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Literary Events in the Times of Presidents – James K Polk – 1845

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

    Which Browning began writing Sonnets from the Portuguese?

    • Elizabeth
    • Robert
  • Question of

    Which famous Poe poem begins: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…

    • The Raven
    • Annabel Lee
  • Question of

    Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales were published in English for the first time. Which story is published first?

    • The Little Mermaid
    • The Ugly Duckling
  • Question of

    What is the family surname at the heart of Dickens’ Christmas Story The Cricket on the Hearth?

    • Peerybingle
    • Slowboy
  • Question of

    After the publication of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the ex-slave and abolitionist travelled to which countries to avoid being recaptured?

    • England and Ireland
    • France and Spain

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