Books Quiz - Fictional Characters 2 (Questions)

Paying close attention to a character’s words and deeds, as well as to the narrator’s description, gives readers a better understanding of their personality. Some books have an omniscient third-person narrator who tells the reader exactly what to think. Others are told in the first person from the point of view of one particular character, and in these the narrator is themselves the protagonist. In these the reader feels a deeper empathy, although what is in the book is limited to what the narrator can themselves see.

This is the second quiz in our series of four on fictional characters. Here you will find questions on Bleak House, The Young Visitors, The Playboy of the Western World, Titus Groan, Dracula, The Grapes of Wrath and more besides. All specifically for your enjoyment!

1. In the Dickens novel Bleak House, what is the name of the character who is always sponging off John Jarndyce?
[ ] Harold Grimpole
[ ] Harold Primpole
[ ] Harold Skimpole
[ ] Harold Wimpole
2. What is the name of the title character in J M Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World?
[ ] Christy Magee
[ ] Christy Mahon
[ ] Christy Molloy
[ ] Christy Moore
3. How did Daisy Ashford describe Mr Salteena in the opening sentence of her 1919 novel The Young Visiters?
[ ] An elderly man of 42
[ ] An elderly man of 52
[ ] An elderly man of 62
[ ] An elderly man of 72
4. What is the name of the sadistic head chef in the Mervyn Peake novel Titus Groan?
[ ] Swallow
[ ] Swatter
[ ] Sweater
[ ] Swelter
5. What is the name of the title character in Anthony Trollope's 1855 novel The Warden?
[ ] Septimus Harding
[ ] Septimus Henning
[ ] Septimus Holding
[ ] Septimus Hosking
6. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, what is the first name of the vampire hunter Van Helsing?
[ ] Aaron
[ ] Abraham
[ ] Amos
[ ] Azariah
7. What is the name of the former preacher who features in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?
[ ] Jim Carmody
[ ] Jim Carson
[ ] Jim Cassidy
[ ] Jim Casy
8. In J D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, what is the first name of Holden Caulfield's little sister?
[ ] Judy
[ ] Monica
[ ] Phoebe
[ ] Rachel
9. In the Helen Fielding novel Bridget Jones's Diary, what is the name of Bridget's boss?
[ ] Daniel Clary
[ ] Daniel Clavering
[ ] Daniel Cleary
[ ] Daniel Cleaver
10. In George Eliot's Middlemarch, what is the surname of the sisters Dorothea and Celia?
[ ] Brand
[ ] Brent
[ ] Bright
[ ] Brooke

 

Books Quiz - Fictional Characters 2 (Answers)
1. In the Dickens novel Bleak House, what is the name of the character who is always sponging off John Jarndyce?
[ ] Harold Grimpole
[ ] Harold Primpole
[x] Harold Skimpole
[ ] Harold Wimpole
Skimpole is irresponsible and selfish, though he sees himself as "a child" who doesn't understand human relationships
2. What is the name of the title character in J M Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World?
[ ] Christy Magee
[x] Christy Mahon
[ ] Christy Molloy
[ ] Christy Moore
Christy Moore is an Irish folk singer
3. How did Daisy Ashford describe Mr Salteena in the opening sentence of her 1919 novel The Young Visiters?
[x] An elderly man of 42
[ ] An elderly man of 52
[ ] An elderly man of 62
[ ] An elderly man of 72
She was only nine when she wrote it and it is full of spelling mistakes
4. What is the name of the sadistic head chef in the Mervyn Peake novel Titus Groan?
[ ] Swallow
[ ] Swatter
[ ] Sweater
[x] Swelter
Titus Groan is the first novel in the Gormenghast series
5. What is the name of the title character in Anthony Trollope's 1855 novel The Warden?
[x] Septimus Harding
[ ] Septimus Henning
[ ] Septimus Holding
[ ] Septimus Hosking
This was first of Trollope's Barchester novels
6. In Bram Stoker's Dracula, what is the first name of the vampire hunter Van Helsing?
[ ] Aaron
[x] Abraham
[ ] Amos
[ ] Azariah
Van Helsing has been played in film by many actors including Peter Cushing, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and David Suchet
7. What is the name of the former preacher who features in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath?
[ ] Jim Carmody
[ ] Jim Carson
[ ] Jim Cassidy
[x] Jim Casy
He's killed by vigilantes while leading a fruit-pickers' strike
8. In J D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, what is the first name of Holden Caulfield's little sister?
[ ] Judy
[ ] Monica
[x] Phoebe
[ ] Rachel
The novel recounts Holden Caulfield's week in New York City following his expulsion from Pencey Prep
9. In the Helen Fielding novel Bridget Jones's Diary, what is the name of Bridget's boss?
[ ] Daniel Clary
[ ] Daniel Clavering
[ ] Daniel Cleary
[x] Daniel Cleaver
In the films Cleaver is played by Hugh Grant
10. In George Eliot's Middlemarch, what is the surname of the sisters Dorothea and Celia?
[ ] Brand
[ ] Brent
[ ] Bright
[x] Brooke
Middlemarch has the subtitle A Study of Provincial Life