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Quiz – Literary Events Timeline (1) 1800-1809

Beginning in the early years of the novel – as we know and love it – each quiz covers a decade of literary events – 2 questions per year. Births, deaths, publications, events; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and books for children.

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    1800 – Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent was published in January of this year. It is regarded as the first novel in which genre?

    • Historical
    • Gothic
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    1800 – The second largest library in the world, The Library of Congress, was founded in April of this year. Whose idea had it been some 17 years earlier?

    • James Madison
    • Alexander Hamilton
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    1801 – In May, Jane Austen moved with her family to which British city?

    • Bath
    • Winchester
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    1801 – What was the controversy at the heart of Maria Edgeworth’s novel, Belinda?

    • Interracial marriage
    • Homosexuality
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    1802 – ‘Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.’ Which French novelist was born at Besançon in eastern France on February 26th?

    • Victor Hugo
    • Honoré de Balzac
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    1802 – Finish the title of one of William Wordsworth’s most famous poems written in this year: Composed upon — Bridge.

    • Westminster
    • London
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    1803 – ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ Which great American writer was born in Boston on May 25th?

    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • James Fenimore Cooper
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    1803 – The author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos died in September of this year – what was his most famous work?

    • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    • Manon Lescaut
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    1804 – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o’er vales and hills…’ who wrote this famous opening line?

    • William Wordsworth
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    1804 – ‘Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.’ Which American writer was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4th?

    • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Stephen Crane
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    1805 – Which Tolstoy novel of the 1860s had the working title The Year 1805 and opened in this year?

    • War and Peace
    • Anna Karenina
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    1805 – ‘Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.’ Hans Christian Anderson was born on April 2nd of this year. In which country was he born?

    • Denmark
    • Holland
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    1806 – ‘Light tomorrow with today.’ Which famous female British poet was born on March 6th?

    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Christina Rossetti
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    1806 – The first American dictionary – recording distinctive American spellings – was published by whom?

    • Noah Webster
    • George and Charles Merriam
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    1807 – Which brother and sister published their famous Tales from Shakespeare in this year?

    • Charles and Mary Lamb
    • Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler
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    1807 – ‘Into each life some rain must fall.’ Which American writer was born in Portland, Maine on February 27th?

    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • Henry David Thoreau
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    1808 – Walter Scott’s Marmion, a historical romance in verse, is set in which century?

    • 16th
    • 13th
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    1808 – Which famous German playwright published Faust in this year?

    • Goethe
    • Schiller
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    1809 – Who published the brilliantly titled novel, ‘A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker’?

    • Washington Irving
    • Fanny Fern
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    1809 – The 1993 play, Arcadia, is party set in this year? Who wrote it?

    • Tom Stoppard
    • Alan Bennett

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