London Quiz - Dickens’ London (Questions)

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth and died at Higham, Kent aged 58 but it is for his epic tales, vibrant characters and lucid depiction of contemporary London life that he is most remembered today. If you think you know Dicken’s work and especially those set in London, try this quiz to test your knowledge!

1. The Artful Dodger, Fagin and Bill Sykes are characters in which famous Dickens novel set in London?
[ ] Great Expectations
[ ] Oliver Twist
[ ] Our Mutual Friend
[ ] A Christmas Carol
2. In ‘Oliver Twist’, Mr. Brownlow is robbed of what by the Artful Dodger whilst standing at a bookstall near Clerkenwell Green?
[ ] His wallet
[ ] His keys
[ ] His pocket watch
[ ] His handkerchief
3. Which pub, still existing today in the City of London, is often mentioned in ‘The Pickwick Papers’?
[ ] The Jamaica Wine House
[ ] Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
[ ] The George and Vulture
[ ] The Viaduct Tavern
4. Villiers Street was the site of Warren’s Blacking Factory where Dickens once worked labelling pots of boot polish. How old was he at the time?
[ ] 9
[ ] 12
[ ] 16
[ ] 18
5. From which London bridge can one descend the Nancy Steps, named after the character in ‘Oliver Twist’?
[ ] Chelsea Bridge
[ ] Southwark Bridge
[ ] The Millennium Bridge
[ ] London Bridge
6. What was the name of Dickens’ first short story, published in The Monthly Magazine?
[ ] Amadale
[ ] A Dinner at Poplar Walk
[ ] Charles Dickens
[ ] Armageddon
7. In ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, Charles Darnay visits which pub after being acquitted of high treason?
[ ] The Slug and Lettuce
[ ] The Woodin’s Shades
[ ] Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
[ ] The Coach and Horses
8. In which London prison was Dickens’ father held?
[ ] Newgate
[ ] Wormwood Scrubs
[ ] The Clink
[ ] Marshalsea
9. Where is the trial for breach of promise held in ‘The Pickwick Papers’?
[ ] The Royal Courts of Justice
[ ] Guildhall
[ ] County Hall
[ ] The Old Bailey
10. Which London church does Dickens dub “Saint Ghastly Grim” in ‘The Uncommercial Traveller’?
[ ] St Olave, Hart Street
[ ] All Souls, Grosvenor Park
[ ] All Hallows by The Tower
[ ] The Savoy, Chapel Royal

 

London Quiz - Dickens’ London (Answers)
1. The Artful Dodger, Fagin and Bill Sykes are characters in which famous Dickens novel set in London?
[ ] Great Expectations
[x] Oliver Twist
[ ] Our Mutual Friend
[ ] A Christmas Carol
They are all characters from his 1830s novel ‘Oliver Twist’, none of whom one would be fortunate to encounter!
2. In ‘Oliver Twist’, Mr. Brownlow is robbed of what by the Artful Dodger whilst standing at a bookstall near Clerkenwell Green?
[ ] His wallet
[ ] His keys
[ ] His pocket watch
[x] His handkerchief
Oliver was shocked to have witnessed the event and was even charged with the crime himself
3. Which pub, still existing today in the City of London, is often mentioned in ‘The Pickwick Papers’?
[ ] The Jamaica Wine House
[ ] Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
[x] The George and Vulture
[ ] The Viaduct Tavern
You can find the pub at 63 Pitfield Street, Hoxton, N1
4. Villiers Street was the site of Warren’s Blacking Factory where Dickens once worked labelling pots of boot polish. How old was he at the time?
[ ] 9
[x] 12
[ ] 16
[ ] 18
In 1824 Dickens was obliged to leave school and take temporary employment to help pay his father’s debts
5. From which London bridge can one descend the Nancy Steps, named after the character in ‘Oliver Twist’?
[ ] Chelsea Bridge
[ ] Southwark Bridge
[ ] The Millennium Bridge
[x] London Bridge
The steps were the scene of Nancy’s murder in the 1960s musical
6. What was the name of Dickens’ first short story, published in The Monthly Magazine?
[ ] Amadale
[x] A Dinner at Poplar Walk
[ ] Charles Dickens
[ ] Armageddon
The piece appeared (anonymously) in the magazine in December 1833
7. In ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, Charles Darnay visits which pub after being acquitted of high treason?
[ ] The Slug and Lettuce
[ ] The Woodin’s Shades
[x] Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
[ ] The Coach and Horses
Darnay is taken there by Sydney Carton. The pub still going and is at 145 Fleet Street
8. In which London prison was Dickens’ father held?
[ ] Newgate
[ ] Wormwood Scrubs
[ ] The Clink
[x] Marshalsea
John Dickens was committed to the Marshalsea Prison in 1824 for debt
9. Where is the trial for breach of promise held in ‘The Pickwick Papers’?
[ ] The Royal Courts of Justice
[x] Guildhall
[ ] County Hall
[ ] The Old Bailey
Guildhall still serves as the City of London’s base today and is well worth a visit. Many actual trials were held there in Tudor times, including that of Lady Jane Grey
10. Which London church does Dickens dub “Saint Ghastly Grim” in ‘The Uncommercial Traveller’?
[x] St Olave, Hart Street
[ ] All Souls, Grosvenor Park
[ ] All Hallows by The Tower
[ ] The Savoy, Chapel Royal
It is given this name by Dickens for its fearsome, spiked arch entrance to the churchyard which features three carved stone skulls