Celebrate the classics – now with answers
It’s the end of our focus on classics today, although it’s certainly not the last time we’ll be talking about them.
Thanks to everyone who suggested their favourites and inspired us all to discover, or rediscover, some of the great works of literature.
And thanks to everyone who sent in an entry for the classics quiz. Below you’ll find the 26 answers (in bold) and the name of the book and the author in brackets, where this might not be clear from the question.
Congratulations to Joan J, Lisa Mc and Julie B who are the three lucky winners of a classic book and a box of chocolates to enjoy while reading it.
A. Tolstoy’s heroine who throws herself under a train. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
B. The Finch’s reclusive neighbour in To Kill a Mockingbird. Boo Radley (Harper Lee)
C. The first three words of Melville’s seafaring whale of a tale. Call me Ishmael. (Moby Dick by Herman Melville)
D. Spain’s deluded old hero who tilts at windmills. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
E. Austen’s clueless heroine who attempts matchmaking. Emma Woodhouse (Emma by Jane Austen)
F. The burning temperature of books in a dystopian world. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
G. Mary Ann Evans wrote Middlemarch using this pen name. George Elliott
H. The horror, the horror – this novel inspired Apocalypse Now. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
I. He wrote Casino Royale and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ian Fleming
J. Bronte’s orphan who becomes the second Mrs Rochester. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
K. He says a thankless child is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. King Lear (William Shakespeare)
L. When the four March sisters are growing up they are….. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
M. Sherlock Holmes’ enemy, who falls with him, is Professor… Moriarty (The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
N. Big Brother’s bad year that has the clocks striking thirteen. Nineteen Eighty Four (George Orwell)
O. A Greek tragedy where the king tears out his eyes. Oedipus the King, or Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
P. This boy’s glasses are stolen in Golding’s tale of savagery. Piggy (Lord of the Flies by William Golding)
Q. A sport that requires chasers, beaters, keepers and seekers. Quidditch (The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
R. They are a tragedy, if not a plague, on both their houses. Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
S. Mitchell’s Southern belle who longs to become Mrs Wilkes. Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)
T. He wrote Far from the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy
U. Both a smarmy Dickensian clerk and a hard rock band. Uriah Heep (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
V. Created in 1818, a very early mad scientist character. Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)
W. Assorted tales about Mole, Ratty, Mr Toad, and friends. The… Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
X. Where “did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree”. In… Xanadu (Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Y. The colour of Jay Gatsby’s Rolls Royce. Yellow (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Z. The Dwarvish name for the Misty Mountain peak, Silvertine. Zirakzigil (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)