Authors and Animals Quiz

Who had a soft spot for furry friends? What talented authors kept pets that were anything but conventional? Take this eNotes quiz to find out how much you know about authors and their fellow creatures!

  1. German-Jewish novelist and playwright Lion Feuchtwanger had two lizards who were killed by German SA officers before he fled Berlin. Later, he kept what sort of animals at his home?

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  2. What bird did Edgar Allan Poe initially think about placing in his famous poem before moving on to a raven, which he felt better suited the tone of the piece?

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  3. What special kind of animal did Ernest Hemingway collect?

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  4. The Rare Book Department of the Philadelphia Library contains a stuffed and mounted raven who died in 1841 after ingesting lead paint flakes. This raven was the pet of author Charles Dickens. What was his name?

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  5. Who dreaded "the usness in [an animals] eyes, with the underlying not-usness which belies it—so tragic a reminder of the lost age when we human beings branched off and left them: left them to eternal inarticulateness and slavery"?

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  6. What French author reportedly paraded a pet lobster named Thibault around the royal gardens of Paris at the end of a ribbon?

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  7. Who gave a flock of ornamental peafowl the run of her farm?

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  8. Which author had a puppy who ate the original manuscript for his novel?

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  9. Who kept a pet bear during his university years in response to the school's policy of not allowing pet dogs?

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  10. Whose passion for butterflies resulted in the discovery of many new species, several others being named after him, permanent damage to his eyesight, and a collection of male butterfly sex organs referred to as the "genitalia cabinet"?

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