Mouth-watering reads: Take our food in literature quiz!

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With her hands behind her back, Leah Blankenberger, 12, of Evansville, Ind., dives face-first into a juicy watermelon during the watermelon-eating contest at the Vanderburgh County Fair in Evansville, Ind., Friday, July 29, 2005.

Who doesn't love to eat? Giant banquets, cozy teas, unusual snacks, exotic recipes, and romantic repasts have played important parts in the legacy of the written word worldwide. But how well do you know the famous food scenes in literature? Grab a plate and enjoy the Monitor's scrumptious literary food quiz!

1. In C.S. Lewis's 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,' for what food does Edmund betray his siblings?

Belgian Waffles

Turkish Delight

American Cheeseburger


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