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Literature Word Play Trivia and Quizzes

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These quizzes invite you to play games with your literary knowledge - can you recognise a title which has been paraphrased, or identify the story to which a hypothetical newspaper headline refers? All these, and more, lie within.   

There are 51 quizzes and 570 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  Literary Drop-a-Letter Editor choice cool 20 questions
Tough, 20 Qns, adams627, May 18 09

This quiz was inspired by a crossword puzzle I once did. The author of a book or play is given, followed by a cryptic-like clue or definition. That description refers to the title of the work, minus one letter. More instructions given in number 1.
Tough
adams627
May 18 09
2127 plays
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match quiz  Make Lovecraft, Not Waugh Editor choice cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, pagea, Aug 25 17

Each definition on the left hand side is a clue to an author's surname. All you need to do is match that author to one of their better known works. Warning! Some of the words (e.g. 'war' and 'Waugh') are homophones. Good luck!
Easy
pagea gold member
Aug 25 17
510 plays
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trivia quiz  A Novel Approach To Novels Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, shorthumbz, Jul 19 13

"Literick:" Use of a low-level literary form to describe a (theoretically) higher-level one. Can you guess the novels described by these litericks? Thanks to logcrawler for the Author Challenge!
Average
shorthumbz gold member
Jul 19 13
2913 plays
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trivia quiz  The Geek Interpreter Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Feb 21 12

So you are a geek and don't speak any normal language any more? Well, don't worry - I have put some well-known literary works into computer code for you! (No actual programming skills required - just look at keywords distributed in the code)
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WesleyCrusher editor
Feb 21 12
5268 plays
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trivia quiz  The Velveteen Rarebit Editor choice cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, candy-pop, Aug 08 15

In this quiz each question refers to the title of a famous novel in which one of the words has been substituted for something edible by changing a letter in one of the original words. The clues in the questions should help you! Bon appetit!
Tough
candy-pop
Aug 08 15
456 plays
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trivia quiz  Loony Literary Limericks Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, jeremyb, Mar 28 06

Identify the author or literary character from these limericks. The harder examples will be multiple choice.
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jeremyb
Mar 28 06
7989 plays
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trivia quiz  Twit Lit Editor choice 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Tchochkekop, Nov 10 09

On Twitter, tweets are limited to 140 characters. What would have happened to great literature if Twitter had always been around? Wonder no more as you try to figure out what's being tweeted below. ("Great" is at the discretion of the quiz writer.)
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Tchochkekop
Nov 10 09
2484 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary Change-A-Letter cool 25 questions
Average, 25 Qns, adams627, Jul 21 09

This quiz is a follow-up to my original "Literary Drop-a-Letter". I'll give you the author of a work, a letter of the alphabet, and a clue. Change one letter of the work into the given letter to form an answer that corresponds with the given clue.
Average
adams627
Jul 21 09
624 plays
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photo quiz  Books -- In Other Words (With Help!) cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jul 04 12

Sometimes, it's hard to wrap one's mind around a difficult Brain Teaser. For this quiz, you'll need to determine some book titles...in other words...and I'll give you a little help. Maybe the picture will give a hint-- or not. Good luck!
Tough
kyleisalive editor
Jul 04 12
2505 plays
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match quiz  Literary Corruptions cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jun 29 16

These two word book titles have been corrupted and it is up to you to match them together. For example, "Anna Copperfield" would match with "David Karenina". Good luck!
Easy
Plodd
Jun 29 16
975 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary Haiku cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, ensiform, Jul 02 07

Can you guess the famous work from the haiku given? I bet you can!
Average
ensiform
Jul 02 07
2628 plays
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trivia quiz  I'm Entitled to This No 2 cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Sep 02 12

Can you figure you these well known fairy stories, plays or novels by their sensational newspaper headlines? Have fun.
Easy
Creedy gold member
Sep 02 12
2052 plays
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trivia quiz  Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Sep 14 15

The titles of ten well known Agatha Christie novels have been rephrased. Can you figure out the original title? *No Spoilers*
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zorba_scank gold member
Sep 14 15
411 plays
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trivia quiz  It's Time For A Change cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, Jan 31 13

Would some books have been so popular if their titles were different? Well, here are some titles that could have been used instead of the published ones.
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Christinap
Jan 31 13
717 plays
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trivia quiz  Orangutans Are Not the Only Fruit cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, candy-pop, Feb 24 18

