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Literary London Quiz

How much do you know about London in literature? 12 Questions.

 
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1

Who writes about "mind-forged manacles" in the 1794 poem "London"?

  • Blake
  • Shakespeare
  • Donne

2

Where was Wordsworth when he wrote that "earth has not anything to show more fair"?

  • Upon Westminster Bridge
  • In a park in Stoke Newington
  • In a Lambeth Inn

3

Where was Henry Higgins when he first met Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion?

  • In Kensington at a ball
  • Having a stroll on Hampstead Heath
  • Covent Garden after the Opera

4

Who wrote the 1989 novel London Fields?

  • Will Self
  • Martin Amis
  • Kingsley Amis

5

Where does little Jo the crossing-sweeper live in Bleak House?

  • Willesden Green
  • Tom-All-Alone's
  • Soho Square

6

Monica Ali wrote a 2004 novel named after which East London street?

  • Bethnal Green Road
  • Hackney Road
  • Brick Lane

7

Which two London locations feature prominently in P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins?

  • St Paul's and the Monument
  • Chalk Farm and Trafalgar Square
  • Cherry Tree Lane and the Bank of England

8

Who wrote the 2000 work London: The Biography?

  • Peter Ackroyd
  • Hermione Lee
  • Claire Tomalin

9

Julian Barnes' 1980 novel Metroland is set where?

  • In a Brixton factory
  • In the northwestern London suburbs
  • In a slum during the industrial revolution

10

Who writes about waiting for the spirit of his grandfather to come toddling from the Barbican?

  • Ted Hughes
  • Ben Jonson
  • John Betjeman

11

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is largely set in which down-at-heel location?

  • Dalson Kingsland
  • Kentish Town
  • Willesden Green

12

Daniel Defoe wrote a fictional autobiography of which adventurous, criminal London woman?

  • Moll Flanders
  • Fanny Adams
  • Pamela Andrews

 

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