Books Quiz - Author - Jules Verne (Questions)

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.

1. Verne was born in which French city in 1828?
[ ] Lille
[ ] Marseille
[ ] Nancy
[ ] Nantes
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. What was the name of Verne's son, who published many of the later manuscripts?
[ ] Antoine
[ ] Auguste
[ ] Jacques
[ ] Michel
6. In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the trip begins via a volcano in which country?
[ ] Iceland
[ ] Italy
[ ] Japan
[ ] Mexico
7. What was Verne's profession before he became a full-time writer?
[ ] Accountant
[ ] Diplomat
[ ] Schoolmaster
[ ] Stockbroker
8. In 1886 Verne was shot by his nephew Gaston. Where did the bullet strike him?
[ ] The arm
[ ] The head
[ ] The leg
[ ] The shoulder
9. What was the first name of Verne's wife, whom he married in 1857?
[ ] Catherine
[ ] Honorine
[ ] Hortense
[ ] Sophie
10. Which 1897 Verne novel features a scientific adventure trip along a river?
[ ] The Mighty Amazon
[ ] The Mighty Congo
[ ] The Mighty Limpopo
[ ] The Mighty Orinoco

 

Books Quiz - Author - Jules Verne (Answers)
1. Verne was born in which French city in 1828?
[ ] Lille
[ ] Marseille
[ ] Nancy
[x] Nantes
He was born on a man-made island on the Loire River inside Nantes, called Île Feydeau
2. 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
[x] Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
He reappeared four years later in The Mysterious Island
3. 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
[x] The Reform Club
[ ] The Travellers Club
The Reform Club also appears in Anthony Trollope's 1867 novel Phineas Finn
4. What is the title of Verne's 1870 novel, a sequel to From the Earth to the Moon?
[x] 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
5. What was the name of Verne's son, who published many of the later manuscripts?
[ ] Antoine
[ ] Auguste
[ ] Jacques
[x] Michel
It is rumoured that Michel may actually have written some of them
6. In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the trip begins via a volcano in which country?
[x] Iceland
[ ] Italy
[ ] Japan
[ ] Mexico
The characters enter a passage in the volcano Snæfellsjökull, which leads them to the centre of the Earth
7. What was Verne's profession before he became a full-time writer?
[ ] Accountant
[ ] Diplomat
[ ] Schoolmaster
[x] Stockbroker
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
8. In 1886 Verne was shot by his nephew Gaston. Where did the bullet strike him?
[ ] The arm
[ ] The head
[x] The leg
[ ] The shoulder
Verne suffered from a permanent limp afterwards, and Gaston was confined to a mental asylum
9. What was the first name of Verne's wife, whom he married in 1857?
[ ] Catherine
[x] Honorine
[ ] Hortense
[ ] Sophie
When Jules met her Honorine was a widow with two young children
10. Which 1897 Verne novel features a scientific adventure trip along a river?
[ ] The Mighty Amazon
[ ] The Mighty Congo
[ ] The Mighty Limpopo
[x] The Mighty Orinoco
The Mighty Orinoco is one of the 54 novels which make up Verne's Extraordinary Voyages series