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Welcome to the BIG English Literature Quiz! If you want to test your England literature knowledge with a booky quiz, then you are going to love the next few minutes of your life.

I wanted to put together a 50-question English literature quiz. With 50 England literature questions and answers, all about literature from England, I guarantee you’ll get at least 10 right.

Hopefully.

Ever heard of Shakespeare? Know who wrote Harry Potter, or what Ian McEwan needed to save his characters from?

Well, step right up, here’s the BIG England literature quiz. Grab a pen and paper, or get a Word document open and challenge your friends to a duel.

If you’re looking for an unusual literature quiz, this is your one.

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England Literature Trivia Questions & Answers

There are six rounds to this England literature quiz, mostly consisting of 10 English literature quiz questions. Great if you’re looking forunusual English literature quiz questions!

Table Of Contents

  1. 1. Historical English literature questions round
  2. 2. English Literature Quiz: True or False
  3. 3. English Literature Quiz: Over / Under
  4. 4. Contemporary English Literature Round
  5. 5. English literature quiz: What didn’t they write?
  6. ANSWERS to the BIG English Literature Quiz

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1. Historical English literature questions round

Test yourEnglish literature trivia with these questions and answers!

1. Which two cities are the settings for Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities?

2. Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of which Jane Austen novel?

3. Which three sisters wrote classic novels including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights?

4. Geoffrey Chaucer was crucial to expanding the use of Middle English in his literature. What were the two dominant literary languages of his time?

5. Virginia Woolf is famous for pioneering the use of stream of _________ with her narration.

6. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first writer to be buried in Poets’ Corner in what location in London?

7. What pen name did Mary Anne Evans write her novels under?

8. Mary Shelley conceived of the ideas for Frankenstein while famously spending a summer with which lord?

9. Which country banned Alice in Wonderland?

10. What term is used to describe totalitarian and authoritarian social practices?

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2. English Literature Quiz: True or False

Are the following England literature statements true or false?

11. Sherlock Holmes never said his famous saying: ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’.

12. Robert Louis Stevenson is often called the ‘father of science fiction’.

13. Originally Shakespeare’s plays only included men in their productions.

14. Shakespeare’s parents and children were illiterate.

15. Charles Dickens believed that sleeping south would improve his writing

16. Mary Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein came from a daydream.

17. Zadie Smith’s best selling book White Teeth is now a film?

18. Bond writer Ian Fleming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

19. Enid Blyton wrote more than 700 books?

20. Malorie Blackman had over 80 rejections before she was accepted?

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3. English Literature Quiz: Over / Under

Next round in the English literature quiz, are the answers to these questions over or under the number stated?

21. Over / under 50: The amount of books grand dame of British crime writing Baroness Ruth Rendell wrote?

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22. Over / under 4: The number of Quarters of the Orange Joanne Harris wrote about?

23. Over / under 13: How old was Adrian Mole in the first book by Sue Townsend?

24. Over / under 50: The number of positions in the UK’s favourite book, the Kama Sutra (as awarded in 2020)

25. Over/under born in 1900: Jane Austen

26. Over/under died in 1950: Charles Dickens

27. Over/under 1983 when George Orwell wrote 1984

28. Over/under 20 number of plays written by William Shakespeare

29. Over/under 1900 when Frankenstein was written

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4. Contemporary English Literature Round

Let’s see how well you know your contemporary English literature, shall we?

30. What villain’s name does Tom Riddle’s name rearrange to?

31. Put these Harry Potter books in chronological order:

  1. Half-Blood Prince
  2. Order of the Phoenix
  3. Philosopher’s Stone
  4. Prisoner of Azkaban
  5. Chamber of Secrets
  6. Deathly Hallows
  7. Goblet of Fire

32. Who wrote The Midnight Library?

33. What does 42 mean in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

34. What kind of accident brings the two main male characters together in Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love?

35. Who wrote the books The Handmaid’s Tale are based on?

36. Nick Hornby famous wrote High Fidelity, but for one point can you name three more books by him?

37. Which one of Jojo Moyes many books was made into a film starring Emilia Clarke as Lou Clark caring for a quadriplegic man?

38. Benjamin Zephaniah is an amazing novellist, but also a poet – what is his style of poetry called?

39. Bernardine Evaristo’s novel was winner of the Booker Prize in 2019, but what was it called?

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5. English literature quiz: What didn’t they write?

