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Famous first lines, famous last lines, and memorable quotes from in between - you'll find them all here. Can you identify the book from which each came, or name the character who said it?
97 quizzes and 1,358 trivia questions.
Truth Be Quoted
  Truth Be Quoted   great trivia quiz  
Photo Match
 10 Qns
Truth: we can have kernels, nuggets or rings of it and we can blow it, bend it or stretch it. We can be economical with it or we can cross our heart and swear to tell it. These ten authors all made quotes about it. Just match up who said what.
Average, 10 Qns, Midget40, Dec 13 23
Midget40 gold member
Dec 13 23
208 plays
  It's What My Publicist Told Me to Say!   popular trivia quiz  
Classification Quiz
 12 Qns
Join Phoenix Rising as we identify the correct author of a dozen quotes. Some are well-known, while others are more obscure. However, a good understanding of each author's style should aid in quote attribution. Enjoy!
Average, 12 Qns, BigTriviaDawg, Jan 25 24
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
BigTriviaDawg gold member
Jan 25 24
199 plays
  Literary Lapses   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The original author of this quiz experienced a lapse of attention while finishing the quotes she was using for this quiz. As the quiz taker, you must finish the quote by finding the correct word.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Nov 28 23
Very Easy
pennie1478 gold member
Nov 28 23
590 plays
  Heartbreak Hotel   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello, and welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel! Join me as I walk you through our ten floors of heartbreak, sadness, unhappiness and love, and be warned, our guests may break your heart... Anyway, enjoy your stay!
Easier, 10 Qns, Lpez, Aug 19 23
Aug 19 23
1634 plays
  Don't Quote Me!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Don't quote me, I'm quoting them. Can you identify the literary figure who made these statements, or about whom they were made?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jul 24 18
looney_tunes editor
Jul 24 18
2361 plays
  Name The Work    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz was published in 2005. I made it into a 50/50 quiz: you only have to decide between two choices. I'll give you a line from a work of literature and you pick the correct one from which it came. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, CmdrK, Feb 08 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
CmdrK gold member
Feb 08 22
466 plays
  Sighs Matters   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A sigh; an audible exhalation of breath which might signify impatience, exasperation, delight, admiration or surprise depending on circumstance. A look at how the sigh has been interpreted by some literary greats.
Average, 10 Qns, mutchisman, Jan 04 23
Jan 04 23
676 plays
  The WRITE Advice   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about quotes from known authors, on writing.
Easier, 10 Qns, Allison03, Oct 21 16
829 plays
  Literature Quotes   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From various well known works of literature, select either the book, play or character from which the following quotes are taken.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 31 18
Creedy gold member
May 31 18
1610 plays
  Did They Say That?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are some common misquotations. Can you pick out the correct versions?
Average, 10 Qns, jamesf, Apr 19 08
2400 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Which 19th century author anglicised the title of More's 'Utopia' (literally no-where) but did so by creating an anagram?

From Quiz "Literary Labels And Terminology."

