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100

The name of Arthur’s illegitimate son, fathered with his half-sister Morgause.

Who is Mordred?

100

The name of the titular character in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.

Who is Gloriana?

100

The couple who are warmly complimented in the final paragraph of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Who are the Gardiners?

100

It was originally published in 1915 under the German title, “Die Verwandlung.”

What is “The Metamorphosis”?

100

The Scottish city in and around which Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting is set.

Where is Edinburgh?

200

This creature is "of evil, grim and fierce, was quickly ready, savage and cruel, and seized from their rest thirty thanes.”

Who is Grendel?

200

 The university from which Dr. Faustus earns his doctoral degree in Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.

What is the University of Wittenberg?

200

Oscar Wilde pioneered this type of play with comedies of manners like “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

What is the drawing room play/drama?

200

The university in which Virginia Woolf first delivered her influential feminist paper, “A Room of One’s Own.”

Where is Cambridge University?

200

The writing of this novel, the author’s first with no Canadian setting, appropriately began in 1984.

What is The Handmaid’s Tale?

300

This Welsh critic wrote the earliest full account of King Arthur’s life.

Who is Geoffrey of Monmouth?

300

The Shakespearean play in which “Under the Greenwood Tree” is sung.

What is As You Like It?

300

The town in which Victor Frankenstein creates the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus. 


Where is Ingolstadt?

300

This American author wrote the short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 1921.  

Who is F. Scott Fitzgerald?

300

The answer to Professor Julian Morrow’s question, “What is beauty?” in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

What is terror?

400

The name of the titular knight in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

Who is Bertilak?

400

The comedy by Ben Jonson in which the central character is named “Face.”

What is The Alchemist?

400

The man that Agnes Gray’s pupil, Rosalie Murray, marries in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Gray.

Who is Sir Thomas Ashby?

400

The common names of the twin sons in James Joyce's “Finnegans Wake.”

Who are Shem and Shaun?

400

The devices that Intuitionists repair in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist.

What are elevators?

500

The number of pilgrims on the journey to Canterbury in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, including the narrator, the host, and the Canon’s Yeoman?

What is 32?

500

Of the 5 cities mentioned in Shakespeare’s play titles, it is the only one not found in Europe.

Where is Tyre?

500

The substance used to give the Hound a fearful and supernatural appearance in Arthur Conan Doyle's short story, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

What is phosphorus?

500

The name of the child who has not yet learned how to speak in Don Delillo’s White Noise.

Who is Wilder?

500

The small town in which Stevens has to stay because he runs out of gas in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.

Where is Moscombe?