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English Literature Trivia

Literature Trivia I

  1. Name the most famous series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder?
  2. In which book does freelance surveillance agent and researcher Lisbeth Salander feature?
  3. In which fictional school did Mr. Chips teach Latin?
  4. Which is possibly the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines?
  5. In the 1887 novel Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, which two word modern term was used eleven times?
  6. Name the Australian author that won the Booker Prize in both 1988 and 2001?
  7. Who is the literary character Jack Dawkins better known as?
  8. Whose best-known novels are Money, in 1984, and London Fields, in 1989?
  9. Which British televison personality, journalist, political commentator and author had his novel Umbrella shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize?
  10. Which book tells the story of a pig called Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider?
  11. Which fictional character is the narrator of the book Moby-Dick?
  12. Who, in 1930, married archaeologist Max Mallowan, having met him in an archaeological dig?
  13. Which author died on 29 September 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney?
  14. In which country was British author Doris Lessing born?
  15. Anne Elliot is the heroine of which Jane Austen novel?


  1. Little House on the Prairie
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Brookfield Grammar School
  4. Beowulf
  5. Credit card
  6. Peter Carey
  7. Artful Dodger
  8. Martin Amis
  9. Will Self
  10. Charlotte's Web
  11. Ishmael
  12. Agatha Christie
  13. Emile Zola
  14. Iran (then called Persia)
  15. Persuasion

Trivia II

  1. Who wrote the children's book Charlotte's Web?
  2. Jeffrey Archer was made a life peer in 1992 as Baron Archer of which English seaside town?
  3. Who was the rector of Eversley, Hampshire, from 1847 to 1875?
  4. Which Irish born novelist, playwright, and poet, lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both French and English?
  5. Born in 1775, which English writer and essayist is best known for his Essays of Elia?

  6. Which novel folllows U.S. Army Airforce Captain John Yossarian?
  7. In which book does Gabriel Oak, a young shepherd, fall in love with Bathsheba Everdene?
  8. Which comedian wrote The Flanimals children's book series?
  9. Which politician in 2014 wrote the first book in a trilogy of novels about her childhood and life in 1950s Liverpool?
  10. Which of the Bronte sisters is the youngest?
  11. In the novel Carrie by Stephen King, what is Carrie's last name?
  12. 'Old Possum' was Ezra Pound's nickname for which writer?
  13. Whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens?
  14. Whose second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981?
  15. What was the street address of Sherlock Holmes?


  1. E. B. White
  2. Weston-super-Mare
  3. Charles Kingsley
  4. Samuel Beckett
  5. Charles Lamb
  6. Catch-22
  7. Far from the Madding Crowd
  8. Ricky Gervais
  9. Nadine Dorries
  10. Anne
  11. White
  12. T. S. Eliot
  13. Mark Twain
  14. Salman Rushdie
  15. 221B Baker Street

Trivia III

  1. Which novel is the story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza?
  2. In literature which 1719 book has gained wide acceptance as 'the first English novel'?
  3. What was Rudyard Kipling's given first name?
  4. 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen' is the first line from which book?
  5. Which novellist wrote 'Cannery Row' and 'East of Eden'?
  6. Which Washington D.C. born oscar-winning actress wrote 'A Lotus Grows in the Mud'?
  7. Which famous past British political figure wrote Sybil?
  8. Which lead character was the budding author in the The Waltons?
  9. In which month of the year is Burns night celebrated?
  10. Which Victorian author wrote the plays 'Frozen Deep' and 'No Gobblins'?


  1. Don Quixote

  2. Robinson Crusoe
  3. Joseph
  4. 1984
  5. John Steinbeck
  6. Goldie Hawn
  7. Bemjamin Disraeli
  8. John-Boy
  9. January (the 25th)
  10. Charles Dickens

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