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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 37 quizzes and 425 trivia questions in this category.
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Literary Drop-a-Letter

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 (20 qns)
2037 plays
A Novel Approach To Novels

"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 (10 qns)
2616 plays
The Geek Interpreter

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)
Average (10 qns)
5028 plays
The Velveteen Rarebit

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 (10 qns)
405 plays
Loony Literary Limericks

Identify the author or literary character from these limericks. The harder examples will be multiple choice.
Average (10 qns)
7878 plays
Twit Lit

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.)
Average (10 qns)
2361 plays
Literary Change-A-Letter

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.
Tough (25 qns)
573 plays
Books -- In Other Words (With Help!)

Sometimes, it's hard to wrap one's mind around a difficult Brain Teaser. For this quiz, you'll need to determine some book other words...and I'll give you a little help. Maybe the picture will give a hint-- or not. Good luck!
Tough (10 qns)
2436 plays
Literary Corruptions

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 (10 qns)
Jun 29 16
810 plays
Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words

The titles of ten well known Agatha Christie novels have been rephrased. Can you figure out the original title? *No Spoilers*
Average (10 qns)
306 plays
Literary Haiku

Can you guess the famous work from the haiku given? I bet you can!
Average (10 qns)
2565 plays
I'm Entitled to This No 2

Can you figure you these well known fairy stories, plays or novels by their sensational newspaper headlines? Have fun.
Easy (10 qns)
1827 plays
It's Time For A Change

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.
Average (10 qns)
675 plays
Literary Mergers

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 (10 qns)
858 plays
Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words #2

Ten more rephrased Christie titles for you to figure out. *No Spoilers*
Average (10 qns)
339 plays
I'm Entitled to This

Can you find the correct names for the following well known works in the rewording of their titles?
Average (10 qns)
876 plays
Finding Mr Right

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 (10 qns)
315 plays
The Old Man and the Sea Quells

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 (10 qns)
381 plays
Agatha Christie Titles - In Other Words #3

Ten more Agatha Christie book titles have been rephrased for you to figure out in the final quiz in this series.
Average (10 qns)
258 plays
Mary Stewart Novels - In Other Words

The titles of these Mary Stewart novels have been rephrased. Can you figure out the original names? *No Spoilers*
Average (10 qns)
96 plays
Shakespeare in Other Words

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 (10 qns)
1074 plays
The Weirdest Bookshop In The World

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.
Average (10 qns)
315 plays
Literary Skeletons II

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 (25 qns)
516 plays
Wordwise Books

This game is like the typical Wordwise; however, the answers are all titles of books. The "question" will be a rebus that playfully suggests a title of a book. For example, THE MADDING CROWD----------FAR would be "Far from the Madding Crowd" by Hardy.
Average (10 qns)
333 plays
Literary Skeletons

Insert the missing vowels to complete these one-word titles of famous literary classics. The letter "y" has also been removed from titles when it is being used as a vowel. For example, PGMLN would be "Pygmalion".
Average (25 qns)
546 plays
Alternative Novels

Ten cryptic clues to the titles of ten well known novels; let's see how many you can figure out. Good luck.
Tough (10 qns)
387 plays
In Other Words

Interpret these book titles and figure out which author is the originator. Some old, some new. Enjoy!
Average (10 qns)
621 plays
Professorjon's Assault on Literature

In this quiz I present the ending of famous works of literature. All you have to do is to name the work or the author. There is one catch. I made a few changes to the ending of each piece of literature.
Average (10 qns)
2451 plays
Imaginary Creatures

These fractured books all have an imaginary creature in the title.
Average (10 qns)
3324 plays
Add a Letter - Shakespearean Characters

By adding a letter to another word and anagramming, you get the name of a Shakespearean character.
Tough (10 qns)
171 plays
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