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Each quiz in this category is about books with some kind of common link - they may be very long, or have one-word titles; they may be part of a series or be the only work of their author; they may use a particular word in their title; their authors may all have a common background. You get the idea.
162 quizzes and 2,268 trivia questions.
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1.
  Some Quirky Books I Have Known    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
In this quiz, we explore curious facts about one of my favorite subjects: books. The books that I chose for this quiz have unique characteristics, either for their content, format, or for the impact they had on their authors' lives.
Average, 10 Qns, masfon, Oct 07 23
Average
masfon gold member
Oct 07 23
256 plays
2.
  The Battle of the Books   best quiz  
Classification Quiz
 10 Qns
Books About War
Each of these ten books deals with war and its impact on the characters depicted therein. But can you match each one to the correct conflict?
Easier, 10 Qns, stedman, Apr 27 23
Easier
stedman editor
Apr 27 23
544 plays
3.
  That One Big Book   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Authors with only one novel
In this quiz you'll have to match each of these writers, some of which have had a prolific literary career, with the ONLY novel they wrote during their lifetime.
Easier, 10 Qns, Gispepfu, Apr 29 23
Easier
Gispepfu gold member
Apr 29 23
451 plays
4.
  That's Novel   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Books Within Books
How many novels are there out there that also feature books in them? Quite a few, actually! This quiz features only 10 of these--can you match the summary to the correct book title?
Easier, 10 Qns, lordprescott, Mar 10 23
Easier
lordprescott gold member
Mar 10 23
313 plays
5.
  The Top Shelf Collection   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Please join me in my censoring crusade, as I attempt to retell some of the great literary classics in ways that couldn't possibly offend anyone. I give you a summary of a censored classic, you name the book. Spoilers included!
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, Mar 28 15
Average
adams627
1573 plays
6.
  Connect Four Literature   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will list four items that have a literary connection. You simply identify what that connection is.
Average, 10 Qns, poeticliesense, Dec 23 16
Average
poeticliesense
4326 plays
7.
  Pass, Door, Word and Code   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Literature is an imaginative assemblage of words that follow their own code to pass through the door of the reader's perception. Let's explore a few examples.
Average, 10 Qns, gentlegiant17, Feb 26 23
Average
gentlegiant17
Feb 26 23
206 plays
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  Writing About Writers   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Have you noticed that a lot of book characters are writers? Here are ten of those characters. Can you match them to the book that they are featured in?
Average, 10 Qns, lordprescott, Jul 19 23
Average
lordprescott gold member
Jul 19 23
158 plays
9.
  Books for Crooks   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I assume authors don't write their books intended for criminals to read, or even worse, to copy. However, there have been several crimes related to literary works, which makes me think if these crooks thought those books were written for them. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, Lpez, Jul 27 22
Easier
Lpez gold member
Jul 27 22
923 plays
10.
  Word Smiths editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of these Smiths can be found in books - either as characters, or with their names stamped in gold leaf on the spine.
Average, 10 Qns, agony, Mar 28 15
Average
agony editor
3309 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Which book by Vladimir Nabokov was described by critics as "repulsive", "very literate pornography" and "dull, dull, dull"?

From Quiz "Negative Reviews of Literary Classics"




