Welcome to STOP #7 of Carolee Dean’s
FORGET ME NOT GHOST TOUR!
RAVEN TRIVIA CHALLENGE
(find the answers at the end of this post)
Ravens figure prominently in this story. According to the legend of the town of Raven Valley, a group of early settlers nearly died there one harsh winter but were kept alive by ravens who brought them food.
The property the high school now occupies was once the center of town. It also has a history of being a convent, a military school, and a small college. Then it sat vacant for ten years and was a home to vagrants, migrating birds, and ravens.
The ravens still live there, along with a host of ghosts.
TRIVIA QUESTION – 1
There was a prophet who was kept alive by ravens who fed him. He never died but rode to heaven on a flaming chariot. What was his name?
TRIVIA QUESTION – 2
There are many ghosts at Raven Valley High School. One of them is the ghost of a raven that circles the courtyard. He’s Raptor Ron, the school mascot (though there is some debate about whether Ravens are actually raptors).
There is also an abandoned football field up on the hill where the ghosts of some long-forgotten civil war battle fight each other, day after day.
Ravens were often found around the dead, at the site of these battles. That’s because ravens, like vultures, are scavengers. According to Norse mythology, Valkyries often visited battlefields, sometimes in the form of ravens.
What was their purpose?
a) To torment the souls of the losers of the battle.
b) To turn dead soldiers into ravens.
c) To steal the valuables from the corpses.
d) To take the souls of the brave to the afterlife.
TRIVIA QUESTION – 3
Ally’s English teacher calls the two living birds who circle Raven Valley High School Hugin and Munin, Thought and Memory, or as some say, Observation and Memory. She tells Ally that the job of these two birds was to go out into the world making observations and recording memories, just like a writer does. Then they would return to their owner. He was the Norse god-
TRIVIA QUESTION – 4
On pg. 320 of FORGET ME NOT, there is a poem entitled “Dead Rapper Rap” written by the main character, Ally Cassell, that is a spoof on Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven.” Ally’s poem features the ghost of 2Pac as a substitute teacher.
Supposedly ravens, like parrots, can be taught to speak. In Poe’s poem, the raven only says one word. What is that word?
TRIVIA QUESTION – 5
What city hosts a NFL team named for “The Raven?” The mascot is a Raven named Poe. The poet was supposedly a resident of this city when he wrote his famous poem.
a) St. Louis
b) New Orleans
TRIVIA QUESTION – 6
What is the name of the dead lover in Poe’s “The Raven?” This is also the middle name of Carolee Dean (author of Forget Me Not) whose mother named her after the girl in the poem.
TRIVIA QUESTION – 7
Edgar Allen Poe got his inspiration for “The Raven” in his famous poem from the talking raven in Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty. Dickens named the black bird in his story after his pet raven. The name of Dickens’s pet raven was –
d) Long John
TRIVIA QUESTION – 8
When Dickens’s raven died, he had it preserved by a taxidermist. The dead bird now resides in a public library in which city?
a) St. Louis
b) New Orleans
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1 – b: Elijah
2 – d: to take the souls of the brave to the afterlife
3 – a. Odin
4 – b. Nevermore
5- c. Baltimore
6 – d. Lenore
7 – a. Grip
8 – d. Philadelphia