A literary wall quiz

For much of my adult life in UK each new year was seen in at a party given by my dear friends Arthur and Betty, both, sadly, no longer with us. The evening included a number of regular events, terminating in a short meditation and prayer for the new year, then listening to BBC radio for the chimes of Big Ben which would be the sign for glasses to be raised, “Happy New Year”.

My contribution to the evening was to compile a wall quiz, the questions being written on Post-It notes which were spread round the house. Finding all twenty was one challenge, answering the questions another. Here are the questions from 2007, though you won’t get far if you’re not into English literature. Feel free to copy and use if you wish. I’ll post the answers in a day or two.

Each of the people below is the leading character in a novel. Name them. The date when the book was published is in brackets

1. Given to matchmaking (1816)
2. Cedric, heir of the Earl of Dorincourt (1886)
3. Mentored by Mr Micawber (1850)
4. The boy who wouldn’t grow up (1904)
5. You may think this one somewhat obscure (1895)
6. Nobody (1892)
7. She met an angel but was hanged for murder (1891)
8. Finds her own Mr Darcy (1996)
9. She’s dead but her presence hangs over her successor (1938)
10. Expelled from chapel after being wrongly accused of theft (1861)
11. The opposite of Flashman (1857)
12. He married the widow of a fellow matchbox collector. Revisit this clue if it’s too hard (1945)
13. Not just a card (1911)
14. Sold his wife (1886)
15. She came not from one place but five (1902)
16. The ends of her roof were eco-friendly (1908)
17. She always looked on the bright side of life (1913)
18. Finds dreadful secret in the attic (1847)
19. Hides dreadful portrait in the attic (1891)
20. They seek him everywhere (1905)

Enjoy!

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  1. Tony Bryer Post author

    The answers:
    1. Given to matchmaking (1816): Emma
    2. Cedric, heir of the Earl of Dorincourt (1886): Little Lord Fauntleroy
    3. Mentored by Mr Micawber (1850): David Copperfield
    4. The boy who wouldn’t grow up (1904): Peter Pan
    5. You may think this one somewhat obscure (1895): Jude the Obscure
    6. Nobody (1892): Charles Pooter (Diary of a Nobody)
    7. She met an angel but was hanged for murder (1891): Tess of the d’Urbervilles
    8. Finds her own Mr Darcy (1996): Bridget Jones
    9. She’s dead but her presence hangs over her successor (1938): Rebecca
    10. Expelled from chapel after being wrongly accused of theft (1861): Silas Marner
    11. The opposite of Flashman (1857): Tom Brown
    12. He married the widow of a fellow matchbox collector. Revisit this clue if it’s too hard (1945)
    Lord Brideshead [Brideshead Revisited]
    13. Not just a card (1911): Denry Machin [The Card]
    14. Sold his wife (1886): The Mayor of Casterbridge
    15. She came not from one place but five (1902): Anna of the Five Towns
    16. The ends of her roof were eco-friendly (1908): Anne of Green Gables
    17. She always looked on the bright side of life (1913): Pollyanna
    18. Finds dreadful secret in the attic (1847): Jane Eyre
    19. Hides dreadful portrait in the attic (1891): Dorian Gray
    20 They seek him everywhere (1905): The Scarlet Pimpernel
    How many did you get ?

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