Books Quiz - Fictional Places 1 (Questions)

Fictional places range from whole worlds, like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia or J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, to countries such as those visited by the protagonist in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. There are also towns like George Elliot’s Middlemarch, or just buildings, for example The Admiral Benbow Inn in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Some are magical places, whilst others are just mundane and ordinary.

This is the first of three quizzes on fictional places found, not only in literature but also in film, radio and television programmes. You may think that some of the questions are therefore ‘trespassing' in this section which, strictly speaking, is all about ‘Books’. Our excuse is that there are a whole host of villages, countries, planets and establishments which have entered our cultural consciousness, and a mine of fascinating questions about them which are just too good to be overlooked! Have a go at this quiz and see how many of the fictional locations you can remember.

1. In the TV series, what is the name of The Simpsons' home town?
[ ] Bedrock
[ ] Homerville
[ ] Shelbyville
[ ] Springfield
2. Where does TV cop Jack Frost, played by David Jason, do his detecting?
[ ] Benton
[ ] Denton
[ ] Fenton
[ ] Kenton
3. Which novel is set in the fictional country of Ruritania?
[ ] Cold Comfort Farm
[ ] Robinson Crusoe
[ ] Dracula
[ ] The Prisoner of Zenda
4. What is the name of the island where Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends live?
[ ] Fodor
[ ] Lodor
[ ] Nodor
[ ] Sodor
5. Which village is the setting for the radio programme The Archers?
[ ] Ambridge
[ ] Bambridge
[ ] Lambridge
[ ] Tambridge
6. Which English novelist invented the county of Barsetshire?
[ ] Wilkie Collins
[ ] Charles Dickens
[ ] Anthony Trollope
[ ] Evelyn Waugh
7. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which city lies at the end of the Yellow Brick Road?
[ ] Diamond City
[ ] Emerald City
[ ] Ruby City
[ ] Turquoise City
8. In the TV programme Porridge, what is the name of the prison where Fletcher is incarcerated?
[ ] Slade
[ ] Slake
[ ] Slane
[ ] Slate
9. The TV show Byker Grove was set in what type of establishment?
[ ] A coffee bar
[ ] A health club
[ ] A school
[ ] A youth club
10. In Gulliver's Travels, where does Gulliver meet the little people?
[ ] Brobdingnag
[ ] Glubbdubdrib
[ ] Laputa
[ ] Lilliput

 

Books Quiz - Fictional Places 1 (Answers)
1. In the TV series, what is the name of The Simpsons' home town?
[ ] Bedrock
[ ] Homerville
[ ] Shelbyville
[x] Springfield
Shelbyville is Springfield's nearest neighbour and rival
2. Where does TV cop Jack Frost, played by David Jason, do his detecting?
[ ] Benton
[x] Denton
[ ] Fenton
[ ] Kenton
A Touch of Frost based on the novels by R. D. Wingfield
3. Which novel is set in the fictional country of Ruritania?
[ ] Cold Comfort Farm
[ ] Robinson Crusoe
[ ] Dracula
[x] The Prisoner of Zenda
Anthony Hope wrote the novel in 1894
4. What is the name of the island where Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends live?
[ ] Fodor
[ ] Lodor
[ ] Nodor
[x] Sodor
Thomas the Tank Engine appears in the Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher
5. Which village is the setting for the radio programme The Archers?
[x] Ambridge
[ ] Bambridge
[ ] Lambridge
[ ] Tambridge
The Archers has been broadcast on Radio 4 since 1951 and it has more than 5 million regular listeners
6. Which English novelist invented the county of Barsetshire?
[ ] Wilkie Collins
[ ] Charles Dickens
[x] Anthony Trollope
[ ] Evelyn Waugh
There are a total of six novels in The Chronicles of Barsetshire
7. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which city lies at the end of the Yellow Brick Road?
[ ] Diamond City
[x] Emerald City
[ ] Ruby City
[ ] Turquoise City
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900
8. In the TV programme Porridge, what is the name of the prison where Fletcher is incarcerated?
[x] Slade
[ ] Slake
[ ] Slane
[ ] Slate
According to the opening title, he gets five years
9. The TV show Byker Grove was set in what type of establishment?
[ ] A coffee bar
[ ] A health club
[ ] A school
[x] A youth club
TV stars Ant and Dec were in Byker Grove as children
10. In Gulliver's Travels, where does Gulliver meet the little people?
[ ] Brobdingnag
[ ] Glubbdubdrib
[ ] Laputa
[x] Lilliput
The Lilliputians are tiny people about one-twelfth the height of ordinary humans. Two factions of Lilliputians have fought wars over the correct way to break an egg!