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1. In which cathedral city was Johnson born on September 18, 1709?
2. As a 2-year-old child Johnson was brought to London to be touched by the monarch, in the hope that the touch would cure him of scrofula. Who was the monarch?
3. Johnson's college days were cut short by poverty, and he left without taking a degree. Which university did he attend?
4. After an unsuccessful spell as a schoolmaster, Johnson left Lichfield for London. He was accompanied by a former pupil, who made a name for himself in the theatre. Who was this companion?
5. One of Johnson's first literary works was the satirical poem entitled 'London'. It is based on a satire about Rome by which Roman poet?
6. Who was the nobleman and politician to whom Johnson dedicated the Plan for his Dictionary?
7. In January 1759 Johnson produced 'Rasselas', and asked for an advance of thirty pounds from his publisher. For what was this money needed?
8. In 1777, Johnson played a leading part in an unsuccessful campaign to secure a reprieve for William Dodd, a clergyman who had been sentenced to death. What was Dodd's crime?
9. At dinner on April 15, 1778, Johnson declared 'I am ready to love all mankind, except ________________'. Complete his sentence.
10. Johnson had a cat, whom he described as 'a very fine cat indeed' and for whom he bought oysters. What was the cat's name?
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