Question 1 of 10

Why is Venice also called the City of the Moon in the Thief Lord?

Because the sea rules Venice and the moon governs the sea.

Exactly. The moon affects the tides. Cornelia also came across the term in one of the 'thousand books' she read about Venice.

Because the flag of the Republic of Venice bears the moon as a symbol.

No, the symbol of the Republic of Venice is a winged lion, the lion of Saint Mark.

Because Venezia (the Italian name for Venice) translates as the moon.

This is, unfortunately, nonsense. In the 3rd century B.C., the region of Venetia was conquered by the Romans, who founded cities and civilized the country. After the fall of Rome, many Venetians fled to the marshes and lagoons and founded settlements there. That was the birth of Venice. And the name Venice also goes back to those Venetians. By the way, the moon is called Luna in Italian. And it was also the name of one of Cornelia's dogs.

Because the outline of the city of Venice shows the shape of a crescent moon.

Would be possible, but Venice 'looks like a fish', at least the outlines of the lagoon city very much resemble one.

Question 2 of 10

What emblem of Venice does detective Victor use on his desk as a paperweight?

A Pegasus

No, the Pegasus is the emblem of Tuscany.

A stone moon

Even if Venice is called the city of the moon, its emblem is not that.

A gondola

It would be conceivable, admittedly, but the Venetian gondolas are probably too 'profane' for a national emblem.

The lion of Saint Mark

Right. The Markus Lion is also the symbol of the evangelist Mark. His bones are said to have been brought from Alexandria to Venice in a very adventurous way by sailors in the 9th century. Saint Mark's Cathedral was then built above them. The lion, as the symbol of Saint Mark, emphasizes the power of resurrection and overcoming death.

Question 3 of 10

Where did Cornelia get the idea for her book "The Thief Lord"?

In her bed in Hamburg, because she dreamt one night of a group of children running across the Rialto Bridge while fleeing from the Carabinieri.

Cornelia has had many wild dreams, and undoubtedly one or the other has inspired her to write a new story, but this particular dream did not happen.

At home in Hamburg, reading an article about the carnival in Venice.

It would be conceivable, but unfortunately, it's not the right answer.

In Liguria, where she lived in a mountain village with her husband and her little daughter for three months.

No, but the time back then in the small village inspired her to tell another of her stories: When she started writing "Inkheart", this place crept back as inspiration. In Liguria, Cornelia has always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of a glamorous beach resort and medieval hinterland - two worlds in one. For "Inkheart", this was the perfect mixture.

In Venice

Yes, that's right. The idea for "The Thief Lord" came to Cornelia - listen and be amazed - in Venice. Standing in the Doge's Palace, where one feels so small on the 'Stairway of the Giants', she remembered that as a child, she had always wished to be grown up. She decided to write about children who also have this wish - in contrast to Peter Pan, who wants to remain a child forever. Moreover, Venice, as a setting, brought something fantastic into the story without Cornelia having to populate it with mythical creatures. Venice is an enchanted place, but it is also very real. It is not like Hogwarts or Middle Earth. You can go to Venice. You can touch it, smell it, taste it - Cornelia wanted many, many children to know that there is such a place, that reality can be inspiring!

Question 4 of 10

Who does Detective Victor care for with much love?

To his stamp collection.

Victor doesn't collect stamps. He's a detective, so he collects information.

For his dog, Wellington.

A dog would suit Victor very well, but he doesn't have one. Wellington belongs to Zelda Littlejohn from Cornelia's story "Ghost Knight".

For his sick turtle, Paula.

Correct answer. Victor had discovered the pair of turtles, Lando and Paula, at the fish market, when they were stomping around between hundreds of human feet. Since then, they have been living at his home in a cardboard box.

For his glass man Rosenquartz.

Oh, no. Rosenquartz is Fenoglio's assistant in the Inkworld.

Question 5 of 10

In which town did Bo and Prosper take the train to escape to Venice?

In Munich

No, unfortunately many, many more hours of train travel lay between them and the place of longing their late mother always told them about. About seven more than if they'd traveled from Munich, maybe that's a hint for the right answer

In Hamburg

Correct. They're running away from their grandfather's house.