  Biggest Overstatement EVER!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a collection of literary overstatements for your review. Can you supply the answers required?
Average, 10 Qns, suomy, May 06 13
606 plays
  Not Famous First Lines, But...   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are many, many first lines in novels that have become so classic that, just by the opening sentence, we can tell which book it is. This asks about the less famous, second lines of novels and plays. Possible spoilers in answers.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, rosieloo, May 03 07
Very Difficult
1237 plays
  What I Said Was...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There's no better way to sound smart than by dropping a perfectly timed quote but make sure you get it right!
Average, 10 Qns, sally0malley, Jun 01 14
sally0malley gold member
876 plays
  Fiction: Stand-out Passages   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These sections are ones people pull out of books and put in exams (or quizzes like this). They are key moments of the action. See if you can visualize the scene, names of characters, and then name the book these famous passage come from.
Tough, 10 Qns, windswept, Jun 04 09
windswept gold member
772 plays
  What Do I Quote?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I've picked ten books from my shelf, and I'm going to give you a quote from each. It's your turn to tell me where the quote ist from. I tried to pick famous books or classics, but my stock of English books is limited to about 25....
Average, 10 Qns, PearlQ19, Sep 01 15
PearlQ19 gold member
1435 plays
  Famous Lines from Literature    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For each question, a well-known excerpt will be given from a work of literature. Your job is to figure out the real name of the person who wrote it (not the penname), using the text given and perhaps the names of characters that are mentioned.
Tough, 10 Qns, quotidiantrivia, Apr 05 12
2987 plays
  Right or Wrong: A Literary Perspective    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What is right and what is wrong has been pondered upon by religious figures, politicians, lawmakers and philosophers since time immemorial. This quiz deals with what some notable literary figures had to say on this topic.
Average, 10 Qns, renboyski, Feb 14 16
renboyski gold member
378 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
To yield or not to yield, that is the question. Yield can mean to reward, render, surrender and even produce. Here are some quotes which explore the pros and cons of this multi-faceted word!
Average, 10 Qns, sally0malley, Nov 02 16
sally0malley gold member
334 plays
  How Tough is Your Modern Lit Mettle?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Think your knowledge of 20th-century classics is up to snuff? To see, simply read the quote I have provided and select the novel from which it was extracted among the possible answers below. Good Luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, sillygirl219, May 04 19
May 04 19
450 plays
  Dedicated To Whom?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most books have a dedication page. See if you can determine what book contains or author wrote the following dedications.
Difficult, 10 Qns, maskman22, Feb 07 14
360 plays
  What Do I Quote Vol. 3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Having enlarged my English library by quite a number of books, I'm back with another "What Do I Quote" quiz. Identify the book the given quote is from. Good luck! I've tried to avoid spoilers, but you never know, so watch out.
Difficult, 10 Qns, PearlQ19, Nov 25 07
PearlQ19 gold member
318 plays
  Book Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on various quotes from various books. I give you the quote and you tell me the book it is in. This quiz is dedicated to FunTrivia player Emma-Jane, who was the inspiration behind this quiz. Good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, dadbubby, Oct 29 15
1035 plays
  Contemporaries - Quotations - 3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Number 3 in a series of Contemporaries quizzes (from an idea suggested by uglybird) this features quotations from Aphra Behn, John Dryden, Andrew Marvell & Samuel Pepys, taken from the "Penguin Dictionary of Quotations" by J.M and M.J. Cohen.
Tough, 10 Qns, mnbates, Aug 27 05
255 plays
  Mixed Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are quotes from widely known plays and poems. The quotes are intended to represent particularly dramatic, amusing or poignant language.
Difficult, 10 Qns, john62450, Mar 02 14
john62450 gold member
468 plays
  What Do I Quote Part 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Having enlarged my stock of English books, I'm now able to pick another ten books from my shelf to give you quotes from. Enjoy unriddling this riddle... Quiz might contain spoilers.
Tough, 10 Qns, PearlQ19, Mar 27 19
PearlQ19 gold member
Mar 27 19
341 plays
  Contemporaries - Quotations - 1    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
All these quotations are from either Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe or William Shakespeare and can be confirmed in the "Penguin Dictionary of Quotations", 2001. This quiz was inspired by uglybird's quizzes.
Tough, 15 Qns, mnbates, Jul 20 05
301 plays
  Contemporaries - Quotations - 2    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Number 2 in a series of Contemporaries quizzes (from an idea suggested by uglybird) this features quotations from Donne, Shakespeare, Sidney and Spenser. The quotations are from the "Penguin Dictionary of Quotations" by J.M and M.J. Cohen (2001)
Tough, 10 Qns, mnbates, Apr 26 15
273 plays
  Contemporaries - Quotations - 4    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Number 4 in a series of Contemporaries quizzes (from an idea suggested by uglybird) this features quotations from Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Sir Walter Scott and William Thackeray taken from the "Penguin Dictionary of Quotations" by J.M and M.J. Cohen.
Tough, 10 Qns, mnbates, Dec 22 22
Dec 22 22
335 plays
  Literary Anecdotes And Small Talk    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Anecdotes and what the French call 'petite histoire' may not be among the fundamentals of literature, but it is often a nice side-aspect.The questions of this quiz concern some such small talk.
Difficult, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Dec 20 14
582 plays
  Quotes From Great Fiction Novels    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sometimes characters say something and it just sticks with you so this is a small collection of quotes from some of my favourite books. Can you guess the correct book from the quote? There are lots of different genres here so good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, Phoenix101, Jan 01 21
Jan 01 21
839 plays
  Literary Lines    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a look at some memorable literary lines - placed in context.
Difficult, 10 Qns, robert362, Jan 03 03
1240 plays
  Memorable Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I've provided some quotes that are interesting. Your task is to identify the author of the quote or the work from which it comes.
Difficult, 10 Qns, robert362, Jul 08 10
1569 plays
  Authors and Their Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are some of the best lines I've collected over the years. See if you know which great author said them. But if you don't, maybe this will spark some interest.
Difficult, 10 Qns, sr337, Jan 29 02
982 plays
  Popular Literature Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz over certain quotes from popular literature: that is works by authors such as Dean Koontz, John Grisham, etc. Some of the quotes are easy, some are obscure. Have fun!
Difficult, 10 Qns, ItalianEyes, Jan 14 04
363 plays
  Up is in the Title    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are going to be questions with the word "up" in the title and/or within words of the titles.
Tough, 10 Qns, Nammage, Jun 19 15
Nammage gold member
336 plays
  Lines from Books    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hi! In this quiz, I will give different line(s) of a book or novel... You give me the name of the novel or book. Easy enough, right? (Hint: the last five quotes will be from the books in the first five.)
Difficult, 10 Qns, Jewelz2003, Jun 16 10
672 plays

