Monday, November 4, 2019

A small quiz on English novel

1. A nineteen-year-old youngster leaves the seaport town of Hull, and oards a vessel bound for London which gets into a storm. Later he boards an African trading vessel, which is attacked by Turkish buccaneers. They sell him into slavery. He manages to escape and is picked up by a Portuguese freighter bound for Brazil. That's by far not the end of his adventures yet. Ultimately everything ends well for him and he can return to good old England. In literature this character has become a kind of prototype of the 'white colonist'. Which of these books does this very brief summary refer to?

 Fielding's 'Tom Jones' 1749
 'Roderick Random' by Tobias Smollet 1748
 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift 1726
 Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' 1719

2.May 4, 1699: The story begins with a doctor who books a passage aboard a ship that leaves from Bristol for the South Seas. Northwest of Van Diemen's land, the ship is wrecked in a sudden storm. The hero manages to swim ashore where he falls asleep on the beach. Here he is taken prisoner by the natives, short people, all of them. Of which book is this the beginning?

 'Coral Island' 1857 by Robert Michael Ballantyne.
 'Gulliver's Travels' 1726 by Jonathan Swift.
 'Treasure Island' 1883 by R.L.Stevenson
 'Robinsoe Crusoe' 1719 by Daniel Defoe.

3.Which novel by Thomas Hardy begins with the hero selling his wife and daughter to a sailor who is on his way to Canada?

 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' 1886
 'The Return of the Native' 1878
 'The Trumpet Major' 1880
 'Under the Greenwood Tree' 1872

4.A squire who lives in peaceful retirement in the county of Somersetshire returns home after having stayed for months in London. To his utter shock he finds a baby boy in his bed. Later his maiden sister Bridget turns out to be the mother. The foundling, after a whole lot of adventures, marries his heart's love, the girl next door, the neighbouring squire's daughter. Which book is meant?

 'Tom Jones' by Henry Fielding 1749
 'Joseph Andrews' by Henry Fielding 1742
 'Jonathan Wild' by Henry Fielding 1473
 'Felix Holt' by George Eliot 1866

 5.A squire, who suffers from gout, takes his doctor's advice to visit Bath for a cure. His maiden sister hopes to find a husband there. His niece Lydia is trying to forget the actor who she has been having an unlucky affair with. Her brother would like to avenge her. They meet the actor, but he is in disguise and only Lydia recognizes him. The novel is named after a servant they hire in the course of their story. Which book?

 Smollet's 'Humphrey Clinker' 1771
 Charles Robert Maturin's 'Melmoth the Wanderer' 1820
 Dickens' 'Barnaby Rudge' 1840
 Lawrence Sterne's 'Tristram Shandy' 1759-67

 6.Father with five marriageable daughters and one rather silly wife hears about the arrival of a new neighbour. Some of the girls and the matchmaking mom start dreaming of the newcomer. At the next ball in the area one of the daughters falls in love with him. Another daughter is very much upset by the over-proud behaviour of the newcomer's friend. There is a happy end however: the two 'enemies' marry.

 'Wives And Daughters' by Elizabeth Gaskell 1864
 'Sense And Sensibility' by Jane Austen 1811
 Meredith's 'The Ordeal of Richard Feverel' 1859
 'Pride And Prejudice' by Jane Austen 1813

 7.On a winter day in 1801 the tenant of a Northern England farm pays a visit to his landlord whom until then he never has seen. He is attacked by the dogs and the landlord himself hardly behaves any better. Tenant pays a second visit and hears about how the landlord at first was a 'filthy ragged dark-complexioned orphan'. Later he wins the heart of his stepfather's daughter, but not her hand. This leads to a whole series of cruel events,episodes of love, hatred and of revenge.

 Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' 1847
 WIlkie Collins' The Woman In White' 1860
 George Eliot's 'Silas Marner' 1861
 Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' 1847
Hero is an orphan boy educated by the village blacksmith. One day when wandering in the marshes, he meets a rather frightening stranger who turns out to be an escaped convict. Some time later the hero discovers that the convict has secretly been paying for his education and his career in life. Which book?

 1852 'Henry Esmond' by Thackeray
 1860 'Great Expectations' by Dickens
 1844 'Coningsby' by Disraeli
 1848 'The Tenant Of Wildfell' by Anne Bronte

9.A swineherd and a court jester misdirect an arrogant Norman baron and a fat,lazy abbot who are returning from a tournament,and are looking for the castle of a local lord, Cedric the Saxon. Time of action: the Crusades, during absence from England of Richard the Lion-Hearted.

 'Ivanhoe' 1820
 'Waverley' 1813
 'Guy Mannering' 1815
 'QuentinDurward' 1833

 10.Story about a married man, with a good wife and six beautiful, healthy children. Alas his luck turns. The intended marriage between his oldest son and the neighbour's daughter is cancelled. His two daughters are lured away from home by the charms of London. The hero's house goes up in fire. In short, life is not a path of (prim)roses for him. What is the title of this novel, which after all ends well?

 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens 1854
 'Vicar of Wakefield' by Oliver Goldsmith 1766
 'The Warden' by Anthony Trollope 1855
 'Scenes of Clerical Life' by George Eliot 1857

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