Planning to become a mad scientist and take over the world? It might help to know your competition. The Guardian offers this trivia quiz on fictional mad scientists, starting with this question: "Why does Crake, in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, create a genetic pandemic that apparently kills off all human beings apart from his friend Jimmy?"

 

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