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Quiz about The Weird and Wonderful Irvine Welsh
Quiz about The Weird and Wonderful Irvine Welsh

The Weird and Wonderful Irvine Welsh Quiz


After exploding onto the contemporary literature scene in 1993, Scottish writer Irvine Welsh has released a series of dark, gritty works in his unique and mesmerising style. This quiz will test your knowledge of his works.

A multiple-choice quiz by Sleepy-Jack. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Sleepy-Jack
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
352,953
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
120
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Question 1 of 10
1. 1993's "Trainspotting" was Welsh's debut novel. It is split into several chapters. Which character narrates the majority of these? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 1994 saw Welsh release a short story collection called "The Acid House". Which of these titles was NOT one of the twenty-two stories in the book? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Welsh's "Marabou Stork Nightmares" was published in 1995. How does Roy Strang, the main character and narrator, meet his end? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1998, "Filth" was published. Most of this novel's chapters are narrated by DS Bruce Robertson. However, during the novel, Bruce is interrupted by the thoughts of which unusual character? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Irvine Welsh is know for often writing dialogue in the Edinburgh Scots dialect. Is this true or false?


Question 6 of 10
6. 2002 saw "Porno" published, a book that acts as a sequel to 1993's "Trainspotting". The book is divided into three parts. Which of these is NOT the title of one of these parts? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What is the title of Welsh's 2001 novel that tells the story of a group of Scottish men at four different stages in their lives? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Complete the title of Welsh's 2007 short story collection: "If You Liked School You'll Love _____". Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Following the story of a character from 1998's "Filth", "Crime" was published in 2008 and is set mostly in which U.S. State? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Skagboys" was published in 2012. This novel is a sequel to both "Trainspotting" and "Porno" and is set several years later. Is this true of false?



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 1993's "Trainspotting" was Welsh's debut novel. It is split into several chapters. Which character narrates the majority of these?

Answer: Mark Renton

Renton is the closest thing to a "main character" the novel has, and he narrates most of the chapters. The book follows Renton and his cohorts as they deal with addiction in 1980s Scotland. The book gained a cult following, but became known worldwide after it was made into a successful film by director Danny Boyle in 1996.
2. 1994 saw Welsh release a short story collection called "The Acid House". Which of these titles was NOT one of the twenty-two stories in the book?

Answer: A Scandal in Belgravia

"A Scandal in Belgravia" is the title of an episode of the BBC series "Sherlock". This episode of the mystery drama was directed by Paul McGuigan who also directed a 1998 film adaptation of "The Acid House".
3. Welsh's "Marabou Stork Nightmares" was published in 1995. How does Roy Strang, the main character and narrator, meet his end?

Answer: He is mutilated and stabbed while in hospital

Roy does engage in football hooliganism but is never seriously injured. He is molested by his uncle while living in South Africa, but is not strangled. Roy attempts suicide after he is consumed by guilt following his part in the rape of a young girl. This suicide attempt leads to a coma, during which he is confronted in hospital by the victim of his crime.

She mutilates him and stabs him, leaving him to die.
4. In 1998, "Filth" was published. Most of this novel's chapters are narrated by DS Bruce Robertson. However, during the novel, Bruce is interrupted by the thoughts of which unusual character?

Answer: A tapeworm

In "Filth", DS Bruce Robertson investigates crime in Edinburgh while living a life fueled by sex, drugs and hateful plotting. The tapeworm lives in Bruce's gut and over the course of the book, it reveals details of his past. This is a great example of Welsh's wonderful use of unusual literary devices.
5. Irvine Welsh is know for often writing dialogue in the Edinburgh Scots dialect. Is this true or false?

Answer: True

Aye, did you ken tha'? There's nae doubting it! Given how extensively Welsh's work deals with Scottish characters and places, it's no suprise that both dialogue and monologue are often written in Scots dialect.
6. 2002 saw "Porno" published, a book that acts as a sequel to 1993's "Trainspotting". The book is divided into three parts. Which of these is NOT the title of one of these parts?

Answer: Exile

"Porno" is set a decade after "Trainspotting" and follows the characters' various stories as their paths cross again. Part 1 is called "Stag", Part 2 is called "Porno" and part 3 is called "Exhibition". "Exile" is actually the title of a section in "Trainspotting".
7. What is the title of Welsh's 2001 novel that tells the story of a group of Scottish men at four different stages in their lives?

Answer: Glue

"Glue" follows Carl, Billy, Andrew and Terry. The novel first introduces us to them as children in the 70s. We meet them again as teens, then as young adults and finally as middle aged men. The book deals with Welsh's usual themes of sex, drugs and crime.
8. Complete the title of Welsh's 2007 short story collection: "If You Liked School You'll Love _____".

Answer: Work

Like "The Acid House" in 1994, "If You Liked School You'll Love Work" features several unrelated short stories set in several different locations and with several unique characters.
9. Following the story of a character from 1998's "Filth", "Crime" was published in 2008 and is set mostly in which U.S. State?

Answer: Florida

"Crime" deals with Detective Ray Lennox, who takes a holiday in Florida after suffering a nervous breakdown. The novel follows Lennox as he travels across the state and inadvertently endagers a young girl whom he then tries to protect.
10. "Skagboys" was published in 2012. This novel is a sequel to both "Trainspotting" and "Porno" and is set several years later. Is this true of false?

Answer: False

"Skagboys" is actually a prequel, not a sequel. It follows the lives of Mark Renton and Simon Williamson prior to the events of "Trainspotting" and "Porno". Despite concerns that the novel would be made up of outtakes from "Trainspotting", the novel was critically well recieved.
Source: Author Sleepy-Jack

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