Saturday, June 1, 2013

Beginnings (Quiz)

It’s the weekend and time to relax.  Here is a multiple choice quiz to challenge what remains of your sanity after a long week.   Some of the questions will be easy, others more obscure.  Simply match the opening line of a story by H.P. Lovecraft with the correct title.  You can earn one point for each correct response.  A grading scale follows; the answers will be supplied in a future post.  Good luck. 

1.   “I have never heard an even approximately adequate explanation of the horror at Martin’s Beach.”
            A.  The Nightmare Lake
            B.  Fungi from Yuggoth          
C.  The Thing in the Moonlight
            D.  The Horror at Martin’s Beach
2.   “When a traveler in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury Pike just beyond Dean’s Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country.”
            A.  The Shunned House
            B.  The Nameless City
            C.  The Dunwich Horror
            D.  The Challenge from Beyond

3.   “From a private hospital for the insane near Providence, Rhode Island, there recently disappeared an exceedingly singular person.”
            A.  The Evil Clergyman
            B.  The Whisperer in Darkness
            C.  The Terrible Old Man
            D.  The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

4.   “Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.”
            A.  The Hound
            B.  The Outsider
            C.  To a Dreamer
            D.  Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

5.   “On July 16, 1923, I moved into Exham Priory after the last workman had finished his labours.”
            A.  The Picture in the House
            B.  Beyond the Wall of Sleep
            C.  The Rats in the Walls
            D.  The Temple

6.   “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
            A.  Hypnos
            B.  The Call of Cthulu
            C.  The Dreams in the Witch House
            D.  The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

7.   “I am forced to into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why.”*
            A.  At the Mountains of Madness
            B.  From Beyond
            C.  The Horror at Red Hook
            D.  The Electric Executioner

*Hopefully, this one will soon be made into feature length movie.

8.   “Cautious investigators will hesitate to challenge the common belief that Robert Blake was killed by lightning, or by some profound nervous shock derived from an electrical discharge.”
            A.  Azatoth
            B.  The Haunter of the Dark
            C.  The Colour Out of Space
            D.  The Crawling Chaos

9.   “It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to shew by this statement that I am not his murderer.”
            A.  The Shadow Over Innsmouth
            B.   In the Vault
            C.  The Music of Erich Zahn
            D.  The Thing on the Doorstep
10.  “ After twenty-two years of nightmare and terror, saved only by a desperate conviction of the mythical source of certain impressions, I am unwilling to vouch for the truth of that which I think I found in Western Australia on the night of July 17-18, 1935.”
            A.  Nyarlathotep
            B.  The Tomb
            C.  The Shadow Out of Time
            D.  The Silver Key

Grading Scale
10 points—Congratulations, but you are doomed.  You know too much.  Those who serve the Old Ones are coming to silence you.
7-9 points—You may survive the coming cataclysm, but your sanity will not.
4-6 points—Keep studying, but not too much.
1-3 points—You are blissfully unaware of the cosmic, soul shattering peril headed your way.  You are at great risk of being eaten or sacrificed, or both.  Avoid ancient ruins.  Avoid Massachusetts.

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