imageKids 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. If you think you know them—or close—e-mail your answers by August 1, 2009, and win a 30-euro gift certificate from Amazon.  In case of a tie, a name will be drawn. This quiz is now over - see the answers

Good Luck!

Name the kid:

1. “Please, sir, I want some more.”

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.”

3. "'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'"

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?”

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.”

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."

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.”