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Ghosts in Literature Quiz

Questions about written works where ghosts appear; even if only in the title. See if you can spot the deliberate mistake in one of the questions. 10 Questions.

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Who wrote the novel "The Ghost Writer" which was later made into a film "The Ghost" starring Ian McEwan and Pierce Brosnan?

  • Peter James
  • Robert Harris
  • E L James
  • Roman Polenski

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Which famous Scandinavian playwright wrote the play which is usually called "Ghosts" in the English translation?

  • Henrik Ibsen
  • August Strindberg
  • Edvard Munch
  • Tove Jansson

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"The Lovely Bones" is a novel which is narrated by a fourteen year old girl who has been raped and murdered. Who is the author?

  • Annie Prioulx
  • Lionel Shriver
  • Alison Lurie
  • Alice Sebold

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In the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, the title character is tormented by a ghost who claims to have been murdered. What relationship did the ghost have to Hamlet when alive?

  • Father
  • Mother
  • Brother
  • Sister

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At the end of Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" who returns from the dead in order to urge his crew to catch and kill the white whale?

  • Captain Bligh
  • Captain Ahab
  • Captain Flint
  • Captain Grimes

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In the Harry Potter books, what is another name for a "spirit guardian", which can be summoned to help as defence against evil forces such as Dementors?

  • Testudo
  • Edificamus
  • Scutum
  • Patronus

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In the Charles Dickens story "A Christmas Carol" several Christmas ghosts appear. Which of the following comes to haunt Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve?

  • The Ghost of Christmas Present
  • The Ghost of Christmas Dinner
  • The Ghost of Christmas Card
  • The Ghost of Christmas Tree

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Daniel Radcliffe recently starred in the film "The Woman in Black". Who wrote the original ghost story on which the film and the play are based?

  • Wilkie Collins
  • Susan Hill
  • M R James
  • Beryl Bainbridge

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Who wrote the humourous ghost story "The Canterville Ghost"?

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Ogden Nash
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Hilaire Belloc

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In the Henry James story "The Turn of a Screw", what is the name of the governess who, with Peter Quint, haunts poor little Miles and Flora?

  • Miss Hunter
  • Miss Eyre
  • Miss Jessel
  • Miss Leonowens