I have in hand a book, Family Fun and Games, published in 1958, author Jack Tedford, from the Franklin Watts Company. The book is a compilation of various amusements intended to divert folks of an evening or weekend day. One of them is this quiz. See how many you get right.
Match each opera with the name of its composer:
1. Tales of Hoffman A. Puccini
2. Faust B. Delibes
3. Martha C. Mascagni
4. Rigoletto D. Moussorgsky
5. Die Meistersinger E. Gounod
6. Carmen F. Humperdinck
7. Cavalleria Rusticana G. Leoncavallo
8. Lakme H. Verdi
9. I Pagliacci I. Saint-Saens
10. Lucia de Lammermoor J. Wagner
11. Boris Goudunoff K. Rossini
12. Hansel and Gretel L. Bizet
13. Madame Butterfly M. Flotow
14. Barber of Seville N. Donizetti
15. Samson & Delilah O. Offenbach
Now then. Can you imagine any modern family doing this quiz? Think of our kids--could yours connect these composers to their works? And this was considered material suitable for children fifty years ago. What happened since? You tell me.
By the way, I missed two. If I were in junior high I would have missed four, I think.