Deaths in literature: 10 questions

  1. Which literary villain perished at the Reichenbach falls in a novel of 1893?
  2. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, what kind of animal is Boxer, sent to be slaughtered in exchange for a case of whiskey after he defends the exiled pig Snowball’s reputation?
  3. According to Oscar Wilde’s famous remark, which character’s death in Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop would you have to have a heart of stone to read without laughing?
  4. Which title character in an 1877 Russian novel dies by throwing herself in front of a train?
  5. In whose 1838 novel does the sailor Richard Parker get eaten by his starving crewmates after drawing the short straw when they decide which of them is to be killed and cannibalised?
  6. In which 1962 novel does Billy Bibbit slash his own throat with a razor after being humiliated in bed with a prostitute by the villainous Nurse Ratched?
  7. In which work of 1847 does the mad Bertha Rochester kill herself by burning down Thornfield Hall, blinding her husband Edward in the process?
  8. Which Shakespeare title character is killed in a swordfight by his enemy, who was born via Caesarean section?
  9. Which captain is killed when he is pulled into the sea after harpooning Moby Dick in the book of the same name by Herman Melville?
  10. In which Albert Camus novel does the central character Mersault murder an Arab man on a beach in Algeria?

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  1. Which literary villain perished at the Reichenbach falls in a novel of 1893?
    A: Professor Moriarty
  1. In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, what kind of animal is Boxer, sent to be slaughtered in exchange for a case of whiskey after he defends the exiled pig Snowball’s reputation?
    A: A horse
  2. According to Oscar Wilde’s famous remark, which character’s death in Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop would you have to have a heart of stone to read without laughing?
    A: Little Nell
  3. Which title character in an 1877 Russian novel dies by throwing herself in front of a train?
    A: Anna Karenina
  4. Who wrote the “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”, in which the sailor Richard Parker gets eaten by his starving crewmates after drawing the short straw when they decide which of them is to be killed and cannibalised?
    A: Edgar Allen Poe
  5. In which 1962 novel does Billy Bibbit slash his own throat with a razor after being humiliated in bed with a prostitute by the villainous Nurse Ratched?
    A: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  6. In which work of 1847 does the mad Bertha Rochester kill herself by burning down Thornfield Hall, blinding her husband Edward in the process?
    A: Jane Eyre
  7. Which Shakespeare title character is killed in a swordfight by his enemy, who was born via Caesarean section?
    A: Macbeth
  8. Which captain is killed when he is pulled into the sea after harpooning Moby Dick in the book of the same name by Herman Melville?
    A: Moby Dick
  9. In which Albert Camus novel does the central character Mersault murder an Arab man on a beach in Algeria?
    A: The Stranger

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