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Literary Events in the Times of Presidents – Andrew Johnson – 1865

A new series of 46 mini quizzes in this countdown to a new President. Each quiz asks 5 literary questions from the year of inauguration from George Washington in 1789 to Joe Biden’s election in 2020. Literary events, births, deaths and various shenanigans by famous writers plus their great works, of course.

  • Question of

    What tragic event was Dickens caught up in, an event that has a huge effect on the rest of his life?

    • Train crash
    • Flooding
  • Question of

    Lewis’ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published. After the White Rabbit, what is the second animal that Alice meets?

    • Mouse
    • Caterpillar
  • Question of

    Finish the title of this Twain short story: Jim Smiley and his — Frog.

    • Jumping
    • Dancing
  • Question of

    In Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, how does Jenny Wren make a living?

    • Dolls’ dressmaker
    • Operetta singer
  • Question of

    Poet WB Yeats was born on June 13th. Which of his poems contains these beautiful lines: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    • Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
    • The Second Coming

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