11.
  Genres    
Classification Quiz
 12 Qns
In your new job at the library, you have been tasked with organizing the recently returned books. After sorting crime, romance, Western, inspirational, and historical fiction, you are left with a handful of horror, fantasy, and science fiction books.
Average, 12 Qns, reedy, Jan 14 22
Average
reedy gold member
Jan 14 22
409 plays
12.
  Well-Read, Long-Dead   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a best-sellers quiz with a twist: the authors of each book in question have been dead for more than half a century. Works of non-fiction are not included.
Average, 10 Qns, lorance79, Dec 23 16
Average
lorance79
2739 plays
13.
  Match Nobel Laureates & Works    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match these winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature with one of their works.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, jcmttt, Oct 30 19
Very Easy
jcmttt gold member
Oct 30 19
716 plays
14.
  "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"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 Qns, PDAZ, Feb 25 22
Average
PDAZ gold member
Feb 25 22
1519 plays
15.
  Nemesis   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mark Twain famously described a classic book as "something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read". These books can be too long, too difficult or too tedious. Can you identify these classic books that are our literary nemeses?
Average, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Dec 23 16
Average
PDAZ gold member
1937 plays
16.
  Ten Books on my Bedside Table   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I have a stack of novels on my bedside table waiting for me. There is a link between each of the first nine books and the tenth. Taking the first letter of the answer to each of the first nine questions, discover the title of that tenth novel.
Average, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Sep 08 23
Average
MikeMaster99 gold member
Sep 08 23
716 plays
17.
  Speculative Fiction Books and Authors    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The category of speculative fiction includes fantasy, science fiction, horror and historical fiction (and more); things that don't exist in the real world. If I give you three book titles can you identify the author? Give it a try!
Average, 10 Qns, CmdrK, Jan 05 22
Average
CmdrK gold member
Jan 05 22
319 plays
18.
  A-Z of Alliterative Authors   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
High brow, low brow, or even no brows, this quiz doesn't discriminate. The only price of admission is an alliterative name. Good luck!
Average, 20 Qns, pagea, Jul 30 17
Average
pagea
Jul 30 17
623 plays
19.
  It's A Long Story   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many well-known books first appeared in serial form. These novels all took their earliest readers a long time to finish.
Easier, 10 Qns, dellastreet, Mar 28 15
Easier
dellastreet gold member
616 plays
20.
  Chronicles   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Chronicles: Accounts, biographies, reports, histories and papers. Here's a look at fiction writers who have turned their hands to non-fiction chronicles.
Easier, 10 Qns, pollucci19, May 18 12
Easier
pollucci19 gold member
669 plays
21.
  Books Within Books   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will morph into several fictitious authors, who appeared in famous books. You'll have to identify who wrote those books. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, noire, Dec 23 16
Average
noire
4289 plays
22.
  You are Tearing This Family Apart!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Conflict of one sort or another is essential to forwarding the plot of a story. Here we will examine the people and events that have torn ten families apart in a variety of different literary settings.
Average, 10 Qns, spanishliz, Dec 23 16
Average
spanishliz editor
2333 plays
23.
  Celebrities Can Read!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Well, at least the characters they play can read. These are books featured in movies or TV shows. No need to have seen the film or show though - the answers can be divined from the clues if you're familiar with the literature. (Contains spoilers!)
Average, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Mar 28 15
Average
PDAZ gold member
1137 plays
24.
  Courtney Love's Guide to Literature editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While rewriting a Hole lyrics quiz, I noticed that several of their songs contain literary references of various kinds. This quiz isn't about Hole, but about the books, poems and plays that inspired Courtney Love's songwriting.
Average, 10 Qns, Kankurette, Mar 13 22
Average
Kankurette gold member
Mar 13 22
208 plays
25.
  Literary Sneers, Snits and Scandals editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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 Qns, coolupway, May 27 19
Difficult
coolupway
May 27 19
3906 plays
26.
  What Do These Works Have in Common?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz with a very simple theme: all you have to do is choose what the three titles I give you have in common.
Average, 10 Qns, timence, Dec 23 16
Average
timence gold member
1175 plays
27.
  Tom, Dick and Harry in Literature   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
How much do you know about every Tom, Dick and Harry in this Literature quiz? There are five Toms, five Dicks and five Harrys in this quiz.
