This week, 150 years ago, a wildly popular character was born. According to information on the web site of the Lewis Carroll Society, in 1862 Lewis Carroll, whose real name is Charles Dodgson, took a boat trip with a group of people, among which was a girl named Alice. During the trip, the first outlines of the story of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground were narrated. Then, Alice urged Lewis Carroll to write out the story for her. That evening and the next day, Carroll outlined the main headings, and about seven months later, the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was complete. In July of 1865, the book was officially published.
The story has since become one of the most popular works of fiction in history, brought to life in plays and movies — and even at theme parks and restaurants. Its vivid characters, from the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit, have been capturing audiences and children’s imaginations worldwide.
We are celebrating Alice’s 150th birthday by testing your knowledge about the book with our quiz below. Take the quiz, then share in the comments section which character from the story you love the most and why.
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What is the full title of the novel?
The full name of the novel is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?
Lewis Carroll, a pseudonym for English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Roald Dahl wrote novels including Charile and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, among others.
What year was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published?
While the manuscript of the book was complete in February of 1863, the book wasn’t published until 1865.
Alice enters the Wonderland through:
Alice falls down through a rabbit hole to enter Wonderland.
Why does Alice follow the White Rabbit in the first place?
After hanging out by the riverbank, Alice becomes bored and follows the White Rabbit down the hole.
After falling through the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself in a room with many:
After she falls through the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself in a room full of doors in all shapes and sizes.
Does the cake in the room with the doors make Alice grow or shrink?
The bottle on the table makes Alice shrink, but the cake makes her grow too large to fit through a door. When she sees the White Rabbit again, a magic fan shrinks her enough to fit through the door once more.
After entering Wonderland, Alice speaks to a mouse. Why does she offend him?
She talks about her cat.
Alice visits the White Rabbit’s house. True or false?
True. She visits the house to help the rabbit, but, while inside, she drinks a potion that makes her grow too large and she gets trapped in the house.
Who is present at the tea party?
The Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse are all present at the tea party. In the book it’s referred to as a Mad Tea Party, and the Cheshire cat comments on the Hatter as being mad, which is why he is commonly called The Mad Hatter.
What inanimate objects that are alive paint white roses with red paint?
Why are the playing cards painting white roses red?
The Red Queen hates white roses.
What game is played in the Red Queen’s garden?
Croquet is played in the Red Queen’s garden with flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as the balls.
When does Alice meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum?
She meets them in the next book. Though these characters are in the adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, she doesn’t meet them until the second book, Through the Looking Glass.
Who is the judge in the royal trial?
Despite his overbearing wife, the King is the judge.
When was the animated Disney film, Alice in Wonderland, made?
The film was made in 1951.
Who directed the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland?
Tim Burton, who also directed Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas.