Trivia Quiz: Winter Themes In Literature

Winter has arrived to my corner of the world with a nippy bite! The snow and cold have kept me inside; and I’ve been reading a new book to while away the chilly hours before bedtime. But the weather has also inspired a new trivia quiz, this one all about cold, snow and winter-related stuff in the literary world. .

If you would like to take this trivia quiz, the rules are simple: get out paper and pen or pencil. Number your paper 1-16 then proceed to the Questions segment of this page. Read each individual question, and then choose an answer from among the possible four provided for each. Mark your selected answer on the paper and proceed to next question. Answers are found below the Questions segment.

Scoring: The first 15 correctly answered questions are worth 10 points each. The correctly answered BONUS QUESTION (#16) is worth 50 points - making for a possible 200 points final score.

Good luck and have fun!


1. Ironically, the name of the American who penned the season-themed poems A Winter Eden and Dust of Snow was what?

a. Robert Frost

b. William P. Snowdon

c. Lilian Winters

d. Ice T

2. In J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, this drink can be enjoyed ice cold or served as a foaming warm beverage, perfect for a winter treat. What is it?

a. Grapegrog

b. Butterbeer

c. Rat Rum

d. Arsenic Ale

3. In the famous dark science fiction story, A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, Earth is undergoing some terrible catastrophe. What is this catastrophe?

a. The polar ice cap has melted

b. The U.N. institutes a worldwide taxation on air

c. Earth has separated from its orbit around the sun and the atmosphere is freezing

d. The apocalypse starts when the Supreme Court supports the legality of penguins and polar bears to marry

4. In Leo Tolstoy’s Master and Man a selfish landowner undergoes a spiritual awakening after his actions places a peasant in a state of hypothermia. How was the hypothermia brought on?

a. the landowner forced the peasant to go out into a blizzard

b. the landowner pushed the peasant into a meat freezer

c. the peasant swam through icy water to save the drunken landowner from drowning

d. the landowner cut off the microwave timer before their sausage biscuits were evenly cooked

5. What Stephen King winter-themed tale was written expressly as an original screenplay?

a. The Blue Air Compressor

b. Storm of the Century

c. The Gingerbread Girl

d. Captain Blueballs and His Frigid Feminist Princess Bride

6. The novel, Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin, is the story of how a burglar finds redemption when he takes compassion on whom?

a. a dying girl

b. a blind ice skater

c. the widowed police detective pursuing him

d. a chubby toymaker who is stuck in a chimney

7. In The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, when Gerda and Kai escape the Snow Queen’s realm and return home, they are surprised to find what amazing thing has occurred?

a. The troll king has adopted them

b. Their cruel, child-eating grandmother has been executed

c. They have grown up

d. The price of gasoline has dropped to under a dollar a gallon

8. The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, The Cross of Snow, commemorates what tragic event in the poet’s life?

a. His wife’s death in a fire

b. His wife’s death in a blizzard

c. His wife’s death by avalanche

d. His wife’s death at the hands of a drunken Zamboni driver

9. In the acclaimed F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, Winter Dreams, shallow social-climber Dexter Green is filled with grief to find out what about the love of his life?

a. her beauty has faded

b. she lost her fortune in the stock crash of ‘29

c. she’s given up alcohol

d. she serves hot chocolate without adding marshmallows

10. In the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, A Long Winter, Almanzo Wilder and his brother are forced to make a dangerous journey over the prairie to locate what precious commodity?

a. firewood

b. fabric for clothing and blankets

c. wheat

d. two-ply 1000-sheath corn husks

11. In the novel, The Snow by Adam Roberts, snowfall in September ushers in what?

a. a global apocalypse

b. a snow shortage in November

c. the end of daylight savings time

d. the rise of the Abominable Snowpeople’s Resistance Army

12. In the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, The Snow Image, two children create a sister for themselves out of snow. When their father returns home he does what for this magical child?

