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Fictional Characters 2
Abraham Van Helsing is the arch enemy of Count Dracula.

Fictional Characters 2

Paying close attention to a character’s words and deeds, as well as to the narrator’s description, gives readers a better understanding of their personality. Some books have an omniscient third-person narrator who tells the reader exactly what to think. Others are told in the first person from the point of view of one particular character, and in these the narrator is themselves the protagonist. In these the reader feels a deeper empathy, although what is in the book is limited to what the narrator can themselves see.

This is the second quiz in our series of four on fictional characters. Here you will find questions on Bleak House, The Young Visitors, The Playboy of the Western World, Titus Groan, Dracula, The Grapes of Wrath and more besides. All specifically for your enjoyment!

1.
In Bram Stoker's Dracula, what is the first name of the vampire hunter Van Helsing?
Aaron
Abraham
Amos
Azariah
Van Helsing has been played in film by many actors including Peter Cushing, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and David Suchet
2.
What is the name of the former preacher who features in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?
Jim Carmody
Jim Carson
Jim Cassidy
Jim Casy
He's killed by vigilantes while leading a fruit-pickers' strike
3.
What is the name of the title character in Anthony Trollope's 1855 novel The Warden?
Septimus Harding
Septimus Henning
Septimus Holding
Septimus Hosking
This was first of Trollope's Barchester novels
4.
How did Daisy Ashford describe Mr Salteena in the opening sentence of her 1919 novel The Young Visiters?
An elderly man of 42
An elderly man of 52
An elderly man of 62
An elderly man of 72
She was only nine when she wrote it and it is full of spelling mistakes
5.
In J D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, what is the first name of Holden Caulfield's little sister?
Judy
Monica
Phoebe
Rachel
The novel recounts Holden Caulfield's week in New York City following his expulsion from Pencey Prep
6.
In George Eliot's Middlemarch, what is the surname of the sisters Dorothea and Celia?
Brand
Brent
Bright
Brooke
Middlemarch has the subtitle A Study of Provincial Life
7.
In the Helen Fielding novel Bridget Jones's Diary, what is the name of Bridget's boss?
Daniel Clary
Daniel Clavering
Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleaver
In the films Cleaver is played by Hugh Grant
8.
What is the name of the sadistic head chef in the Mervyn Peake novel Titus Groan?
Swallow
Swatter
Sweater
Swelter
Titus Groan is the first novel in the Gormenghast series
9.
In the Dickens novel Bleak House, what is the name of the character who is always sponging off John Jarndyce?
Harold Grimpole
Harold Primpole
Harold Skimpole
Harold Wimpole
Skimpole is irresponsible and selfish, though he sees himself as "a child" who doesn't understand human relationships
10.
What is the name of the title character in J M Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World?
Christy Magee
Christy Mahon
Christy Molloy
Christy Moore
Christy Moore is an Irish folk singer

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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