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Gilbert & Sullivan operettas

Some easy, some not so easy 20 Questions.

 
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1

Match the following operetta titles with their subtitles.

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Left

  • Ruddigore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Iolanthe
  • The Mikado

Right

  • The Witch's Curse
  • The Slave of Duty
  • The Town of Titipu
  • The Peer and the Peri

2

Which of the following operetta's plot is (loosely) based on the story of Faust?

  • The Sorcerer
  • Ruddigore
  • The Mikado

3

Only two operettas open with a mixed chorus. Which of these is one of them?

  • Ruddigore
  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • Princess Ida

4

Match the following lead male characters to the operettas in which they appear.

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Left

  • Frederic
  • Ralph Rackstraw
  • Strephon
  • Archibald Grosvenor

Right

  • HMS Pinafore
  • Patience
  • Iolanthe
  • The Pirates of Penzance

5

Match the following female characters to the operetta in which they appear.

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Left

  • Rose Maybud
  • Mabel
  • Lady Blanche
  • Aline Sangazure

Right

  • Princess Ida
  • The Sorcerer
  • Ruddigore
  • The Pirates of Penzance

6

Match the following comic characters, or "patter parts" to the operetta in which they appear.

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Left

  • Jack Point
  • Major-General Stanley
  • Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B
  • Reginald Bunthorne

Right

  • HMS Pinafore
  • The Yeoman of the Guard
  • Patience
  • The Pirates of Penzance

7

In "The Sorcerer", how does the eponymous character dispense love potion to the people of the village?

  • From a teapot at a tea party.
  • In the beer in the local pub
  • Introducing it into the water supply

8

In "The Pirates of Penzance", how does Major General Stanley manage to get mercy for his daughters from the rampaging pirates?

  • He charges them to yield in Queen Victoria's name
  • He tells them that he is an orphan too
  • He threatens them with the excise men

9

What is unusual for a sailor, and therefore the source of humour for contemporary audiences about Captain Corcoran's demeanour in "HMS Pinafore"?

  • He doesn't swear
  • He doesn't drink
  • He is celibate

10

How do the ghosts of his ancestors appear to Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd?

  • In a dream
  • They descend from their own portraits in the picture gallery
  • In the village graveyard

11

In "The Mikado", how does Nanki-Poo disguise himself when on the run?

  • As a travelling salesman
  • As an agricultural worker
  • As a musician

12

In "The Mikado", Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else". Everything else, that is, apart from Lord High ...what?

  • Chancellor
  • Executioner
  • Steward

13

In "The Yeomen of the Guard", Colonel Fairfax is accused of what by his unscrupulous relative who is after his inheritance?

  • Theft
  • Witchcraft
  • Murder

14

Who is Princess Ida's father?

  • King Gama
  • King Hildebrand
  • Prince Hilarion

15

Who does Colonel Fairfax impersonate in order to join the Tower Warders in "The Yeomen of the Guard"

  • Wilfred Shadbolt
  • Jack Point
  • Leonard Merrill

16

Who is Strephon's mother in "Iolanthe"?

  • Iolanthe
  • The Fairy Queen
  • Lady Tolloller

17

And who is Strephon's father?

  • Lord Tolloller
  • Lord Mountararat
  • The Lord Chancellor

18

Which of the following operettas is unique in the canon in having three acts?

  • The Gondoliers
  • Iolanthe
  • Princess Ida

19

Match these operettas to their dramatic setting

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Left

  • Iolanthe
  • Ruddigore
  • The Mikado
  • Princess Ida

Right

  • Unspecified
  • Cornwall
  • Japan
  • London

20

In which operetta do a chorus of policemen appear?

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • Princess Ida
  • The Pirates of Penzance

 

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