Average, 15 Qns, MotherGoose, May 07 22
Average
MotherGoose editor
May 07 22
1716 plays
28.
  I Also Wrote (Foreign Language Books)    
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
Match two works by the same author that were written in a language other than English. For instance, the Iliad would be matched with the Odyssey, both attributed to Homer.
Average, 15 Qns, SixShutouts66, Mar 26 21
Average
SixShutouts66 gold member
Mar 26 21
179 plays
29.
  Books for Cooks   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of our best known celebrity cooks have chosen their holiday reading. Lacking much literary knowledge, they have picked authors or characters which share their names. Note - no knowledge of cookery (or even cooks) is needed.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Dec 23 16
Average
rossian editor
736 plays
30.
  A Short Quiz About Long Books   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Want a good book you can really sink your teeth into? Well, I hope you have some time on your hands because this time we are going to explore books that need a lot of words to get the point across. So get comfy - this is might take a while.
Average, 10 Qns, adam36, Oct 19 15
Average
adam36 gold member
616 plays
31.
  Will the Real Shakespeare Please Stand Up    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Taking this Shakespeare quiz will give you insights enabling you to read all of the plays more effectively.
Average, 10 Qns, WilliamCamden, Sep 04 22
Average
WilliamCamden
Sep 04 22
235 plays
32.
  These Books Fill a Much Needed Void!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz takes a light-hearted look at a selection of books with odd titles that delved into unique topics, arguably filling a void that never needed to be filled! Hope you enjoy the theme.
Average, 10 Qns, timence, Dec 23 16
Average
timence gold member
803 plays
33.
  The Best Sellers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some of the best selling books of all time where such data was available. Not included are religious books or foreign language books that have not had wide translation into English. All sales figures are estimates.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Mar 28 15
Average
Rehaberpro
510 plays
34.
  Three of These Books Belong Together   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Three of these books belong together. Three of these books are kind of the same. Can you guess which one just doesn't belong here? With the sounds of the "Sesame Street" song ringing in your ears, your task is to identify the odd one out in each question
Tough, 10 Qns, lorance79, Dec 23 16
Tough
lorance79
667 plays
35.
  Authors' Dedications   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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 Qns, TabbyTom, Feb 25 22
Tough
TabbyTom gold member
Feb 25 22
636 plays
36.
  Three's Company, Four's a Crowd   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my third quiz so I have given it a theme based around threes in literature. This could be a trio of characters or a trilogy of novels. Your task is to identify the impostor amongst the four possibilities. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Aussiedrongo, Feb 26 22
Average
Aussiedrongo
Feb 26 22
419 plays
37.
  Books Never Written -- Yet Written About    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This is a quiz about books never written, but mentioned in real-world fiction books. REAL books not obscure, most questions can be answered correctly by well-read persons with SOME knowledge about the book or author. Being well and broadly read REQUIRED.
Very Difficult, 25 Qns, xaosdog, Dec 23 16
Very Difficult
xaosdog
2255 plays
38.
  Let's Write a Book Together!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Authors often collaborate on books, or write books under several pen names. Here is a selection to identify.
Tough, 10 Qns, Christinap, Feb 06 15
Tough
Christinap
674 plays
39.
  Book of the Month Club Books   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions on ten books that have been discussed in the FunTrivia Book of the Month Club forum. This quiz is for all readers--you need not have participated in the club to play!
Average, 10 Qns, skylarb, Mar 28 15
Average
skylarb
763 plays
40.
  Names Lost in Translation    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Especially in books for children that are translated into German, it is very common for names, places, etc. to be translated as well, or replaced by a German name. Can you guess the original name from the translation I'm giving you?
Difficult, 10 Qns, PearlQ19, Dec 23 16
Difficult
PearlQ19 gold member
536 plays
41.
  "Pride and Prejudice" v. "Bridget Jones' Diary"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"Bridget Jones' Diary" is a loose reworking of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". This is a quiz about some of the similarities between the books and also between the film and TV adaptations of the books.
Average, 10 Qns, akatwasborn, Jan 25 21
Average
akatwasborn
Jan 25 21
1623 plays
42.
  Book Dedications    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz about the dedications writers put in their books.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, tjoebigham, Feb 25 22
Very Difficult
tjoebigham
Feb 25 22
748 plays
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Literature: Something in Common Trivia Questions

