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1 I Have a Novel Idea!
Good poets and playwrights often try their hands at writing novels. Some succeed. Others, well, probably should have stayed away from prose. The authors in this quiz are all Americans.
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10 Q
adams627
Mar 12 10
4899 plays
2 Mister Topsy-Turvy
Some of the greatest writers the world has ever seen have created some "worlds" where Mr. Topsy-Turvy would be most happy to reside. Can you identify the author or the worlds from the clues provided?
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10 Q
coachpauly
Mar 06 12
2190 plays
3 Literary Sneers, Snits and Scandals
And not just cheap stuff about this or that famed scribbler who was really a drunk, a loony, a Trot or a recluse.
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10 Q
coolupway
Aug 11 02
3351 plays
4 Back to Front
You fell asleep while reading "Through the Looking Glass" and you have woken up on the other side of the mirror! You must answer the questions below about various authors to get back to the front. All of the answers are hidden in anagrams.
Tough
10 Q
nahs386
Jun 03 13
759 plays
5 Politicians who did a bit of Writing.
It's surprising how many people who are famous as politicians have also dabbled in writing. Can you identify them?
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10 Q
bzjane2
Feb 10 15
174 plays
6 Author Identification: Style and Substance
Here are some snippets of information about authors and/or their works written in a way I hope will be reminiscent of their styles. Will this style and substance lead you to the author's identity? Play and see.
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10 Q
uglybird
Apr 29 06
4245 plays
7 One Solitary Life
Each of these authors has a reputation as a reclusive character. Can you identify them from their works?
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10 Q
looney_tunes
Mar 12 12
831 plays
8 The Call of a Farewell to Hard Travels
Remember Starbuck? Tom Sawyer? Ishmael? Ralph and Piggy? They're all nearby, either in your den, the library, the nearest bookstore or the local bookswap. All you need is enough time to decide who you want to spend a few hours with.
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10 Q
beergirllaura
Sep 10 09
900 plays
9 Eventually I Found Love
Eventually, these classics found love, but at one point, they were tossed aside or angrily dismissed by publishers. Can you recognize the book or author from its publication history? Good luck!
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10 Q
adams627
Apr 02 12
735 plays
10 Jane in the Jungle With a Twist
My vacation is finally here, and I plan on curling up on the couch and delving into several good books. Perhaps you've read a few of those I plan on enjoying this week - but how well do you remember them?
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10 Q
beergirllaura
Oct 10 11
471 plays
11 "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"
"It was a dark and stormy night" were the first words of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel, "Paul Clifford", and they led to an annual contest to write a bad opening to a novel. Can you identify these other authors who have been honored with contests?
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10 Q
PDAZ
Jul 08 10
876 plays
12 Deep Thoughts and Creative Talent
The works of one author are used in each question as clues to the correct answer. Most of these works are not their most famous, but each of these authors are well known although they come from different genres and times.
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10 Q
dcpddc478
Dec 31 13
465 plays
13 Finally! You Realize I Was Write
These ten authors gave detailed descriptions of events or inventions which did not yet exist. Looking back from the future, it seems they may have been write!
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10 Q
Godwit
Nov 26 14
339 plays
14 Literature and Authors
Some random literature facts. Some more random than others. Blame my English classes for filling my head with useless knowledge.
Tough
20 Q
CellarDoor
Feb 19 00
13215 plays
15 Prose and Cons
Can you determine the culprits behind these appalling literary crimes? If you can figure out whodunnit from these reports, then perhaps for these authors, the writing is on the wall...
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10 Q
reedy
Jul 22 12
765 plays
16 Pick the Book They Didn't Write!
For each question, you are given an author and four novels. He or she wrote three of them, but didn't write the fourth. Which is the odd one out?
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10 Q
gracious1
Nov 19 14
393 plays
17 Books for Crooks
I assume authors don't write their books intended for criminals to read, or even worse, to copy. However, there have been several crimes related to literary works, which makes me think if these crooks thought those books were written for them. Good luck!
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10 Q
Lpez
Dec 26 14
360 plays
18 Books You Shouldn't Read Before You Die?
This quiz picks a bone with the omissions in the recently released "1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die." You need not have even glanced at that book to ace this quiz, however, which will be a general literature overview.
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10 Q
skylarb
Sep 21 08
3318 plays
19 A Smorgasbord of Female Writers
This quiz contains questions about the lives and works of over twenty different female poets and authors. There should be something for everyone to feast upon.
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25 Q
skylarb
Feb 07 03
2460 plays
20 Who the Devil Wrote It?
When it comes to personifications of evil, the Devil is the worst of them all, and has long played a notable role in English literature. But can you identify some of the writers who have written about him?
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10 Q
poshprice
Nov 23 14
261 plays
21 You're Lion to Me!
When you think of famous people born under the zodiac sign of Leo, the lion, you might think of singers and actors. This quiz is in response to an Author's Challenge issued by kyleisalive, so let's take a look at some famous Leo authors.
Easy
10 Q
CmdrK
Nov 28 11
837 plays
22 Don't Quit Your Day Job
This quiz is about authors who wrote as a sideline, or who were were famous in other fields as well as writing. In many cases these other careers were reflected in their literary works.
Tough
10 Q
daver852
Nov 19 14
351 plays
23 Rejection In The Modern World
Some great classics of literature would possibly be rejected by publishers if submitted now. Here are some modern rejection notes.
Easy
10 Q
Christinap
Jun 29 13
699 plays
24 Authors' Dedications
Authors use the device of the dedication to express all kinds of feelings for others. This quiz takes ten dedications from the "Bloomsbury Dictionary of Dedications" by Adrian Room. The dedication itself often gives some kind of clue to the answer.
Tough
10 Q
TabbyTom
Jan 28 05
516 plays
25 Short and Sweet Two
A collection of short stories and collections from around the world.
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10 Q
Rehaberpro
Dec 15 14
246 plays
26 Chronicles
Chronicles: Accounts, biographies, reports, histories and papers. Here's a look at fiction writers who have turned their hands to non-fiction chronicles.
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10 Q
pollucci19
May 18 12
285 plays
27 The Quest for the Holy Mail
All authors have had writer's block at one time or another. This quiz is presented in the form of different authors' fictional letters to God asking for inspiration to finish some of their better-known works. See how many you can figure out!
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10 Q
shuehorn
Nov 14 11
561 plays
28 One Book Wonders & Second Time Flops
Nearly anybody can write one novel, or so reckoned D.H. Lawrence. A second novel, he opined, was "a step farther". These questions are about those who never wrote a second novel, or whose second novels were flops.
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10 Q
darksplash
Mar 28 09
927 plays
29 Trickier Author/Novel Combos
You may know these famous authors, but do you know some of their less famous works? Good luck!
Tough
10 Q
kyleisalive
Nov 06 14
237 plays
30 Let's Write a Book Together!
Authors often collaborate on books, or write books under several pen names. Here is a selection to identify.
Tough
10 Q
Christinap
May 31 10
546 plays
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