Let’s play a game about well-known plays. I’ll give you the first name of a play’s author plus the last name of a character from that play. Your job is to name the play. We begin with “William Capulet.” What play ties the two names together? William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, of course. Let’s try one more. The two words are “Arthur Loman.” The play is Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Get the idea?
If I wanted to make it more interesting for you I might give you 24 sets of names and six minutes in which to type in the answers. But there’s no need for me to do that because Sporcle has already done it. You can play the complete game here if you’re so inclined.
Sporcle has a total of 767 Literature games and quizzes that range all over the place. To help you find the games and quizzes that will be of greatest interest to you, Literature, like all of the categories, is broken into subcategories. Literature’s subcategories include Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Shakespeare, Author, Novel, Poem, and Children’s Books. The games and quizzes under Novel include “Novels by Opening Lines,” “50 Characters 50 Books,” “British Authors,” “Vowel-less Book Titles,” and “Stephen King Novels Per Letter.” Without a doubt you will be able to find something that interests you no matter what your reading tastes are.
Literature is only one of 16 categories that you will find at this amazing site. If you’re a fan of Movies, you will be able to choose any of 1,596 games and quizzes, while Sports fans can play any of 1,658 games and quizzes. Other categories include Television, History, Language, Science, and Religion. All of the games are timed, and each one begins when you click on the green “PLAY GAME” button. Some allow you to see the clues before you begin (though I know you wouldn’t cheat by figuring out the answers before you start the clock), while others don’t give you the clues until you click on the start button.
Matt Ramme, who loves trivia, started Sporcle in 2007 in order to fill a gap in the internet – there was no site that offered trivia in the form that Sporcle offers it. Some of the games on Sporcle are created by the folks who operate the website, but members (those who have signed up) also create games and offer suggestions about how to improve those that already exist. The site offers new games each week, so it’s worth your time to check in every few days.
Give Sporcle a try, but don’t be surprised if you spend endless hours trying to beat the clock.