1. In his break-through text, philosopher and semiotician Roland Barthes formulated five codes of literature. Which one is the code of enigmas and puzzles?

From Quiz
Pass, Door, Word and Code

Answer: Hermeneutic

Roland Gérard Barthes (1915-1980) was a French philosopher, literary theorist, essayist, critic, and semiotician. One of his most influential works is the essay "The Death of an Author", in which he formulated his theory of literature. His five narrative codes are: 1) Hermeneutic code: the code of enigmas or puzzles; 2) Proairetic code: the code of actions; 3) Semantic code: the accumulation of connotative elements; 4) Cultural code: the voice of science or knowledge; 5) Symbolic code: the voice of the symbols. Hermeneutics is the theory of interpretation of texts.

2. The 1956 science fiction movie 'Forbidden Planet' describes a group of people struggling to survive on an isolated planet. It has been said to parallel the plot of which Shakespearian play?

From Quiz Will the Real Shakespeare Please Stand Up

Answer: The Tempest

In 'Forbidden Planet', the parallel to Caliban is the uncontrollable "Id" of Dr. Morbius, a scientist marooned with his daughter on Altair IV. To Morbius' daughter, the men of the rescue ship (especially the captain) represent a "brave new world". Ariel, Prospero's agent, becomes Robbie the Robot. While Prospero foresees the end of the "great globe", Morbius himself brings on the destruction of his planet.

3. To what does Ernest Hemingway bid 'farewell' in his World War I story of ambulance driver, Frederic Henry?

From Quiz Ten Books on my Bedside Table

Answer: Arms

"A Farewell to Arms" was heavily based on Hemingway's own experiences as an ambulance driver in the Italian campaign theater during the first world war, although it was not autobiographical. He did fall in love with a nurse who aided him when he was injured but that romance did not survive beyond the war. The book depicts the ugly reality of war rather than celebrating the heroism which is often the focus of war novels. This novel was critically acclaimed and considered one of his best works.

4. What nineteenth century novel that chronicled the French Revolution, written by one of England's most prolific writers, is estimated to have sold over 200 million copies?

From Quiz The Best Sellers

Answer: A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens most often published his works in monthly installments but "A Tale of Two Cities" was a weekly endeavor, published as thirty one installments during 1858 in "All the Year Round" magazine. In contrast with his other novels, "A Tale of Two Cities" contains very little humor. "A Tale of Two Cities" has been adapted for the movies at least seven times, the most successful and Oscar nominated was the 1935 version that starred Ronald Coleman as Sydney Carton. Many quote the opening lines of the novel: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...."

5. Having discovered that a character sharing his surname, whose first name is Ariadne, appears in several of her novels, Jamie Oliver has packed a selection of books by which prolific mystery writer?

From Quiz Books for Cooks

Answer: Agatha Christie

Mrs Ariadne Oliver makes regular appearances in Agatha Christie's novels, normally those featuring Hercule Poirot. She is a fictionalised version of Christie herself, and is depicted as an author of detective stories. Ariadne is a great believer in female intuition, although her instincts are usually doomed to failure. Ariadne made her first appearance in 'Cards on the Table' in 1936 and her character turned up in seven novels in total. Jamie Oliver, also known as 'The Naked Chef', has appeared on several television shows in both his native United Kingdom and in the United States of America. He campaigns regularly to promote healthy eating, particularly in schools.

6. What do the books "The God of Small Things", "True History of the Kelly Gang" and "Life of Pi" have in common?

From Quiz What Do These Works Have in Common?

Answer: Man Booker prize winners

"The God of Small Things" by Indian author Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for fiction in 1997; "True History of the Kelly Gang" was Australian Peter Carey's winning work in 2001 and "Life of Pi" was the winner in 2002 (Canadian Yann Martel was the author).

7. In 1968, Lawrence Thompson released a book called "Bibliokleptomania". What can you deduce from the title that this book may have been about?

From Quiz These Books Fill a Much Needed Void!

Answer: Stealing books

It was indeed a study of book thieves and book stealing in general throughout history. More recently, Allison Hoover Bartlett also released a true-crime book known as "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much", which followed a similar theme.

