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The Big Festive Lit Quiz 2023

In case you are bored, here's a 100 question lit quiz to pass the time with.

I've made it simple, no bonuses - but do feel free to feel smug when you know the author or the publication date as well as the title, for example. As ever, mark yourself generously. Good luck.

Here goes:

A. Who wrote

1. Siddhartha

2. Ulysses

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

4. The Beautiful and the Damned

5. Jacob’s Room

B. Name the children’s book series in which you’ll find:

6. Aslan and the White Witch

7. Moaning Myrtle and Neville Longbottom

8. Timmy the Dog and Uncle Quentin

9. Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe

10. Bess Marvin and Georgina ‘George’ Fayne

C. Houses

11. Mentioned in the opening line of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

12. Where Mr Darcy lives in Pride and Prejudice.

13.  Where Bilbo Baggins lives at the start of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

14. The small one on the savannah from Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories

15. Named in Shirley Jackson’s haunting story.

D. The Lake District

16. Which Hilltop resident wrote Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle

17. Which Dove Cottage resident wrote the poem about The Daffodils

18. What was the name of his fell walking sister who’s journal inspired many of his poems

19. Which occasionally Keswick based poet wrote Kubla Khan?

20. Which walker and writer gives his name to the collective noun for the 214 English peaks over 1000 feet.

E. What is the title of the book for which this is the famous subtitle:

21. The Modern Prometheus

22. A Novel Without A Hero

23. There and Back Again

24. The Autobiography of a Horse

25. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

F. Constellations - Sun(s) moon(s) or star(s)

26. The ____ and Sixpence

27. A Thousand Splendid ____

28.  The Fault in our ____

29. The ____ is Down

30. Half of a Yellow ____

G. Name the Agatha Christie book title from the clue:

31. Eventually there were zero

32. Unlawful killing on the coastal golf course

33. Nastiness under the gaseous fireball in space

34. Homicide on the Eastern fast train

35. The looking glass broke horizontally

H. ‘The’ or ‘A’?:

36. ___ Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

37. ___ Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams

38. ___ Month in the Country by JL Carr

39. ___ Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

40. ___ Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I. Sherlock Holmes

41. What number Baker Street does Sherlock Holmes live at?

42. What is the name of his housekeeper?

43. What is the name of his nemesis?

44. What instrument does he ‘play’?

45. Who is the author of the Holmes stories?

J . Who wrote

46. Jamaica Inn

47. Wolf Hall

48. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

49. Cold Comfort Farm

50. My Ántonia

K. Name the (first or best known) book in which you’ll find the following characters

51. Long John Silver

52. Mercedes and Edmund Dantes

53. Maxim de Winter and Mrs Danvers

54. Professor Abraham Van Helsing and Mina Murray

55. Sancho Panza and Dulcinea

L. Who’s that lady? Name the novel/play with ‘lady’ in the title

56. Henry James famous novel.

57. DH Lawrence’s naughty book

58. Jane Austen’s early epistolary novella

59. Margaret Atwood’s novel, not set at Delphi.

60. Oscar Wilde’s play, not set in the Lake District.

M. Missing words

What word is missing from the following titles

61. ___ Study in Scarlet (Arthur Conan Doyle)

62. A ___ of One's Own (Virginia Woolf)

63. Cider ___ Rosie (Laurie Lee)

64. ___ Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie)

65. A Pale ___ of Hills (Kazuo Ishiguro)

(Clue - if you put them together they make the name of another novel)

N.  Name the Charles Dickens title from the clue:

66. High Anticipations

67. Difficult Periods

68. A Story About a Couple of Places

69. A Festive Song

70. Grim Dwelling

O.  What is the first name of the writer

71. ___ Hugo

72. ___ Kipling

73. ___ Neale Hurston

74. ___ Kafka

75. ___ Wharton

P. Name the Jane Austen book in which you’ll find these characters

76. Anne Elliot

77. Catherine Morland

78. Elinor Dashwood

79. Elizabeth Bennet

80. Emma Woodhouse

Q.  Which country are the following books (mainly) set in.

81. Elizabeth von Arnim’s The Enchanted April

82. Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

83. James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

84. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

85. Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

R. Who wrote - boys and girls

86. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

87. About a Boy

88. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

89. The Girl with the Pearl Earring

90. The Horse and his Boy

S.  Match the Booker Prize Winner to the book:

Authors: Aravind Adiga, Paul Beatty, Anna Burns, Howard Jacobsen, Shehan Karunatilaka


