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1. From where, according to Keats, did Cortez and all his men stare at the Pacific?
2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, in a margin note on his manuscript, that he had taken opium for medicinal purposes before writing the poem Kubla Khan. But in which city was it decreed that there should be a stately pleasure dome?
3. The canon of literature is by far the richer for the writings of Oscar Wilde, but this time I want to ask about a comment supposedly said by him on passing through a customs hall: "I have nothing to declare except my genius?". Which customs hall was it?
4. "Cargoes" is a wonderfully evocative poem by John Masefield but from which distant shore did the quinquireme of Nineveh hail?
5. Much of George Orwell's writing is based on his own experiences. In which two cities was he "Down and Out"?
6. In "Peter Bell the Third", Shelley wrote that "Hell is a city much like..." which European city?
7. In the first Winnie the Pooh book Christopher Robin leads an expedition (or expotition as he puts it) to find which well-known geographical location?
8. In which fictitious city did Thomas Hardy's tragic hero "Jude the Obscure" dream of attending university?
9. In Graham Greene's "Travels with My Aunt" which famous train journey do Henry and Aunt Augusta take together?
10. I couldn't leave this quiz without asking which part of the UK is the setting for "Swallows and Amazons" by Arthur Ransome?
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