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Book Quiz I

  1. Which author created the iconic fictional character Holly Golightly?
  2. Whose first book, The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War, was published in 1898?



  3. What does George Orwell call Britain in the book 1984?
  4. Which Charles Dickens book, first published in 1859, has sold over 200 million copies and is his best selling book?
  5. Wishful Drinking is the autobiography of which actress?
  6. Whose first children's book, The English Roses, was published in 2003?
  7. Who wrote the 2012 novel The Casual Vacancy?
  8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of the children Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, but can you remember their surname?
  9. Which 1994 book, written by Louis de Bernieres, is set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War?
  10. In which book was the first mate of the Pharaon arrested on the day of his wedding to Mercedes?
  11. In the Life of Pi by Yann Martel, what name is given to the Bengal tiger?
  12. What new name were the Whitbread Book Awards given in 2006?
  13. Give the title of the book by James Fenimore Cooper that describes Uncas, the son of Chingachgook?
  14. Don Quixote was published in which century?
  15. Atticus Finch is a fictional character in which Pulitzer Prize-winning novel?
  16. Which book was Charles Dickens's first and personal favourite novel?
  17. Life Among the Lowly is the alternative name for which novel?
  18. Which Wilkie Collins’s masterpiece is hailed by many as the greatest English detective novel?
  19. Name the only novel written by Oscar Wilde?
  20. Which novella published in 1937 tells the story of two migrant ranch workers searching for job opportunities in California during the Great Depression? It gets its title from a Robert Burns' poem.

Answers

  1. Truman Capote (in his book Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  2. Sir Winston Churchill
  3. Airstrip One
  4. A Tale of Two Cities
  5. Carrie Fisher
  6. Madonna
  7. J. K. Rowling
  8. Pevensie
  9. Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo
  11. Richard Parker
  12. The Costa Book Awards
  13. Last of the Mohicans
  14. Seventeenth (published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615)
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee)
  16. The Pickwick Papers
  17. Uncle Tom's Cabin (by Harriet Beecher Stowe)



  18. The Moonstone
  19. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  20. Of Mice and Men (by John Steinbeck)



Book Quiz II

  1. Which novel follows the life of Captain John Yossarian during World War II?
  2. The book Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is set in the summer of 1929 in which part of the UK?
  3. Who wrote only two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?
  4. Mr. Nice is the autobiography of which former criminal?
  5. What is the first name of Mr. Grey in the 2011 erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James?
  6. What's the name of the dog in Enid Blyton's Secret Seven books?
  7. Which book did Herman Melville begin writing in November 1888, but was still left unfinished at his death in 1891?
  8. What is the last name of the 20-year-old protagonist of the book Emma by Jane Austen?
  9. As of 2019, who is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature?
  10. Named after a Victorian book illustrator, which literary award is won annually for 'distinguished illustration in a book for children'?
  11. Which novel features the anti-heroine Becky Sharp?
  12. What's the name of Captain Hook's ship in the 1911 novel Peter Pan?
  13. Hotel is a 1965 novel by which author?
  14. Which best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough is set primarily on a fictional sheep station in the Australian outback?
  15. What is the last name of William in the Richmal Crompton book Just William?
  16. Whose best-known creation is Chief Inspector Wexford?
  17. Which 1995 novel features Rob Fleming, a London record shop owner in his mid-thirties whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him?
  18. Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for three children's novels, can you name any two?
  19. The French word for death is also the title of which fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett?
  20. What's the last name of Dorothy in the L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Answers:

  1. Catch-22 (by Joseph Heller)
  2. The Lake District
  3. Anne Bronte
  4. Howard Marks
  5. Christian
  6. Scamper
  7. Billy Bud
  8. (Emma) Woodhouse
  9. Rudyard Kipling
  10. Kate Greenaway Medal
  11. Vanity Fair
  12. Jolly Roger
  13. Arthur Hailey
  14. The Thorn Birds
  15. Brown
  16. Ruth Rendell
  17. High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby)
  18. Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden
  19. Mort
  20. Gale (and out of interest the 'L' in L. Frank Baum stands for Lyman)