How well do you know your children’s classics?

Here’s a bit of fun for the summer holidays: a fun quiz on how well you know your children’s classics. Are you au fait with Anne of Green Gables? Could you wax lyrical about Winnie the Pooh? Are you cognisant of the Cat in the Hat?

By classics, we’re, of course, talking about books that truly stand the test of time. If they are older classics, then they’ll be as well-loved now as they ever were. If they’re a bit more recent – like the Harry Potter or His Dark Materials series – they’ll go on being read by generations to come.

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So, while you sit in the garden, laze on the beach, or take a break from work or homework, here’s a great quiz to do together as a family. 

Do let us know how you get on. If you found you were stuck on any questions, maybe you could go back and reread the books or even read them for the first time! Feel free to throw back a question or two at us – we promise not to Google the answers! We love a summertime quiz too.

Okay – Here we go….

Question 1: What is the name of the rat in EB White’s Charlotte’s Web?

A) Wilbur

B) Templeton

C) Fern

D) Charlotte

Question 2: Where is Heidi sent to live at the beginning of the eponymous book?

A) The Alps

B) London

C) New York City

D) Paris

Question 3: What is the name of the town where Anne Shirley goes to live in the book Anne of Green Gables?

A) Carmody

B) Green Gables

C) Avonlea

D) White Sands

Question 4: In JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, what is the name of the dog?

A) Wendy

B) Nana

C) Rover

D) Pixie

Question 5: What is the title of the first book in CS Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series?

A) The Silver Chair

B) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C) Prince Caspian

D) The Magician’s Nephew

Question 6: In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, what is the name of Alice’s cat?

A) Chester

B) Oliver

C) Whiskers

D) Dinah

Question 7: Who is the author of The Secret Garden?

A) Louisa May Alcott

B) Frances Hodgson Burnett

C) Beatrix Potter

D) Roald Dahl

Question 8: What is the title of the first book in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series?

A) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

B) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

C) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

D) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Question 9: In Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who is the factory’s eccentric owner?

A) Willy Wonka

B) Mr Twix

C) Ronald Raisin

D) Samuel Sweet-Tooth

Question 10: Who of the following isn’t one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five

A) Tommy

B) Dick

C) Julian

D) George

Question 11: what does Lyra call her daemon in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy?

A) Poppy

B) Mars

C) Ermine

D) Pan

Question 12: In The Railway Children, where do the children move to after their father is mysteriously taken away?

A) Green Gables Farm

B) Three Chimneys Cottage 

C) Meadowbrook Manor

D) Oakleigh House

Question 13: In Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, what is Peter’s mother’s warning to him before he ventures into Mr McGregor’s garden?

A) Beware of the cat

B) Stay away from the farmer

C) Do not eat too much cabbage

D) Don’t go into the garden

Question 14: what is the name of the main character in Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham?

A) Bert

B) Ernie

C) Sam

D) Gary

Question 15: What is the name of the boy who befriends Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood?

A) Christopher Robin

B) Robin Christopher

C) Michael David

D) James Michael

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Enjoy that?

Here’s the answers: 1b; 2a; 3c; 4b; 5d; 6d; 7b; 8a; 9a; 10a; 11d; 12b; 13d; 14c; and 15a.

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