Books Quiz - Author - Agatha Christie (Questions)

Agatha Cristie (née Miller) was born in 1890 in Torquay, Devon Her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920. This was the first outing of her famous creation Hercule Poirot.

Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold around 2 billion copies. Her most famous works are her detective stories, featuring Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite as well as the aforementioned Hercule Poirot. She was made a Dame in 1971 for her contribution to literature and she died in 1976 at the age of 85.

Christie's stage play, The Mousetrap, holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened on the 25th of November 1952 and is still running today! Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television or radio and over thirty films have been based on her work.

Test your knowledge of the life and works of Agatha Christie in this fun yet challenging quiz!

1. Miss Marple lives in which village?
[ ] St Mary Marsh
[ ] St Mary Mead
[ ] St Mary Meadow
[ ] St Mary Moor
2. Which Christie play, that opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, holds the record for the longest ever run in London?
[ ] The Honey Trap
[ ] The Mousetrap
[ ] The Parent Trap
[ ] The Rat Trap
3. Christie disappeared for ten days in 1926, eventually turning up in a hotel in which Yorkshire town?
[ ] Harrogate
[ ] Knaresborough
[ ] Scarborough
[ ] Whitby
4. Hercule Poirot first appeared in which 1920 novel?
[ ] The Murderous Affair at Styles
[ ] The Mysterious Affair at Styles
[ ] The Strange Affair at Styles
[ ] The Unusual Affair at Styles
5. What is the title of Christie's 1923 murder mystery in which a body is found on a golf course?
[ ] Murder on the Fairway
[ ] Murder on the Green
[ ] Murder on the Links
[ ] Murder in the Rough
6. What is the title of Christie's 1953 novel featuring the death of Rex Fortescue?
[ ] Four and Twenty Blackbirds
[ ] The Maid Was in the Garden
[ ] A Pocket Full of Rye
[ ] Sing a Song of Sixpence
7. Which actress first played Miss Marple in the 1961 film Murder, She Said?
[ ] Joan Hickson
[ ] Peggy Mount
[ ] Margaret Rutherford
[ ] Maggie Smith
8. Christie wrote a series of romantic novels using what pseudonym?
[ ] Mary Wallencott
[ ] Mary Westmacott
[ ] Mary Winalot
[ ] Mary Wollstonecraft
9. Who played Poirot in the 1974 film version of Murder on the Orient Express?
[ ] Alan Bates
[ ] Peter Finch
[ ] Albert Finney
[ ] Richard Harris
10. In 1930 Christie married which archaeologist, 14 years her junior?
[ ] Sir Max Mallowan
[ ] Sir Max Mallory
[ ] Sir Max Mellors
[ ] Sir Max Molloy
Books Quiz - Author - Agatha Christie (Answers)
1. Miss Marple lives in which village?
[ ] St Mary Marsh
[x] St Mary Mead
[ ] St Mary Meadow
[ ] St Mary Moor
St Mary Mead is said to be in the fictional county of Downshire in the 1930 book, The Murder at the Vicarage, but in the 1942 novel, The Body in the Library, the county has been renamed Radfordshire
2. Which Christie play, that opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, holds the record for the longest ever run in London?
[ ] The Honey Trap
[x] The Mousetrap
[ ] The Parent Trap
[ ] The Rat Trap
The play was originally called Three Blind Mice but had to be renamed because Emile Littler had produced a play of the same name just prior to the Second World War
3. Christie disappeared for ten days in 1926, eventually turning up in a hotel in which Yorkshire town?
[x] Harrogate
[ ] Knaresborough
[ ] Scarborough
[ ] Whitby
She claimed to have suffered amnesia due to a nervous breakdown
4. Hercule Poirot first appeared in which 1920 novel?
[ ] The Murderous Affair at Styles
[x] The Mysterious Affair at Styles
[ ] The Strange Affair at Styles
[ ] The Unusual Affair at Styles
Styles is an English country house
5. What is the title of Christie's 1923 murder mystery in which a body is found on a golf course?
[ ] Murder on the Fairway
[ ] Murder on the Green
[x] Murder on the Links
[ ] Murder in the Rough
The Murder on the Links was Christie's third novel and the second outing for Hercule Poirot
6. What is the title of Christie's 1953 novel featuring the death of Rex Fortescue?
[ ] Four and Twenty Blackbirds
[ ] The Maid Was in the Garden
[x] A Pocket Full of Rye
[ ] Sing a Song of Sixpence
She often used nursery rhymes as plot devices
7. Which actress first played Miss Marple in the 1961 film Murder, She Said?
[ ] Joan Hickson
[ ] Peggy Mount
[x] Margaret Rutherford
[ ] Maggie Smith
The film was based on the novel 4.50 from Paddington
8. Christie wrote a series of romantic novels using what pseudonym?
[ ] Mary Wallencott
[x] Mary Westmacott
[ ] Mary Winalot
[ ] Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was the author of Frankenstein
9. Who played Poirot in the 1974 film version of Murder on the Orient Express?
[ ] Alan Bates
[ ] Peter Finch
[x] Albert Finney
[ ] Richard Harris
The film was the first completely financed by a British company to make the top of the weekly US box office charts
10. In 1930 Christie married which archaeologist, 14 years her junior?
[x] Sir Max Mallowan
[ ] Sir Max Mallory
[ ] Sir Max Mellors
[ ] Sir Max Molloy
This was her second marriage. She married Archibald Christie in 1914 and they were divorced in 1928