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Genre - Novels 3
Iain Banks' first novel was The Wasp Factory.

Genre - Novels 3

One feature that the novel has, which was absent in its predecessor the romance, is intimacy. Before the novel entered the scene tales were epic in scale and their protagonists were heroes in the true sense of the word! Novels, with their more down-to-earth style, had more relevance to their audience. Heroes had their own thoughts and anxieties which the reader was privy to for the first time and relationships grew between protagonists and readers which was private and personal.

Are you well read? Always have a novel on the go? If you think you have a good knowledge of novels then here's your chance to prove it! For starters, what was the working environment featured in Germinal? Or try this one - what kind of warship was the Caine in The Caine Mutiny? Still feel up to the challenge? Then have a go at this, the third in our series of four quizzes on novels.

In the 1951 Herman Wouk novel The Caine Mutiny, what type of warship is the Caine?
Aircraft Carrier
Destroyer Minesweeper
It's commanded by the psychotic Captain Queeg
How is Jack Dawkins better known in a classic novel?
The Artful Dodger
The Man in the Iron Mask
Our Mutual Friend
The Scarlet Pimpernel
He's the leader of Fagin's gang in Oliver Twist
The Umberto Eco novel The Name of the Rose is a murder mystery set in Italy in which century?
The 1980 novel was made into a film in 1986 starring Sean Connery
The Emil Zola novel Germinal features which working environment?
A coal mine
A farm
A school
A steelworks
It tells the story of a coalminers' strike in 1860s France and is regarded by many as Zola's best work
What is the title of Iain Banks' first novel, published in 1984?
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Nest
The Wasp Sting
The Wasp Swarm
Because of the violence in the book it has been controversial, with the Irish Times newspaper calling it "a work of unparalleled depravity"
The novelist Paulo Coelho was born in which country in 1947?
Amongst Coelho's works are Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Valkyries and The Witch of Portobello
Which was the first in the series of Anthony Trollope's Barchester novels?
Barchester Towers
Doctor Thorne
Framley Parsonage
The Warden
There are 6 novels in the series - The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington , and The Last Chronicle of Barset
The John Buchan novel The Thirty-Nine Steps involves a plot to assassinate the head of which European country?
Karolides, the Greek Premier under threat, never appears himself in the novel and is only ever mentioned
What is the name of the hero in the 1995 Robert Harris novel Enigma?
Tom Jeddah
Tom Jericho
Tom Jerusalem
Tom Jordan
He's a mathematician working at Bletchley Park as a code-breaker
Which crime novelist created the evil genius Dr Fu Manchu?
Earl Derr Biggers
Raymond Chandler
Sax Rohmer
Edgar Wallace
Rohmer's real name was Arthur Henry Ward


Author:  Tony Rennick

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