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Quiz – Spring

To celebrate the beginning of spring (well, for us in the northern hemisphere) a quiz on writing related to the season, to Easter, gardens and generally sunshiney stuff!


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  • Question of

    Which book by Roddy Doyle deals with the Easter uprising in 1916?

    • A Star Called Henry
    • Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha
  • Question of

    Which great American playwright wrote The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone?

    • Tennessee Williams
    • Arthur Miller
  • Question of

    Who wrote these words: ‘Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.’

    • John Keats
    • Walt Whitman
  • Question of

    Which war poet wrote the moving Spring Offensive?

    • Wilfred Owen
    • Edmund Blunden
  • Question of

    Who said, ‘In a pleasant spring morning all men’s sins are forgiven’?

    • Oscar Wilde
    • Henry David Thoreau
  • Question of

    Who has ‘spring fever’ which “when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so”?

    • Jo March
    • Huckleberry Finn
  • Question of

    ‘Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.’ Which character is affected by spring?

    • Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)
    • Mole (Wind in the Willows)
  • Question of

    Which Victorian novelist describes spring as, ‘Summer in the light and winter in the shade’?

    • Charles Dickens
    • Thomas Hardy
  • Question of

    ‘Spring is the time of plans and projects’ in which Tolstoy novel?

    • Anna Karenina
    • War and Peace
  • Question of

    Who was “slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing and irresponsible a thing for a world which was meant to be taken seriously…”?

    • Dorothea Brooke (Middlemarch)
    • Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables)
  • Question of

    Who Victorian poet wrote Spring Quiet?

    • Christina Rossetti
    • Emily Bronte
  • Question of

    Which novel by Balzac begins ‘On a lovely spring morning in the year 1829, a man of fifty or thereabouts was wending his way on horseback along the mountain road…’?

    • The Human Comedy
    • The Country Doctor
  • Question of

    When Wordsworth wandered lonely as a cloud, what spring flowers did he see?

    • Crocuses
    • Daffodils
  • Question of

    In which Shakespeare play does spring awaken the cuckoo to mock married men?

    • Love’s Labours Lost
    • As You Like It
  • Question of

    In which classic children’s novel do Mary, Dickon and the great outdoors help bring Colin to better health?

    • Where the Red Fern Grows
    • The Secret Garden
  • Question of

    Who wrote the popular 2008 novel The Forgotten Garden?

    • Kate Morton
    • Kate Riordan
  • Question of

    In which capital city is Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel The Beginning of Spring set?

    • Paris
    • Moscow
  • Question of

    Which Bronte sister wrote this: “A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.”

    • Charlotte
    • Anne
  • Question of

    Which fairy tale writer wrote these words: “Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

    • Jacob Grimm
    • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Question of

    Who wrote, “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring”?

    • Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • Noel Coward

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