Quiz of the Month – March 2014

This month’s quiz will test your general knowledge of literature.  You can find the answers on my Quiz Answers page.

  1. William Shakespeare is primarily remembered as a writer, but he also worked in another profession.  Name his other profession.
  2. Give the first names of the three Brontë sisters.
  3. How many circle of Hell are there in Dante’s Inferno?
  4. Who is the son of the town drunkard in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?
  5. Name John Grisham’s first novel.
  6. When F. Scott Fitzgerald died in 1940 he left an unfinished novel.  What is the name of the novel?
  7. Where is Yoknapatawpha County located?
  8. In what state would you find Sleepy Hollow the town that was immortalized by Washington Irving?
  9. What is the name of the current bestseller written by Donna Tartt?
  10. A famous American novelist drove an ambulance during WW I, and used his experiences as the basis for the novel A Farewell to Arms.  What is his name?
  11. What nonfiction book was the basis for the movie that recently won the Best Picture Oscar?
  12. On which island did writer Ian Fleming live while he wrote his famous James Bond novels?
  13. Novelist Isabel Allende is most associated with Chile, but she was not born there.  In which country was Allende born?
  14. Poet Ricardo Neftrall Reyes Basoalto was born in Chile.  What was his pen name?
  15. Name the series of novels by George R. R. Martin that form the basis for a popular HBO series.
  16. Langston Hughes was a part of what major literary and cultural movement in New York City during the 1920s?
  17. Where was novelist Juno Diaz born?
  18. What was the title of the first Harry Potter novel?
  19. Gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch are the important elements in what current bestseller by what author?
  20. Zora Neal Hurston died in obscurity and was almost forgotten, but has now become very popular.  Name her best know novel.
  21. Name the author of the stories that feature a boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves?
  22. Who wrote the novel Jurasic Park?
  23. Who created detective Sam Spade?
  24. With whom did the author in 23 above have a long-lasting affair?
  25. What is Japanese poet Matsuo Basho’s claim to fame?
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