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Author - Charles Dickens 3
Dickens wrote David Copperfield at Fort House, Kent. It was later named Bleak House in his honour.

Author - Charles Dickens 3

Charles Dickens is one of the classic authors in British literature. His works provide us with an insight to Victorian society as well as delight, and also horror, at some of his characters and stories. This is the third of our four quizzes on the life and works of possibly the 19th Century’s most important author.

In a career which spanned 34 years Dickens wrote a total of 20 novels and a host of short stories. In addition to these he also wrote his autobiography, several plays, poetry and travel books. But that’s not all! He also edited weekly publications and administered some charities. In his spare time he was also an actor and he performed for Queen Victoria in 1851. A good deal of his time was spent abroad and he went to the United States of America to campaign against the slavery practised there.

How well do you know the life and works of Charles Dickens? Test yourself in this, the third of four fun quizzes!

1.
The line "Barkis is willing" comes from which Dickens work?
A Tale Of Two Cities
Bleak House
David Copperfield
Nicholas Nickleby
This was the message to Clara Peggotty
2.
Who was "The Infant Phenomenon" in "Nicholas Nickleby" by Dickens?
Fanny Squeers
Henrietta Petowker
Miss La Creevey
Ninetta Crummles
The daughter was a prominent member of Mr & Mrs Crummles' theatre troop
3.
Completed in 1837, which was Charles Dickens' first novel?
Nicholas Nickleby
Oliver Twist
The Old Curiosity Shop
The Pickwick Papers
He began the work when he was just 24 years old
4.
Boffin, Wegg and Venus were characters in which Dickens novel?
Little Dorrit
Nicholas Nickleby
Our Mutual Friend
The Old Curiosity Shop
Our Mutual Friend was the last novel Dickens managed to complete
5.
Who in the 19th century was Ellen Ternan?
Charles Dickens' aunt
Charles Dickens' mistress
Charles Dickens' publisher
Charles Dickens' sister
Ellen was an actress who aroused Dickens' interest when he saw her performing on stage
6.
Which of Charles Dickens' novels is considered to have been partly autobiographical?
Barnaby Rudge
David Copperfield
Hard Times
Martin Chuzzlewit
The full title of the novel is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account)
7.
What was Charles Dickens' Christmas story in 1861 called?
Don Diddler's Ground
Fred Fiddler's Ground
Peter Piddler's Ground
Tom Tiddler's Ground
The short story shares its name with a children's game in which one player, "Tom Tidler," tries to keep other players off a patch of ground
8.
In Martin Chuzzlewit by Dickens what were the names of Pecksniff's daughters?
Charity and Mercy
Chastity and Prudence
Faith and Hope
Verity and Patience
Dickens thought Martin Chuzzlewit was his best work but it was one of his least popular books
9.
Where is the author Charles Dickens buried?
Hyde Park
Regent's Park
St Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
Dickens lies in poets' corner along with the likes of Geoffrey Chaucer, Dr Samuel Johnson, Alfred Tennyson and Thomas Hardy
10.
What age was Charles Dickens when he died in 1870?
42
50
58
70
He suffered a mild stroke in 1869 and a fatal one just over a year later

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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