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Charles Dickens Quiz

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Charles Dickens' writings made him one-of, if not the, most prolific novelists of what era of British history?
Charles Dickens Quiz
The Victorian Era
The Edwardian Era
The Elizabethan Era
The Priscillan Era

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At a young age, Dickens left school and joined the work force after what happened to his father?
He was drafted into military service.
He was thrown into a debtors prison.
He disappeared while exploring the Arctic.
He disappeared without a trace.

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Dickens' first major literary success came with the publication in 1836 of what collection of writings to which he and other authors contributed?
The Screwtape Letters
The Pickwick Papers
The Frankford Affairs
The Bounedoit Tales

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One of Dickens' major tropes throughout his texts was orphaned main characters. Which of his novels followed a young orphan joining a group of thieves and their leader Fagin?
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist

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What was the name of the iconic main character from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"?
Ebenezer Scrooge
Winston Turnbull
Laurence Hynez
Jonathan Swift

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What were the two cities alluded to in the title of Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities?
London and Paris
New York City and Barcelona
Chicago and Berlin
Nice and Tokyo

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Pip was the orphaned main character of what classic Dickens text?
The Pickwick Papers
David Copperfield
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Great Expectations

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When Dickens visited the United States, he wrote what satirical piece on his experiences in the nation?
A Britisher's Guide to the Colonies
American Notes for General Circulation
Saints in Stone
The Pickwick Papers

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What was Dickens' final novel which ended in a yet-unresolved cliffhanger?
The Haunting of Hill House
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A Tale of Two Cities
Knocking on an Iron Door

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Which of Dickens' novels opened with the iconic quote, "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times"?
A Picture of Dorian Grey
Great Expectations
David Copperfield
A Tale of Two Cities

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In addition to his literary contributions, Dickens also contributed to charitable causes. He assisted raise a cause to rescue what explorer who disappeared in the Arctic?
Sir John Franklin
Sir Wesley King
Sir Manfred Locksley
Sir Timothy Orlin

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Dickens raised money for, and also managed, the Urania Cottage which aided what particular group of people?
Orphans
Poor women
Homeless men
Women and children of racial minority groups

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Dickens, like Shakespeare, invented a number of phrases we still use to this day. Which of the following did Dickens invent?
Werewolf
Butter-Fingers
Nostalgia
Misanthropy

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