Literary Quiz for the Readers Among Us

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



Quite by accident I recently watched a new PBS movie about the life of the famed Bronte sisters. I’ve read books or poetry by the three women, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, but was not familiar with their life story.

To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters is a chronicle of their lives in overcoming obstacles during the era in which they lived. The story line includes how they dealt with caring for a vision-impaired father and an alcoholic younger brother, Branwell. For a woman to be published at all during that time period was a considerable feat. After much strife in doing so, their works have become some of the greatest in the English language. Whether you’ve read Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights or watched the film versions, these hauntingly dramatic works are never forgotten, as are the women who created these masterpieces. This was a well-done two-hour movie and is worth trying to see. Normally these programs are rebroadcast on several PBS stations.

While on the theme of literature, think back to your school days or reading pastime to see how many answers you can come up with in this literary quiz. Give yourself ten points for each correct answer in both children’s and adult literature. For some questions you may really have to go way back in time and search your memory bank!


  1. Which character in a Shakespearean play said, “Thus with a kiss I die”?
  2. Who had a loyal companion named Sancho Panza?
  3. The children’s book Matilda was written by?
  4. Dr. Zhivago, the great Russian novel, was written by?
  5. In which book are the characters Flopsy and Mopsy part of the story?
  6. The scary story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, was written by?
  7. What was the name of the ship that sailed to Treasure Island?
  8. Peyton Place was written by what author?
  9. What is the name of the tiny people in Gulliver’s Travels?
  10. The children’s book Where the Sidewalk Ends was written by?



  1. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet
  2. Don Quixote
  3. Roald Dahl (who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  4. Boris Pasternak (Watch the fabulous film version, too, if you can)
  5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  6. Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Hispaniola
  8. Grace Metalious (remember the 1960’s TV series that was a ratings hit?)
  9. The Lilliputians
  10. Shel Silverstein
May 10, 2017 |

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