Art and Literature

Quiz 130 – Round 3 – Art and Literature

1. Which American Gothic fiction author wrote ‘Interview with a Vampire’?

Anne Rice

2. How many ‘Canterbury Tales’ were written by Geoffrey Chaucer?


3. What, in the art and decorating world, is gesso?

A type of white paint (Similar to white acrylic paint but thinner)

4. Who was the eldest of Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’?


5. In which Parisian museum would you find Auguste Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’, Claude Monet’s ‘London, Houses of Parliament’ and Edouard Manet’s ‘Olympia’?

The Musée d’Orsay

6. Who wrote ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’?

John Fowles

7. What does the ‘L.S.’ stand for in the name of the English artist L.S. Lowry?

Laurence Stephen

8. What was the name of the first children’s book to be published by David Walliams?

The Boy in the Dress

9. Who wrote the hugely successful ‘Shopaholic’ series of novels, featuring the main character Rebecca Bloomwood?

Sophie Kinsella (Real name Madeleine Wickham, under which she also writes)

10. Which was the first Dan Brown book to feature the religious iconology expert Robert Langdon?

Angels & Demons




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Real Names Quiz

Quiz 129 – Round 6 – Real Names

Real names quiz – The following are ten people and characters (real or fictional) who are not known by their real (or full) first name. Do you know what it is?

1. Inspector Morse


2. Bono (U2)

Paul (Hewson)

3. ‘Daddy’ Warbucks (Annie/Little Orphan Annie)


4. Barbie (Doll)

Barbara (Millicent Roberts)

5. Woody Allen

Allan (Stewart Konigsberg)

6. Curly Watts (Coronation Street character)


7. Eminem

Marshall (Bruce Mathers III)

8. Freddie Mercury

Farrokh (Bulsara)

9. Mr. Burns (Simpsons)

Charles (Montgomery Burns)

10. Elton John

Reginald (Kenneth Dwight)


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Fictional Detectives Quiz

Quiz 128 – Round 4 – Fictional Detectives

Fictional detectives quiz. Below we will give you ten famous detectives from the world of literature. Can you tell us which author created each character?

1. Hercule Poirot

Agatha Christie

2. Philip Marlowe

Raymond Chandler

3. Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

4. Dirk Gently

Douglas Adams

5. Alex Cross

James Patterson

6. Inspector Morse

Colin Dexter

7. John Rebus

Ian Rankin

8. Adam Dalgliesh

P.D. James

9. Maigret

Georges Simenon

10. Eleanor Roosevelt

Elliott Roosevelt (Son of  Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, he wrote a number of books including a series where his own mother was the detective)


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Art and Literature

Quiz 127 – Round 5 – Art and Literature

1. Which 1887 detective novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle marked the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes?

A Study in Scarlet

2. Which French Post-Impressionist painter’s works include ‘The Card Players’ and ‘The Bathers’?

Paul Cézanne

3. Which former journalist and spy has written many novels, including ‘The Day of the Jackal’ and ‘The Odessa File’?

Frederick Forsyth

4. In Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Jack informs Lady Bracknell that as a baby he was found in a handbag in the cloakroom of a railway station. Which station?

Victoria Station

5. Who designed the sculpture ‘The Angel of The North’?

Sir Antony Gormley

6. What was the name of Don Quixote’s horse?


7. In Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Color Purple’, the protagonist and narrator, Celie, grows up in which US state?


8. The architect Walter Gropius was the founder of which German art school?


9. Who created the character ‘Detective Inspector Jack Frost’ who appeared in nine published novels and a successful television series?

R.D. Wingfield

10. The Venus de Milo is one of the most famous works of Greek sculpture – but was it created BC or AD?

BC (At some point between 13o and 100 BC)





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Fictional Animals Quiz

Quiz 125 – Round 6 – Fictional Animals

Fictional animals quiz – The following are all animals from literature, TV or film. Can you say which type of creatures the following are?

1. Shelob

Spider (The Lord of the Rings)

2. Mr Ed

Horse (TV Series)

3. Blinky Bill

Koala (Blinky Bill stories by Dorothy Wall)

4. ‘Master’ Po Ping

Giant panda (Kung Fu Panda)

5. Aslan

Lion (The Chronicles of Narnia)

6. Hedwig

Snowy Owl (Harry Potter)

7. Huxley

Pig (Huxley Pig – animated TV series)

8. Akela

Wolf (The Jungle Book)

9. Mr. Tod

Fox (The Tale of Mr Tod – Beatrix Potter)

10. Mighty Joe Young

Gorilla (Two films of same name)


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Children's Authors

Quiz 124 – Round 1 – Picture Round

Children’s authors picture round. Can you identify the following children’s writers?

