Today is author Harper Lee’s 87th birthday. In her honor, Garden and Gun magazine (yes, this is a real magazine) ran this pop quiz. I didn’t do so well; I missed all the food questions. Time for me to reread Lee’s classic Southern novel.
1.) What famously laborious cake does Miss Maudie make to welcome Aunt Alexandra to the neighborhood?
A) A pound cake
B) A rum cake
C) A Lane cake
D) A Hummingbird cake
2.) If Scout had her druthers, what Southern comfort food would she have with every meal?
A) Crackling bread
C) Molasses bread
3.) Which character utters this simple but profound observation:
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
D) Boo Radley
4.) What Southern staple does Walter Cunningham Jr. drown his meat and vegetables in—much to Scout’s chagrin?
A) Apple cider vinegar
C) Maple syrup
5.) What was Scout’s costume for the Halloween “agricultural pageant”? If you’ve seen the film, this detail is unforgettable.
A) A green bean
B) A ham
C) A carrot
D) A radish
6.) What beverage does Mr. Dolphus Raymond sip from the glass bottle in his brown paper sack?
C) Sweet tea
7.) Southern Lit buffs, this one’s for you: Which Southern literary figure was Harper Lee’s childhood comrade?
A) Truman Capote
B) Eudora Welty
C) Flannery O’Conner
D) Robert Penn Warren
8.) In what county was Jem and Scout’s “tired, old town” located?
A) Yoknapatawpha County
B) Maycomb County
C) Montgomery County
D) Yazoo County
9.) Atticus’s affinity for the law and unshakable moral fiber impress his contemporaries, but what hidden talent are Jem and Scout shocked to discover their father possesses?
A) He was the best shot in the county
B) He was the star of his high school football team
C) He was an accomplished cook
D) He could play the fiddle
10.) What was the given name of Scout and Jem’s mischievous accomplice, Dill Harris?
A) John Baker
B) Henry Baker
C) Charles Baker
D) James Baker
Now, let’s see how you did. Click here for the answers.
I love a good challenge.