In Verona

Well, that would have been easy compared to the route they had to take. Verona is only an hour and a half away from Venice by train.

In London

Heavens, that would have been an incredible adventure. But another character from another of Cornelia's books takes a train in London, which takes him on an adventure at least as great as the one that Prosper and Bo are having: Jon Whitcroft from "Ghost Knight".

Question 6 of 10

Where is Prosper's, Bo's, and their friends' hiding place in Venice?

In an old warehouse

That's another adventure. In Cornelia's book "Dragon Rider" the orphan boy Ben hides in one of the old warehouses in the Speicherstadt, Hamburg's historic warehouse district. And later, so do Lung and Sorrel on their search for the Rim of Heaven, where they finally meet their new traveling companion Ben.

On the Isola Segreta

No, this island holds another secret. As its name implies.

In a closed cinema

Right. They are hiding out at the 'Stella' on Calle del Paradiso.

In the Basilica San Marco

No, that's not where the kids are hiding. But it's in a confessional in this church that they meet the Conte, a count for whom the Thief Lord is tasked to steal something.

Question 7 of 10

Who in the history of Venice wore masks similar to Scipio's?

The plague doctors and plague healers

That's right. The plague claimed countless lives throughout Europe since the Middle Ages and there was no effective medicine to combat the disease. The doctors who cared for the plague patients wore the bird-like masks to protect themselves and others. Because the healthy people recognized the plague doctors by their masks, they could stay away from them. For the doctors themselves, the mask served two purposes. They hid bags of herbs underneath it against the probably very bad smell that the disease brought with it. That's where the proverb comes from, by the way: 'It smells like the plague.' And secondly, the long beak was supposed to function as a spacer, so that the doctors could not accidentally get too close to the patients they were examining.

A famous thief who robbed the palazzi of noble families in Venice for a long time

This would be the perfect model for Scipio and his mask, but it is not the right answer. There is nothing in the history books about such a thief.

Traveling theater people of the Commedia dell'Arte

The actors of the Commedia dell'Arte also often wore masks during their performances, some resembling the one Scipio wears on his thieving tours. But (unfortunately) this special mask does not have its origin in acting.

The bird dealers on the Mercato di Rialto

With such a mask, the merchants would have probably scared rather than attract their customers.

Question 8 of 10

Who or what are the Vaporetti?

Small, delicious Venetian sweets.

No, the chocolates wrapped in colorful paper that Scipio likes so much are called mandorlati.

That's what they call the famous gondolas in Venice.

Unfortunately, that's wrong. The Venetians call them gondolas.

That's what they call the national gendarmerie of Italy.

Oh, no. You mean the Carabinieri.

The floating buses of Venice

Yes, correct answer. They transport the Venetians to work and the tourists from one museum to another.

Question 9 of 10

What role does Victor slip into to spy on Prosper and Bo?


So, if Victor wanted to attract the attention of Prosper and Bo, that would, of course, be the perfect disguise, but since he wanted to achieve the exact opposite, he was wise to keep his hands off the carabinieri costume.


An original camouflage, admittedly, but a gondolier without a gondola would probably have attracted suspicious attention.

Gelato/ice cream vendor

But as an ice cream vendor, he would have had to sell ice cream to avoid attracting attention, right? And as the many ice-hungry tourists would surely have queued up, it would have been difficult for him to keep his eyes open, let alone to follow the kids.


Score! And Victor believes he's found the perfect cover. Thick glasses, baseball cap, camera in front of the chest.

Question 10 of 10

Who is the owner of the closed Stella cinema?


No, the old crook would have turned the cinema into money long ago instead of just leaving it empty forever, don't you think?

The Conte

No, a cinema would undoubtedly be too profane an object for the Conte. He would probably instead buy palaces or museums.

Dottor Massimo, Scipios father

Correct! He also owns another cinema in Venice, the 'Fantasia', which is not exactly a crowd puller either and is in danger of being closed as well.

Ida Spavento

One could imagine that Ida would have fun at an old cinema, but then she would certainly try to keep it alive.

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