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"This quiz is about some of the greatest novels written during the past century. The titles were taken from The Modern Library's "Best 100 Novels" list. How many of these classics have you read?"
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Young Celie has known nothing but misery. Violated by the man she believes to be her father, cruelly separated from her beloved sister, and forced to marry a man who abuses and mistreats her, will Celie survive and overcome her terrible circumstances? The book is "The Color Purple"; who wrote it?
Zora Neale Hurston
This novel stirred up quite a controversy when it was published in 1955. Humbert Humbert, a man in his late thirties, falls passionately in love with a very young girl. The book was written by Vladimir Nabokov; what's the title?
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
During World War II, on the island of Pianosa, near Italy, a bombardier named Yossarian wants only to stay alive and go home. He's eligible to return home from the war, having flown the required number of missions, but he's caught up in red tape, in a bureaucratic nightmare called "Catch-22". Who wrote this novel?
He created the fictional place known as Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, home to Compsons and Snopes and Sutpens. Several books tell their story: "Light in August", "The Sound and the Fury", "As I Lay Dying" and "Absalom, Absalom!". He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. Name this celebrated author.
Malcolm Lowry was the author of this highly regarded novel, the tale of a man bent on drinking himself to death. He is the ex-British Consul in Mexico; his estranged wife has just arrived there to try to salvage their marriage. The story transpires over a day in 1938 - the Day of the Dead, an important Mexican holiday. Name Malcolm Lowry's book.
The Day of the Dead
Under the Volcano
Tom Joad is just out of prison, and finds his childhood home deserted, his family planning to head west to find work. It's the time of the Great Depression in the United States, and along with many other families whose crops have been destroyed in the Dust Bowl, they make the trek from Oklahoma to California. "The Grapes of Wrath" is their story - who wrote the book?
"Native Son" tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young African-American living in desperate poverty in 1930s Chicago. He takes a job as a chauffeur with a rich family, and soon a terrible incident occurs in which a young woman is killed. This novel, published in 1940, became an immediate best-seller, and made the author world-famous. Name the man who wrote "Native Son".
In 1993, this author received the Nobel Prize for Literature for her collected works. Among the titles: "Beloved", "Song of Solomon", "The Bluest Eye", "Tar Baby". She is one of the most respected writers in the world of literature - name the author.
This classic won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and is the writer's only novel. The tale is told from the point of view of the young daughter of Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch. Atticus agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman. This was not a popular move in the Deep South around the time of the Great Depression, when the story takes place. The book is titled "To Kill a Mockingbird". Who was the author?
This novel tells of several days in the life of a rather confused young man who has been expelled from his boarding school, Pencey Prep, and decides to run away just before he's scheduled to go home. He spends a few eventful days in New York City, among the "phonies". The author of the novel is J.D. Salinger, and the book is "The Catcher in the Rye". What is the young man's name?
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Compiled Dec 04 12