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Author - Charles Dickens 1
A portrait of Charles Dickens made in 1839 when he was 27 years old.

Author - Charles Dickens 1

Charles Dickens is perhaps the most important of all the Victorian writers. He was a master at describing contemporary society, and his works were a form of social commentary. One quiz is not enough to do justice to such a literary giant as Dickens, and so this is the first of four quizzes devoted to his life and his works.

Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. He was sent to school at the age of nine, but unfortunately this came to an end when his father was sent to a debtor’s prison. Charles was sent to work in a factory where he had to put up with terrible conditions as well as separation from his family. After three years he went back to school, but the incident had an effect on Dickens who used it as inspiration in some of his books, most notably in Great Expectations and David Copperfield.

Test your knowledge of the life and works of Charles Dickens in this, the first of four fun quizzes!

1.
Which novel did Charles Dickens complete in 1853?
Big House
Bleak House
Boarding House
Our House
The novel was originally published as a serial between March 1852 and September 1853
2.
Which adjective describes a similarity to a Charles Dickens character or situation?
Dickensian
Dickensish
Dickensite
Dickens-like
The word is usually used to describe poor social conditions or repulsive characters
3.
What institution was featured prominently in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist?
Abattoir
Dockyard
Racecourse
Workhouse
Workhouses were a feature of Victorian society. Life in them was deliberately harsh, so that only the truly destitute would apply
4.
Who was the hero in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens?
Paul
Pete
Percy
Pip
Pip is a nickname. The character's real name is Philip Pirrip
5.
What seasonal work did Charles Dickens produce in 1843?
A Christmas Cake
A Christmas Card
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Cracker
It tells the story of a miser and how he is changed into more kindly man after visits by a series of ghosts
6.
Which mean character appeared in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?
Arkwright
Ebenezer Scrooge
Jack Benny
The Chancellor Of The Exchequer
Scrooge was Bob Cratchit's employer
7.
Whose team of pickpockets appeared in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist?
Coogan
Fagin
Hogan
Logan
In the novel's preface Dickens describes Fagin as a "receiver of stolen goods"
8.
Of which newspaper was Charles Dickens the founder-editor in 1846?
The Daily News
The Daily Sport
The News Of The World
The Sun
The Daily News was set up as a centre-left rival to the right-wing Morning Chronicle
9.
Which English period was covered by the majority of works by Charles Dickens?
Edwardian
Elizabethan
Tudor
Victorian
Some of Dickens' work referred to the 18th century, but the Victorian period was his primary focus
10.
Which Charles Dickens novel is named after a father and son?
Dickens And Son
Dombey And Son
Matthew And Son
Steptoe And Son
The book's full title is Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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