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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?
Money
In Chancery
To Let
The Man of Property

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
Dubliners
Finnegans Wake
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young man

Question 3:


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

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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

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 Disappointed Young Men
The Angry Young Men
The Rebels
The Conformists

Question 10:


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

 


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