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Literary Events in the Times of Presidents – Zachary Taylor – 1849

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 Dickens novel, published in this year begins: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

    • David Copperfield
    • Bleak House
  • Question of

    The Astor Place Riot occurred in New York leaving about 30 people dead and more than 120 injured. It was sparked by two feuding Shakespearean actors fighting over which one was the better actor. True or false?

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Anne Bronte died in Scarborough. What is the addiction at the heart of her most famous novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?

    • Alcohol
    • Opium
  • Question of

    Charlotte Bronte’s novel Shirley was published. What genre is it in?

    • Historical
    • Gothic
  • Question of

    Trans-Atlantic author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, was born in this year. Which side of The Pond was she born?

    • England (Manchester)
    • US (New York)

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