Pub Quiz: Mythical Places

Google not and try your hand at this quiz, in which you must name the mythical places that each of the directions given will take you. Answers after the jump, please post your score.

1. Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

2. Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.

3. Pass through the toll booth and then decide something without having a good reason.

4. Go down the rabbit hole.

5. Find the wardrobe in the spare room, and push your way through the old clothes hanging therein.

6. Speak friend and enter.

7. Pick up the train at platform 9 and three-quarters.

8. Go to Mist County and look for the place where all the children are above average.

9. Search by the shores of Lake Parime.

10. Go down the volcanic tubes at Snæfellsjökul.


Score a point for each one you got correct, half a point if you were close. This quiz wasn’t too hard, so I hope you got at least 6 points.

1. The Emerald City of Oz
2. Neverland
3. The Island of Conclusions (you jump there…)
4. Wonderland
5. Narnia
6. Moria
7. Hogwarts
8. Lake Wobegon
9. El Dorado
10. The Center of the Earth

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

5 thoughts on “Pub Quiz: Mythical Places”

  1. I got eight right; got #3 and #9 wrong.

    What is the place where "To the left and right of the hallway there are two very small closets. In the first, one may sleep standing up; in the other, satisfy one's fecal necessities. Also through here passes a spiral stairway, which sinks abysmally and soars upwards to remote distances. In the hallway there is a mirror which faithfully duplicates all appearances. . . ."

    (It's not down on a map; true places never are.)

  2. I call protest on 3 — that is, there's a typo in it "tool" for "toll", and the directions are more like "Pass through the toll booth, wander for half the book, and only then decide something without a good reason."

    Missed 9 and 10, and only half got 3: I was in the right book based on 'tollbooth', but was thrown off enough by the question to be unsure what exactly you meant (I was trying to fit it to the Doldrums, which are more immediately after the tollbooth).

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