Art & Literature Quiz Questions
Quiz Round 01
- Who was Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1968?
- Which novelist wrote ‘The Guns of Navarone’, ‘Ice Station Zebra’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare’?
- Who wrote ‘Tarzan of the Apes’?
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Which writer of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ died in 2001?
- In which Shakespeare play does “A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse” appear?
- The Latin word ‘ergo’ translates to what in English?
- Fanny Price was a character in which Jane Austin novel?
- Which novelist wrote ‘Of Mice and Men’?
- What Dylan Thomas play is set in the quirky welsh village of Llareggub?
Under Milk Wood
- In which book did Ian Fleming introduce James Bond?
Quiz Round 02
- What is the second book of the Old Testament?
- “It was the best of times, it was the worst if times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity……” is the first line of which novel?
A Tale of Two Cities
- “Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen” is the first line of which book?
- Who composed the opera La Traviata in 1853?
- Mary Ann Evans is the real name of which famous novelist?
- Eric Arthur Blair is the real name of which famous novelist?
- According to Edward Lear’s poem, how long was the sailing trip undertaken by the Owl and the Pussycat?
A year and a day
- How is the character of Oliver Mellors better known?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
- By what name was Mrs Darrell Waters more commonly known?
- What is Oscar Wilde’s only novel?
Portrait of Dorian Gray
Quiz Round 03
- Who wrote the Portrait of Dorian Gray – this writer’s only novel?
- How many nights are there in Arabian Nights?
- “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife” is the first line of which novel?
Pride & Prejudice
- Who composed the opera La Boheme in 1896?
- Who created the art work “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995″?
- What were the two cities in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’?
London & Paris
- What novel has the subtitle ‘The Modern Prometheus’?
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
- What fictional novel of 1937 has the subtitle ‘There and Back Again’?
- In Greek mythology, what was the name of the nymph, punished by the god Hera into only being able to repeat the words of others?
- In what wood does Winnie the Pooh live?
Hundred Acre Wood
Quiz Round 04
- In which museum would you find the ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo?
- Which book by Woodward & Bernstein was top of the US best sellers a month before Nixon quit as president of the USA? (also a 1976 film)
All the President’s Men
- Which friend of Harry Potter dies at the end of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
- Who painted ‘The Laughing Cavalier’?
- Who painted the ‘Birth of Venus’?
- Who painted the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’?
- In which museum are you most likely to find the Mona Lisa?
- Who wrote the series of children’s books about Budgie the Little Helicopter?
- Nutwood Cottage is the home of which children’s TV character?
- Who composed the opera Don Giovanni in 1787?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quiz Round 05
- Who composed the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ in 1904?
- In which ballet would you hear the ‘Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy’?
- In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie’s surname?
- How many lines are there in a sonnet?
- Which artist created the sculpture ‘The Thinker’?
- Born in 1926 who is the author of the Paddington Bear books?
- What was unusual about Dr Andrew Griffin according to the title of an 1897 novel by HG Wells?
He was invisible (The Invisible Man)
- In which Shakespeare play does Falstaff die?
- What was Lady Chatterley’s first name?
- What is the name of Dennis the Menace’s rather soft enemy?
Quiz Round 06
- Which wars are taking place in the novel ‘War & Peace’?
- In what month is The Last Night of the Proms typically held?
- Who is the second most mentioned man in the Bible?
- Who wrote ‘Vanity Fair’?
- Name two of the three countries constantly at war with each other in George Orwell’s 1984?
Oceania, Eastasia and Eurasia
- “Except for the Marabar caves – and they are 20 miles off – the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary” is the first line of which novel?
A Passage to India (EM Forster)
- Which famous fictional character lives at 4 Privet Drive?
- Which artist had Blue and Rose periods?
- Which book starts off with the line “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”?
- Which fictional character lives at no.32 Windsor Gardens?
Quiz Round 07
- What was the name of Douglas Adam’s sequel to the book ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’?
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
- Which French artist was famed for his pastel representations of ballet dancers?
- Who wrote the novel ‘The Three Musketeers’?
- In which artistic field is Bernard Leach well renowned? a) Pottery, b) Ballet or c) Sculpture
- Which art and architecture style, prevalent during the late 16th and early 18th centuries, was renowned for its extensive ornamentation?
- On what island was the mythical creature, the Minotaur, said to have roamed a labyrinth?
- Of all Shakespeare’s characters, who has the most lines to deliver?
- “If music be the food of love, play on” comes from which Shakespeare play?
