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Fictional Characters 3
The Boar's Head is the favourite watering hole of Sir John Falstaff.

Fictional Characters 3

Most stories contain two main characters – the protagonist and the antagonist. The protagonist is the character who the reader feels the most empathy with. His story is told by the narrator who could be the protagonist themselves, or a different character, or even a disembodied voice. The antagonist is a character who opposes the protagonist. Antagonists can come in many forms. In some stories the antagonist could be a concept rather than a person (the ocean, a jungle or a business for example), and is basically anything with which the protagonist must ‘fight’.

This is the third in our series of four quizzes on fictional characters. Maybe the characters in Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson will give you few problems but how much do you know about the people portrayed by Evelyn Waugh, Larry McMurtry and Frances Hodgson Burnett? Find out by playing this fun quiz which has questions on works as varied as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Little Lord Fauntleroy!

1.
In Irvine Welsh's 1993 novel Trainspotting, what is the nickname of the character Simon Williamson?
Sick Boy
Sick Head
Sick Note
Sick Pay
Other characters in the book include Spud, Franco and Second Prize
2.
What is the real name of the title character in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Master of Ballantrae?
James Doohan
James Doolan
James Dooley
James Durie
The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter's Tale is the story of two Scottish noblemen, brothers torn apart by the Jacobite rebellion of 1745
3.
What is the name of the disreputable socialite who appears in the Evelyn Waugh novels Black Mischief and Put Out More Flags?
Basil Salt
Basil Seal
Basil Silt
Basil Sole
Put Out More Flags is dedicated to Randolph Churchill who recruited Waugh for a military mission to Yugoslavia
4.
What is the name of the anti-hero in Alan Sillitoe's 1958 novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning?
Arthur Beaton
Arthur Heaton
Arthur Keaton
Arthur Seaton
Albert Finney played the part in the 1960 film adaptation
5.
What is the first name of the title character in Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs Dalloway?
Clara
Clarabelle
Clarissa
Clementine
Mrs Dalloway is a high-society woman in inter-war England and the book recounts a day in her life
6.
John Buchan's novel The Thirty-nine Steps opens with the hero, Richard Hannay, having just returned to London from where?
Rhodesia
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Hannay appears in 7 novels: The Thirty-Nine Steps, Greenmantle, Mr Standfast, The Three Hostages, The Island of Sheep, The Courts of the Morning and Sick Heart River
7.
What is the favourite watering hole of the Shakespeare character, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff?
The Boar's Head
The King's Head
The Queen's Head
The Turk's Head
He appears in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and also The Merry Wives of Windsor
8.
In the Muriel Spark novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, what is the name of the art teacher with whom she's in love?
Mr Lane
Mr Lee
Mr Lloyd
Mr Lowe
In 2008, the Times newspaper named Muriel Spark as the 8th greatest British writer since 1945
9.
In Larry McMurtry's 1985 novel Lonesome Dove, what is the name of the former Texas Ranger turned cattleman?
Gus McCall
Gus McCann
Gus McCoy
Gus McCrae
His partner is Woodrow F Call
10.
In Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 novel Little Lord Fauntleroy, what does the title character call his mother?
Darling
Dearest
Mimsy
Momsy
The book tells the story of an American boy who becomes the heir to an English earldom and a vast estate

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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