Churchill Trivia

Finest Hour 106, Spring 2000

Page 46

BY CURT ZOLLER (zcurt@earthlink.net)


TEST your knowledge! Most questions can be answered in back issues of Churchill Center publications but it’s not really cricket to check. Twenty-four questions appear each issue, answers in the following issue. You can win a case of something vying with friends to get these right! Categories are Contemporaries (C), Literary (L), Miscellaneous (M), Personal (P), Statesmanship (S) and War (W).

1033. What was Ernest Bevin’s official position in the War Cabinet? (C)

1034. When did Churchill declare, “This was their finest hour”? (L)

1035. What was the “Limpet,” developed in Churchill’s “Toyshop”? (M)

1036. When Churchill replaced Chamberlain as Prime Minister, what office did he give the former Prime Minister? (P)

1037. In August 1919 Churchill as Secretary for War urged the Government to accept the “Ten-year Rule” as Britain’s principal defense policy. What was the Rule? (S)

1038. What U.S. Secretary of the Navy made the 1995 decision to name a guided missile destroyer after Churchill? (W)

1039. Who was the originator of Winston Churchill’s “Toyshop”? (C)

1040. What was the name of the magazine published by Churchill’s mother? (L)

1041. What office did Churchill, the new Prime Minister, offer Robert Boothby? (M)

1042. Who was the first to tell Churchill of the German attack on Poland on 1 September 1939? (P)

1043. Who urged Churchill in 1945 to give France details of the atomic bomb? (S)

1044. How many Royal Navy ships were named Winston Churchill? (W)

1045. In October 1926 Churchill, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, replaced his Parliamentary Private Secretary, Sir Clive Morrison-Bell. Whom did he select? (C)

1046. What is the title of Sir Winston Churchill’s latest book? (L)

1047. When is Battle of Britain Day? (M)

1048. Where was Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, born? (P)

1049. What was the “Percentage Agreement” of October 1944? (S)

1050. What did Churchill say when notified of Italy’s declaration of war? (W)

1051. Sir Murland Evans, a fellow schoolmate of Churchill, recalled a conversation they had as young boys in which Churchill predicted that London will be attacked and I shall be very prominent in the defence of London.” Where did this discussion take place? (C)

1052. What was the title of the article Churchill wrote for the famous literary magazine, The Anglo-Saxon Review”. (L)

1053. On what occasion did Churchill tell his daughter Sarah: “Do what you like, but remember, like what you do”? (M)

1054. What key position on Churchill’s staff did Sir John Martin hold from 1941 to 1945? (P)

1055. When did Churchill form the Caretaker Government? (S)

1056. How did Churchill define the Royal Air Force? (W)

ANSWERS TO FH 105 TRIVIA:

(1009) Churchill served with Prime Ministers Salisbury, Balfour, Campbell-Bannerman, Asquith, Lloyd George, Bonar Law, Baldwin, MacDonald, Chamberlain, Attlee, Eden, Macmillan and Douglas-Home.

(1010) Churchill as a fictional character appears as Rupert Catskill in Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells; Walter Chancel in Storm in the West by Sinclair Lewis; Tom Hogarth in Lord Raingo by Arnold Bennett; Algernon Woodstock in Eleven Were Brave by Francis Beeding. Sherlock Holmes foils a plot against Churchill in The Boer Conspiracy by John Woods. WSC is “Winnie the Pooh,” spymaster to Christopher Creighton in The Paladin by Brian Garfield.

(1011) The sculptor of the Churchill statue in Paris was Jean Cardor

(1012) Churchill’s favorite Champagne Pol Roger.

(1013) Churchill represented Oldham, Northwest Manchester, Dundee and Epping; the latter was subdivided and he represented the Woodford constituency.

(1014) The Germans occupied the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney) during WW2.

(1015) During WW2 Professor Frederick Lindemann was Postmaster-General and scientific adviser to Churchill.

(1016) The “best critical work” named by ICS is Churchill: A Study in Failure by Sir Robert Rhodes James.

(1017) Sir Winston called Polo the “Emperor of Games.”

(1018) WSC pursued Pamela Plowden, later Lady Lytton.

(1019) Churchill referred to Austria as “Germany’s idiot ally.”

(1020) Churchill warned of the “wars of peoples” in his speech on Army Reform on 13 May 1901 in the House of Commons.

(1021) “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle” was coined by Edward R. Murrow in his broadcast on WSC’s 80th birthday, 30 Nov 54.

(1022) Churchill called the 20th century, “the century of the common man, because in it the common man has suffered most.”

(1023) The American sponsor for the destroyer Winston S. Churchill was the wife of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Janet Langhart Cohen.

(1024) Churchill mentioned “giving the roar” at his 80th birthday celebration in Westminster Hall on 30 Nov 54.

(1025) The British Chiefs of Staff considered “the integrity of Singapore” to be the key to the strategic situation in the Far East.

(1026) During the Blitz, Churchill slept four times at London Transport Executive Underground Headquarters, at the now discontinued Down Street subway station on the Piccadilly Line.

(1027) The Portuguese novelist who wrote about Churchill was Joaquim Paco D’Arcos.

(1028) The two books Churchill recommended for the history of WW1 were Liaison 1914 and Prelude to Victory, by Maj. Gen. Sir Edward Spears.

(1029) The USS Winston S. Churchill is home-ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

(1030) Stalin gave Churchill the Russian film “Kutuzov.”

(1031) Sir Winston wrote about Abraham Lincoln in his History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

(1032) The code name for the attack of the French navy at Oran was CATAPULT. 

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