Books Quiz - Genre - Classic Literature 2 (Questions)

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. 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
2. Who wrote the novels Adam Bede and Silas Marner?
[ ] George Eliot
[ ] George MacDonald Fraser
[ ] George Orwell
[ ] George Bernard Shaw
3. In Shakespear's Hamlet, what is the name of the court jester whose skull is exhumed?
[ ] Yarick
[ ] Yerick
[ ] Yorick
[ ] Yurick
4. Towards the end of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge buys the Cratchits an enormous what?
[ ] Chicken
[ ] Duck
[ ] Goose
[ ] Turkey
5. Who wrote the 1933 novel Lost Horizon?
[ ] James Bilton
[ ] James Hilton
[ ] James Milton
[ ] James Wilton
6. What is the title of the 1869 novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky?
[ ] The Idiot
[ ] The Imbecile
[ ] The Loony
[ ] The Moron
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. Where in London does Sherlock Holmes live?
[ ] Baker Street
[ ] Fleet Street
[ ] Harley Street
[ ] Portland Street

 

Books Quiz - Genre - Classic Literature 2 (Answers)
1. What is the title of Joseph Conrad's 1900 novel recited by the character known as Marlow?
[ ] Lord Jack
[x] 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
2. Who wrote the novels Adam Bede and Silas Marner?
[x] George Eliot
[ ] George MacDonald Fraser
[ ] George Orwell
[ ] George Bernard Shaw
Eliot's real name was Mary Ann Evans
3. In Shakespear's Hamlet, what is the name of the court jester whose skull is exhumed?
[ ] Yarick
[ ] Yerick
[x] Yorick
[ ] Yurick
Hamlet's monologue begins: 'Alas, poor Yorick!'
4. Towards the end of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge buys the Cratchits an enormous what?
[ ] Chicken
[ ] Duck
[ ] Goose
[x] Turkey
This comes after he's seen the error of his ways
5. Who wrote the 1933 novel Lost Horizon?
[ ] James Bilton
[x] James Hilton
[ ] James Milton
[ ] James Wilton
Hilton is also famous for his 1934 novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips
6. What is the title of the 1869 novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky?
[x] The Idiot
[ ] The Imbecile
[ ] The Loony
[ ] The Moron
Dostoyevsky wrote 16 novels, the most famous of which is probably Crime and Punishment
7. What is the title of Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel set on the Isle of Skye?
[ ] To the Coalhouse
[ ] To the Doghouse
[x] To the Lighthouse
[ ] To the Workhouse
Woolf's most famous works are probably Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and A Room of One's Own
8. In Thomas Hughes's Tom Brown's Schooldays, what is the name of Tom's closest friend?
[x] Harry East
[ ] Harry North
[ ] Harry South
[ ] Harry West
He's known as 'Scud' because he's so quick on his feet
9. 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
[x] A wedding
The wedding-guest is at first bemused, then impatient, before becoming scared and finally fascinated as the mariner recounts his story
10. Where in London does Sherlock Holmes live?
[x] 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