April 23 every year is World Book Day – it also happens to be the great British playwright William Shakespeare’s birthday.
To celebrate the 23rd ever edition of the day, first set up by Unesco in 1995, here are 42 questions about stories, characters, plays, poetry, and writers. Bookworms assemble!
1 What are the first names of Harry Potter’s parents?
2 In what 19th-century novel would you find the character Heathcliff?
3 In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, what are the protagonists’ surnames?
4 In what US state is To Kill a Mockingbird set?
5 In the Twilight saga, on which team does Isabella Swan end up, #TeamEdward or #TeamJacob?
6 What was the original profession of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games before he was selected as tribute?
7 Which book is considered widely to be the world’s first full-length novel?
8 What is the name of the bar that Charlie buys to win a Golden Ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
9 How many daughters does Mrs Bennet have in Pride and Prejudice? (Bonus points if you can name them all in age order)
10 What is the name of the country in which The Handmaid’s Tale takes place?
11 What is the name of the town in which Agatha Christie’s first and last Hercule Poirot mysteries are set?
12 In Lord of the Rings, how old is Frodo when he first sets off on the quest to destroy the One Ring?
13 In Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, what is the name of the tree which is exploited by the Once-ler?
14 Grapes of Wrath features the Joad family escaping from which American state?
15 Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series focuses on the work of which psychohistorian?
16 In A Series of Unfortunate Events, what disguise does villain Count Olaf use in the fourth book, The Miserable Mill?
17 George Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegory based on what real-life historical event?
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18 The sunken city of R’lyeh is found in which ocean in H. P. Lovecraft’s short story The Call of Cthulhu?
19 The famed movie series Indiana Jones was inspired by which British series of novels?
20 What was Stephen King’s first published novel?
21 In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, whose remains are the characters on a journey to see?
22 What is the real name of the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?
23 Which character in Alice in Wonderland delivers the well-known line, “Off with their heads!” and what is their favourite sport?
24 In the Arthur Miller play The Crucible, what is the name of the prosecutor in the witch trial?
25 What is the title of the recently released prequel to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series?
26 During what war is John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas set?
27 How many black and white dogs are mentioned in the title of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel? (The book was adapted into a 1961 Disney cartoon and 1996 live-action movie, both of the same name.)
28 What sort of mythical creature are both Mr Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Grover Underwood in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series?
29 Which John Green novel features the characters Q and Margo?
30 What is the name of the older brother of Greg, the main character in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series?
31 To what American city does the main character of classic coming-of-age novel, Catcher in the Rye, escape?
32 In what decade is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park set?
33 Complete the title of this Oscar Wilde play: The … of Being Earnest.
34 The famous musical Cats is based on a book of poetry called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by which famous British writer?
35 Which of these is the most like J. K. Rowling’s vision of Hermione Granger?
36 What is the name of lead character Ender’s master and teacher in Ender’s Game?
37 What is the name of the method of travel used by characters in A Wrinkle in Time?
38 What are the names of the Godfather’s three sons, in The Godfather?
39 In which Shakespearean play is the line “A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!” uttered?
40 What are the names of the two princesses the hero must rescue in the book The Phantom Tollbooth?
41 What is the name of the club that Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft founded and belongs to?
42 In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, what is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?