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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.
Average
10 Q
adams627
Mar 12 10
4692 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?
Average
10 Q
coachpauly
Mar 06 12
1971 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.
Difficult
10 Q
coolupway
Aug 11 02
3291 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
723 plays
5 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.
Average
10 Q
uglybird
Apr 29 06
4122 plays
6 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!
Average
10 Q
adams627
Apr 02 12
708 plays
7 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.
Average
10 Q
beergirllaura
Sep 10 09
870 plays
8 One Solitary Life
Each of these authors has a reputation as a reclusive character. Can you identify them from their works?
Average
10 Q
looney_tunes
Mar 12 12
777 plays
9 "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?
Average
10 Q
PDAZ
Jul 08 10
828 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?
Average
10 Q
beergirllaura
Oct 10 11
453 plays
11 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.
Average
10 Q
dcpddc478
Dec 31 13
444 plays
12 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...
Average
10 Q
reedy
Jul 22 12
723 plays
13 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
13113 plays
14 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.
Average
10 Q
skylarb
Sep 21 08
3255 plays
15 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.
Difficult
25 Q
skylarb
Feb 07 03
2433 plays
16 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
783 plays
17 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.
Average
10 Q
darksplash
Mar 28 09
900 plays
18 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!
Average
10 Q
shuehorn
Nov 14 11
534 plays
19 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
636 plays
20 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
510 plays
21 Chronicles
Chronicles: Accounts, biographies, reports, histories and papers. Here's a look at fiction writers who have turned their hands to non-fiction chronicles.
Average
10 Q
pollucci19
May 18 12
285 plays
22 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
543 plays
23 Less Than the Best
Many authors are well-known for one or two of their works, but have written many others that are not as well-known or well-liked, fairly or unfairly. Let's see how many of these lesser works you can match with their authors.
Average
10 Q
shuehorn
Jun 22 12
435 plays
24 Good Start
Here are the the first lines of well-known books. Would they make you want to continue reading, and do you know what they are? All multiple choice.
Average
10 Q
fringe
Aug 18 02
4608 plays
25 Authors Behind Bars
All of these famous authors were imprisoned at some time during their lives. Can you identify them?
Average
10 Q
fringe
Sep 03 02
2124 plays
26 My Favorite Authors
Each of these multiple-choice questions has to do with one or more of my favorite authors. Have fun!
Tough
25 Q
robynraymer
Sep 10 02
2787 plays
27 One Book Wonders & Second Time Hits
As a companion to 'One Book Wonders & Second Time Flops', this quiz is about three more greats who never wrote a second novel, and seven others whose second efforts were better than their first.
Average
10 Q
darksplash
Apr 03 09
849 plays
28 Literary Miscreants
These literary characters are among the most wretched you will ever run across.
Average
10 Q
Booklover17
Mar 30 11
534 plays
29 Literary First Efforts
Every author's first published book is special. How much do you know about ten famous authors and/or their first books?
Tough
10 Q
MotherGoose
Aug 23 03
2061 plays
30 Tea With Tolkien
Have you ever wondered what it would be like share a cup of tea with the following writers? See if you can figure out who they are. The hints should help (all are British).
Very Easy
10 Q
nmerr
Mar 25 12
699 plays
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