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I Remember Reading That! Trivia Quiz


This quiz takes you through a tour of some of the literature you may have read in High School. Warning: This quiz contains spoilers.

A multiple-choice quiz by redsoxfan325. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
redsoxfan325
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
313,271
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
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Question 1 of 10
1. You are in the winter of your years, and you plan to enjoy a quiet evening alone with a book-the problem is that you don't know which book to read. As you look through the selections in your bookshelf, you see the dusty jackets of books you read in high school, and as you pass over one, you recall how the main character kills a man "because of the sun". Which book is this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. You decide you'd like to read something else. On the cover of the next book you see a colossal cetacean and you recall a story of a captain driven by a maddening desire for revenge. What novel are you holding? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Opting instead to look for a shorter novel, you put back the previous book and pick up another. Set in the fictional town of Starkfield, this novel tells the tale of a man who falls in love with his wife's cousin and their disastrous sled ride. Which book are you holding now? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Deciding that you want something a bit more exciting, you replace the book and remove this novel from the shelf. You recall your high school teacher explaining that the main character was a nihilist who saw himself as one who was above the law, and this characteristic was what led him to murder a miserly pawnbroker with an axe. Which book are you recalling? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. At this point you know what you want to read. The only problem is that you can't find it anywhere. While searching, you recall that the main character is a romantic idealist who spends years (not to mention lots of money) trying to woo his sweetheart, Daisy, only to end up dead. Which book/play did you hope to read? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. As you're scrounging around looking for the aforementioned novel, you spot a nicely-preserved First Edition copy of a novel you read your freshman year about a lawyer who lives in Maycomb, Alabama who dares to defend a black man in a racist court. What book do you have now?

Answer: (Four Words - 2, 4, 1, 11 Letters)
Question 7 of 10
7. The phone rings, shattering the silence and making you jump up, bang your head on an overhanging shelf, and knock down a book. As you go to get the phone you catch sight of the book you knocked down and you recall the famous last line: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." Which masterpiece is now lying on the floor? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The phone call was from your wife, and she said that she was going to buy the flowers herself for the dinner party you were going to have the next day. This reminded you of another novel you read in high school. Which one? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. As you continue your search for the perfect read, your eyes pass over one of Shakespeare's plays. This tragedy was one of Shakespeare's few plays where the title character was a villain. This particular villain becomes infatuated with a prophecy and murders a king.

Answer: (One Word - 7 Letters)
Question 10 of 10
10. As your search comes to end, you are beginning to despair that you'll ever find a book that suits you. Then you see it. This book, published in 1949, tells the story of a man living in an oppressive society, and how (partly due to the effects of the infamous Room 101) he is not only forced to accept it, but love it. What is this chilling novel that you have decided to read?

Answer: (One Word - 4 Characters (don't spell it out))

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1. You are in the winter of your years, and you plan to enjoy a quiet evening alone with a book-the problem is that you don't know which book to read. As you look through the selections in your bookshelf, you see the dusty jackets of books you read in high school, and as you pass over one, you recall how the main character kills a man "because of the sun". Which book is this?

Answer: 'The Stranger' by Albert Camus

'The Stranger' is an existential novel that takes place in Algeria just before the beginning of World War II. The protagonist, Meursault, commits murder for no particular reason, and watches as the lawyers, judge, and jury all try to make sense out of his actions, not realizing that there simply is no rational reason.

After being convicted, Meurseult comes to realize that his life, along with all others, has no meaning, and it makes him feel better (oddly).
2. You decide you'd like to read something else. On the cover of the next book you see a colossal cetacean and you recall a story of a captain driven by a maddening desire for revenge. What novel are you holding?

Answer: 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville

'Moby Dick' is a novel about the Pequod and its crew, led by Captain Ahab, and their attempt to find and kill the gargantuan white sperm whale that took Ahab's leg. The book's initial reception was as ill-fated as the Pequod itself, giving Melville much reason for despair, as his masterpiece was described as an "ill-compounded mixture of romance and matter-of-fact". He was so unhappy that he wrote 'Bartleby', a short story about a man who simply "prefers not to" do things, and eventually dies of starvation because he "preferred not to" eat.

It wasn't until after World War I that 'Moby Dick' achieved the critical acclaim it has today.
3. Opting instead to look for a shorter novel, you put back the previous book and pick up another. Set in the fictional town of Starkfield, this novel tells the tale of a man who falls in love with his wife's cousin and their disastrous sled ride. Which book are you holding now?

Answer: 'Ethan Frome' by Edith Wharton

In 'Ethan Frome', by Edith Wharton, the title character is married to Zenobia (Zeena) but falls in love with her cousin Mattie Silver, who comes to be their housekeeper. He wants to elope with her, but cannot bring himself to do more than kiss her. This clash between personal desire and social constructs is a common theme for Edith Wharton, discussed in both 'The House of Mirth' and again in 'The Age of Innocence'.
4. Deciding that you want something a bit more exciting, you replace the book and remove this novel from the shelf. You recall your high school teacher explaining that the main character was a nihilist who saw himself as one who was above the law, and this characteristic was what led him to murder a miserly pawnbroker with an axe. Which book are you recalling?

