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20th Century English Literature

written by: Eve
 
20th century was a period of great change which affected both themes and methods of writing. Check how much you know about the prominent British authors of this era.

Question 1:


Which of these novels is not part of the Forsyte Saga, written by English novelist John Galsworthy?
The Man of Property
To Let
In Chancery
Money

Question 2:


This massive novel, consisting of 18 chapters, chronicles the events of one single day in the life of the protagonist Leopold Bloom.
Finnegans Wake
Dubliners
Ulysses
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man

Question 3:


Which of these influential 20th century authors was not Irish-born?
William Golding
George Bernard Shaw
James Joyce
William Butler Yeats

Question 4:


In 1989, the author of this book and all those involved in its publication were sentenced to death by the Supreme Leader of Iran.
Songs of Enchantment
The Satanic Verses
The Gate at the End of the World
Lady Chatterley's Lover

Question 5:


Which of these English authors was a member of the Bloomsbury group, a literary circle that rejected the Victorian taboos on religious, artistic, social, and sexual matters?
John Fowles
Virginia Woolf
George Orwell
D. H. Lawrence

Question 6:


Which allegorical novel by William Golding features a group of boys stranded on a desert island?
Fire Down Below
Darkness Visible
Rites of Passage
Lord of the Flies

Question 7:


What do George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Rudyard Kipling and William Golding have in common?
They were all born in Ireland.
They were members of The Fabian Society - a British socialist intellectual movement.
All of them received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
All of them served in WWI.

Question 8:


Which playwright received the 1938 Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay?
George Bernard Shaw
John Boyd
Harold Pinter
John Osborne

Question 9:


What name was applied to the group of British playwrights and novelists from the 1950s, which included John Osborne, John Braine, and Alan Sillitoe?
The Rebels
The Angry Young Men
The Disappointed Young Men
The Conformists

Question 10:


This novel focuses on Winston Smith and his attempt to rebel against the totalitarian state in which he lives.
The War of the Worlds
The Invisible Man
Animal Farm
Nineteen Eighty-Four

 


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