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Genre - Classic Literature 1
Robinson Crusoe is based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk.

Genre - Classic Literature 1

What exactly is classic literature? Well, “classic” is defined as possessing "lasting worth or a timeless quality". To quote the educational philosopher Robert Hutchins:

In the course of history ... new books have been written that have won their place in the list. Books once thought entitled to belong to it have been superseded; and this process of change will continue as long as men can think and write. It is the task of every generation to reassess the tradition in which it lives, to discard what it cannot use, and to bring into context with the distant and intermediate past the most recent contributions to the Great Conversation.

I think you'll agree that the books we've chosen, such as Don Quixote, To Kill a Mockingbird, Paradise Lost, David Copperfield, Sherlock Holmes and The Merchant of Venice all deserve their place in this, the first of two quizzes on classic literature.

1.
What is the first name of Sherlock Holmes's elder brother?
Maycroft
Mercroft
Moorcroft
Mycroft
Mycroft is 7 years older than his brother and he has equal powers of deduction. He is however held back from a 'hands-on' role due to his corpulence
2.
In which George Eliot novel are brother and sister Tom and Maggie Tulliver the central characters?
Adam Bede
Middlemarch
The Mill on the Floss
Silas Marner
Tom and Maggie grow up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss near the village of St. Ogg's in Lincolnshire
3.
In David Copperfield, what is the first name of Mr Micawber?
Wilbert
Wilkins
Wilson
Wilton
Micawber is partially based on Dickens' father who was also imprisoned when he could not pay his creditors
4.
Don Quixote comes from which part of Spain?
Aragon
Catalonia
La Mancha
La Rioja
He appears in the book The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
5.
In the Shakespeare play, what is the name of The Merchant of Venice?
Antonoi
Malvolio
Petruchio
Shylock
Shylock is the moneylender who makes Antonio the loan
6.
What is the profession of Atticus Finch in the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird?
Judge
Lawyer
Newspaper editor
Policeman
He defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman
7.
Who is the cental character in WM Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair?
Becky Rogers
Becky Sharp
Becky Thatcher
Becky Wilberforce
Becky Thatcher is Tom's sweetheart in Tom Sawyer
8.
Which classic novel was inspired by the experiences of the real-life Alexander Selkirk?
Kidnapped
The Prisoner of Zenda
Robinson Crusoe
Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe was published in 1719. It was followed by The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe later the same year and Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe in 1720
9.
What is the title of John Milton's 1671 epic poem, a sequel to Paradise Lost?
Paradise on Earth
Paradise Found
Paradise Regained
Paradise Revisited
Paradise Lost is an account of Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Paradise Regained is mostly concerned with the temptation of Christ as told in the Gospel of Luke
10.
The writer Joseph Conrad was born in which country?
France
Germany
Hungary
Poland
He was born in Berdyczow, which is now part of Ukraine

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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