Post-apocalyptic literature: 10 questions

  1. Which novel by Max Brooks gives eyewitness accounts of a zombie apocalypse?
  2. Which planet do the alien attackers come from in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds?
  3. Which 19th century author, more famous for a horror novel, wrote the 1826 novel The Last Man, about the last survivors of a plague which has destroyed mankind?
  4. Which novel by H.G. Wells portrays the future earth as being divided between the weak Eloi and the brutal Morlock races?
  5. Botanist Bill Masen is the protagonist of which classic novel of 1951?
  6. What is the name of the eponymous pastor in Walter M. Miller’s 1959 novel about a resurgent Catholic church in the aftermath of a nuclear war in the United States?
  7. Which country is the setting for Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach, the last part of earth not yet made uninhabitable by nuclear fallout?
  8. Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban, is set in which county of England two thousand years after a nuclear holocaust? It also uses the dialect of the area throughout.
  9. Which Canadian novelist wrote Oryx and Crake, a Booker Prize-shortlisted novel about a small group of survivors of genetic modifications which wipe out the rest of humanity?
  10. Who wrote The Second Sleep, a 2019 novel set in England 800 years after a technological collapse in which artefacts from the past are considered heretical by the Church?

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  1. Which novel by Max Brooks gives eyewitness accounts of a zombie apocalypse?
    A: World War Z
  2. Which planet do the alien attackers come from in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds?
    A: Mars
  3. Which 19th century author, more famous for a horror novel, wrote the 1826 novel The Last Man, about the last survivors of a plague which has destroyed mankind?
    A: Mary Shelley
  4. Which novel by H.G. Wells portrays the future earth as being divided between the weak Eloi and the brutal Morlock races?
    A: The Time Machine
  5. Botanist Bill Masen is the protagonist of which classic post-apocalyptic novel of 1951?
    A: The Day of the Triffids
  6. What is the name of the eponymous pastor in Walter M. Miller’s 1959 novel about a resurgent Catholic church in the aftermath of a nuclear war in the United States?
    A: Leibowitz (in A Canticle for Pastor Leibowitz)
  7. Which country is the setting for Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach, the last part of earth not yet made uninhabitable by nuclear fallout?
    A: Australia
  8. Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban, is set in which county of England two thousand years after a nuclear holocaust? It also uses the dialect of the area throughout.
    A: Kent
  9. Which Canadian novelist wrote Oryx and Crake, a Booker Prize-shortlisted novel about a small group of survivors of genetic modifications which wipe out the rest of humanity?
    A: Margaret Atwood
  10. Who wrote The Second Sleep, a 2019 novel set in England 800 years after a technological collapse in which artefacts from the past are considered heretical by the Church?
    A: Robert Harris

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