Here you go: Quiz 3 of the Never Fear Fear Itself Contest. The 3rd novel in the Possessed Mystery Series is POISON TO PURGE MELANCHOLY, a trip back in time to 1783 Williamsburg. In it, you'll find early American Yuletide customs such as mummers' plays, rum punch, and sumptuous dinners, plus a frightening look at medicine, then and now.
Send your answers to the quiz below, along with your full name, to MissMaggieTests@gmail.com. All entries who ace the quiz will be entered in a drawing to win the free signed book of their choice from the Possessed Mystery Series or DAME AGATHA'S SHORTS. If you have all 4 books already and can't think of anyone who'd like one as a gift, tell me that on your entry. Another prize will be selected for you. If no one aces the quiz, the person with the best score will win. Entries not selected in this drawing will be eligible for the next drawing. In April, I'll do a grand prize drawing for a signed copy of FEAR ITSELF, due out at the end of that month.
Only entries sent to MissMaggieTests@gmail.com will be eligible. Deadline for entries for the quiz below will be March 31, 2011. Winners will be announced April 1st.
1. A wealthy man walks into an apothecary and pays a shilling to see the doctor, who prescribes an elixir of vitriol, which the apothecary prepares for the patient. This elixir is made from alcohol, "aromatics" (usually ginger or cinnamon), and
c) sulfuric acid.
2. When the British Army under General Cornwallis marched into Williamsburg on June 25, 1781, many of the residents, fed up with the long war, welcomed them. Meanwhile, they were followed at a distance by Continental troops under the command of General
3. The mystery novel Poison to Purge Melancholy takes its title from an 18th century publication called Pills to Purge Melancholy, which contained
a) a list of medications for depression.
b) herbal remedies for constipation.
c) chocolate recipes.
d) bawdy songs.