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Quiz about Authors also Known as
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Authors, also Known as .... Trivia Quiz


Famous authors, less famously known as......
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author Ruma

A multiple-choice quiz by spanishliz. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
spanishliz
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
16,376
Updated
May 25 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Elizabeth Peters, creator of the Victorian Egyptologist and feminist, Amelia Peabody, has delighted readers with her exploits. Along with her husband, the brilliant but irascible Radcliffe Emerson, and her extraordinary son, Ramses, she has solved many mysteries, and been the bete noir of many an antique thief and grave robber. Peters has also written thrillers with her inimitable touch of class under which name? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Who doesn't know Agatha Christie? Her books featuring detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tuppence and Tommy Beresford and Harley Quin, are famous. She also tried her hand at gothic romances under which nom de plume? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ed McBain wrote the gripping series of police detective novels about the detectives of the fictional 87th precinct, and others about Matthew Hope. Few people know that he is also the writer with which of these names? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Stephen King is the Master of Suspense and Horror. His books include "The Shining", "The Dead Zone" and "Salem's Lot" to mention just a few. But he has also written under pen names. Which pen name is the one he has used for works such as "The Long Walk"?

Answer: (First and last name or last name only)
Question 5 of 10
5. Victoria Holt is famous with gothic romance fans. Her well-known novels include "Bride of Pendorric", "On the Night of the Seventh Moon", and "Shadow of the Lynx". She also wrote novels based on the lives of famous kings and queens, using which pen name? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. J. K. Rowling became well-known to youngsters and adults alike with the publication of the series of "Harry Potter" novels, and various associated books, beginning in the 1990s. When embarking on a series of crime novels featuring the character Cormoran Strike, what pen name did Rowling choose? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Moviegoers are familiar with the name Michael Crichton because of his association with such works as "Jurassic Park" and other science-fiction and medical thrillers, such as "The Andromeda Strain". Less well known are his murder mystery thrillers, such as "Odds On" (his first novel), written under which pseudonym? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Nora Roberts was already well-established as the author of popular romance novels, when her fans discovered that she had also penned the "In Death" series of novels under a different name. What was that name? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. British author Douglas Reeman wrote many novels about the Second World War under that name, as well as a series about the Blackwood family and the Royal Marines. He also wrote a series about Richard Bolitho, an officer in the Royal Navy fighting Napoleon, using what pen name? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Isaac Asimov is probably one of the most famous authors of science fiction, ever. He it was who set out the "three laws of robotics" in a 1942 short story, and wrote close to 500 books. Under what name did he write six novels of juvenile science fiction, known as the "Lucky Starr" series? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Elizabeth Peters, creator of the Victorian Egyptologist and feminist, Amelia Peabody, has delighted readers with her exploits. Along with her husband, the brilliant but irascible Radcliffe Emerson, and her extraordinary son, Ramses, she has solved many mysteries, and been the bete noir of many an antique thief and grave robber. Peters has also written thrillers with her inimitable touch of class under which name?

Answer: Barbara Michaels

As Barbara Michaels, she has written "The Crying Child", "Prince of Darkness" and "House of Many Shadows". As Peters, her books include,"Crocodile in the Sandbank","The Hippopotamus Pool", and "The Curse of the Pharaohs" to mention a few.

Both Peters and Michaels are pen names of Dr Barbara Mertz, PhD (1927-2013) under which name she wrote more scholarly works in her field of Egyptology.
2. Who doesn't know Agatha Christie? Her books featuring detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tuppence and Tommy Beresford and Harley Quin, are famous. She also tried her hand at gothic romances under which nom de plume?

Answer: Mary Westmacott

Mary Westmacott's books include "Unfinished Portrait", "The Rose and the Yew Tree" and "A Daughter's Daughter". She didn't achieve an iota of Agatha Christie's fame, by comparison.
3. Ed McBain wrote the gripping series of police detective novels about the detectives of the fictional 87th precinct, and others about Matthew Hope. Few people know that he is also the writer with which of these names?

Answer: Evan Hunter

Born Salvatore Lombino (1926-2005), he legally took the name Evan Hunter in 1952, and wrote novels such as "Fate Is the Hunter" and "The Blackboard Jungle" under that name. As Hunter, he was also a successful screenwriter. Ed McBain was the most famous of his many pseudonyms.
4. Stephen King is the Master of Suspense and Horror. His books include "The Shining", "The Dead Zone" and "Salem's Lot" to mention just a few. But he has also written under pen names. Which pen name is the one he has used for works such as "The Long Walk"?