Literary Terms & Quotes Trivia Questions

1. Leo Tolstoy wrote: "Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it." In which book does this quote appear?

From Quiz
Right or Wrong: A Literary Perspective

Answer: A Confession

Although all the novels listed above were written by Russian writers, only "A Confession" was penned by Leo Tolstoy, and originally published in 1882. The book was written when Tolstoy was going through a mid-life crisis, tackling the biggest question of them all: the meaning of life.

2. Which "wildly" popular author penned, "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it"?

From Quiz Yield!

Answer: Oscar Wilde

The quote continues, "Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful." It is spoken by the character Lord Henry to Dorian Grey in "The Portrait of Dorian Grey", the story of a beautiful, innocent young man's seduction, moral corruption, and eventual downfall. Lord Henry is suggesting that even Dorian's pure, innocent young life is secretly full of hidden, shameful desires. Wilde stated three of the characters were reflections of himself, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am, Lord Henry is what the world thinks me, Dorian is what I would like to be - in other ages, perhaps."

3. In which narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is a line often misquoted as "Theirs is but to do or die"?

From Quiz What I Said Was...

Answer: The Charge of the Light Brigade

The correct line from is "Theirs but to do AND die". "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is narrative poem about the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War, written in 1854. The poem tells the story of a brigade consisting of 600 soldiers who rode on horseback into the "valley of death". They were obeying a command to charge the enemy forces even though the soldiers realized that their commander had made a terrible mistake.

4. Which Shakespearean character/creature lamented: "...when I waked, I cried to dream again."?

From Quiz Mixed Quotes

Answer: Caliban in "The Tempest"

Caliban was controlled by Prospero through magic, after Caliban attempted to rape Miranda, Prospero's daughter. This quote comes from Act 3, Scene 2. In this scene Caliban complains that Prospero is a tyrant and has stolen the island from him.

5. At the end of his career, Albert Pierrepoint wrote in his autobiography; "To Anne, my wife, who in forty years never asked a question. I dedicate this book with grateful thanks for her loyalty and discretion." What was his occupation?

From Quiz Dedicated To Whom?

Answer: Great Britain's last executioner.

