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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
Money
In Chancery

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


Which of these influential 20th century authors was not Irish-born?
James Joyce
George Bernard Shaw
William Golding
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.
The Satanic Verses
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Songs of Enchantment
The Gate at the End of the World

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?
Virginia Woolf
George Orwell
John Fowles
D. H. Lawrence

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

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 Conformists
The Angry Young Men
The Rebels
The Disappointed Young Men

Question 10:


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

 


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