8. Dubbed the "Great Explainer" of science, which Hugo Award winning author of the "Foundation" series of novels published "The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science" in 1960?

From Quiz Chronicles

Answer: Isaac Asimov

Russian born Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer of science fiction and is best known for his "Foundation" series. He also indulged in fantasy and mystery stories. A long time member of Mensa International, he endeavoured to make science accessible to everyone by providing manuals that were easy to understand without being patronizing. His best examples include the reader-friendly three volume set, "Understanding Physics", published in 1966. In addition to physics Asimov also provided works that covered subjects as diverse as astronomy, William Shakespeare, the Bible and mathematics. Over the course of his career he managed to put works in all of the major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.

9. Set in Paris and London around the period of the French revolution, this novel has sold over 200 million copies since first being published in 1859. Written by a giant of English fiction, what is this high school teachers' favourite?

From Quiz Well-Read, Long-Dead

Answer: A Tale of Two Cities

In "A Tale of Two Cities" Dickens draws parallels between the plight of the poor in London and in pre-revolutionary Paris. The subsequent violence inflicted upon the French aristocracy by the revolutionaries perhaps served as a warning to the ruling class in England. Wildly popular during his lifetime, Dickens' novels have never gone out of print, despite more than a century having passed since his death in 1870.

10. In 2001, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (not the Calaveras County Library) held a contest to write a conclusion to which author's short story, "A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage"?

From Quiz "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"

Answer: Mark Twain

Mark Twain had originally planned for the story to be serialized in "The Atlantic Monthly" journal, with other famous authors contributing to the story. This never happened however, and the work remained unfinished. The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, home of the original manuscript of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" bought the publication rights to the story and conducted a contest to write a conclusion to it. The winner of the international competition was actually a Buffalo native and was selected by a panel of scholars and bestselling authors. The winning entry was appropriately published in "The Atlantic Monthly".

11. Stephen King has collaborated with which other horror author?

From Quiz Let's Write a Book Together!

Answer: Peter Straub

Stephen King and Peter Straub first collaborated on "The Talisman", and then came together again for the sequel, "Black House". Many fans of the two books feel that a third is needed to complete the story. In his own right Peter Straub has won the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award.

12. This Smith brought us "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations". Who is this pioneer in the field of economics?

From Quiz Word Smiths

Answer: Adam Smith

Smith developed the idea of the "invisible hand" upon which free-market economics are still, to a large extent, based. His "Wealth of Nations" was published in 1776. An interesting tidbit I see upon researching him is that he was apparently abducted by gypsies as a child, but rescued.

13. On "Friends", Joey (surprisingly) was reading a classic novel set in New England during the U.S. Civil War. He was distraught to find out that Beth dies in which book?

From Quiz Celebrities Can Read!

Answer: Little Women

"Little Women" was Louisa May Alcott's best-known book; it was one of a series of semi-autobiographical books about the March sisters growing up in 19th century Massachusetts. In the "Friends" episode, Joey had agreed to switch books with Rachel, and he ended up being engrossed in "Little Women".

14. What do these four literary characters have in common - Michael Johnson, Richard Johnson, Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid?

From Quiz Connect Four Literature

Answer: All are characters in "Bridges of Madison County"

"Bridges of Madison County", written by Robert James Waller, has been translated into 25 languages. Over 12 million copies have been sold worldwide. The book spent nearly 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1995, after a movie was released based on the book, the novel actually beat out "Gone With the Wind" as the best selling fiction book of all time.

15. The Victorian novel "Tom Brown's School Days" was a semi-autobiographical account of the author's school days. Which Tom was the author?

From Quiz Tom, Dick and Harry in Literature

Answer: Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes was author of "Tom Brown's School Days" (1856). This novel is set in an English public school. Dr Thomas Arnold was the headmaster of the school. Although Thomas Hughes frequently denied it, it was a semi-autobiographical account of the author's school days at Rugby. Hughes claimed the character of Tom Brown was based on at least twenty boys.