- Which fictional character created by Washington Irving fell asleep in the Catskill Mountains for 20 years?
Rip van Winkle
- Who wrote the children’s story ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’?
Ian Fleming (also James Bond creator)
Quiz Round 08
- Which of the Bronte sisters wrote ‘Wuthering Heights’?
- In which city was the first Guggenheim museum built?
- Who designed the ‘Angel of the North’ located in the North East of England?
- In Shakespeare, as what are Valentine and Proteus better known?
Two Gentlemen of Verona
- What was the name of the opera company that, from the 1870s to 2003 (when it was suspended) performed only Gilbert & Sullivan operas?
- Outside of London, there is a Tate Gallery in Liverpool and which south west town?
- Which Latin word means “let it stand”?
- Alphabetically, which of the seven dwarves comes first?
- Which animal is portrayed in Landseer’s 1851 painting ‘Monarch of the Glen’?
Red deer stag
- In the Bible, who lived for 969 years?
Quiz Round 09
- Who created the Mr Men?
- Who narrates the tale of Moby Dick?
- In a Charles Dickens novel, as whom is Jack Dawkins better known?
The Artful Dodger
- Who is the British naval officer hero of CS Forester’s popular novels?
- In the Bible, to where did Cain flee after murdering his brother Abel?
The land of Nod (Nod meaning ‘wandering’ in Hebrew)
- In the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, the poem ‘Funeral Blues’ is read out. Who wrote it?
- Which author created the fictional hero Jack Ryan?
- With which fictional novel would you associate the character Catherine Earnshaw?
- Which Jeffrey Archer novel describes the competition between four men to be prime minister?
First Among Equals
- What is the name of Harry Potter’s mother?
Quiz Round 10
- What is the name of Harry Potter’s father?
- “It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking 13″ is the opening line of which famous novel?
1984 by George Orwell
- “Call me Ishmael” is the opening line of which book?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- “All children, except one, grow up” is the opening line of which book?
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
- Which Gilbert & Sullivan opera is about the Emperor of Japan?
- What is Louisa May Alcott’s most famous book?
- In 2001, whose autobiography was released entitled ‘Learning to Fly’?
- Who was the author of ‘Pygmalion’?
George Bernhard Shaw
- Who replaced Andrew Motion as Poet Laureate in May 2009, and in doing so became the first woman and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position?
Carol Ann Duffy CBE
- John Wycliffe is famous for achieving what in 1382?
Translating the Bible into English
Quiz Round 11
- What Line Follows “Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the Waves…”?
Britons Never, Never, Never Shall Be Slaves
- In Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, what is Juliet’s surname name?
- Complete this line by Shakespeare (from Julius Caesar) “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…?”
Lend me your ears
- What pseudonym did David Cornwell use when he wrote ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’?
John le Carré
- What is the only Shakespeare play with a British place name in its title?
The Merry Wives of Windsor
- In Jack & the Beanstalk, what is the name of the cow (also the name of a flower)?
- What famous children’s adventure story was written by Johann Wyss?
Swiss Family Robinson
- Name one of the two books that castaways receive after appearing on Radio 4s Desert Island Discs?
The Bible or the Complete Works of Shakespeare
- Through which island was American author Bill Bryson travelling in ‘Notes From a Small Island’?
- In Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, which buildings did Don Quixote mistake for evil giants?
Quiz Round 12
- From which country does Paddington Bear come?
- In which musical does ‘You’ll never Walk Alone’ appear?
- The Jack Higgins novel ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ focuses on a plot to kidnap whom?
- What was Jeffrey Archer’s sequel to ‘Kane & Abel’ called?
The Prodigal Daughter
- In Alice in Wonderland, what price did the Mad Hatter have on his hat? A) 10/6 or 10 shillings & sixpence, b) 12d or 12 pence or c) 2/6 or half a crown or 2.5 shillings
- What was the first name of impressionist painter Cezanne?
- Which animals are George Stubbs famous for painting?
- Which art gallery is in Trafalgar Square?
- What’s the title of the fifth Harry Potter book?
The Order of the Phoenix
- By what name is the comic book character of Oswald Cobblepot better known?
Quiz Round 13
- Who wrote ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’?
Robert Louis Stevenson
- Philip K Dick was a prominent writer of what kind of stories?
- Black Beauty’ is a famous animal story by which English writer?
- In classical music a piano trio is a chamber ensemble consisting of a piano, a violin and which other musical instrument?
