Kultured Turtle Quiz
  1. In John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, what turtle symbolizes the hero’s ability to survive against high odds?

    Common snapper
    Box turtle
    Hawksbill sea turtle

  2. Which of the following turtle species are mentioned in the book My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell?

    Yellow mud turtle and big-headed turtle
    Leatherback sea turtle and desert tortoise
    Greek tortoise and green sea turtle

  3. Lillian Helman’s Pentimento contains a story about the difficulty of killing what kind of turtle?

    Alligator snapper
    Common snapper
    Loggerhead sea turtle

  4. The 1951 classic children’s book about a snapping turtle is:

    Minn of the Mississippi
    Franklin Goes to School
    Esio Trot

  5. In what 1985 film did Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley “rescue” sea turtles from the London Zoo?

    Babette’s Feast
    Turtle Diary
    Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles

  6. In the above film, what species of sea turtle did Jackson and Kingsley rescue?


  7. In the movie The China Syndrome (1979), Jane Fonda, playing a TV reporter, kept what kind of pet?

    Desert tortoise
    Reeves turtle
    Box turtle

  8. The aristocrats of 1870s New York society portrayed in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence (which was made into a movie in 1993), loved to dine on:

    Snapping turtle stew
    Terrapin soup
    Sea turtle meat

  9. “Turtles cough, burp, whistle, grunt and hiss, and produce social judgments. They put their heads together amicably enough, but then one drives the other back with the suddenness of two dogs who have been conversing in tones too low for an onlooker to hear.”  This quote is taken from:

    Up in the Old Hotel, by Joseph Mitchell
    My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
    The Courage of Turtles, by Edward Hoagland

  10. “The tortoise is a ground living creature. It is impossible to live nearer the ground without being under it. Its horizons are a few inches away. It has about as good a turn of speed as you need to hunt down a lettuce. It has survived while the rest of evolution flowed past it by being, on the whole, no threat to anyone and too much trouble to eat.”  This quote is taken from:

    The Turtle by Ogden Nash
    Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
    The Year of the Turtle by David M. Carroll
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