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Genre - Classic Literature 2
Ebenezer Scrooge bought the Cratchit family an enormous turkey.

Genre - Classic Literature 2

Everybody has their own idea of which novels are “classic literature” and which are not. We all have our favourites - and we also know which ones we don’t like! But “classic” and “popular” aren’t necessarily the same thing. My own definition of what makes a book a classic is this:

A classic novel is one which is relevant to different generations. It is a book which is still read and enjoyed long after the society in which it was written has faded into history. With the rate that the world is changing today, a book can become a classic in a mere decade or two.

This is the second of our two quizzes on classic literature. Try to pull from the depths of your memory the title of Virginia Woolf's novel set on the Isle of Skye, the name of Tom Brown's closest friend in Tom Brown's Schooldays and the name of the author who wrote the novels Adam Bede and Silas Marner.

1.
In Thomas Hughes's Tom Brown's Schooldays, what is the name of Tom's closest friend?
Harry East
Harry North
Harry South
Harry West
He's known as 'Scud' because he's so quick on his feet
2.
Who wrote the novels Adam Bede and Silas Marner?
George Eliot
George MacDonald Fraser
George Orwell
George Bernard Shaw
Eliot's real name was Mary Ann Evans
3.
At the beginning of the Coleridge poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the title character stops a man on his way to what?
A birthday party
A christening
A funeral
A wedding
The wedding-guest is at first bemused, then impatient, before becoming scared and finally fascinated as the mariner recounts his story
4.
What is the title of Joseph Conrad's 1900 novel recited by the character known as Marlow?
Lord Jack
Lord Jim
Lord Joe
Lord John
Jim is first mate on a ship carrying pilgrims to Mecca. When the ship is in danger Jim and the rest of the crew abandon it and its passengers. The rest of the book sees him paying for his actions
5.
What is the title of Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel set on the Isle of Skye?
To the Coalhouse
To the Doghouse
To the Lighthouse
To the Workhouse
Woolf's most famous works are probably Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and A Room of One's Own
6.
Where in London does Sherlock Holmes live?
Baker Street
Fleet Street
Harley Street
Portland Street
He lived at number 221B which was fictional when the books were written (the house numbers on Baker Street did not go as high as 221) but the road was extended in 1932 and there is now a number 221B where the Sherlock Holmes Museum stands
7.
Who wrote the 1933 novel Lost Horizon?
James Bilton
James Hilton
James Milton
James Wilton
Hilton is also famous for his 1934 novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips
8.
In Shakespear's Hamlet, what is the name of the court jester whose skull is exhumed?
Yarick
Yerick
Yorick
Yurick
Hamlet's monologue begins: 'Alas, poor Yorick!'
9.
Towards the end of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge buys the Cratchits an enormous what?
Chicken
Duck
Goose
Turkey
This comes after he's seen the error of his ways
10.
What is the title of the 1869 novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky?
The Idiot
The Imbecile
The Loony
The Moron
Dostoyevsky wrote 16 novels, the most famous of which is probably Crime and Punishment

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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