Albert Pierrepoint wrote the book, "Executioner: Pierrepoint" in 1971. He was Great Britain's last executioner. Pierrepoint (March 30, 1905 to July 20, 1992) was a member of the family that included three of the United Kingdom's official hangmen. It has been reported that from 1932 to 1956 he put a noose around the neck of some 433 men and 17 women. Included in this list were about 200 Nazi war criminals, after World War II. The total number of executions is thought to be closer to 608 people. He never revealed the total.

6. From Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice": "All that glitters is not gold." But what did Shakespeare really write?

From Quiz Did They Say That?

Answer: All that glisters is not gold.

From "The Merchant of Venice", Act 2.

7. Who wrote "What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle?"

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 4

Answer: William Thackeray

From 'The Four Georges' (1855) by W M Thackeray this is from "George the Third". I always think of this with the first lines of 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen.

8. Who opined "Faith sir,we are here today, and gone tomorrow." ?

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 3

Answer: Aphra Behn

From "The Lucky Chance" IV (c. 1686) by Aphra Behn (1640-1689) who was a remarkable woman. She had been a copyist and a spy and had travelled to Suriname (around 1663). Much of the detail of her life is disputed, among several scholars, but what can be stated is that she was the first professional female dramatist, novelist and poet. She was not the first professional female writer as women had been writing cookery and religious books and even scientific and medical texts for hundreds of years.

9. Who wrote the memorable line "Come live with me and be my love. And we will some new pleasures prove"? (A parody)

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 2

Answer: John Donne

From "The Bait" by John Donne (1571-1631). Although published in 1633 it was probably written in the lat 1590s. It is a parody of "The Passionate Shepherd" by Marlowe, as is "The Nymph's Reply" by Sir Walter Raleigh.

10. From which playwright(s) does this quotation come? "All your better deeds/shall be in water writ, but this in marble".

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 1

Answer: Beamont and Fletcher

This is from "Philaster" Act V Scene III by Francis Beaumont(1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625) who collaborated with Shakespeare on several plays."Philaster" was first performed in 1608.

11. "That's right, Mud Boy. Playtime's over. Time for the professionals to take over. If you're a good boy, I'll buy you a lollipop when I come back."

From Quiz Book Quotes

Answer: Artemis Fowl

A very funny action book about very modern fairy tale creatures and a twelve-year old genius who tries to steal some gold. Written by Eoin Colfer.

12. "'We're filing a petition,' Roy corrected him. 'I don't know when the hearing will take place. But we'll ask for a quick one.'"

From Quiz Popular Literature Quotes

Answer: John Grisham's 'The Client'

This novel was made into a movie starring Susan Sarandon as Reggie Love, and a very young Brad Renfro as Mark Sway, the child who learned too much about the resting place of a certain senator's body. Tommy Lee Jones played Roy Foltrigg, the speaker of this quote.

13. The opening line to "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens is well-known, beginning with "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..." What words immediately follow?

From Quiz Literary Lines

Answer: It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness

The poem begins with the reference to best and worst, then goes to wisdom and foolishness, belief and incredulity, light and darkness, hope and despair - in that order.

14. When did John Donne write his famous lines: 'John Donne, Anne Donne, Undone.'?

From Quiz Literary Anecdotes And Small Talk

Answer: When his father-in-law rejected the marriage and dismissed the poet from the job he had with him

Donne lived from 1573(?) till 1631. He lost his political office as secretary to the Great Seal when he secretly married his boss's daughter. He and his wife had to move to a more modest house. He scratched the famous quotation of a windowpane of his new residence. Name of his boss: Sir George Moore.

15. 'Pride is being able to hold your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.' What book is this quote from?

From Quiz Quotes From Great Fiction Novels

Answer: 'The Power of One'

Written by Bryce Courtenay this follows the life of Peekay, a young boy in Africa, in the 1940's. Also made into a movie of the same name.

16. In what 20th century poem are these lines: "They have brought whores for Eleusis Corpses are set to banquet at behest of usura."?

From Quiz Mixed Quotes

Answer: Ezra Pound's "Canto XLV (With Usura)"

Ezra Pound lived with William Butler Yeats at Stone Cottage in Sussex during the winters of 1913 through 1916. Usury can be a criminal offense and is defined as charging a greater rate of interest than allowed by law. In the United States the lawful interest rate is established by each state.

