This is a longer version of the quiz I ran at my book launch event. Test your knowledge of doppelgangers and imposters with these questions. (Answers below.)
Q1. Which language does the word ‘doppelganger’ derive from?
Q2: Which sitcom star was accused of robbery in 2018 after his dastardly doppelganger was caught on CCTV following the criminal act?
Q3: Which 2019 horror movie featured a family plagued by attackers who looked like them?
Q4: In which Patricia Highsmith novel does a con artist pass himself off as the affluent Dickie Greenleaf?
Q5: What’s the name of the Bristol legend from the 1800s who pretended to be the princess of the island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean?
Q6: In New York in 2018, a Russian woman tried to poison her doppelganger and steal her identity. What food item did she lace with poison?
Q7: Which spooky literary genre, popularised in the 1700s, often features doppelgangers?
Q8: Which 2019 pop video featured the star’s drag queen doppelganger?
Q9: What’s the name of the Tana French novel where cop Cassie sets out to solve her doppelganger’s murder by going undercover as her double?
Keep scrolling for the answers…
Q2: David Schwimmer
Q4: The Talented Mr Ripley
Q5: Princess Caraboo or Mary Baker
Q7: Gothic literature
Q8: Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down
Q9: The Likeness