Answer: Richard Bachman

The Bachman books include "The Long Walk", "Rage", and "The Running Man". These three, at least, focus more on the horrors men can inflict on other men and less on the supernatural. Stephen King originally started using the Bachman name because his publishers didn't want to flood the market with King novels, and also to see how well they would do without being publicized as much as those published under his own name were.
5. Victoria Holt is famous with gothic romance fans. Her well-known novels include "Bride of Pendorric", "On the Night of the Seventh Moon", and "Shadow of the Lynx". She also wrote novels based on the lives of famous kings and queens, using which pen name?

Answer: Jean Plaidy

The Jean Plaidy books include "Rose without a Thorn", "The Shadow of the Pomegranate", and "Royal Road to Fotheringhay". She was especially fond of the Tudor and Stuart rulers. She was born Eleanor Burford (1906-1993) and also wrote under that name and several other pen names, depending on her subject matter.
6. J. K. Rowling became well-known to youngsters and adults alike with the publication of the series of "Harry Potter" novels, and various associated books, beginning in the 1990s. When embarking on a series of crime novels featuring the character Cormoran Strike, what pen name did Rowling choose?

Answer: Robert Galbraith

The first mystery featuring private investigator Cormoran Strike was "The Cuckoo's Calling" (2013) and it has been followed by several others in the series. Robert Galbraith, though entirely made up, was given a military background in the author's bio, though it soon was leaked that Galbraith was actually Rowling.

Her real name is Joanne Rowling -- J.K. Rowling was used at the suggestion of her publishers. She chose K. as her second initial to honour her grandmother, Kathleen Rowling.
7. Moviegoers are familiar with the name Michael Crichton because of his association with such works as "Jurassic Park" and other science-fiction and medical thrillers, such as "The Andromeda Strain". Less well known are his murder mystery thrillers, such as "Odds On" (his first novel), written under which pseudonym?

Answer: John Lange

John Michael Crichton (1942-2008) published several novels as John Lange, and one as Jeffrey Hudson, in the 1960s, before the 1969 publication of his first as Michael Crichton, "The Andromeda Strain" in 1969. Some of the Lange novels have been republished in the early 2000s, with authorship given as "Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange".
8. Nora Roberts was already well-established as the author of popular romance novels, when her fans discovered that she had also penned the "In Death" series of novels under a different name. What was that name?

Answer: J. D. Robb

Described as "futuristic suspense" novels, the "In Death" series includes titles such as "Naked in Death" (1995), "Glory in Death" (1995) and "Forgotten in Death" (2021). What was first meant to be a trilogy following New York detective lieutenant Eve Dallas was so popular that the last named title above was the 53rd in the series.

As Nora Roberts, her novels have included such titles as her very first romance, "Irish Thoroughbred" (1981), and "Vision in White" (2009), the first in the "Bride Quartet".
9. British author Douglas Reeman wrote many novels about the Second World War under that name, as well as a series about the Blackwood family and the Royal Marines. He also wrote a series about Richard Bolitho, an officer in the Royal Navy fighting Napoleon, using what pen name?

Answer: Alexander Kent

Douglas Reeman (1924-2017) served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War and again in Korea, starting as a 16-year-old Midshipman and ending up a Lieutenant Commander in the reserve. He came by his knowledge of things naval the hard way! His first novel, "A Prayer for the Ship" was published in 1958. He chose the name Alexander Kent for his Napoleonic War novels to honour a friend and fellow officer who was killed in WWII. The first of these, "Richard Bolitho, Midshipman" was published in 1975.
10. Isaac Asimov is probably one of the most famous authors of science fiction, ever. He it was who set out the "three laws of robotics" in a 1942 short story, and wrote close to 500 books. Under what name did he write six novels of juvenile science fiction, known as the "Lucky Starr" series?

Answer: Paul French

Published in 1952, the first book in the series was called "David Starr, Space Ranger", but the subsequent five titles all began "Lucky Starr and the...." which was deemed a more exciting name for the hero. The inclusion of the laws of robotics in the plotlines made it quite easy for fans to realise who the real author was. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was not only a science fiction author, he was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University.

The "Foundation" series is among his best known works.
Source: Author spanishliz

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