Books Quiz - Genre - Childrens Literature 1 (Questions)

Since its inception children’s literature has served two purposes – to entertain and to educate. In 1484 William Caxton, the first printer in Britain, published Aesop's Fables, a selection of stories each with a moral lesson. Around the same time 'hornbooks' were popular. These were single sheets of paper which taught children the alphabet and a prayer, typically the Lord's Prayer. Books of the following two centuries, such as John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, were meant to edify the children of Puritan parents. Children's literature has come a long way in the last 500 years!

How much did you read during your childhood, and how much of what you read can you recall? For instance, can you remember the name of the station porter in The Railway Children or the surname of Roald Dahl's Matilda? Have a go at this, the first of four quizzes on the vast topic of children’s literature.

1. Who or what is the title character in the Worzel Gummidge books by Barbara Euphan Todd?
[ ] A dragon
[ ] An engine
[ ] A goblin
[ ] A scarecrow
2. What nationality was the children's author Hans Christian Andersen?
[ ] Danish
[ ] Icelandic
[ ] Norwegian
[ ] Swedish
3. In the books by Elizabeth Beresford, where do The Wombles live?
[ ] Clapham Common
[ ] Tooting Common
[ ] Wandsworth Common
[ ] Wimbledon Common
4. Who wrote the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians?
[ ] Bodie Smith
[ ] Dodie Smith
[ ] Rhodie Smith
[ ] Zadie Smith
5. What is the name of the superhero in the series of books by American writer Dav Pilkey?
[ ] Captain Barf
[ ] Captain Poop
[ ] Captain Underpants
[ ] Captain Wedgie
6. What is the title of Clive King's 1963 novel about a caveman?
[ ] Stig of the Dump
[ ] Stig of the Jump
[ ] Stig of the Lump
[ ] Stig of the Pump
7. In Roald Dahl's 1988 novel Matilda, what is Matilda's surname?
[ ] Dashwood
[ ] Goodwood
[ ] Hardwood
[ ] Wormwood
8. Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is based on the experiences of which real-life castaway?
[ ] Alexander Coldstream
[ ] Alexander Melrose
[ ] Alexander Peebles
[ ] Alexander Selkirk
9. Chris Van Allsburg's 1985 illustrated book The Polar Express is set at what time of year?
[ ] Easter
[ ] Halloween
[ ] Thanksgiving
[ ] Christmas
10. In Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children, what is the name of the station porter with whom the children become friendly?
[ ] Parks
[ ] Perks
[ ] Pitts
[ ] Potts

 

Books Quiz - Genre - Childrens Literature 1 (Answers)
1. Who or what is the title character in the Worzel Gummidge books by Barbara Euphan Todd?
[ ] A dragon
[ ] An engine
[ ] A goblin
[x] A scarecrow
He lives in the Ten Acre Field on Scatterbrook Farm
2. What nationality was the children's author Hans Christian Andersen?
[x] Danish
[ ] Icelandic
[ ] Norwegian
[ ] Swedish
He was born in Odense in 1805
3. In the books by Elizabeth Beresford, where do The Wombles live?
[ ] Clapham Common
[ ] Tooting Common
[ ] Wandsworth Common
[x] Wimbledon Common
Several Wimbledon sports teams have been nicknamed The Wombles
4. Who wrote the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians?
[ ] Bodie Smith
[x] Dodie Smith
[ ] Rhodie Smith
[ ] Zadie Smith
Also known as The Great Dog Robbery, the book tells the story of the theft of 101 Dalmatian dogs by the villainess Cruella de Vil who intends to have them skinned for their fur
5. What is the name of the superhero in the series of books by American writer Dav Pilkey?
[ ] Captain Barf
[ ] Captain Poop
[x] Captain Underpants
[ ] Captain Wedgie
Captain Underpants is the alter ego of the fat and cruel Principal Krupp
6. What is the title of Clive King's 1963 novel about a caveman?
[x] Stig of the Dump
[ ] Stig of the Jump
[ ] Stig of the Lump
[ ] Stig of the Pump
He lives in an old quarry used as a rubbish dump
7. In Roald Dahl's 1988 novel Matilda, what is Matilda's surname?
[ ] Dashwood
[ ] Goodwood
[ ] Hardwood
[x] Wormwood
In 1996 the book was made into a film directed by, produced by and starring Danny DeVito
8. Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is based on the experiences of which real-life castaway?
[ ] Alexander Coldstream
[ ] Alexander Melrose
[ ] Alexander Peebles
[x] Alexander Selkirk
Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who was marooned for four years on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. During his time as a castaway (Sept. 1704-Feb. 1709) he became adept at hunting and making the most of what little he could find on the island
9. Chris Van Allsburg's 1985 illustrated book The Polar Express is set at what time of year?
[ ] Easter
[ ] Halloween
[ ] Thanksgiving
[x] Christmas
The Polar Express of the title is a train which takes a young boy to the North Pole to see Father Christmas
10. In Edith Nesbit's The Railway Children, what is the name of the station porter with whom the children become friendly?
[ ] Parks
[x] Perks
[ ] Pitts
[ ] Potts
The book was written in 1906 and tells the story of a man falsely imprisoned as a spy whose innocence is proven by his children with the help of a mysterious 'Old Gentleman'