- Who painted the ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’?
Pierre Auguste Renoir
- What was the name of the helicopter written about by Sarah Fergusson, Duchess of York?
- Which epic poem details events at the end of the Trojan War and gives us the story of the Trojan horse?
Virgil’s ‘The Aeneid’
- What is the only thing that remained in Pandora’s Box?
- How many labours did Hercules have to perform to win his freedom?
- What was the ship in which Jason and his followers set sail to find the Golden Fleece?
Quiz Round 14
- Name the three musketeers.
Porthos, Athos and Aramis
- What famous children’s tale features a Canadian orphan called Anne Shirley?
Anne of Green Gables
- Who ended his nightly diary entries with the words “and so to bed”?
- What kind of animal was Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle?
- Why did Jane Eyre not marry Mr Rochester at the first attempt?
He was already married
- What does Noddy do for a living?
- In which book would you find the character Tom Bombadil?
Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring)
- The sequel to the musical ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ opened in London in March 2010. What is it called?
Love Never Dies
- In May 2009, Carol Ann Duffy was the first female and first Scot to become what?
- How old is Juliet when she dies in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’?
13 (nearly 14)
Quiz Round 15
- According to the original novel by Mary Shelley, what was Dr Frankenstein’s first name?
- Who created Inspector Morse?
- In George Orwell’s novel 1984, what room was the ‘ultimate torture room’?
- What is the general description given to a type of painting done on wet plaster so that the plaster absorbs the colours and the painting becomes part of the wall?
- What nationality was Pablo Picasso?
- How old was Adrian Mole when he wrote his ‘secret diary’?
13 (and ¾)
- Which author and poet famously wrote the line ‘The female of the species is more deadly than the male’?
- What was the name of Thomas Keneally’s book on which the film ‘Schindler’s List’ was based?
- What is topiary?
Clipping hedges into artistic shapes
- How many strings are on a violin?
Quiz Round 16
- In the nursery rhyme, how many blackbirds were baked in a pie?
24 (four and twenty…)
- Which musical set in New York’s slums is based on the Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet?
West Side Story
- Which painter is famous for his pictures of matchstick men?
- What is Carlo Collodi’s most famous literary work? (clue: he was a children’s writer)
The Adventures of Pinocchio
- What opera was written to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal?
- Who wrote Ulysses – a novel that alludes to a series of parallels between characters and events during a day in Dublin in 1904 and Homer’s poem, Odysseus?
- Who was punished for his vanity and cursed to fall in love with his own reflection, as seen in a pool of water?
- By what name do we better know the piece of art, La Gioconda?
- Whose first novel was ‘Lord of the Flies’?
- Which author of the ‘Gruffalo’ was appointed Children’s Laureate in June 2011, a position held for 2 years?
Quiz Round 17
- Give me an example of a Homonym?
Any two words sounding the same but with different meanings (e.g. bear and bare)
- How are the sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy described in the title of an 1868 novel?
- Who wrote the ‘Twilight’ series of novels?
- Who is the Greek Goddess of love?
- Which Roy Lichtenstein artwork features a comic-book style plane shooting down an enemy and has its title written in it?
- Which two figures are normally found in a Pietà sculpture?
Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ
- In the movie The Wizard of Oz Dorothy’s shoes are red, but what colour are they in the book? a) silver, b) red, c) gold
- In which city is ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ set?
- James Cordon, actor and creator of ‘Gavin & Stacey’ won a prestigious acting award in the US (the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play) for the lead role in which play?
One Man Two Guvnors
- What was the nationality of the fashion designer Hugo Boss?
Quiz Round 18
- Who is credited as the main author of ‘Das Kapital’?
- What nationality was the artist Gustav Klimt?
- According to the Qur’an, what was the name of the mythical horse-like creature that transported the prophets, most notably Mohammed from Mecca to Jerusalem and back?
Al-Buraq / Buraq
- Who wrote the Discworld series of books?
- “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you” is the opening line of which poem?
IF by Rudyard Kipling
- Name the Four Sections of an Orchestra?
Brass, Percussion, Strings and Woodwind
- “Kiss me Kate” is a musical version of which Shakespeare play?
The Taming of the Shrew
- Holden Caulfied is the central character in which novel?
Catcher in the Rye
- What was Sir Percy Blakeney’s nickname in a novel from 1905, set during the French Revolution?
- In Arthurian legend, who was the evil sorceress who plotted the overthrow of her brother King Arthur?
Morgan le Fay
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