Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dr Samuel Johnson Quiz

Dr. Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on the 18th of September 1709. He went to Oxford University for a short while, but his time there was cut short when his money ran out. It was then that his career as a writer began.

Johnson moved to London in 1737 and worked as a journalist before he was commissioned to write his greatest work, Dictionary of the English Language. This took him 8 years to complete and was a great success. Johnson’s financial troubles ended when he was granted a pension by King George III in appreciation of the dictionary. Johnson died on the 13th of December 1784 when he was 75 years old.

Samuel Johnson made major contributions in the fields of poetry, essay writing, morality, literary criticism and lexicography. Test your knowledge of this influential character by playing our quiz.

1.

What was the title of Johnson's last major work, published in 1781 - Lives of the Most Eminent...?

English Parliamentarians

English Playwrights

English Poets

English Politicians

2.

What was the title of Johnson's 1770 political pamphlet attacking the English radical, John Wilkes?

The False Alarm

The False Dawn

The False Identity

The False Promise

3.

In what year did Johnson publish his Dictionary of the English Language?

1745

1755

1765

1775

4.

In 1775 Johnson published his account of a journey he and Boswell had made two years earlier to where?

France

Ireland

Scotland

Wales

5.

What pen name did Johnson use in a series of essays he wrote for the Universal Chronicle between 1758 and 1760?

The Commentator

The Idler

The Inquisitor

The Spectator

6.

In which English cathedral city was Johnson born in 1709?

Durham

Lichfield

Ripon

Wells

7.

What was Johnson's father's profession?

Bookbinder

Book illustrator

Bookmaker

Bookseller

8.

What was the first name of Johnson's biographer, Boswell?

James

Jeremy

John

Joseph

9.

What was the title of the periodical published by Johnson from 1750 until 1752?

The Rambler

The Rover

The Traveller

The Wanderer

10.

Who played Johnson on in the Blackadder the Third episode, Ink and Incapability?

Tom Baker

Robbie Coltrane

Billy Connolly

Rik Mayall

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