17. "Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink." This is a frequent misquotation of Coleridge. What is the correct line?

From Quiz Did They Say That?

Answer: Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

This is from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". They are at sea, parched with thirst, and surrounded by seawater.

18. Who wrote "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"?

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 4

Answer: Jane Austen

From 'Pride and Prejudice' (1813) by Jane Austen. I always think of this with two quotations by William Thackeray one from 'The Four Georges' (about being "splendid and idle") one from 'Vanity Fair' (about a "woman with fair opportunities").

19. Who mourned "The grave's a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace." ?

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 3

Answer: Andrew Marvell

From "To His Coy Mistress" (c. 1649) by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)(and one of my favourite poems). He was a tutor, poet, satirist, politician and MP (from 1659, Hull). He also managed at the Restoration to save Milton's life by convincing Charles II's government not to execute him for anti-monarchical writings.

20. ;From whose sonnet is this "Bare ruin'd choirs where late the sweet birds sang"?

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 2

Answer: William Shakespeare

This is from "Sonnet 73" by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), probably written in the late 1590s. Incidentally, it is one of my favourite lines from the sonnets, as it epitomizes late autumn.

21. From which playwright(s) does this quotation come? "Fortune, that favours fools".

From Quiz Contemporaries - Quotations - 1

Answer: Ben Jonson

This is from "The Alchemist" (first performed c.1610) Prologue by Ben Jonson (1573 - 1637) which may also have been written with Shakespeare who acted in Jonson's first major success "Every Man in His Humour", 1597. Jonson seems to have been a 'Sid Ceasar' type character who associated with some of the best writers available.

22. "Tom, I've a notion to skin you alive!"

From Quiz Book Quotes

Answer: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain, real name Samuel Clemens, many regard this book as one of the greatest novels ever written.

23. "He had a big glass of milk propped in front of him. I couldn't help remembering back to when we were kids."

From Quiz Popular Literature Quotes

Answer: James Patterson's 'Four Blind Mice'

'Four Blind Mice' is one of several novels featuring Detective Alex Cross and his sidekick Sampson. The two men were friends since childhood, as described by the preceding quote.

24. Last line: "Aunt Sally wants to adopt me and make me live in a house and be civilized. I tried it before and I can't stand it!"

From Quiz Lines from Books

Answer: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain as a sequel to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", it is a coming of age story of a confused little boy. Mark Twain wrote a lot about life in the South during the Civil War era.

25. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

From Quiz Famous Lines from Literature

Answer: Charles Dickens

This is the opening line from Charles Dickens's famous work, "A Tale of Two Cities".

26. An American publisher, after having visited the residence of a famous poet in London, unintentionally spoke a line which when in print turned out to create an unexpected effect.The line was :'Was it _______'s toilet I saw?' Who was the poet?

From Quiz Literary Anecdotes And Small Talk

Answer: Eliot

A palindrome of course.

27. One can always be kind to people one cares nothing about.

From Quiz Authors and Their Words

Answer: Oscar Wilde

'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

28. 'I have always depended on the kindness of strangers'

From Quiz Memorable Quotes

Answer: Tennessee Williams

Familiar line from 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

29. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a ___." How did the first sentence of the novel "Pride and Prejudice" originally end?

From Quiz Literary Lapses

Answer: Wife

Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" was written in 1797 and published in 1813. The opening line of the novel quickly became one of the most recognizable lines in literature. It is the line that rules over the entirety of the book. Mrs. Bennett takes the line to heart as she tries to set each one of her marriageable daughters up with the first single and wealthy man of whom she learns. Ironically, Jane Austen remained single for her entire life.

30. What is the incorrect word in the misquote "but to my mind,-though I am native here and to the manor born-it is a custom more honour'd in the breach than the observance" and what should the word be?

From Quiz What I Said Was...

Answer: manor, manner

The correct quote is actually referring to drunken carousing! It's from Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Act 1 Scene 4.

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