In this quiz I will ask you to identify the titles of ten novels in which one of the words in the title has been altered, by changing, dropping or adding one letter, to form an animal-themed word. Beast of duck!
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candy-pop
Feb 24 18
141 plays
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match quiz  A Waugh of Words cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, pagea, Apr 01 18

Each definition on the left hand side is a clue to an author's surname. All you need to do is match that author to one of their better known works. Warning! Some of the words (e.g. 'war' and 'Waugh') are homophones. Good luck!
Easy
pagea gold member
Apr 01 18
282 plays
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match quiz  Author Rebus and Match Two cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Midget40, Feb 11 18

Each question has two or more word definitions. Just join the answers together to come up with the last name of an author (some answers are literal and others phonetic) and then match them with their first names.
Very Easy
Midget40 gold member
Feb 11 18
480 plays
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trivia quiz  Mary Stewart Novels - In Other Words cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jan 25 16

The titles of these Mary Stewart novels have been rephrased. Can you figure out the original names? *No Spoilers*
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zorba_scank gold member
Jan 25 16
105 plays
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match quiz  Author Rebus and Match 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Midget40, Feb 10 18

Each question has two or more word definitions. Just join the answers together to come up with the last name of an author (some answers are literal and others phonetic) and then match them with their first names.
Very Easy
Midget40 gold member
Feb 10 18
552 plays
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trivia quiz  Finding Mr Right 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Plodd, Nov 10 12

Look for the clue in each sentence to unscramble these heroic characters taken from the literary world. For example; RUNNY FIB HECKLER = Huckleberry Finn.
Average
Plodd
Nov 10 12
330 plays
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trivia quiz  Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words #2 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Sep 18 15

Ten more rephrased Christie titles for you to figure out. *No Spoilers*
Average
zorba_scank gold member
Sep 18 15
423 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary Mergers 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, susanjacosta, May 03 07

Name the merged title from the description of two literary works with a word or words in common. Example, "Gone with the Wind in the Willows." "A," "An" or "The" at the beginning of any title is omitted.
Tough
susanjacosta
May 03 07
879 plays
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trivia quiz  The Weirdest Bookshop In The World 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, sectant, Jan 30 16

Fun and games in a surreal shop called "I Hate Books", owned by a man with a daffodil strapped to his head and who's altered well known plots, titles and authors' names. Name his version of the titles from the clues provided.
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sectant
Jan 30 16
333 plays
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trivia quiz  Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words #3 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Sep 23 15

Ten more Agatha Christie book titles have been rephrased for you to figure out in the final quiz in this series.
Average
zorba_scank gold member
Sep 23 15
354 plays
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trivia quiz  I'm Entitled to This 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jun 24 10

Can you find the correct names for the following well known works in the rewording of their titles?
Average
Creedy gold member
Jun 24 10
1020 plays
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trivia quiz  The Old Man and the Sea Quells 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Chavs, Aug 03 13

Add, change, or drop a letter from the book title 'The Old Man and the Sea' to discover the unwritten sequels that Hemingway might have written in a parallel universe. All questions are fill in the blank.
Easy
Chavs gold member
Aug 03 13
405 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary Skeletons II 25 questions
Average, 25 Qns, alaspooryoric, Mar 09 13

Insert the missing vowels to complete the names of these classical and celebrated writers. For example, SHKSPR would be "Shakespeare". The letter "Y" has also been removed from names when it's used as a vowel.
Average
alaspooryoric gold member
Mar 09 13
543 plays
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trivia quiz  Shakespeare in Other Words 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Feb 25 13

Ten questions from Shakespeare's plays, the titles of which are in other words. Can you give me the words I need from those titles?
Easy
Creedy gold member
Feb 25 13
1122 plays
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trivia quiz  Disturbed Authors 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 28 17

These authors are disturbed! Their last names have lost their consonants. If you can't help, they might have to find another occupation! Can you insert the missing consonants using the hints given?
Easy
ponycargirl editor
Apr 28 17
1122 plays
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match quiz  Poet Rebus and Match Three 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Midget40, Apr 05 18

Each question has two or more word definitions. Just join the answers together to come up with the last name of a poet (some answers are literal and others phonetic) and then match them with their first names.
Average
Midget40 gold member
Apr 05 18
321 plays
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