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Author - Dan Brown
In The Da Vinci Code the Holy Grail is situated just outside the Louvre, Paris.

Author - Dan Brown

Daniel Brown was born in New Hampshire in 1964. He left college in 1986 with a degree in English and Spanish and then embarked on a career as a musician. Unfortunately this never took off and by 1993 he was working as a full time teacher. It was then that he turned his hand to writing.

Brown’s first novel, Digital Fortress, was published in 1998 but he is probably most famous for his series of books featuring Robert Langdon, among them Angels & Demons and the controversial The Da Vinci Code. These follow a set formula reminiscent of a treasure hunt featuring a series of puzzles to be solved. With the help of his wife he has also written some humorous books including 187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman.

Are you an authority on Dan Brown? Can you solve these questions and get to the Holy Grail of 10 correct answers?

1.
Brown attended the prestigious Amherst College in Massachusetts, from where he graduated in 1986 with a double major in English and which other language?
Arabic
Hebrew
Portuguese
Spanish
At Amherst Brown was also a student of visiting novelist Alan Lelchuk
2.
Who directed the 2006 film version of Brown's controversial book The Da Vinci Code?
Robert Aldrich
Michwel Cimino
Ron Howard
Guy Ritchie
Howard has directed many successful films. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for his 2001 piece A Beautiful Mind
3.
Scenes for Howard's film were shot at two English cathedrals, Winchester and which other?
Canterbury
Durham
Lincoln
Salisbury
In the film Lincoln Cathedral doubles for Westminster Abbey. Officials from the Abbey refused to allow filming to take place there because the book is "theologically unsound"
4.
What is the title of Brown's 2000 mystery novel?
Angels and Demons
Angels and Devils
Demons and Angels
Devils and Angels
Angels and Demons is the first appearance of the character Robert Langdon
5.
The character Robert Langdon, who appears in both Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, is a professor at which university?
Cambridge
Harvard
Oxford
Yale
He is a Professor of religious iconology
6.
Who played Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code?
Tom Cruise
Harrison Ford
Tom Hanks
Harvey Keitel
During his career Hanks has won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor twice: for his role in Philadelphia, and in Forrest Gump
7.
A mysterious hooded man appears in the film's opening scene. Where does this scene take place?
The Louvre
The National Gallery
The Vatican
Westminster Abbey
The man turns out to be Silas, played by Paul Bettany
8.
What is the name of the mathematician and cryptographer in Brown's novel Digital Fortress?
Jane Fletcher
Jessica Fletcher
Sarah Fletcher
Susan Fletcher
Susan Fletcher is the main character in Digital Fortress. The book explores the theme of government surveillance
9.
In Brown's novel Deception Point, what is found under the Arctic ice?
A mammoth
A meteorite
A nuclear submarine
A sailing ship
The meteorite may be proof of alien life but the book's antagonists want to make sure this does not become public knowledge
10.
In 1997 Brown married Blythe Newton at Pea Porridge Pond, in which New England state?
Maine
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont
Blythe helps Dan with his novels. She is one of the main researchers for his books and the co-writer of his works of humour

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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