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Scottish Literature Quiz

Quiz Questions

  1. The life and poetry of Robert Burns is celebrated annually on the poet's birthday in which month of the year?
  2. Which former Professor of Medical Law at Edinburgh University is best known as the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series?
  3. Who wrote the Gothic novella the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
  4. Which Scottish station is the world's only railway station named after a work of literature?

  5. Which feminine name meaning "friend" was first coined by scottish playwright J.M. Barrie in a 1904 play?
  6. Trainspotting is the first novel by which Scottish writer?
  7. Who was the first Scottish Poet Laureate?
  8. Which detective was created by the Scottish author Sir Ian Rankin?
  9. Who in 1961 created the fictional character Jean Brodie?
  10. Glenn Chandler is best known for writing which detective series?
  11. Which narrative poem written by Robert Burns in 1790 is about a farmer who often gets drunk with his friends in a public house in the Scottish town of Ayr?
  12. Which 'factory'is the first novel by writer Iain Banks?
  13. Which author created hero Richard Hannay in a 1915 adventure novel?
  14. What links Scottish authors Douglas Stuart in 2020 and James Kelman in 1994?
  15. Walter Scott's Rob Roy is set during which conflict?
  16. Bronze statues of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx are in which city's City Square?
  17. Published in 1893, Catriona is a sequel to which historical fiction adventure novel?
  18. Which Scottish football team's name was influenced by a Sir Walter Scott novel?
  19. Which novel by Compton Mackenzie is about a cargo vessel wrecked off a remote fictional Scottish island group?
  20. Sartor Resartus is a 1831 novel by which Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher?
  21. Which 1887 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle saw the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes?
  22. Which Edinburgh born writer is famous for the classic children's novel, The Wind in the Willows?
  23. Which Scottish novelist has wrote novels which have been adapted to popular films, such as The Guns of Navarone and Ice Station Zebra?
  24. Who had their first book published while writing in the back room of The Elephant House tea and coffee house overlooking Edinburgh Castle?
  25. Which play is known as the Scottish play?


  1. January (25 January)
  2. Sir Alexander McCall Smith
  3. Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Waverley (after the 'Waverley Novels' by Sir Walter Scott)
  5. Wendy (the play was Peter Pan)
  6. Irvine Welsh (first published in 1993)
  7. Carol Ann Duffy
  8. Inspector Rebus
  9. Muriel Spark (in the novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
  10. Taggart
  11. Tam o' Shanter
  12. The Wasp Factory
  13. John Buchan (in The Thirty-Nine Steps)
  14. Won the Booker Prize
  15. Jacobite Rebellion of 1715
  16. Dundee's
  17. Kidnapped (by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson)
  18. Heart Of Midlothian, commonly known as Hearts
  19. Whisky Galore
  20. Thomas Carlyle
  21. A Study in Scarlet
  22. Kenneth Grahame
  23. Alistair MacLean
  24. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)
  25. Macbeth (by William Shakespeare)