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The Big 2022 Lit Quiz

Here's a 100 question literary quiz to pass the time with. It’s mostly a compilation of questions from the past year or two, and there may be a little overlap in some of the questions (i.e. clues), if you are sharp.

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Scroll down to the bottom for the answers. Mark yourself generously, allowing yourself bonus marks for related knowledge, panache, or anything else! No pass mark, just for fun.

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Here goes:

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A. Who wrote...

1. For Whom the Bell Tolls?

2. The Secret History?

3. Three Men in a Boat?

4. Mrs Dalloway?

5. The War of The Worlds, and The Time Machine?

6. The Girl with the Pearl Earring?

7. Crime and Punishment?

8. The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

9. The Pursuit of Love, and Love in a Cold Climate?

10. The Count of Monte Cristo?

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B1. People

11. What was the name of the young boy who was Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore's friend in AA Milne's story?


12. What is the name of the eponymous young hero of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s famous children’s tale?


13. What was the name of the factory owner in Roses Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?


14. Kipling’s The Jungle Book, what was the name of the tiger?


15. What are the surnames of Mark Twain's two friends, Tom and Huck?

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B2. Animals:

16. What type of bird shows Mary the entrance to the Secret Garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett's story?


17. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, concerns the affairs of Toad, Mole, Badger and Ratty, but which one of them lives in the Wild Wood?


18. Name three of the guests at the Mad Hatter's tea party in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland?


19. What was the name of EB White's eponymous mouse, who gets adopted by a family in New York?


20. What type of animal was Richard  Parker in Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi?

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C1. Royalty. What is:

21. The Roald Dahl story in which the Queen plays a part, about Sophie and her unusual friend who is prone to frobscottle and whizzpoppers?


22. The Alan Bennett book about Queen Elizabeth and a mobile library?


23. The name of Walter Tevis' book focussed on chess, also a Netflix series?

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C2. Elizabeth my dear. Name the author of:

24. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont?

25. The Enchanted April?

26. The literary vampire story The Historian?

27. North and South, and Mary Barton (sometimes know just as Mrs __)?

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C3. And characters

28. In Little Women which of the March sister's is poorly?


29. In George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, which was made into the musical My Fair Lady, the name of the flower seller protege of Prof. Henry Higgins?


30. What is the name of the second eldest daughter of the main family in Pride and Preiudice?

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D1. In which novel would you find:

31. Scout, Jem, Boo and Atticus?

32. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan?

33. Nelly Dean, Joseph, Mr Lockwood and Catherine Earnshaw?

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D2. Books with days of the week in:

34. Sweet _____ by John Steinbeck

35. ____'s with Morrie by Mitch Albom

36. ____ or ____ by Virginia Woolf

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D3. Mealtimes:

37. The tiger who came to ___ by Judith Kerr

38. A Moveable ___ by Ernest Hemingway

39. ____ at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

40. Naked ___ by William S Burroughs

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E. Match the eponymous character/book to their author (options below):

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Books

41. Martin Chuzzlewit

42. Agnes Grey

43. Oblomov

44. Mary Barton

45. Uncle Vanya

46. Peter Pan

47. Hedda Gabler

48. Adam Bede

49. Pudd'nhead Wilson

50. Pere Goriot

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Authors

George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Anton Chekhov, Honore de Balzac, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henrik Ibsen, JM Barrie, Mark Twain, Ivan Goncharov, Anne Bronte

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F1. Compass points. Name the novel:

51. Erich Maria Remarque's First World War story

52. Elizabeth Gaskell's clash of cultures

53. John Steinbeck's epic of the Salinas Valley

54. Richard Flanagan's Booker Prize winning story.

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F2. Initials

True or false, these writers full names are:

55. J(oanne) K(rum) Rowling

56. J(erome) D(amascus) Salinger

57. P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse

58. E(ric) M(ountjoy) Forster

59. C(live) S(taples) Lewis

60. J(ohn) R(euel) R(ivendell) Tolkien

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G1. Opening lines. Name the novel:

61. "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”


62. "Call me Ishmael."


63. "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”


64. "All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

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G2. Middle lines. Name the novel:

65. "The ships hung in the air in much the same way as bricks don't."


66. "Four legs good, two legs bad."


67. "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost."

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G3. Closing lines. Name the novel:

68. "After all, tomorrow is another day."


69. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."


70. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done, it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

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H1. Match the dog to the book / book series (options below):

71. Toto

72. Dogmatix

73. Montmorency

74. Timmy

75. Snowy


Options: The Famous Five, Three Men in a Boat, Asterix, The Wizard of Oz, Tintin.

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H2. Shakespeare quotes - which play? (Options below)

76. "She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd, And I lov'd her that she did pity them.”


77. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?"


78. "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?"


79. "Lord, what fools these mortals be.”