Which of these works is not by the English author listed?

40. Charlotte Bronte

  • Villette
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Hunting of the Snark

41. Lewis Carroll

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass

42. Geoffrey Chaucer

  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Book of the Duchess
  • A Farewell to Arms

43. Beatrix Potter

  • The Glass Menagerie
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten

44. Charles Dickens

  • Oliver Twist
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • Great Expectations

45. Virginia Woolf

  • Mrs Dalloway
  • The Voyage Out
  • The Legend of Good Women

46. Jane Austen

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Waves

47. George Eliot

  • Middlemarch
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Romola

48. Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Treasure Island
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

49. Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein
  • The Modern Prometheus
  • Call of the Wild

50. H.G. Wells

  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • Invisible Man

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1. Historical English literature questions round

Test yourEnglish literature trivia with these questions and answers!

1. Which two cities are the settings for Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities?

Paris and London

2. Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of which Jane Austen novel?

Pride and Prejudice

3. Which three sisters wrote classic novels including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights?

The Bronte sisters

4. Geoffrey Chaucer was crucial to expanding the use of Middle English in his literature. What were the two dominant literary languages of his time?

Latin and French

5. Virginia Woolf is famous for pioneering the use of stream of _________ with her narration.

Consciousness

6. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first writer to be buried in Poets’ Corner in what location in London?

Westminster Abbey

7. What pen name did Mary Anne Evans write her novels under?

George Eliot

8. Mary Shelley conceived of the ideas for Frankenstein while famously spending a summer with which lord?

Lord Byron

9. Which country banned Alice in Wonderland?

A governor in China did, because he believed that animals should not be given the power of language.

10. What term is used to describe totalitarian and authoritarian social practices?

Orwellian

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2. English Literature Quiz: True or False

Are the following England literature statements true or false?

11. Sherlock Holmes never said his famous saying: ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’.

True

12. Robert Louis Stevenson is often called the ‘father of science fiction’.

False, that title often goes to H.G. Wells

13. Originally Shakespeare’s plays only included men in their productions.

True

14. Shakespeare’s parents and children were illiterate.

True

15. Charles Dickens believed that sleeping south would improve his writing

False; he thought sleeping north would! He carried a compass to help him.

16. Mary Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein came from a daydream.

False, it was a nightmare.

17. Zadie Smith’s best selling book White Teeth is now a film?

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False, it’s a TV series.

18. Bond writer Ian Fleming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

True

19. Enid Blyton wrote more than 700 books?

True!

20. Malorie Blackman had over 80 rejections before she was accepted?

True

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3. English Literature Quiz: Over / Under

Next round in the English literature quiz, are the answers to these questions over or under the number stated?

21. Over / under 50: The amount of books grand dame of British crime writing Baroness Ruth Rendell wrote?

Over, 80, that we know of

22. Over / under 4: The number of Quarters of the Orange Joanne Harris wrote about?

Over, 5

23. Over / under 13: How old was Adrian Mole in the first book by Sue Townsend?

Over, 13 3/4

24. Over / under 50: The number of positions in the UK’s favourite book, the Kama Sutra (as awarded in 2020)

Over, 64

25. Over/under born in 1900: Jane Austen

Under, 1775

26. Over/under died in 1950: Charles Dickens

Under, 1870

27. Over/under 1983 when George Orwell wrote 1984

Under: 1949

28. Over/under 20 number of plays written by William Shakespeare

Over: 37

29. Over/under 1900 when Frankenstein was written

Under: 1816

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4. Contemporary English Literature Round

Let’s see how well you know your contemporary English literature, shall we?

30. What villain’s name does Tom Riddle’s name rearrange to?

Voldemort

31. Put these Harry Potter books in chronological order:

  1. Half-Blood Prince
  2. Order of the Phoenix
  3. Philosopher’s Stone
  4. Prisoner of Azkaban
  5. Chamber of Secrets
  6. Deathly Hallows
  7. Goblet of Fire

Answers:

  • Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
  • Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  • Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
  • Goblet of Fire (2000)
  • Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  • Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  • Deathly Hallows (2007)

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32. Who wrote The Midnight Library?

Matt Haig

33. What does 42 mean in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

The number42is, in TheHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas Adams, the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”.

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34. What kind of accident brings the two main male characters together in Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love?

