Saturday, May 21, 2011

So you think you know books? Try this quiz about literature

  1. Who wrote The Raven?
  2. What was the name of the real-life sailor whose story influenced the writing of Robinson Crusoe?
  3. How many books did author J.R.R. Tolkien originally envision The Lord of the Rings to entail?
  4. What was the title of Ayn Rand's first novel?
  5. In what year did the murders in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood take place?
  6. Name one historical figure, who is also a well-known literary figure, who was a friend of Cyrano de Bergerac?
  7. What is the name of Leonato's daughter in Much Ado About Nothing?
  8. What famed city is the location of most of the events in The Iliad?
  9. Which writer has a character who said, "M-O-O-N spells moon?"
  10. What is the name of the largest rabbit in the main group of rabbits in Watership Down?
  11. What is the name of the son of Alexandre Dumas?
  12. What was the title of Jane Austen's first published novel?
  13. What name does Dr. Frankenstein give his monster?
  14. What is the title of the sequel to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?
  15. The first book published in the Lonesome Dove series is titled what?
  16. Who wrote The Road?
  17. What is the name of the main character in Franz Kafka's The Trial?
  18. What is Lady Chatterley's name before she marries Clifford Chatterley?
  19. One Hundred Years of Solitude is a critical, literary outline of the history of what country?
  20. What are the first three words in Moby Dick?
  21. What is the name of the street where sits the house in The House of the Seven Gables?
  22. During what war does For Whom the Bell Tolls take place?
  23. Who is the main character in Gone with the Wind?
  24. Don Quixote was originally written in what language?
  25. Who wrote The Time Machine?
  26. Who does Satan try to tempt in Paradise Regained?
  27. To where are the pilgrims traveling in The Canterbury Tales?
  28. In how many novels does Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer character appear?
  29. James Joyce is from what nation?
  30. Beowulf is a hero of what northern Germanic tribe?
  31. Who is the narrator of The Great Gatsby?
  32. John Gardner wrote an existentialist novel about a famed monster. What is the monster's name?
  33. The word "grok" comes from what famed science fiction novel?
  34. In what country do the majority of events in War and Peace occur?
  35. In Great Expectations, Pip discovers the escaped convict on what holiday?
  36. What is the name of the Russian ship that runs aground in England in the novel Dracula?
  37. Who is the lord of the castle in The Castle of Otranto?
  38. Who is considered the author of The Republic?
  39. Who wrote The Prince?
  40. What is the name of the school from where Holden Caulfield is expelled?
  41. In what U.S. city do the events of A Confederacy of Dunces take place?
  42. Who is on trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?
  43. How many chapters does Candide contain?
  44. The Red Bade of Courage takes place during what war?
  45. Who is the main character of All Quiet on the Western Front?
  46. What is the name of the wastelands where McTeague concludes?
  47. In what super-state/nation/continent do the events of Nineteen Eighty-Four take place?
  48. What is the name of the only published novel by Oscar Wilde?
  49. What is the name of Beauty's mother in Black Beauty?
  50. In John Steinbeck's The Pearl, what item is discovered that leads to so much misery?

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