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Art & Literature

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1.What 1954 novel features the characters of Ralph, Simon and Piggy?
2.Who is the world famous leading character in Jeffery Deaver's 2011 novel Carte Blanche?
3.What is the name of the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant Of Venice?
4.Still published today, what famous book is credited to Hindu philosopher Vātsyāyana from the 2nd century AD?
5.The Night Watch is a 1642 painting by what Dutch artist?
6.What is the name of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a young peasant girl called Karen who cannot stop dancing?
7.Who wrote the 1843 opera The Flying Dutchman?
8.First published in 2007, complete this name of a series of fiction books written by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney: Diary of a _____ ____
9.What is the surname of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women?
10.In a 1952 children's novel, what is the name of the spider that helped save the life of Wilbur the pig?
11.The lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley are followed in what 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray?
12.Who wrote Little Women?
13.First published in 1820, what American author wrote the classic short story The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow?
14.Goneril, Regan and Cordelia are the daughters of what William Shakespeare title character?
15.In the award-winning 1998 novel by Giles Foden, who is portrayed as The Last King of Scotland?
16.First created in 1908 by Charles Hamilton using the pen name Frank Richards, what overweight schoolboy features in stories set at Greyfriars School?

17.Name the American novelist and short story writer best known for her debut best-selling Divergent trilogy.
18.What series of novels by Sir Walter Scott lend their name to a train station in Edinburgh, Scotland?
19.What 1904 opera includes the character of United States Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton?
20.Lord Emsworth dotes over his pet pig, the Empress of Blandings, in a series of early 20th century novels by what British author?
21.Titled Self-portrait in Beret, from 1866, what artist is this?
22.Who wrote the 2002 Booker Prize winning novel The Life of Pi?
23.Whose novels include Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Minority Report and Adjustment Team?
24.What British explorer wrote the 2016 autobiography Fear: Our Ultimate Challenge?
25.Who painted The Hay Wain in 1821?
26.In the Hebrew Bible, who wore the coat of many colours?
27.Who wrote the 1960s bestsellers Hotel and Airport?
28.What popular children's book series is based on the fictional Island of Sodor in the Irish Sea?
29.In what Shakespeare play do we learn "All that glisters is not gold"?
30.What is the name of Phileas Fogg's French valet in Jules Verne's novel, Around the World in 80 Days?
31.What famous mural can be found on the convent refectory wall at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy?
32.In terms of annual attendance figures, what European gallery is the world's most visited art museum?

33.Who wrote the 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls?
34.In the 19th century English nursery rhyme, on what day did Solomon Grundy die?
35.What epic J. D. Salinger novel, first published in 1951, features a character called Holden Caulfield?
36.Professor McGonagall is Head of Gryffindor House in the Harry Potter series. What is her first name?
37.Whose 1998 autobiography is titled Losing My Virginity?
38.In literature, what wizard has a horse called Shadowfax?
39.In what Shakespeare comedy does a man dressed as a woman fall in love with a woman dressed as a man at Christmas?
40.What English artist's works include The Golden Calf (2008), an animal preserved in formaldehyde with 18-carat gold horns and hooves?
41.What was the name of the dog in Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories?
42.The first line of what 1938 Daphne du Maurier novel reads "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again"?
43.What 1940 Ernest Hemingway novel tells the story of American explosives expert Robert Jordan during the Spanish Civil War?
44.In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is the name of the obese, greedy, 9-year-old boy who hails from the fictional town of Dusselheim, Germany?
45.Henry Ford Hospital is a 1932 oil-on-metal painting by what Mexican artist?
46.What is the British cartoon character, Andy Capp, known as in Germany?
47.In the English nursery rhyme, who killed Cock Robin?
48.Having sold more than two billion copies, who is the best-selling fiction writer of all time?
49.What is the name of Sherlock Holmes' landlady at 221B Baker Street?
50.Author Clifford Irving was jailed for 30 months in 1972 for writing a fake autobiography of what millionaire?

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