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Quiz I


  1. Which author is best known for his bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire?
  2. Holden Caulfield, an icon for teenage angst and rebellion, is a fictonal character in which American literary classic?
  3. Which author, who passed away in 2016, was portrayed by Catherine Keener in the 2005 film Capote and by Sandra Bullock in the 2006 film Infamous?
  4. Novelist Gustave Flaubert was considered the leading exponent of literary realism in France, what is his best known novel?
  5. Colombian Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Marquez is best known for how many years of solitude?
  6. Who collaborated with his daughter Lucy, in 2007, to write the children's book George's Secret Key to the Universe?
  7. Which author's breakthrough book was decribed by Salman Rushdie as a 'book so bad it makes bad books look good'?
  8. Who declined the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature because he had consistently declined all official honours?
  9. Which author's books include Coming Up for Air, and Homage to Catalonia?
  10. Whose book The Minpins was published in 1991, a few months after the author's death in 1990?
  11. Which Italian novel for children has been adapted in over 240 languages?
  12. Which famous novelist was Governor General of Canada?
  13. Peter Mark Roget, a nineteenth century British physician, is best known for what type of book?
  14. Whose fourth novel featuring Robert Langdon, is a mystery thriller called Inferno?
  15. Who wrote the 2012 Booker Prize winning book Bring Up the Bodies?
  16. In literature and films whose father was the Earl of Dorincourt?




Answers:

  1. George R. R. Martin
  2. The Catcher in the Rye (by J.D. Salinger)
  3. Harper Lee
  4. Madame Bovary (1857)
  5. 100 (One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered one of the books that have most shaped world literature over the last 25 years)
  6. Stephen Hawking
  7. Dan Brown
  8. Jean-Paul Sartre
  9. George Orwell
  10. Roald Dahl
  11. The Adventures of Pinocchio
  12. John Buchan
  13. Thesaurus
  14. Dan Brown
  15. Hilary Mantel
  16. Little Lord Fauntleroy



Quiz II

  1. Which book, first published in 1605, has sold more han 300 million copies worldwide?
  2. Which 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is considered a children's novel?
  3. In a famous novel, who has a mother called Duchess (nicknamed 'Pet')?
  4. Which book is the first in the Dollanganger Series, and is followed by Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns?
  5. The Curse of Capistrano, a 1919 story by Johnston McCulley, is the first work to feature which fictional character?
  6. Who wrote the book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
  7. In which book do the catchphrases 'messing about in boats' and 'poop, poop' feature?
  8. Which short adventure novel is about a sled dog named Buck?
  9. Who wrote the science fiction novel Brave New World?
  10. What do the two initials stand for in C. S. Lewis?
  11. Which Latin phrase meaning 'great work', refers to the largest and best achievement of an author?
  12. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was written by which English economist?
  13. The title of which D. H. Lawrence book is also a meteorological phenomenon?
  14. Name the beautiful young man who becomes the subject of a portrait by society painter, Basil Hallward?
  15. Which book has had many film and television adaptations including a 1935 version starring Robert Donat, a 1978 version with Robert Powell, and a 2008 British television version, starring Rupert Penry-Jones?

Answers:

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Anne of Green Gables





  3. Black Beauty
  4. Flowers in the Attic
  5. Zorro
  6. Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. Wind in the Willows
  8. Call of the Wild
  9. Aldous Huxley
  10. Clive Staples
  11. Magnum Opus
  12. John Maynard Keynes
  13. The Rainbow
  14. Dorian Gray (in the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
  15. The Thirty-Nine Steps









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