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New bag? Check. Uniform washed and ironed? Check. Sparkly pencil-case? Check. Grammar and punctuation expertise? Uh-oh. The new school term is just beginning. How would you fare if you had to face double-English again? Sharpen your grammatical knowledge (and your pencils, if you like), with our back-to-school quiz.more
There are plenty of names for fortune tellers throughout the history of English, some of which you could probably guess and some of which would require a supernatural gift. Our quiz will put you to the test, to see if your knowledge is almost psychic, or if your fortune’s run out… But first – did […]more
150 years ago, copies of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women were first slotted into the ‘A’ section of bookshop shelves. Set during the Civil War, the first volume features a family living in poverty, their father absent, and it introduced young readers to a quartet of unusual heroines – a tomboy with a temper, one […]more
It’s Poetry Month, and we have created a quiz of favourite lines from fabulous poems for you, encompassing the silly, the serious, the sassy, and the sublime. But, to paraphrase Robert Frost, there are ten questions to go before you sleep so, without further ado, here is the promised poetry quiz.more
What is a hero without a nemesis? You’ve discovered which great literary protagonist you are most like, but what if you chose a different, darker path – what sort of antagonist would you be? Would a charming exterior disguise the machinations of a master manipulator or would a fearsome appearance proclaim your baddie status through […]more
Have you ever been swept away by a brilliant book and pictured yourself in the protagonist’s shoes? What sort of leading character would you be – adventurous and daring, dreamy and alternative, or even a bit of a lone wolf? Don’t just leave it to your imagination; take this quiz and find out which literary […]more
So you’ve deciphered not only our first set of Famous First Words, but the second set too – and now you’re back for more… Can you recognise these five famous novel openings from the British English transcriptions listed below? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while […]more