91. The Finkler Question

92. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

93. The White Tiger

94. Milkman

95. The Sellout

T. Name the dog:

96. Dorothy’s dog in The Wizard of Oz

97. Tintin's dog

98. The dog in Three Men in a Boat

99. The dog in John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with …’ book

100. The eponymous dog in Virginia Woolf’s Elizabeth Barrett story




A. Who wrote

1. Herman Hesse

2. James Joyce

3. Betty Smith

4. F Scott Fitzgerald

5. Virginia Woolf


B. Name the book

6.  Narnia

7.  Harry Potter

8.  The Famous Five

9.  Avonlea/ Anne of Green Gables

10.  Nancy Drew


C. Houses

11. Manderley

12. Pemberley

13.  Bag End

14. The Little House on the Prairie

15. Hill House


D. The Lake District

16. Beatrix Potter

17. William Wordsworth

18. Dorothy Wordsworth

19. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

20. Alfred Wainwright


E. Famous subtitles

21. Frankenstein

22. Vanity Fair

23. The Hobbit

24. Black Beauty

25. Peter Pan


F. Constellations - Sun(s) moon(s) or star(s)

26. Moon

27. Suns

28.  Stars

29. Moon

30. Sun


G.  Name the Agatha Christie title:

31. And Then There Were None

32. Murder on the Links

33. Evil Under The Sun

34. Murder on the Orient Express

35. The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side


H. ‘The’ or ‘A’?:

36. The (Bell Jar)

37. A (Streetcar named Desire)

38. A (Month in the Country)

39. The (Fire Next Time)

40. A (Little Princess)


I. Sherlock Holmes

41. 221b

42. Mrs Hudson

43. (Professor) Moriarty

44. Violin

45. Arthur Conan Doyle


J . Who wrote

46. Daphne du Maurier

47. Hilary Mantel

48. Maya Angelou

49. Stella Gibbons

50. Willa Cather


K. Name the book

51. Treasure Island

52. The Count of Monte Cristo

53. Rebecca

54. Dracula

55. Don Quixote


L. Who’s that lady?

56. The Portrait of a Lady

57. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

58. Lady Susan

59. Lady Oracle

60. Lady Windermere’s Fan


M. Missing words

61. A (Study in Scarlet)

62. (A) Room (of One's Own)

63. (Cider) With (Rosie)

64. A (Murder is Announced)

65. (A Pale) View (of Hills)

(A Room with a View)


N.  Name the Charles Dickens title

66. Great Expectations

67. Hard Times

68. A Tale of Two Cities

69. A Christmas Carol

70. Bleak House


O.  Writers' first names

71. VICTOR Hugo

72. RUDYARD Kipling

73. ZORA Neale Hurston

74. FRANZ Kafka

75. EDITH Wharton


P. Name the book (Jane Austen special)

76. Persuasion

77. Northanger Abbey

78. Sense and Sensibility

79. Pride and Prejudice

80. Emma


Q.  Which country are the following books (mainly) set in

81. Italy

82. Greece

83. France

84. Nigeria

85. India


R . Who wrote (girls and boys)

86. Steig Larsson

87. Nick Hornby

88. John Boyne

89. Tracy Chevalier

90. CS Lewis


S.  Booker Prize Winner and book

91. The Finkler Question (Jacobsen)

92. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Karunatilaka)

93. The White Tiger (Adiga)

94. Milkman (Burns)

95. The Sellout (Beatty)


T. Name the dog

96. Toto

97. Snowy

98. Montmorency

99. Charley

100. Flush

Add 'em up. How did you get on?

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