Hot air balloon

35. Who wrote the books The Handmaid’s Tale are based on?

Margaret Atwood

36. Nick Hornby famous wrote High Fidelity, but for one point can you name three more books by him?

  • Fever Pitch
  • About a Boy
  • A Long Way Down
  • Juliet, Naked
  • How To Be Good
  • Funny Girl
  • An Education
  • Just Like You

37. Which one of Jojo Moyes many books was made into a film starring Emilia Clarke as Lou Clark caring for a quadriplegic man?

Me Before You

38. Benjamin Zephaniah is an amazing novellist, but also a poet – what is his style of poetry called?

Dub-poetry

39. Bernardine Evaristo’s novel was winner of the Booker Prize in 2019, but what was it called?

Girl, Woman, Other

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5. English literature quiz: What didn’t they write?

Which of these works is not by the English author listed?

40. Charlotte Bronte

  • Villette
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Hunting of the Snark

Answer: The Hunting of the Snark

41. Lewis Carroll

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass

Answer: To Kill A Mockingbird

42. Geoffrey Chaucer

  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Book of the Duchess
  • A Farewell to Arms

Answer: A Farewell to Arms

43. Beatrix Potter

  • The Glass Menagerie
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten

Answer: The Glass Menagerie

44. Charles Dickens

  • Oliver Twist
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • Great Expectations

Answer: The Mill on the Floss

45. Virginia Woolf

  • Mrs Dalloway
  • The Voyage Out
  • The Legend of Good Women

Answer: The Legend of Good Women

46. Jane Austen

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Waves

Answer: The Waves

47. George Eliot

  • Middlemarch
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Romola

Answer: Adventures of Tom Sawyer

48. Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Treasure Island
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Answer: Fahrenheit 451

49. Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein
  • The Modern Prometheus
  • Call of the Wild

Answer: Call of the Wild

50. H.G. Wells

  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • Invisible Man

Answer: Invisible Man

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What are some good literature questions? ›

Literary Analysis Questions About Theme

How do the characters in the story develop or enhance the theme? How does the conflict of the story develop or enhance the theme? How do the symbols within the story develop or enhance the theme? How does the author's tone of the story develop or enhance the theme?

What is literary quiz? ›

Retaining facts and information is only a small part of a literary training. The main aim of the Faculty's work is to encourage imaginative and critical habits of mind, rather than to provide students with factual information.

What is a quiz answer? ›

A quiz refers to a short test of knowledge, typically around 10 questions in length, with question formats often including multiple choice, fill in the blanks, true or false and short answer.

Who is known as the father of English literature? ›

Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1340s – 25 October 1400) was an English poet, author, and civil servant best known for The Canterbury Tales. He has been called the "father of English literature", or, alternatively, the "father of English poetry".

What is literature best answer? ›

literature, a body of written works. The name has traditionally been applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the perceived aesthetic excellence of their execution.

What are the 10 hardest questions in the world? ›

Here are the hardest questions in the world:
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  • Does he or she love me?
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What are good 5 questions to ask? ›

Break the ice and get to know people better by selecting several of these get-to-know-you questions.
  • Who is your hero?
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  • What is your biggest fear?
  • What is your favorite family vacation?
  • What would you change about yourself if you could?
  • What really makes you angry?

What are 5 random questions? ›

Good random questions to ask people
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  • If you found out you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
  • What is the most unexpected piece of advice you ever received?
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How do I prepare for a literature test? ›

Exam Preparation: How to prepare for the Literature exam
  1. Read and re-read your texts. ...
  2. Learn quotations. ...
  3. Read around your text. ...
  4. Talk your ideas through. ...
  5. Go back over your own work. ...
  6. Study style – select and scrutinise significant/striking/special sections. ...
  7. Get to know VCAA a little better. ...
  8. Write sample paragraphs.
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What is a quiz in class 8? ›

a) What is a quiz ? Ans:- A quiz is a form of game or competition where knowledge is tested by asking question.

What is a quiz in England? ›

A pub quiz is a quiz held in a pub or bar. These events are also called quiz nights, trivia nights, or bar trivia and may be held in other settings. Pub quizzes may attract customers to a pub who are not found there on other days. The pub quiz is a modern example of a pub game.

