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Narnia Books Trivia Question (utterly off topic and just for fun)
Topic by: woozy
Posted: December 27, 2005 - 3:12 PM PST
Last Reply: December 28, 2005 - 1:26 PM PST

author topic: Narnia Books Trivia Question (utterly off topic and just for fun)
woozy
post #1  on December 27, 2005 - 3:12 PM PST  
I'm always impressed by the well-formed trivia question (my favorite being "What was the first man-made object to break the sound barrier?") and somehow the following popped into my head:

1)Which of the seven Narnia books take(s) place entirely in Narnia?

2)Which of the seven Narnia books don't(doesn't) take place in Narnia at all?

Oh, and while I'm at it:

3)Which one of the 42 Oz books doesn't take place in Oz at all?

4)Which was the first of the 42 Oz books to take place entirely in Oz?

Totally no point to this thread except... well, no point... A pity IronS disliked both Oz and Narnia, else these'd be her cup of tea.

pooja
post #2  on December 27, 2005 - 3:50 PM PST  
A whip? That sound a bullwhip makes when it "snaps" is a sonic boom, according to a cowboy friend of mine.
woozy
post #3  on December 27, 2005 - 4:04 PM PST  
> On December 27, 2005 - 3:50 PM PST pooja wrote:
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> A whip? That sound a bullwhip makes when it "snaps" is a sonic boom, according to a cowboy friend of mine.
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Correct. See why that is my favorite trivia question?
pooja
post #4  on December 27, 2005 - 4:21 PM PST  
> On December 27, 2005 - 4:04 PM PST woozy wrote:
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> See why that is my favorite trivia question?

Not really... You're not a Siegfried and Roy fan, are you? Say, why do they call it a bullwhip anyway? I've seen Eskimos and mushers use them on dog sled teams on TV, but I don't know about any other practical applications. My cowboy friend thinks it's amusing to hit cans off a fence with one... he's pretty good. He can almost slice an aluminum soda can in half.
woozy
post #5  on December 27, 2005 - 4:46 PM PST  
Cabbies use them of course. I'm not sure how or why the whip was invented. I guess someone found a vine and flicked it (it's fun and irresistable) and liked the sound and was startled and thought it be fun to use to startle animals. Lashing at a younger sisters ankles is fun until she screams and your mother punishes you. (I do have to admit I didn't know how much it would hurt.)

It's my favorite trivia question because it's elegantly stated, is something most people don't know but can reason out with thought, and it requires thinking outside the apparent scope.
Bowwow
post #6  on December 28, 2005 - 11:54 AM PST  
> On December 27, 2005 - 3:12 PM PST woozy wrote:
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>
>
> 1)Which of the seven Narnia books take(s) place entirely in Narnia?
>
>

It has been years since I have read the Narnia books but I suppose I could take a crack at this one.

Let's see:

In The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe there are parts that take place in England which is definately *not* Narnia so it isnt that one.

I think Prince Caspian was mostly set in Narnia but I think I remember that it too had parts that took place in England.

I know The Voyage of the Dawn Treader took place in all kinds of places besides Narnia since they went on such a voyage.

Hmmm
The Silver Chair probably isnt it since they went to that weird underground land that wasnt Narnia. I dont think it counted as part of Narnia anyways.

It definately isnt A Horse and His Boy since quite a lot of that story took place in a country (Calormine??) that was not Narnia.

The Magicians Nephew had lots of parts in London that I remember so it isnt that one.

Which leaves... The Last Battle which I barely remember but since it is the only one left is the one I will guess.



Is it The Last Battle???
woozy
post #7  on December 28, 2005 - 1:26 PM PST  
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> Is it The Last Battle???
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Ooh. Didn't trick you.

Most of the books have an introductory scene with the children in England somehow finding themselves in the Narnia world. The two exceptions are The horse and his Boy which takes place entirely in the Narnia world and hence the answer I was going to trick you into. But as you point out it takes place in Colormene and in Archenland. The other exception is The Last Battle which takes place from the Narnian point of view and is the most "fourth wall" of the Narnian books. Most is told through the kings point of view and the children tell him of there coming to Narnia so none takes place in England or "our world". However he gets to Aslan's country and watches Narnia destroyed.

So the answer is "None". But, Aslan's country and death is the only "real world" and "our world", "England", and "Narnia" or only the "Shadow-lands" and the part of Aslan's country they visit is "the Real Narnia" so in a sense even though they are dead and in Aslan's country they are in "the Real Narnia" so yes, the answer is "The Last Battle".

But, there's a possible third answer... (but it'd be even *more* stretchy than the Last Battle answer...)

Now since you not only didn't fall for the Narnia = Narnia World/England = "our world", but such a trap never even occured to you, try answering the other question. Which doesn't take place in Narnia at all?

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