Quiz Answers


Kids in Literature


Test your knowledge of kids in lit, mainly pre- and mid-teens.  No, this is not children’s lit and Harry Potter doesn’t enter in.  All 12 are well-known, some old, some new, and—little clue—two have recently been made into film, playing now.


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Name the kid:

1. “Please, sir, I want some more.”

Oliver Twist

2. “Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning; there's a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don't hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can't get away from the wreck, there's one of 'em going to be in a bad fix.”

Huckleberry Finn

3. "'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'"
Jack, from Lord of the Flies

4. “Wait a sec. You're telling me we're sleeping in one room?  With one bed?”


5. “Do ladies always have such a hard time having babies? . . . . Do many men kill themselves, Daddy?”

Nick Adams, from “The Indians”

6. ________ walked to the brush line and sat on the edge of the mossy tub. He looked down at the house and at the old bunkhouse and at the dark cypress tree. The place was familiar, but curiously changed. It wasn't itself anymore, but a frame for things that were happening.

Jody, from The Red Ponoy

7. “This night my mind was filled with Halloween—there was to be a pageant representing our county's agricultural products; I was to be a ham. Jem said he would escort me to the school auditorium. Thus began our longest journey together.”

Scout, from To Kill a Mockingbird

8. Every night, without fail, she prayed for blue eyes.  Fervently, for a year she had prayed.  Although somewhat discouraged, she was not without hope.  To have something as wonderful as that happen would take a long, long time.

Claudia MacTeer (narrating about Pecola), from The Bluest Eye

9. “I’d about given up on finding something in the house that I could rob – a personal possession that could be hocked like the TV or the VCR or the stereo would instantly be noticed when it was gone and all the rest of their stuff was boring household goods that you couldn’t sell anyhow like electric blankets and a waffle iron and a clock radio.  My mom didn’t have any jewels that were worth anything except her wedding ring from my stepfather which she made a big deal out of but it looked like a Wal-Mart’s ring to me and besides she always had it on.”

Chappie, (later dubbed Bone, for a tattoo he gets), from Rule of the Bone

10. “The dog was dead.  There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.  The points of the fork must have gone all the way through the dog and into the ground because the fork had not fallen over.”

Christopher John Francis Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

11. "But I want to carry on exploring."
"Then explore the flat," suggested her father. "Look, here's a piece of paper and a pen. Count all the doors and windows. List everything blue. Mount an expedition to discover the hot-water tank. And leave me alone to work."

Coraline, from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

12. “I've just never heard of a Negro lawyer, that's all. You've got to hear of these things before you can imagine them.”

Lily Owens, from The Secret Life of Bees