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1. Lewis Carroll

By Oscar Gustave Rejlander – Unknown, Public Domain,

2. Michael Morpurgo

By Georges Seguin (Okki) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

3. Roald Dahl

By Carl Van Vechten – Public Domain,

4. Michael Rosen

‘Michael Rosen recording Listening Lions’ by Historyworks – Used under a Creative Commons 2.0 Generic license, via

5. Philip Pulllman

By Photographed by Adrian Hon, [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

By Al Ravenna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Jacqueline Wilson

By Rodw  Illustrator: nick sharrat (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

8. Beatrix Potter

By Potter’s father Rupert Potter, died 1914 – Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman ISBN 0-7232-4175-9, Public Domain,

9. David Walliams

By Ana maria wiggins [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

10. J.M. Barrie

By George Charles Beresford – The National Portrait Gallery, London, Public Domain,



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books set in different countries

Quiz 124 – Round 6 – Art and Literature

The following are a selection of books set in different countries. In which country were the following books predominantly set?

1. Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie


2. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas


3. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell


4. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee


5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne


6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


7. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie


8. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières


9. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard


10. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough



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Art and Literature

Quiz 123 – Round 3 – Art and Literature

1. Which ‘Chick Lit’ author’s books include ‘Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married’, ‘Sushi For Beginners’ and ‘The Woman Who Stole My Life’?

Marian Keyes

2. Which French painter, born in 1864, painted a famous portrait of Vincent Van Gogh?

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

3. Which type of bird is shot by the ‘Ancient Mariner’ in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem of 1834?

Albatross (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

4. What was the name of Stephen King’s first published novel?


5. What is the name of Anna Karenina’s lover?

Vronsky (Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky)

6. Which Paris art museum was designed by the architects Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini?

Centre Georges Pompidou

7. Which is the fourth book in the ‘Harry Potter’ series?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8. Which character in Douglas Adams’s ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ has three arms, two heads and shares three of the same mothers as Ford Prefect?

Zaphod Beeblebrox

9. How is the character of Oliver Mellors better known?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

10. “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day…” Whose words are these?

Dylan Thomas





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Art and Literature

Quiz 121 – Round 6 – Art and Literature

Who wrote the following famous works of literature?

1. Lord of the Flies

William Golding

2. The Quiet American

Graham Greene

3. On The Road

Jack Kerouac

4. Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

5. Men Without Women

Ernest Hemingway

6. The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

7. Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

8. The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer

9. Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

10. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez  





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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Quiz 120 – Round 4 – Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy quiz. We will give you the names of three books, you need to give us the name of the author who wrote all three.

1. ‘Foundation’, ‘I, Robot’ and ‘Foundation and Empire’

Isaac Asimov

2. ‘Fahrenheit 451’, ‘The Martian Chronicles’ and ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’

Ray Bradbury

3. ‘Good Omens’, ‘Wyrd Sisters’ and ‘The Colour of Magic’

Terry Pratchett

4. ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ and ‘The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul’

Douglas Adams

5. ‘The Last Battle’, ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Magician’s Nephew’

C.S. Lewis

6. ‘A Game of Thrones’, ‘The Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons’

George R. R. Martin

7. ‘The Man in the High Castle’, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ and ‘Ubik’

Philip K. Dick

8. ‘Consider Phlebas’, ‘Excession’ and ‘The Hydrogen Sonata’

Iain M. Banks

9. ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them’, ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ and ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’

J. K. Rowling

10. ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘Childhood’s End’ and ‘The Fountains of Paradise’

Arthur C. Clarke


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Narrators Quiz

Quiz 118 – Round 2 – Narrators

Narrators Quiz. The following are all characters in famous books who also act as first-person narrator. Can you identify the book they narrate?

1. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2. Philip “Pip” Pirrip

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

3. Humbert Humbert

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

4. Patrick Bateman

American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

5. Holden Caulfield

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

6. “Chief” Bromden

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

7. Paul Bäumer

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

8. Nick Carraway

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

9. Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games (and rest of book series) – Suzanne Collins

10. Esther Greenwood

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath


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Fictional Creatures Quiz

Quiz 117 – Round 2 – Fictional Creatures

Fictional creatures quiz. We will give you ten fictional creatures from works of literature. Can you tell us which author created the following?

1. Dementors

J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

2. Yahoos

Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels)

3. Balrogs

J.R.R. Tolkien

4. The Jabberwock

Lewis  Carroll (Through the Looking Glass)

5. Fire Lizards

Anne McCaffrey (Pern series of books)

6. The Vogons

Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

7. Quantum Weather Butterflies

Terry Pratchett

8. The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson (In the children’s book of the same name)

9. Morlocks

H.G. Wells (The Time Machine)

10. Marsh-wiggles

C.S. Lewis


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Art and Literature

Quiz 116 – Round 5 – Art and Literature

1. What does the ‘J.M.W’ stand for in the name of artist J.M.W. Turner?

Joseph Mallord William

2. Whose works include ‘The Persistence of Memory’ and ‘Swans Reflecting Elephants’?

Salvador Dali

3. ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever…’ These are opening lines by which famous poet?

John Keats

4. ‘The Sellout’ was the Man Booker Prize-winning title of 2016. Who wrote it?

Paul Beatty

5. ‘The Accident’ (2014), ‘The Lie’ (2015) and ‘The Missing’ (2016) are all novels by which British author?