80. "Cry 'God for Harry, England and St George!"


Options: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth

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I. Insert the missing colour...

81. The Colour XX - by Alice Walker

82. XX Teeth - by Zadie Smith

83. XX Tiger - by Aravind Adiga

84. The XX Wallpaper - by Charlotte Gilman Perkins

85. The XX Mile - by Stephen King

86. The XX Letter - by Nathanial Hawthorne

87. A Clockwork XX - by Anthony Burgess

88. Half of a XX Sun - by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie

89. The XX Spyglass - by Phllip Pullman

90. A Study in XX - by Arthur Conan Doyle

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J. Who wrote:

91. Far from the Madding Crowd

92. The Bell Jar

93. Bonjour Tristesse

94. Don Quixote

95. Things Fall Apart

96. Norwegian Wood

97. The God of Small Things

98. One Hundred Years of Solitud

99. Anne of Green Gables

100. Middlemarch

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ANSWERS


A1. Who wrote...

1. Ernest Hemingway

2. Donna Tartt

3. Jerome K Jerome

4. Virginia Woolf

5. HG Wells

6. Tracy Chevalier

7. Fyodor Dostoevsky

8. Khaled Hosseini

9. Nancy Mitford

10. Alexandre Dumas


B1. People

11. Christopher Robin

12. The Little Prince

13. Willy Wonka

14. Shere Khan

15. Sawyer and Finn


B2. Animals:

16. A robin

17. Badger

18. Any three from … Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Dormouse

19. Stuart Little

20. A Tiger


C1. Royalty. What is:

21. The BFG

22. The Uncommon Reader

23. The Queen’s Gambit


C2. Elizabeth my dear. Name the author of:

24. Elizabeth Taylor

25. Elizabeth von Arnim

26. Elizabeth Kostova

27. Elizabeth Gaskell


C3. And characters

28. Beth

29. Eliza

30. Elizabeth


D1. In which novel would you find:

31. To Kill a Mockingbird

32. The Three Musketeers

33. Wuthering Heights


D2. Books with days of the week in:

34. Sweet THURSDAY

35. TUESDAYS with Morrie

36. MONDAY or TUESDAY


D3. Mealtimes:

37. The tiger who came to TEA

38. A Moveable FEAST

39. BREAKFAST at Tiffany's

40. Naked LUNCH


E. Match the eponymous character/book to their author (options below):


Books

41. Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens

42. Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë

43. Oblomov - Ivan Goncharov

44. Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell

45. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov

46. Peter Pan - JM Barrie

47. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen

48. Adam Bede - George Eliot

49. Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain

50. Pete Goriot - Honore de Balzac


F1. Compass points. Name the novel:

51. All Quiet on the WESTern Front

52. NORTH and SOUTH

53. EAST of Eden

54. The Narrow Road to the Deep NORTH


F2. Initials

True or false, these writers full names are:

55. False (JK Rowling)

56. False (JD Salinger)

57. True (PG Wodehouse)

58. False (EM Forster)

59. True (CS Lewis)

60. False (JRR Tolkien)


G1. Opening lines. Name the novel:

61. Matilda by Roald Dahl

62. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

63. Ulysses by James Joyce

64. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


G2. Middle lines. Name the novel:

65. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

66. Animal Farm by George Orwell

67. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien


G3. Closing lines. Name the novel:

68. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

69. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

70. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


H1. Match the dog to the book / book series (options below):

71. Toto - The Wizard of Oz

72. Dogmatix - Asterix

73. Montmorency - Three Men in a Boat

74. Timmy - The Famous Five

75. Snowy - Tintin


H2. Shakespeare quotes - which play? (Options below)

76. Othello - "She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd, And I lov'd her that she did pity them.”

77. Macbeth - "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?"

78. Romeo and Juliet - "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?"

79. A Midsummer Night’s Dream- "Lord, what fools these mortals be.”

80. Henry V - "Cry 'God for Harry, England and St George!"


I. Insert the missing colour...

81. The Colour PURPLE - by Alice Walker

82. WHITE Teeth - by Zadie Smith

83. WHITE Tiger - by Aravind Adiga

84. The YELLOW Wallpaper - by Charlotte Gilman Perkins

85. The GREEN Mile - by Stephen King

86. The SCARLET Letter - by Nathanial Hawthorne

87. A Clockwork ORANGE - by Anthony Burgess

88. Half of a YELLOW Sun - by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie

79. The AMBER Spyglass - by Phllip Pullman

80. A Study in SCARLET - by Arthur Conan Doyle


J. Who wrote:

91. Thomas Hardy

92. Sylvia Plath

93. Francoise Sagan

94. Cervantes

95. Chinua Achebe

96. Haruki Murakami

97. Arundhati Roy

98. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

99. LM Montgomery

100. George Eliot



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