a. provides her a gemstone for a nose

b. weaves her a head of beautiful hair from straw

c. chisels her a dress out of ice

d. leads her to the warmth of the fireplace where she soon turns into a puddle

13. In William Shakespeare’s poem, Winter, what does “greasy Joan” do?

a. kisses the steward

b. keels the pot

c. cuffs the kitchen boy

d. busts a cap into her pimp

14. In the juvenile classic, Snowbound by Harry Mazer, 15-year old Tony Laporte runs away from home and drives into a snowstorm that nearly takes his life and that of a young hitchhiker he has met. What was the grim situation at home that drove Tony to take such drastic actions?

a. he discovers he is a clone, destined to be used only as replacement parts for the original Tony Laporte

b. his father has married a serial murderess

c. his worldly and callous grandfather is grooming him for a political career

d. his parents wouldn’t let him keep a stray dog

15. The novel, Cold Winter’s Kill by Bob Doer, is a thriller about tracking down a psycho who selects and kills off what every Christmas?

a. a hot young blonde

b. an elderly spinster

c. a department store Santa

d. an entire fruitcake, all by his insatiable self


In The Berenstain Bears' Winter Wonderland by Jan and Mike Berenstain, Brother Bear puts a damper on Sister Bear’s favorite winter activities by doing what?

a. starting a snowball fight

b. breaking her skis

c. losing her galoshes

d. coming out of hibernation early and eating every human child in town in order to sate his taste for fresh blood


1. a. Robert Frost

2. b. Butterbeer

3. c. Earth has separated from its orbit around the sun and the atmosphere is freezing

4. a. the landowner forced the peasant to go out into a blizzard

5. b. Storm of the Century

6. a. a dying girl

7. c. They have grown up

8. a. His wife’s death in a fire

9. a. her beauty has faded

10. c. wheat

11. a. a global apocalypse

12. d. leads her to the warmth of the fireplace where she soon turns into a puddle

13. b. keels the pot

14. d. his parents wouldn’t let him keep a stray dog

15. a. a hot young blonde

16.- BONUS QUESTION- a. starting a snowball fight

Comments 15 comments

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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Hi Beth,

I never heard of any of these but I thought that I would try anyway, so guessed at all of them. It was fun(!) and interesting.

I got six of the fifteen, plus the bonus question correct.


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Great quiz. I love some of your alternative answers! When I'd finished I was wanting MORE questions.....?

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Hi Kevin, that's not a bad score, and kudos on the getting the bonus question!

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

chef-de-jour, that tickles me, thank you. I'll have to post another trivia quiz soon for you!

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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Thanks beth. I was kind of surprised since they were all just guesses.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a fun resource for English teachers and literary enthusiasts! Thanks for putting it together.

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

randomcreative, it was my pleasure, thank YOU :)

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

One hundred and forty! darn it! lol! the first half of the questions sailed me through really easy, then I went every which way and got them wrong! lol! great fun beth, next please! lol!

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

bethperry, that was fun, I have only heard of a few of these. So...I guessed at the ones I did not know and got 11 right including the 16 question.

Voted up and funny and shared.

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Nell, I think that's a pretty darn good score! Thanks for playing along and I'll try to get a new quiz up very soon :)

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Shyron, I am very impressed, congrats! And thanks much for playing along and the VU :)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

beth.....different, challenging and so much fun! I love this great idea (and hub) of yours. I shocked myself entirely by getting only ONE wrong. For the first time ever, I got to respond to questions, to which I actually knew the answers! This never happens! In fact, the opposite is usually the way it goes for me.

I love the game of's probably my favorite to play with a group of friends. My nephew and my cousin are outrageously GENIUS, so I always get my butt kicked in.

Once again...this is great, beth......I hope you do more of this type!

UP++++ tweeted & pinned

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

fpherj48, wow, you did great! I am glad you enjoyed the quiz, too. I am just about post a new one, and hope you'll test your knowledge with it, too! Thanks much :)

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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Beth, to me this was a cool history lesson, better than being embarrassed! Thanks!

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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee Author

Ah, glad you liked it, Alastar :)

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