Books Quiz - Genre - Modern Literature (Questions)

Modern literature, is generally accepted to be literature that was written after the end of the Second World War. It consists of many different subgenres and an almost countless number of authors. The best-selling works of modern literature are JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - but, as these are covered in other quizzes, here we shall take a look at some more down to earth works of fiction.

Whether you love it or hate it, modern literature is here to stay! We don't expect you to know ALL the answers but amongst Salman Rushdie, Nick Hornby, Sue Townsend, Harold Pinter, Philip Larkin, Francesca Simon and Monica Ali there must be at least SOME writers that you like! Try this quiz on modern literature and see how well you know the works of the past 70 years or so!

1. Which football club features prominently in Nick Hornby's best-selling book Fever Pitch?
[ ] Arsenal
[ ] Chelsea
[ ] Tottenham Hotspur
[ ] West Ham United
2. For which novel did Salman Rushdie win the 1981 Booker Prize?
[ ] East, West
[ ] Midnight's Children
[ ] The Moor's Last Sigh
[ ] The Satanic Verses
3. Which Scottish author wrote the 1990s novels Quite Ugly One Morning and Country of the Blind?
[ ] Christopher Brookmyre
[ ] Iain Banks
[ ] Ian Rankin
[ ] Irvine Welsh
4. In Sue Townsend's 1999 novel Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Pandora, the love of Adrian's life, is standing as Labour MP for where?
[ ] Ashby de la Zouch
[ ] Grimston
[ ] Loughborough
[ ] Melton Mowbray
5. Which crime writer created the character Detective Inspector Jack Frost?
[ ] RD Wakefield
[ ] RD Waterfield
[ ] RD Wingfield
[ ] RD Woodfield
6. In which Harold Pinter play do the two sinister visitors Goldberg and McCann appear?
[ ] The Birthday Party
[ ] The Caretaker
[ ] The Dumb Waiter
[ ] The Room
7. In 1955 the poet Philip Larkin became the librarian at which university?
[ ] Cambridge
[ ] Hull
[ ] Leicester
[ ] Oxford
8. Who wrote the novels Bridget Jones' Diary and its sequels Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?
[ ] Harriet Fielding
[ ] Hazel Fielding
[ ] Helen Fielding
[ ] Hilary Fielding
9. What is the title of Monica Ali's 2003 novel about London's Bangladeshi community?
[ ] Brick Lane
[ ] Rock Lane
[ ] Stone Lane
[ ] Wood Lane
10. In the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon, what is the name of Henry's well-behaved younger brother?
[ ] Patient Peter
[ ] Perfect Peter
[ ] Pleasant Peter
[ ] Polite Peter

 

Books Quiz - Genre - Modern Literature (Answers)
1. Which football club features prominently in Nick Hornby's best-selling book Fever Pitch?
[x] Arsenal
[ ] Chelsea
[ ] Tottenham Hotspur
[ ] West Ham United
Fever Pitch was an autobiographical essay by Hornby with the subtitle A Fan's Life
2. For which novel did Salman Rushdie win the 1981 Booker Prize?
[ ] East, West
[x] Midnight's Children
[ ] The Moor's Last Sigh
[ ] The Satanic Verses
The book is about the partition of British India and India's transition from British rule to independence
3. Which Scottish author wrote the 1990s novels Quite Ugly One Morning and Country of the Blind?
[x] Christopher Brookmyre
[ ] Iain Banks
[ ] Ian Rankin
[ ] Irvine Welsh
Quite Ugly One Morning was Brookmyre's first novel and it won the inaugural First Blood Award for the best first crime novel of the year
4. In Sue Townsend's 1999 novel Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Pandora, the love of Adrian's life, is standing as Labour MP for where?
[x] Ashby de la Zouch
[ ] Grimston
[ ] Loughborough
[ ] Melton Mowbray
There are 8 books in the series - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, The True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole and Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
5. Which crime writer created the character Detective Inspector Jack Frost?
[ ] RD Wakefield
[ ] RD Waterfield
[x] RD Wingfield
[ ] RD Woodfield
The character's real name is William, but only his wife calls him that
6. In which Harold Pinter play do the two sinister visitors Goldberg and McCann appear?
[x] The Birthday Party
[ ] The Caretaker
[ ] The Dumb Waiter
[ ] The Room
The Birthday Party was not well received when it was first performed and nearly ended Pinter's career. It has since however, gone on to be considered a classic
7. In 1955 the poet Philip Larkin became the librarian at which university?
[ ] Cambridge
[x] Hull
[ ] Leicester
[ ] Oxford
He had previously been assistant librarian at Leicester
8. Who wrote the novels Bridget Jones' Diary and its sequels Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?
[ ] Harriet Fielding
[ ] Hazel Fielding
[x] Helen Fielding
[ ] Hilary Fielding
As well as the Bridget Jones series, Helen Fielding has also written Cause Celeb, a satire on celebrities and Olivia Joules and The Overactive Imagination, a comedy spy story
9. What is the title of Monica Ali's 2003 novel about London's Bangladeshi community?
[x] Brick Lane
[ ] Rock Lane
[ ] Stone Lane
[ ] Wood Lane
The book tells the story of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi woman of 18 who comes to London to marry an older man
10. In the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon, what is the name of Henry's well-behaved younger brother?
[ ] Patient Peter
[x] Perfect Peter
[ ] Pleasant Peter
[ ] Polite Peter
Other characters include Lazy Linda and Rude Ralph