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Quiz I

  1. English writer and social critic Charles Dickens had two middle names, one was John, can you tell us the other?
  2. What was Dickens's first novel?
  3. Jarndyce and Jarndyce is a fictional court case in which novel?
  4. Betsey Trotwood is a fictional character from which 1850 novel?

  5. In Great Expectations, name the wealthy spinster jilted at the altar, who insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life?
  6. Lizzie Hexam and John Harmon featured in the last novel totally completed by Charles Dickens, can you name the book?
  7. Ebenezer Scrooge is an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of which former business partner?
  8. Dickens's father was forced by his creditors into which London debtors' prison, in 1824?
  9. In Great Expectations, a young Pip is accosted by which escaped convict in a graveyard?
  10. Wackford Squeers is a cruel Yorkshire schoolmaster who runs the boarding school Dotheboys Hall in which novel?
  11. Who does Olive beg for more gruel with his famous request: "Please, sir, I want some more"?
  12. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" is the opening line of which book?
  13. In which Dickens' novel is Luke Honeythunder a philanthropist and guardian to orphans Neville and Helena Landless, whom he arranges to be educated in Cloisterham?
  14. What was the pseudonym Dickens used in his early fiction? It was taken from a nickname he had given his younger brother Augustus.
  15. Which novel, set in the fictional Coketown, is by far the shortest of Dickens' novels, being barely a quarter of the length of those written immediately before and after it? It's also Dickens' only novel not to have scenes set in London.
  16. Which novel follows the fortunes of a shipping firm, whose owner is frustrated at not having a son to follow him in the job, and initially rejects his daughter’s love, eventually becoming reconciled with her before his death?
  17. Which novel, published in 1870, is the final novel by Charles Dickens?
  18. Hablot Knight Browne illustrated many books by Charles Dickens, what was his well-known pen name?
  19. Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in which city?
  20. Who does Mr. Pickwick take on as his personal servant and companion on his travels?
  21. Which novel, one of Dickens' less popular novels which has rarely been adapted for TV or film, is his first historical novel? (His only other historical novel is the much later A Tale of Two Cities. Both were set in revolutionary times.)
  22. The plot of which novel follows the life of Nell Trent and her grandfather?
  23. Uriah Heep is a fictional character created in which 1850 novel?
  24. Jack Dawkins is better known by what name?
  25. What's the name of the dog belonging to Bill Sikes, in Oliver Twist?


  1. Huffam
  2. The Pickwick Papers
  3. Bleak House
  4. David Copperfield
  5. Miss Havisham
  6. Our Mutual Friend
  7. Jacob Marley (in the novel A Christmas Carol)
  8. Marshalsea
  9. Abel Magwitch
  10. Nicholas Nickleby
  11. Mr. Bumble
  12. A Tale of Two Cities
  13. The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  14. Boz
  15. Hard Times
  16. Dombey and Son
  17. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (the novel was left unfinished, with only 6 of a planned 12 instalments having been published)
  18. Phiz
  19. Portsmouth
  20. Sam Weller (in The Pickwick Papers)
  21. Barnaby Rudge
  22. The Old Curiosty Shop
  23. David Copperfield

  24. The Artful Dodger
  25. Bull’s-eye