6. What colour is the coat mentioned in the opening line of ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde?

Scarlet (He did not wear his scarlet coat, for blood and wine are red…)

7. ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ were looking for a ring so that they could be married. Where did they find one?

In the end of a pig’s nose (And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,)

8. ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Bertolt Brecht is a satirical allegory of the rise to power of which political figure?

Adolf Hitler

9. What is the name of the town in which ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is set?


10. Who has written children’s books entitled ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’?

David Walliams





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Book sequels quiz

Quiz 115 – Round 6 – Art and Literature

Book sequels quiz. Name the literary sequel or second book in the series from the first book given.

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire

4. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island

5. Divergent – Veronica Roth


6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

7. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

The Lost World

8. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

Live and Let Die

9. The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike

The Widows of Eastwick

10. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker


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Christmas Characters

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 6 – Christmas Characters

Christmas Characters quiz – Below are some Christmas-related characters from literature. All you need to do is to tell us who invented the character or characters.

1. The Grinch

Dr. Seuss (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)

2. Ebenezer Scrooge

Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)

3. The Snowman (from the book of the same name)

Raymond Briggs

4. The Christmasaurus

Tom Fletcher

5. The Hogfather

Terry Pratchett

6. Mr. Christmas

Roger Hargreaves

7. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

E.T.A. Hoffman (Tchaikovsky’s ballet is based on this original story)

8. The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Andersen

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Robert Lewis May

10. The Other Wise Man

Henry van Dyke


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Art and Literature Pub Quiz

Quiz 112 – Round 5 – Art and Literature

1. Which Austrian symbolist painter’s works include ‘The Three Ages of Woman’, ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ and ‘The Kiss’?

Gustav Klimt

2. In which Shakespearean play does the character of Shylock appear?

The Merchant of Venice

3. Which Mexican painter, who was married to fellow artist Frida Kahlo, helped to establish the Mexican mural movement and painted murals in numerous cities in Mexico and the USA?

Diego Rivera

4. What is the name of the first book written by J.K. Rowling that was specifically aimed at adults?

The Casual Vacancy

5. Which American children’s author has enjoyed great success with his ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series?

Jeff Kinney

6. How many golden tickets were there in Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’?


7. In which city was the English Romanticist painter J.M.W. Turner born?


8. Cyan is a shade of which primary colour?


9. In which two cities is the Charles Dickens novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ set?

London and Paris

10. Which American science-fiction author also held the post Professor of Biochemistry at Boston University after he was honoured in 1979?

Isaac Asimov





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Shakespeare Quotes

Quiz 111 – Round 4 – Shakespeare Quotes

The following are all Shakespeare quotes but can identify the plays from which they have been taken?

1. “Now is the winter of our discontent…”

Richard III

2. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

Twelfth Night

3. “Get thee to a nunnery.”


4. “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

As You Like It

5. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?”


6. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…”

Julius Caesar

7. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Romeo and Juliet

8. “This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.”

King Lear

9. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10. “All that glisters is not gold…”

The Merchant of Venice


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Art and Literature

Quiz 108 – Round 2 – Art and Literature

Poetry opening lines – Who wrote these?

1. “Half a league, half a league, half a league onward…”

Alfred Lord Tennyson (The Charge of the Light Brigade)

2. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnet 43)

3. “Do not go gentle into that good night…”

Dylan Thomas (Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night)

4. “You may write me down in history…”

Maya Angelou (Still I Rise)

5. “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!”

Percy Bysse Shelley

6. “When I am dead, my dearest, sing no sad songs for me.”

Christina Rosetti (Song)

7. “O CAPTAIN! My captain! Our fearful trip is done…”

Walt Whitman (O Captain! My Captain!)

8. “Well, my Daddy left when I was three and he didn’t leave much to Ma and me…”

Shel Silverstein (A Boy Named Sue)

9. “He did not wear his scarlet coat, for blood and wine are red…”

Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol)

10. “‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…”

Lewis Carroll (Jabberwocky)





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Art and Literature

Quiz 106 – Round 5 – Art and Literature

Who created the following literary characters?

1. Julien Sorel

Stendhal (Le Rouge et le Noir)

2. Bathsheba Everdene

Thomas Hardy (Far from the Madding Crowd)

3. Billy Bunter

Charles Hamilton under the pen name Frank Richards

4. Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

5. Vianne Rocher

Joanne Harris (Chocolat)

6. Bruce Bogtrotter

Roald Dahl (Matilda)

7. Dean Moriarty

Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

8. Holly Golightly

Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

9. Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

10. Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne





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Art and Literature

Quiz 104 – Round 4 – Art and Literature

The following are all fictional place names from literature – but who created them?

1. Avonlea

Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

2. Chipping Cleghorn

Agatha Christie (Miss Marple)

3. Cittàgazze

Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy)

4. Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy (The Mayor of Casterbridge)

5. Isla Nublar

Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park)

6. Coketown

Charles Dickens (Hard Times)

7. Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

8. Maycomb

Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

9. Pandæmonium

John Milton (Paradise Lost)

10. Aramanth

William Nicholson (Wind on Fire trilogy)






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