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Quiz: Heroines of Classic Literature
How Much do You know about Heroines of Classic Fiction?
This fun literary quiz will test your knowledge on famous fictional women of the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s. These characters are from the books of famous British, American and French authors (you might even spot a Russian here too).
If you have read these classic novels, this won't be so tough. For those you haven't read, some will be easy to guess and others might be tricky (but the sharp-eyed might find clues elsewhere on the page). Just do your best!
You can also share your opinion on the best classic fictional female character in the poll.
I've added a couple of extra quizzes further down. The second one is probably the easiest and the third one is extra difficult but is there for those who like a challenge. Take one or all of them -- it's up to you!
Quiz 1: Classic Heroines
Heroines of Classic Literatureview quiz statistics
Classic Female Characters on the Screen
My Top Picks from English Literature
Discover some wonderful female heroines in these TV and movie productions of novels from British authors of the 18th and 19th century.
My most loved heroines and the actresses who I most enjoyed in the role:
- Justine Waddell as Tess in Tess of the d'Urbervilles
- Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit in Little Dorrit
- Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale in North and South
- Justine Waddell and Keeley Hawes as Molly Gibson and her stepsister Cynthia in Wives and Daughters
- Ruth Wilson as Jane Eyre in (you've guessed it!) Jane Eyre
Who is Your Favorite Classic Heroine? - Is it possible to just pick one?
Will everyone opt for Lizzie Bennett or do you have another feisty or tragic heroine in mind?
Decision time! Tell my Your Top Female Heroine...
Classic Female Characters on the Screen - My Top Jane Austen Picks
There have been many interpretations of these much loved Jane Austen novels made for TV and cinema. My own top choices are as follows:
- Pride and Prejudice 1995 (TV Mini Series) with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle
- Sense and Sensibility 1995 with Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet
- Persuasion 1995 with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds
- Emma 2009 with Romola Garai
I didn't know until now that the first 3 were all released in the same year... truly a golden year for Jane Austen fans.
Quiz 2: Classic Novels
Who Wrote That Classic Novel?view quiz statistics
Classic American Female Characters on the Screen
My picks from North American Literature
I'm British so I'm probably more familiar with the heroines of English literature than those of the great American authors. Who else should be on this list? Leave me a note in the Guestbook!
My top fictional female heroines are:
- Winona Ryder as Jo March in Little Women
- Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart in The House of Mirth
- Patricia Arquette as tragic heroine Mattie starring opposite Liam Neeson as the ill-fated Frome in Ethan Frome
- Megan Follows as the lovable Anne in Anne of Green Gables
- Michelle Pfeiffer as the outcast Countess Olenska in The Age of Innocence
How do you like your Fictional Heroines? - In a book or on the screen?
How do you prefer to discover classic works?
Quiz 3: Fictional Heroines
A Short Quiz about Fictional Heroinesview quiz statistics
OK, time to confess, how did you do with these ladies of literature? I hope you enjoyed this little tribute to them even if it was a challenge!
© 2010 Indigo Janson