Category: Competitions and quizzes

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Which Jane Austen leading man are you?

One of the most renowned novelists of all time, Jane Austen is known not only for her heroines, but also for the leading men who stand opposite them. From Pride and Prejudice’s Fitzwilliam Darcy to Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth, Austen’s novels are filled with great, complicated men, who sometimes struggle to articulate their emotions, and occasionally […]

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How much do you know about conlangs?

Even though the HBO television series Game of Thrones has brought conlangs – constructed languages – into the media spotlight over the past couple of years, conlangs have been around for a long time. Let’s see how much you know about the rich cultural history of conlangs!

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How well do you know famous last words?

The last words spoken (or written) by famous people on their deathbed have always attracted a significant amount of interest, perhaps more than any other form of quotation. This comes as no surprise since a person’s dying words can carry a certain amount of honesty and, sometimes, even a fair bit of humour. We have selected a few of […]

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Do you know your poetic devices?

Think back to English class. Poetry can be tough to talk about without the right set of tools. It’s one thing to observe that a line of poetry sounds particularly fluid, or that the break in a line makes the poem particularly effective – but another to explain that assonance and enjambment are the reasons, respectively.

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What kind of poem are you?

The wide world of poetry has something to offer to everyone. The word poem can refer to everything from the epic poetry of Homer to the imagist brilliance of William Carlos Williams. There are innumerable types of poems out there, ranging from traditional forms, such as villanelles and rondeaus, to the more playful, experimental variety, […]

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children's classics

Quiz: how well do you know classic children’s literature?

Since it’s International Children’s Book Day today (observed on 2 April as it is the birthday of renowned children’s author Hans Christian Andersen), we’re testing your knowledge of some of the children’s books published as Oxford World’s Classics.

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Poll: what do you call knocking on a door and running away?

This isn’t the world’s most innovative or funny prank, and we certainly don’t want to encourage people to try it at home for April Fools’ Day – but knocking on someone’s door (or ringing their doorbell) and running away before they have a chance to answer is of surprising linguistic interest. Although most people are […]

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Quiz: how well do you know English words from Irish?

Do you think you’ve got the luck o’ the Irish? In light of today’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, we thought it might be a good opportunity to quiz you on Irish words in the English language. So, before you head off to the pub tonight, take our brief quiz and make your friends green with envy with […]

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