Books Quiz - Genre - Novels 1 (Questions)

A novel is a long and usually fictional narrative, more often than not in the form of a sequential story – although there are many exceptions to this rule of thumb! Novels are descended from the medieval romances (the Germans and the French call a novel a “roman” and the Italians a "romanzo") but, rather than describing fantastical events they (usually!) depict a more realistic and everyday set of characters and scenarios. As you can see, the “genre” covers a very wide spectrum!

This is the first in our series of four quizzes on novels. In all of them we have endeavoured to cater for a wide range of tastes! Here you will find questions about Richard Adams’ relatively gentle Watership Down alongside others from the not-so-gentle Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, and marvellous fantasies such as the Discworld series alongside “Whodunits” featuring Miss Marple. Enjoy!

1. What type of animals are the central characters in the 1972 Richard Adams novel Watership Down?
[ ] Cats
[ ] Dogs
[ ] Mice
[ ] Rabbits
2. Who wrote the novels White Fang and Call of the Wild?
[ ] Ernest Hemingway
[ ] Jack London
[ ] John Steinbeck
[ ] Mark Twain
3. Zane Grey was a noted novelist in what field?
[ ] Espionage
[ ] Horror
[ ] Science fiction
[ ] Westerns
4. Which writer of detective fiction created the character Miss Marple?
[ ] Margery Allingham
[ ] Agatha Christie
[ ] Ruth Rendell
[ ] Dorothy L Sayers
5. Which fantasy author wrote the Discworld series of novels?
[ ] Douglas Adams
[ ] Clive Barker
[ ] Frank Herbert
[ ] Terry Pratchett
6. Which stand-up comedian published his first novel, Stark, in 1988?
[ ] Jack Dee
[ ] Ben Elton
[ ] Eddie Izzard
[ ] Bernard Manning
7. The Frederick Forsyth novel The Day of the Jackal is an account of the attempted assassination of which world leader?
[ ] Winston Churchill
[ ] Charles de Gaulle
[ ] Adolf Hitler
[ ] Joseph Stalin
8. Margaret Mitchell's only novel was turned into which 1939 film?
[ ] Gone with the Wind
[ ] Goodbye, Mr Chips
[ ] Of Mice and Men
[ ] The Wizaed of Oz
9. Which Scottish novelist wrote Treasure Island?
[ ] Robert Burns
[ ] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
[ ] Robert Louis Stevenson
[ ] Sir Walter Scott
10. In the George Orwell novel Animal Farm, what type of animal is Napoleon?
[ ] A dog
[ ] A goat
[ ] A horse
[ ] A pig

 

Books Quiz - Genre - Novels 1 (Answers)
1. What type of animals are the central characters in the 1972 Richard Adams novel Watership Down?
[ ] Cats
[ ] Dogs
[ ] Mice
[x] Rabbits
The book records the rabbits adventures as they escape from the destruction of their warren and search for a new home, encountering many dangers on their way
2. Who wrote the novels White Fang and Call of the Wild?
[ ] Ernest Hemingway
[x] Jack London
[ ] John Steinbeck
[ ] Mark Twain
Both novels are set in the Klondike Gold Rush in 1890s Canada
3. Zane Grey was a noted novelist in what field?
[ ] Espionage
[ ] Horror
[ ] Science fiction
[x] Westerns
His best-known work is Riders of the Purple Sage, published in 1912
4. Which writer of detective fiction created the character Miss Marple?
[ ] Margery Allingham
[x] Agatha Christie
[ ] Ruth Rendell
[ ] Dorothy L Sayers
Miss Marple first appeared in the 1930 novel The Murder at the Vicarage
5. Which fantasy author wrote the Discworld series of novels?
[ ] Douglas Adams
[ ] Clive Barker
[ ] Frank Herbert
[x] Terry Pratchett
There are 41 novels in the series, released between 1983 and 2015
6. Which stand-up comedian published his first novel, Stark, in 1988?
[ ] Jack Dee
[x] Ben Elton
[ ] Eddie Izzard
[ ] Bernard Manning
To date (December 2015) Elton has had 15 novels published
7. The Frederick Forsyth novel The Day of the Jackal is an account of the attempted assassination of which world leader?
[ ] Winston Churchill
[x] Charles de Gaulle
[ ] Adolf Hitler
[ ] Joseph Stalin
The book begins with a factual account of the attempted assassination of de Gaulle by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry in 1962 - the remainder of the book is fictional
8. Margaret Mitchell's only novel was turned into which 1939 film?
[x] Gone with the Wind
[ ] Goodbye, Mr Chips
[ ] Of Mice and Men
[ ] The Wizaed of Oz
In 2014 Gone with the Wind was chosen as the second favourite book of American readers - only the Bible got more votes
9. Which Scottish novelist wrote Treasure Island?
[ ] Robert Burns
[ ] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
[x] Robert Louis Stevenson
[ ] Sir Walter Scott
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and The Master of Ballantrae are some of his other famous works
10. In the George Orwell novel Animal Farm, what type of animal is Napoleon?
[ ] A dog
[ ] A goat
[ ] A horse
[x] A pig
Napoleon is leader of the pigs that take over the farm