Answer: 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

'Crime and Punishment' is widely regarded as one of the most important works of literature ever written. The story follows Raskolnikov, a man isolated from society and living in poverty. The "Crime" is committed very early within the novel, and real focus of the story is the "Punishment" (in the form of a massive internal struggle). With the help of Sonya, a prostitute, Raskolnikov is able to master his emotions, and by the end of the novel he is able to reintegrate into society.
5. At this point you know what you want to read. The only problem is that you can't find it anywhere. While searching, you recall that the main character is a romantic idealist who spends years (not to mention lots of money) trying to woo his sweetheart, Daisy, only to end up dead. Which book/play did you hope to read?

Answer: 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby and Daisy were together before the war, but when Jay went to go fight, Daisy left him for Tom Buchanan. Upon returning from the war, Gatsby makes it his life mission to win Daisy back from Tom, and he enlists Nick Carraway's help to do so. Jay is the only character who does not realize his attempt is futile. His love is so strong that he takes the blame when Daisy runs over Myrtle, and George (Myrtle's husband) shoots him dead for it.

'The Great Gatsby' received good reviews when it was first published in 1925, though it wasn't until after World War II that it was regarded as one of the best American novels.
6. As you're scrounging around looking for the aforementioned novel, you spot a nicely-preserved First Edition copy of a novel you read your freshman year about a lawyer who lives in Maycomb, Alabama who dares to defend a black man in a racist court. What book do you have now?

Answer: To Kill A Mockingbird

Atticus Finch is viewed as one of the most heroic characters in literature, and this honor is well-deserved. Even real lawyers and judges cite Atticus as a person of great legal integrity who can be learned from. Atticus acts as the protector of Maycomb, keeping order where there could be chaos.

'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee's only novel published in the 20th century, received excellent reviews upon its publishing in 1960. Harper Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 for her contribution to literature.
7. The phone rings, shattering the silence and making you jump up, bang your head on an overhanging shelf, and knock down a book. As you go to get the phone you catch sight of the book you knocked down and you recall the famous last line: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." Which masterpiece is now lying on the floor?

Answer: 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Charles Dickens

'A Tale of Two Cities' chronicles the events before and during the French Revolution, focusing on the two main characters, Charles Darnay (a Frenchman) and Sydney Carton (an Englishman). Both love the same woman, Lucille Manette, but it is Charles Darnay who marries her.

When the Revolution starts Charles goes to France to try to rescue his former servant, but is himself arrested (as ordered by Mme. Defarge) and found guilty of being an enemy of the Republic. Because they look so much alike, Carton travels to France, smuggles Darnay out of the country and takes his place in the line to be executed, with the hopes that he is giving Lucille the life she wants.

His final words are the above quotation.
8. The phone call was from your wife, and she said that she was going to buy the flowers herself for the dinner party you were going to have the next day. This reminded you of another novel you read in high school. Which one?

Answer: 'Mrs. Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf

The first line of 'Mrs. Dalloway' is "Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." The novel takes place over one afternoon and details the party thrown by the title character, Clarissa Dalloway, and her husband, Richard. The guests include Septimus, a war veteran who has lost touch with reality but still shares many of the same world views as Clarissa. Unable to deal with society, he commits suicide.

Some of the other characters include Peter Walsh, a man who used to have a crush on Clarissa, and Sally Seton, Clarissa's friend. Clarissa says that the most thrilling moment in her life was when she kissed Sally.

Many of the themes in the novel, such as feminism and homosexuality, were advanced for 1925, the year 'Mrs. Dalloway' was published.
9. As you continue your search for the perfect read, your eyes pass over one of Shakespeare's plays. This tragedy was one of Shakespeare's few plays where the title character was a villain. This particular villain becomes infatuated with a prophecy and murders a king.

Answer: Macbeth

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair," the witches chant. "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" Those two lines were actually two scenes apart, but they are the two most important lines they speak. Macbeth had always had a lust for power, and he becomes obsessed with becoming king.

When Duncan decides not to name him his successor, Lady Macbeth convinces him to commit murder. "O, never shall sun that morrow see!" ("Sun" in that sentence refers to the king.) Of course, with any murder comes having to cover it up, and Macbeth must commit more and more atrocities to maintain power until he is finally brought down by Macduff.
10. As your search comes to end, you are beginning to despair that you'll ever find a book that suits you. Then you see it. This book, published in 1949, tells the story of a man living in an oppressive society, and how (partly due to the effects of the infamous Room 101) he is not only forced to accept it, but love it. What is this chilling novel that you have decided to read?

Answer: 1984

Winston Smith hates the Party. He hates Ingsoc and Newspeak, the new language that eliminates all "unnecessary" words, replacing adjectives like 'fantastic' with drab words like 'doubleplusgood'. Winston hates 'Big Brother' and all that he stands for, including doublethink, the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time. He and his girlfriend Julia (if you could call her that) attempt to join a resistance organization to combat the Party. Unfortunately, though, the whole thing was a ruse and he and Julia were captured by the Thought Police and tortured. Room 101 was a torture room where the victim was subjected to the thing he feared the most. In Winston's case it was rats.

'1984' is considered Orwell's finest work and the terms he coined are still used today in political discussions.
Source: Author redsoxfan325

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