Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Literature themed quiz questions and answers

This is quite a niche post, but I wanted to share it in case anyone is looking for something similar - maybe for your own creative writing group, book club or online English lessons. I run a creative writing group in my local area with my best friend, and I hosted a mid-week virtual literature themed quiz for us to have some fun during lockdown. There are three rounds of 10 questions each, and you can find them below with answers.

Round one - who said that?


In this round (I) will read some famous quotes from popular novels. Please write down the name of the author who wrote the book the quote is from!

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”
(Emily Bronte)

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise”
(A A Milne)

“We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
(Margaret Atwood)

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”
(Oscar Wilde)

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends”
(J K Rowling)

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show”
(Charles Dickens)

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I don’t know what I was doing in New York”
(Sylvia Plath)

“I know love and lust don’t always keep the same company”
(Stephanie Meyer)

“We accept the love we think we deserve”
(Stephen Chbosky)

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one”
(J D Salinger)

Round two - oh what’s in a name?


In this round (I) will read the names of 10 iconic book characters. Please write down the title of the book in which you would find these characters.

Veruca Salt
(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Miss Havisham
(Great Expectations)

Randle Patrick McMurphy
(One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Scarlett O’Hara 
(Gone With The Wind)

Amanda Thripp
(Matilda)

Mark Renton
(Trainspotting)

Lennie Small
(Of Mice and Men)

Holly Golightly
(Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Leopold Bloom
(Ulysses)

Scout Finch
(To Kill a Mockingbird)

Round three - poetic justice.


This round contains straightforward quiz questions all related to poetry.

Who is the current poet laureate in the UK, as appointed in May 2019?
(Simon Armitage)

How many lines does a sonnet have?
(14)

Who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for poetry?
(Jericho Brown)

Who wrote the famous poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’?
(Dylan Thomas)

What was the name of the nonsensical poem written by Lewis Carroll and found in his book Through the Looking Glass?
(Jabberwocky)

How many lines does a limerick have?
(5)

A poem in which the first letter of each line spells a word is called what?
(Acrostic)

Which US state was poet Maya Angelou born in?
(Missouri)

Who was the first poet to be buried at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey?
(Chaucer)

Which famous poem is read out in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral - bonus point if you know who wrote it too?

(Funeral Blues, by WH Auden)

If you happen to use this literature themed quiz, let me know - it's a bit of fun and I'd love to see how your pals get on with it.

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