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Literary Quiz

Quiz I

  1. What was the surname of the family in the 1906 novel by E. Nesbit, The Railway Children?
  2. First Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder and Captain John Yossaria are fictional characters in which 1961 novel?
  3. Who was the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature? This author's notable works include Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith.
  4. Which author once said: "The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector."?
  5. Who wrote the novel A Passage to India?

  6. French novelist Gustave Flaubert is best known for his debut novel; can you name it?
  7. By what name is Dolores Haze better known?
  8. Which writer's most notable works include the novels Mrs Dalloway written in 1925 and 1927's To the Lighthouse?
  9. A cat named Grimalkin featured in which William Shakespeare play?
  10. Released in April 1974, which of Stephen King's novels was his first to be published?
  11. The words invented by which author are collectively known as Gobblefunk?
  12. Edgar Rice Burroughs is famous for writing which series of 24 adventure novels?
  13. Birthday Letters, published in 1998, is a collection of poetry by which English poet and children's writer?
  14. What is the last name of William in The Just William series of books written by Richmal Crompton?
  15. John Milton’s Paradise Lost was written during which century?
  16. Nick and Nora Charles are fictional characters created by Dashiell Hammett in which novel?
  17. Who spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to write his 1967 book Hell's Angels?
  18. Leopold Bloom is a protagonist and hero in which book?
  19. Who wrote The French Lieutenant's Woman?
  20. Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote about how many years of solitude?
  21. Which book by william Faulkner is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County?
  22. Who wrote The Forsyte Saga and also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932?


  1. Waterbury
  2. Catch-22
  3. Sinclair Lewis
  4. Ernest Hemingway
  5. E.M. Forster
  6. Madame Bovary (1857)
  7. Lolita
  8. Virginia Woolf
  9. Macbeth
  10. Carrie
  11. Roald Dahl
  12. Tarzan
  13. Ted Hughes
  14. Brown
  15. 17th-century
  16. The Thin Man
  17. Hunter S. Thompson
  18. Ulysses (by James Joyce)
  19. John Fowles
  20. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  21. The Sound and the Fury
  22. John Galsworthy