Who is the father of quiz? ›

Explanation: Neil O'Brien conducted the first documented, formal quiz in 1967 at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in Calcutta (now Kolkata).

Is a quiz an exam? ›

“Quiz” often implies a short or informal test, such as an unscheduled quiz (a pop quiz). Sometimes people even participate in quizzes for fun. Think of a pub quiz or a quiz show on TV. An exam has a more formal connotation, and you typically only see this in an academic setting.

Is game a quiz? ›

A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which players attempt to answer questions correctly about a certain or variety of subjects. Quizzes can be used as a brief assessment in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, or skills.

Who is the first poet in English literature? ›

Today is the feast day of Caedmon, the first known English poet. As well as being the first named poet in the English literary tradition, he is also a significant figure in the history of people who hate singing in public, people who develop new talents later in life, and of cowherds.

What are the 5 types of literature? ›

Today, Vista Higher Learning is breaking down the differences to give you a crash course on the five main genres of literature.
  • #1 Fiction. One of the most popular genres of literature, fiction, features imaginary characters and events. ...
  • #2 Nonfiction. ...
  • #3 Drama. ...
  • #4 Poetry. ...
  • #5 Folktale.
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What are the 4 types of literature? ›

In the landscape of literature, there are four major genres: poetry, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction. While there are certain key recognizable features of each genre, these are not so much rules as they are tools, or conventions, the author uses.

What are the 3 types of literature? ›

The three major genres are Prose, Drama, and Poetry.

What are good questions to ask writers? ›

Suggested Author Interview Questions
  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
  • How long does it take you to write a book?
  • What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
  • How do books get published?

What is a tough question in literature? ›

Tough Questions are those questions that a character asks themselves but there is no easy answer to. When you see a character asking a question that only they could answer or asking something that relates to what they are dealing with, you know you have found a Tough Question.

What makes a good literature review question? ›

Your research question should be clear, focused, and complex enough to allow for adequate research and analysis. Most importantly, your research question should be interesting to you - you will be spending a great deal of time researching and writing so you should be eager to learn more about it.

What are literary universal questions? ›

Universal questions (level three) are open-ended questions that are raised by ideas in the text. They are intended to provoke a discussion of an abstract idea or issue.

What are the 5 questions you should answer when writing a story? ›

So, without further ado here are 5 essential questions to plot out your story.
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  • What is the inciting incident? ...
  • What obstacles does your character encounter? ...
  • What happens to make the situation worse? ...
  • What is the final resolution?
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What are the three questions in writing? ›

The king asked his questions, but the hermit went on digging rather laboriously. The king offered to dig for him for a while.
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The Three Questions.
The Three Questions Author - Leo Tolstoy
Genre(s)Parable
Published inWhat Men Live By, and Other Tales
Media typePrint
Publication date1885
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What should you not ask an author? ›

7. Personal Topics Unrelated to Books or Writing. Refrain from asking or telling authors anything that doesn't have to do with books or writing. Even if you think it's a compliment.

What is the most tough question? ›

Answered! Life's 25 Toughest Questions
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  5. Do animals really have a sixth sense? ...
  6. Why does the line you're in always move the slowest?
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What is the most hard question in the world? ›

So, what is truth? Philosophers have struggled with this question since the dawn of time, perhaps because it's the hardest question ever asked. The field of epistemology is the subdiscipline of philosophy that grapples it, along with the nature of knowledge itself.

What are the 5 characteristics of a good literature review? ›

Characteristics of an effective literature review

Outlining important research trends. Assessing strengths and weaknesses (of individual studies as well the existing research as a whole). Identifying potential gaps in knowledge. Establishing a need for current and/or future research projects.

What are the ten simple rules in writing literature? ›

  • Rule 1: Define a Topic and Audience.
  • Rule 2: Search and Re-search the Literature.
  • Rule 3: Take Notes While Reading.
  • Rule 4: Choose the Type of Review You Wish to Write.
  • Rule 5: Keep the Review Focused, but Make It of Broad Interest.
  • Rule 6: Be Critical and Consistent.
  • Rule 7: Find a Logical Structure.
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What are the 3 basic sources for a literature review? ›

Peer reviewed journal articles. Edited academic books. Articles in professional journals.

What are the 4 types of questions? ›

In English, there are four types of questions: general or yes/no questions, special questions using wh-words, choice questions, and disjunctive or tag/tail questions.

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