16. "Harry Potter": The translator left most of the characters' names in the English version, but some of the places received a German name. Can you guess what the "Winkelgasse" is?

From Quiz Names Lost in Translation

Answer: Diagon Alley

Privet Drive became the "Ligusterweg", Magnolia Crescent the "Magnolienweg", and Nocturn Alley the "Nokturngasse". This was, quite obviously, done so that children reading the book could get a better image of what those places look like. "Winkel" means "angle", and there's the adjective "verwinkelt", which is often used to describe alleys such as Diagon Alley. Other "Germanized" names in the HP books are "Fuchsbau" (The Burrow), "Feuerblitz" (Firebolt), and "Seidenschnabel" (Buckbeak).

17. Which actor had a prominent role in both the BBC TV adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" and the film of "Bridget Jones' Diary"?

From Quiz "Pride and Prejudice" v. "Bridget Jones' Diary"

Answer: Colin Firth

Colin Firth plays two 'Mr Darcys' - Mark Darcy in "Bridget Jones' Diary" and FitzWilliam Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice". Although Crispin Bonham-Carter did film some scenes for "Bridget Jones' Diary" mostly they weren't used in the final cut.

18. One of our selections was Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart." From which poet's work does this novel take its title?

From Quiz Book of the Month Club Books

Answer: William Butler Yeats

In Yeats "The Second Coming," the poet writes, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world." Achebe's novel is considered by many academics to be the seminal African novel. It depicts, with some ambiguity, the fate of a people as the ties that bind their culture are threatened by both colonization and evangelization.

19. Who said of Lillian Hellman, "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'"?

From Quiz Literary Sneers, Snits and Scandals

Answer: Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy tossed off many piquant quotes during her life, including the observation that "religion is only good for good people".

20. Which novel introduced the world to 25 nonexistent books, including Rod Keen's 'It's the Queen of Darkness, Pal', S. M. Justice's 'Leather Clothes and the History of Man' and Beatrice Quinn's 'The Egg Layed Twice'?

From Quiz Books Never Written -- Yet Written About

Answer: 'The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966' (by Richard Brautigan)

(A is for Abortion) 'The Abortion' is about a trip to Tijuana for an abortion, but also about a library which acts as a repository for unpublished manuscripts. (Of the wrong choices, the only other one that is actually a novel is Bradbury's, and the many books mentioned in 'Fahrenheit 451' are all real. Wolfe's 'Acid Test' recounts the history of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and although it discusses hippie-era literature, the books mentioned are all real. The Enormous Room is cummings' war memoir.)

21. What author dedicated his greatest work to Nathaniel Hawthorne and two other novels to the Bunker Hill Monument and Greylock, highest mountain in the Bay State?

From Quiz Book Dedications

Answer: Herman Melville

Melville dedicated 'Moby Dick' to his friend {Hawthorne;} 'Israel Potter' was dedicated to the Monument and 'Pierre' to Graylock, which Melville could see from his Pittsfield home 'Arrowhead'.

22. Who was the author of "The Name of the Rose", "Foucault's Pendulum", and "The Island of the Day Before"?

From Quiz Speculative Fiction Books and Authors

Answer: Umberto Eco

Eco was an Italian medieval historian, social commentator and semiotician (a studier of signs and symbols and their interpretation, a la Dan Brown's character Robert Langdon). "The Name of the Rose" was a historical mystery set in a 14th century monastery. In "Foucault's Pendulum" three bored publishing house editors amuse themselves by inventing a conspiracy theory involving an alleged treasure amassed by the Knights Templar; it's all fun and games until some powerful people start taking it seriously. Eco's 1997 book "Kant and the Platypus" concerned semiotics and was so dense he warned his fans "You have to stay on every page for two weeks with your pencil. In other words, don't buy it if you are not Einstein."

23. The phrase "passing strange", meaning "exceedingly strange", was coined by William Shakespeare for the monologue of a man tormented by jealousy. Who was this eponymous character?

