Author - Jules Verne
Jules Verne in 1878 when he was 50 years old.

Author - Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the son of a successful lawyer. He always had a love of the unknown and, as a child, he ran away from home hoping to become a cabin boy. This adventure didn’t succeed and Jules was returned to his parents. He was then sent to law school but instead he wanted to become a writer.

His first novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was published in 1863 and he went on to write many more adventure stories including Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island and Around the World in Eighty Days. He died in 1905 at the age of 77 and has become one of the greatest influences on later works of science fiction.

Have you read Jules Verne's science fiction and adventure novels? Test your knowledge of his life and works in this quiz.

Which 1897 Verne novel features a scientific adventure trip along a river?
The Mighty Amazon
The Mighty Congo
The Mighty Limpopo
The Mighty Orinoco
The Mighty Orinoco is one of the 54 novels which make up Verne's Extraordinary Voyages series
The character Captain Nemo first appeared in which 1870 novel?
Five Weeks in a Balloon
From the Earth to the Moon
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
He reappeared four years later in The Mysterious Island
In 1886 Verne was shot by his nephew Gaston. Where did the bullet strike him?
The arm
The head
The leg
The shoulder
Verne suffered from a permanent limp afterwards, and Gaston was confined to a mental asylum
What was the first name of Verne's wife, whom he married in 1857?
When Jules met her Honorine was a widow with two young children
What was the name of Verne's son, who published many of the later manuscripts?
It is rumoured that Michel may actually have written some of them
Verne was born in which French city in 1828?
He was born on a man-made island on the Loire River inside Nantes, called Île Feydeau
What is the title of Verne's 1870 novel, a sequel to From the Earth to the Moon?
Around the Moon
Back From the Moon
Beyond the Moon
From the Moon to the Earth
The two novels were later combined and published as A Trip to the Moon and Around It
In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the trip begins via a volcano in which country?
The characters enter a passage in the volcano Snæfellsjökull, which leads them to the centre of the Earth
What was Verne's profession before he became a full-time writer?
Jules' father intended his son to follow in his own footsteps as a lawyer, but Jules gave up that profession to pursue a career in writing
In Around the World in Eighty Days, published in 1873, Phileas Fogg begins and ends his journey at which London gentlemen's club?
The Commonwealth Club
The East India Club
The Reform Club
The Travellers Club
The Reform Club also appears in Anthony Trollope's 1867 novel Phineas Finn


Author:  Tony Rennick

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