Author - Lewis Carroll
The Mad Hatter appears in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass.

Author - Lewis Carroll

Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire in 1832. He went to Oxford University and got a degree in Maths. He then went on to become a lecturer in Maths at Oxford, whilst at the same time writing comic poems and prose for his own amusement. He had a few works published and also became a well respected photographer.

Alice in Wonderland, a story based on a boat trip he had taken with a girl named Alice Liddell, was published in 1865. This proved popular and, in 1871, a sequel was published called Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. In addition to his nonsense rhymes and his children’s fiction, Carroll also wrote mathematical treatises and became a deacon in the Church of England. He died in 1898 at the age of 65.

How much do you know about the life and works of Lewis Carroll? Can you be sure about where the slithy toves gyre and gimble or which board game is associated with Through the Looking-Glass? Take this quiz and find out!

The 1872 book Through the Looking-Glass is loosely based on which board game?
Snakes and ladders
Alice represents a pawn
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, what is the price on the Mad Hatter's hat?
Five shillings
Five shillings and sixpence
Ten shillings
Ten shillings and sixpence
That's how much the hat would have been worth at the time
Who did the original illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass?
John Tennent
John Tenniel
John Tennyson
John Trevelyan
He also drew many cartoons for Punch magazine
Which word game is Carroll thought to have invented?
Word Association
Word Ladder
Word Search
Word Square
A 'start word' must be changed into an 'end word', by a series of clearly defined steps
In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which character gradually disappears until only its grin remains?
The Caterpillar
The Cheshire Cat
The Dodo
The Mock Turtle
Carroll based some of his characters on well-known phrases. The Cheshire Cat comes from the phrase "He grinned like a Cheshire cat" and the Mad Hatter comes from "As mad as a hatter"
What was Carroll's real name?
Charles Lutwidge Dodge
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Charles Lutwidge Hodge
Charles Lutwidge Hodgson
His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were also called Charles Dodgson
What is the title of Carroll's 1876 'nonsense' poem?
The Hunting of the Nark
The Hunting of the Quark
The Hunting of the Snark
The Hunting of the Zark
The Hunting of the Snark is a long poem. It contains almost 4,500 words!
What is the name of Alice's cat in both Alice books?
Alice talks to the inhabitants of Wonderland about Dinah. In one scene she makes them uncomfortable by describing Dinah's ability to hunt
In the poem Jabberwocky, where do the slithy toves gyre and gimble?
In the flabe
In the grabe
In the snabe
In the wabe
The first verse of the poem goes:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
In Through the Looking-Glass, from whom is Alice rescued by the White Knight?
The Black Knight
The Dark and Stormy Knight
The Green Knight
The Red Knight
The Red Knight tries to capture Alice for the Red side, but the White Knight suddenly appears and exclaims that he has rescued her. They decide to fight over her whilst sticking to the peculiar "Rules of Battle" in Looking-Glass Land


Author:  Tony Rennick

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