From Quiz Pass, Door, Word and Code

Answer: Othello

"Othello, the Moor of Venice" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). "My story being done, She gave me for my pains a world of sighs; She swore, in faith, 'twas strange, 'twas passing strange" is part of a speech in Act 1, Scene 3, in which Othello, a general of the Venetian army, talks of his relationship with his wife, Desdemona. Othello is manipulated by the treacherous ensign Iago, who makes him believe his wife is unfaithful to him; maddened by jealousy and anger, he murders Desdemona. At the end of the play, when he learns that Desdemona was innocent, he commits suicide. As an adverb, "passing" means, in Shakespeare's works, exceedingly or extremely.

24. Which title of a Ray Bradbury novel comes from 'Macbeth'?

From Quiz Will the Real Shakespeare Please Stand Up

Answer: Something Wicked This Way Comes

'Something Wicked This Way Comes' combines elements of fantasy and horror--a perfect match for Macbeth. Both works deal with the struggle between good and evil inclinations in each individual.

25. By what title do we better know Edmond Dantès, wrongfully arrested on his wedding day and eventually escaping the hellish island prison off the coast of France during the Bourbon Restoration?

From Quiz Ten Books on my Bedside Table

Answer: The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexander Dumas (père) set "The Count of Monte Cristo" within the historical events occurring during the Bourbon Restoration from 1815 to 1839. The story revolves around Dantès; how he was wrongfully imprisoned, escaped and became a highly successful man in Italy and then returned to avenge himself on those who so grievously wronged him. His vengeance, which has terrible consequences for the guilty and some innocents, then leads to a final forgiveness and perhaps moral redemption. This book has been made into a large number of movies, dating back to a silent movie of the same name in 1908.

26. B - Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson wrote his 'Notes from a Small Island' about which island, after having lived there for more than 20 years?

From Quiz A-Z of Alliterative Authors

Answer: Great Britain

Having lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, Bryson decided to go on a tour around the country before moving back to his native USA. He travelled to all corners of the island, from Cornwall in the far South West, to North East Scotland. In 2003, a BBC Radio 4 poll voted 'Notes from a Small Island' the book that best represented Great Britain.

27. According to compiled sales records, and inspired by industrial mogul Andrew Carnegie, what has been the most popular non-fiction work?

From Quiz The Best Sellers

Answer: Think and Grow Rich

"Think and Grow Rich"(1937) was written by Napoleon Hill, inspired by industrial mogul Andrew Carnegie. An astonishing seventy million copies have been estimated sold. Although 'rich' is in the title, it is more of a guidebook for success in any area. The book places emphasis on a mind set and follows thirteen steps: Desire, Faith, Autosuggestion, Specialized Knowledge, Imagination, Organized Planning, Decision, Persistence, Power of the Master Mind, the Mystery of Sex Transmutation, the Subconscious Mind, the Brain, and the Sixth Sense.

28. Serialised in the "Journal des Debats" from April 1844, this classic novel by Alexandre Dumas tells the story of Edmond Dantes, his escape from the Chateau d'If and his revenge on the three men responsible for his wrongful imprisonment there.

From Quiz It's A Long Story

Answer: The Count of Monte Cristo

The first English translation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" appeared in 1846. Widely translated and perennially popular, it has been adapted for the stage, TV and cinema many times. The "Journal des Debats" came into existence at the time of the French Revolution, when it recorded the debates of the National Assembly. It continued, under different regimes and different names, until 1944, when it was suppressed following the liberation of France.

29. What do the books "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "Mrs Dalloway" and "The Old Man and the Sea" have in common?

From Quiz What Do These Works Have in Common?

Answer: Authors who committed suicide

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (subtitled "A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream") was written by Hunter S Thompson, an American author and journalist who ended his own life in 2005 at the age of 67. "Mrs Dalloway" was written by Virgina Woolf, a British author and feminist who drowned herself at 49 by walking into a river with a pocket of stones. Ernest Hemingway, who wrote "The Old Man and the Sea", commited suicide at age 62, following a sad family tradition of his father and grandfather.

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