Quiz of the Month – September 2016

This month’s quiz will test your general knowledge of books.  As always you will find the answers on the Quiz Answers page.

  1. From what illness do the two protagonists in John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars suffer?
  2. Where does the title of the book The Fault in Our Stars come from?
  3. Who was Hamnet?
  4. In 1535 the first English translation of the Bible was printed in England.  Who is credited with the translation?
  5. The first volume of this magnificent dictionary was published on February 1, 1884 – a quarter-century after it was begun.  Name the dictionary.
  6. What famous American writer was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany when it was extensively bombed by the United States during World War II?
  7. Where was Elmore Leonard born?
  8. What is the real name of the author who published a novel under the name of Currer Bell?
  9. Heathcliff is one of the main characters in Wuthering Heights.  What is his full name?
  10. Many authors had full-time professions before they became writers.  What was the profession of Arthur Conan Doyle? John Grisham?
  11. The Kitchen God’s Wife is the follow-up to what well-known novel by what well-known author?
  12. In a well-known short story by Herman Melville the title character says repeatedly to his employer, “I would prefer not to.”  What is the title of the short story?
  13. Name Joan Rivers’ last book.
  14. What contemporary of Shakespeare wrote the plays Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta?
  15. Donna Tartt won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for what novel?
  16. Juno Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for what novel?
  17. What Irish writer wrote the play Juno and the Paycock?
  18. Who wrote the 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago, and who played the part of Zhivago in the 1965 movie adaptation of the novel ?
  19. Colson  Whitehead’s latest novel is an Oprah Winfrey book club pick.  Name it.
  20. This  2010 book by Rebecca Skloot was very popular when published and remains on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list to this day.  Name it.
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