanie said...

Haha, I said Persuasion for #6 didn't I? I meant Mansfield Park. Perhaps that is correct.
I can only assume that #7 is from another Cranford film? But I've only seen the one. It just sounds like those ladies.

Charity U said...

Maybe #7 is Return to Cranford? I haven't seen that yet, but hey, if it's close enough... :)

Livia Rachelle said...

Bonus-Angels We Have Heard on High? (I remember what they are singing when they pass Laurie on the way to that German family-Hear We Come A Wassaling-forgive my spelling).
1.?
2.?
3.?
4. Emma 2009
5.
6.Mansfield Park? 2008?
7. The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour?
8. Ever After
9. Ugh, Princess Bride
7. :) Anne of Green Gables
13. Much Ado About Nothing '95
14.?
15.Sense and Sensibility-2008
16.?

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody,
Your recent guesses on #15 and #7 (I don't consider them the same either) were correct. Your updated score is 130 points!

Stephanie,
Your recent guess on #6 was correct and I'm going to give you #7 because you are so close and mentioned "another ____ film" and it is "those ladies". Your updated score is 140 points. Good job!

Charity,
Your recent guess on #7 was correct. Hope you get to see it soon! Your updated score is 90 points.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Livia Rachelle,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was incorrect, sorry.
Your guesses on quotes 4, 6, 13 and 15 were correct.
I think you must have miss-numbered your guesses a bit but you've put four answers in a row correct so even though you numbered them 7, 8, 9, 7 I think you must have meant 9, 10, 11, 12 - if so then those guesses were correct.
Your score is 80 points.

Meredith said...

Fun! I know the bonus (I think) - Ding Dong Merrily on High

1 -
2 - Becoming Jane
3 -
4 - Emma
5 -
6 - Mansfield Park?
7 -
8 -
9 -
10 -
11 - Princess Bride (LOL!)
12 -
13 - Much Ado About Nothing
14 -
15 - Sense and Sensibility
16 - North and South

Thank you, Laurie! It was very enjoyable!

Marissa Stangl said...

The Bonus Question is Good King Wencelasus

#11 is Princess Bride

Hamlette said...

#11 is "The Princess Bride"

#13 is "Much Ado About Nothing"

Clearly, I need to watch more period dramas! :-)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Meredith,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct. Your guesses on quotes 2, 4, 6, 11, 13 and 15 were correct. Your guess on #16 was incorrect. Your score is 100 points. Thanks for playing!


Marissa,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was incorrect. Your guess on #11 was correct! Your score is 10 points. If you have any more guesses feel free to comment again! :)


Hamlette,
Your guesses on quotes 11 and 13 were correct. Your score is 20 points. Thanks for playing! :)

BatZion said...

Hi Miss Laurie,
Thanks for being so accomodating about my competition! :)

Here are my guesses for this contest:
I'm guessing that the carol the ladies of Little Women sing is 'Joy to the World'? I haven't seen the movie in a VERY long time!
3. Miss Potter
7. Return to Cranford
9. The Scarlet Pimpernel
10. Ever After
11. The Princess Bride
12. Anne of Green Gables
13. Hornblower?
15. Sense and Sensibility
16. North and South?

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

BatZion,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was incorrect.
Your guesses on quotes 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15 were correct. Your guesses on #13 and #16 were incorrect. Your score is 70 points. Thanks for playing!

Mary Beth said...

Oh dear, this is pathetic! The only one I know for certain is #7: the opening lines of Return to Cranford.

Ah, and for the bonus, they're singing "Ding Dong Merrily on High" at the beginning of Little Women.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Mary Beth,
Your guess on the Bonus Question was correct as was your guess on quote #7. Your score is 50 points! :)

Abigail said...

1. Daniel Deronda
4. Emma (2009)
6. Mansfield Park (2007)
7. Return to Cranford
10. Ever After
11. Princess Bride
12. Anne of Green Gables
14. Under the Greenwood Tree
15. Sense and Sensibility (2008)

Scullery Maid said...

Bonus question: God rest ye merry gentlemen
#3 Miss Potter
#4 Emma 2006
#5 Little Dorrit
#6 Mansfield Park 2007
#7 Return to Cranford
#8 Under the Greenwood Tree
#10 Ever After
#11 The Princess Bride
#12 Anne of Green Gables
#13 Much Ado about Nothing
#15 Sense and Sensibility

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Abigail,
Your guesses on quotes 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 15 were correct. Your guess on #14 was incorrect. Your score is 80 points. Thanks for playing!

Scullery Maid,
Your guess on the bonus question is incorrect. Your guesses on quotes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 were correct. Your score is 110 points. Good work!

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