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Christmas Fiction Quiz!

We all love a good quiz at Christmas. So enjoy my festive Christmas fiction quiz, with 25 questions to test your knowledge on fiction novels and film. See how many you can get without resorting to Google.

You can find the answers at the bottom of the page.


  1. In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, what is the name of Tiny Tim’s father?

2. According to the Guinness Book of Records, which British crime writer is the best-selling fiction author of all time (with an estimated six billion worldwide sales)?

3. Who wrote the children’s Christmas story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

4. Name the celebrated author of the satirical fantasy series known as The Discworld?

(HINT: see my article The Best Comedy Writing for the answer)

5. Name of the 1892 Russian ballet about an enchanted Christmas toy who battles an evil mouse king?

6. In what decade was The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien first published as a novel?

7. The name of the New York department store where Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) meets Jovie (played by Zooey Deschanel) in the classic Christmas movie, Elf?

8. Name the controversial 1955 novel by Vladamir Nabokov about a middle-aged writer’s sexual relationship with his stepdaughter.

9. Name the cult 1980s sci-fi movie starring Harrison Ford, which is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

10. The Bell Jar is a novel by which American author?

11. A Time to Kill was the first novel of which legal thriller author.

12. Which of these films is NOT based on a Stephen King story: Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Woman in Black, The Green Mile?

(HINT: see my article The Best Movies Based on Novels for clues)

13. Which of these novels was published first: Frankenstein, Dracula, Treasure Island?

14. In Dan Brown’s novels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, what is the name of the lead male protagonist (played by Tom Hanks in the movie series)?

15. The name of the lead character in Tim Burton’s dark Christmas fantasy film, The Nightmare Before Christmas?

16. Which of these Oscar Winning movies was NOT based on a novel: The Godfather, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Good Will Hunting?

(HINT: see my article The Best Movies Based on Novels for clues)

17. Name any two of Ron Weasley’s siblings from the Harry Potter series?

18. In which century was Daniel Defoe’s novel, Robinson Crusoe, first released: the 17th Century, 18th Century or 19th Century?

19. Which of these is NOT a novel by Richard Matheson: I am Legend, What Dreams May Come, Flowers for Algernon, A Stir of Echoes?

(HINT: see my Six Novels to Enjoy During Lockdown and The Best Movies Based on Novels)

20. Which Charles Dickens novel is believed to be the best selling fiction novel ever written in the English language?

21. Which of these movies was NOT based on a novel: Fight Club, The Bourne Identity, Thelma and Louise, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

(Hint: see my articles The Best Movies Based on Novels and The Portrayal of Mental Health in Fiction for clues)

22. Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, begins in which US state: Missouri, Mississippi, or Tennessee?

23. Which of these musicals was not based on a novel: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver, Hamilton, Matilda?

24. Which of these movies based on novels does not star Anthony Hopkins: The Remains of the Day, Legends of the Fall, The Last of the Mohicans, The Silence of the Lambs.

25. Which popular children’s fiction series by R.L. Stine is second only to Harry Potter as the best-selling fiction series of all time?

And the results are in…

So how many did you get in my Christmas fiction quiz?

Anything over ten is a decent score, but bravo to anyone who managed twenty or more.

Before we relax for the Christmas holidays I want to say a big thank you to all the people around the world who have read my stories and articles this year, and/or visited my website. The response in my first year of professional writing has been overwhelming and I am pleased to announce there are more of my short stories due for publication in 2021 (and if all goes well, a novel). If you can’t wait until then, check out my Short Stories page for links to my published work.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



1. Bob Cratchit… 2. Agatha Christie… 3. Dr. Suess… 4. Terry Pratchett… 5. The Nutcracker… 6. 1950s… 7. Gimbels… 8. Lolita… 9. Blade Runner… 10. Sylvia Plath… 11. John Grisham… 12. The Woman in Black… 13. Frankenstein (1818)… 14. Robert Langdon… 15. Jack Skellington… 16. Good Will Hunting… 17. Any two of: Fred, George, William (Bill), Percy, Charlie, Ginevra (i.e. Ginny)… 18. 18th Century… 19. Flowers for Algernon… 20. A Tale of Two Cities… 21. Thelma and Louise… 22. Missouri… 23. Hamilton… 24. The Last of the Mohicans… 25. Goosebumps…

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